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The winemaker uses the equipment available to ferment the grapes to make the wine. Winemakers have a big influence on what you drink and we wish to be well removed from big company wines. Down at the Glug winery on Samuel Road, Barossa Valley; Benjamin Parker and Greg Liebelt do all the labour to produce our vast range.

Saturday, 23rd September 2017
When you make a wine you create left-overs. These small amounts are a big problem to keep fresh, free from bugs, and housed in a place where oxygen is banned. When you have a business like Glug with hundreds of wines made to preserve the difference the problem multiplies. .. more...
Friday, 22nd September 2017
I get a dozen emails each year enquiring about the worth of a bottle of wine. Things like Kaiser Stuhl Summer Wine or Minchinbury sparkling, purchased in the 1970s, well past the last drinking date, indeed wines like these were made to drink the day they were purchased. .. more...
Wednesday, 20th September 2017
What you expect from a wine likely comes down to how much you wish to pay. The problem is there are 101 variables. Still its only wine and you only go ouch when you have spent a lot and after drinking a glass wonder why you did. These three bargains are my idea of value for money meaning you cannot lose. .. more...

Ripper Bold New Red
Region: South Australia
Boldness will not come from dusting off old ways of winemaking or pretending to make natural wines but from rethinking how to get a good drink to the customer while lowering the price.
Today I release a brilliant effort from the winemaker Benjamin Parker which shows what is possible.
To a delightful base of  more detail...
Great Vintage Great Prospects
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Every ripening cycle of the grapes is different. This leads to vintage charts as they provide numbers to measure what nature has given the fruit. In cold climates a good rule of thumb is that a warmer season makes more interesting wines than a season when it is harder to ripen the grapes.

In a warm to  more detail...
New Great Value Bush Telegraph
Region: South Australia
I believe all who drink wine have admiration for those who labour hard to make the greatest wines, some of which sell for $1000 a bottle. At times we may envy those who can afford the wines.
Back in the day to day world over 30% of wine is sold in casks and much of this is very good.
In-between these two  more detail...
'We welcome any customer but you will enjoy the best of Glug if you like to see what nature brings. We make small batch lots, hence no two wines will be the same, as we are happiest when preserving the differences of wines. What we do best is buying at the farm gate and challenging our customers just a little with the many small variations we discover and create in our winemaking.'
Fabulous Value from the South
Region: McLaren Vale, SA

We have struck gold down south and purchased a mixed collection of Chardonnays from McLaren Vale.

The McLaren Vale climate is tempered enough by the prevailing ocean and gulf winds to stop the flavours of this variety from blowing out.

This variety can become too fat from the Barossa Valley for  more detail...
We Search, We Divine, We Find!
Region: South Australia
I often make the point that the expertise of a wine producing country or a large wine company should be judged not by the great wines but by how well they make cheaper wines.
At the micro level we take up this challenge with The Diviner.
Psychics try to divine the future but our use of the term 'Diviner'  more detail...
Stand Out Barossa Shiraz
Region:Barossa Valley
This Burgoyne is all we like and look for in a wine. The origin is the most sought after region in Australia-the Barossa Valley, the grapes were grown by well-known farmers, the wine maker Benjamin Parker prepared the wine for bottling which is a critical job and we supervised the bottling locally.
The wine was  more detail...

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