Some people complain that ‘there is a holiday for everything’ nowadays – but I think a holiday and a celebration is a wonderful thing – any time at all. In this case, a group called the Grenache Symposium (their mission: promote grenache-based wines) has declared September 24 to be “International Grenache Day”. My response: Let’s … Continue reading Happy Grenache Day to you all !!!
Many people enjoy the grapefruity crispness of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. I do too. But increasing popularity has brought to market seemingly countless New Zealand SauvBlancs with similar but nicely consistent character. This is not a bad thing at all, but for sake of variety, many people have started to seek alternatives to the popular … Continue reading Longview Iron Knob Dry Riesling 2009
As mentioned in the previous piece on Australian White Wine suggestions – below are some suggestions for currently available Australian Red Wine. With Australia Day (on January 26th, the Australian equivalent of the US 4th of July) right around the corner we can all get ready with some great grilled foods (from an outdoor grill … Continue reading Celebrate Australia Day with Australian Red Wines
Australia Day: Australia’s national holiday (sort of like the Aussie 4th of July). Since Australia is celebrating its being a country, I thought I would celebrate the country’s wines… For the past decade or so, Australian wines have gained popularity around the world. However, in recent years the economic downturn, Australian currency strength and keen … Continue reading Celebrate Australia Day with Australian White Wines
Just back from another fun Wine and Cheese Cruise – had some very interesting wine and cheese combinations with a diverse and interesting group of people. The Spanish Cava and Fluer Verte was a wonderful surprise and the Shiraz and King Island “Roaring 40s” Blue was stunning. As the saying goes: “What grows together goes … Continue reading Wine and Cheese – Great Combinations!
Some Australian growers led by De Bortoli (http://www.debortoli.com.au/) have suggested a November 30 ‘revolution’ – to promote dry styles of rose. Having recently spent some time in southern France where dry rose is widely available, it is a style that I very much enjoy. So if we want to join the “Rose Revolution”, we should all try … Continue reading Dry Rose “Revolution” ?? Sure!
Here are some notes on the wines we tasted prior to Quantum Theatre’s (http://www.quantumtheatre.com/) brilliant production of “When the rain stops falling” – we tasted some complex wines to match up with the complex production! Wishing Tree Unoaked Chardonnay 2008 – West Australia – Sourced from Western Australia vineyards just outside of Perth (largest city … Continue reading Four Interesting Australian Wines: Two Chards and Two Shiraz
As the cold of Winter gives way to warmer temperatures of Spring, many wine enthusiasts and restaurants start thinking about warm weather wines. For me, this group of warm weather wines comprises mainly whites, although rose is a favorite of mine for the summer, but that is a topic for a future post, so for … Continue reading Great Value White Wines for Summer!
Australia Day Wines! Continue reading Australia Day Wines!