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From Gnadenfrei to Marananga

  Gnadenfrei ‘free by the grace of god’ Marananga ‘by my own two hands’   The Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s oldest and most celebrated wine regions, enjoying a history as rich and complex as its world-famous wines. In December 1837, British Naval and Army Officer, Surveyor General of the Colony of South Australia, […]

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The Exciseman

    The Exciseman Whisky Bar, Singapore exciseman (British) noun plural -men A government official who collects excises and enforces the laws concerning them For over two hundred and fifty years, from the early 18th century through to the mid-20th century, excise officers cast a long shadow over the Scotch whisky industry. These were the […]

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Faces to the Rain

FACES TO THE RAIN Where are the poets in a world gone mad, The sonnets, stanzas and quatrains? Words are sharpest from the edge, Where is the caesura and refrain- In our desperation and despair? Aught but screams and cries of pain- And those haunting sounds of choking, On our filth and shock, We need […]

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Yarra Rising

  The Rising Vineyard sits in the Christmas Hills between St. Andrews and Yarra Glen, so named for the emancipated convict David Christmas; who managed to get himself lost in the region during the year 1842. Prior to this landmark event the area was known as the Stringy Bark Forest. The gravel soils here were […]

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Modena Anima

The Po River basin is the food bowl of Italy, in its heart is the region of Emilia Romagna and it is here you will find ‘Il cibo di re e angeli’, (the food of kings and angels). This is a region where the names of its towns and villages have become as internationally famous […]

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Natural History part 5. ‘The One Straw Revolution’ On Man and Nature

Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau  Masanobu Fukuoka (1913 –2008) was a Japanese farmer and philosopher, he was a trained microbiologist and agricultural scientist and after completing his education he worked at the Yokohama Customs Bureau. In 1937 he was taken to hospital with pneumonia and whilst there had […]

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Natural History Part 4. ‘Voltaire’s Bastards’ On Reason and Nature

I noted with interest that a special 20th anniversary edition of John Ralston Saul’s jeremiad, ‘Voltaire’s Bastards’ had been released, a book that provoked in me a great deal of thought when I first read it, (ironically) almost twenty years ago. The tome is a sustained, agitated and sometimes aggressive tirade; a rant, an anatomy […]

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Natural History Part 3. The Opimian Falernian, One Wine to Rule Them All

  “In vino veritas, (in wine, truth)” ― Pliny the Elder As we approached the end of the second millennium, huge growth in wine production in some countries saw a sort of industrialization of grape growing, of the farming of grapes: hand picking, hand pruning, hand tending was out and mechanization, irrigation and the use […]

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Natural History -part 2. A Hegelian Dialectic

  “Nothing great in the world was accomplished without passion.” ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Consumer preferences in wine are a bit like hem-lines in the fashion industry, just as sure as they will rise, they will one day come back down again, for every action there is an opposing reaction. In fact, it seems […]

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Natural History part 1. Desire

A list of the requirements to live a happy life: Freedom Self Sufficiency Friendship Thought Wine Bread & Cheese -Epicurus, (#Note: Epicurus was an avowed teetotal, the author here has substituted wine for water) The Ancient Greek philosopher and founder of the ‘School of Hedonism’, Epicurus, (341–270 BCE) realized there was a problem with desire. […]