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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. […]

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Wine Gangs

  I have just returned from Vinexpo in Hong Kong, where I was invited by my friend and colleague Robert Joseph, (of Le Grand Noir Wines) to attend an insightful presentation he called, ‘The Future of Wine Has Changed’. His seminar and wine tasting looked at emerging trends through all levels of the wine industry, […]

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Jacob’s Ladder

‘And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran. And he lighted upon the place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took one of the stones of the place, and put it under his head, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold […]

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Roasted Slopes

  The Wines of the Cote Rotie, (Roasted Hillside) on the sharp rising slopes at the Northern end of the Rhone Valley are some of the most seductive and alluring wines from all France and indeed the world. Elegant, yet richly concentrated and with characteristic roasted nuts, pan juices and mixed spice, they have a […]

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A Doctor in the House

A recent trip to Phnom Penh by my old McLaren Vale Vineyard manager, Adam Jacobs -now the owner of his own vineyard and wine label, Doc Adams wines- brought back a flood of memories of the many harvests we lived through together and the many wonderful wines we made. After first meeting in the wine […]

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Between Two Tides

The Entre Deux Mers wine region in Bordeaux, France is on the right bank of the Garonne River, opposite the Graves wine region on its left bank. Bordeaux’s largest sub-region, it is a wedge of land between the great tidal rivers of the Garonne and Dordogne before they join to form the mighty Gironde Estuary. […]

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On A Clare Day

  I remember the last time I was up in ‘The Clare’, the other valley up north of the Barossa and Eden Valleys in South Australian wine country. As we slowly drove along a gorgeous, country road a large, rust coloured kangaroo suddenly leapt out from between old gum trees and was soon bounding along […]

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Barossa Babe

  Barossa Babe The Rockbare winery sits in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia, amidst the quaint little Germanic tourist town of Hanhdorf. The town is famous for its little hillside inns, pastry shops, fromageries, cafes, strawberry fields, craft breweries, boutique wineries, delicatessens, sweets shops and German style pubs. Hanhdorf is Australia’s oldest Germanic settlement […]