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King Shot New Release from Sensational 2010
Monday, 21st July, 2014 - David Farmer

Most wine producers release the best of the best as premium wines. So far so good; and as a buyer you will decide if the wine is worth the extra money, as finally the market place decides value. Yet when the wine is sampled with others from all over in a masked tasting, it is found that identifying the better wines is not so simple. more...

Heavily Discounted South Australian Cabernet Bargains
Saturday, 19th July, 2014 - David Farmer

Over the next month I will focus on South Australian Cabernet as we have found many brilliant wines. Max Schubert began his great red wine experiments in the 1950s at a time when Australia grew only tiny amounts of Cabernet, the famous grape of Bordeaux, so he used Shiraz. more...

Six Full Rich Styles to Delight
Wednesday, 16th July, 2014 - David Farmer

In the last week I have been given two bottles of home grown olive oil; one from the Barossa the other from Eden Valley. Country life has its appeal. Moving to the Barossa was a good idea as I've learnt a lot about wine over the last ten years; indeed Glug had no hope of being a small business without this change. more...

Go To Section: On Tasting
John Moody and Brave or Foolish Judging by Winestate September/October 2013 : Part 2.
Monday, 21st July, 2014 - David Farmer

In Part 1, I discussed how the judging or grading of wine is fraught with difficulties. I then pondered if a better system was possible and found encouragement in the methods of John Moody in his rating of financial paper. To restate the problem in a different way, consider two teams tasting the same set of wines in different rooms at the same time. more...

Go To Section: Shopping News
Are You Getting Good Value When You Buy Wine?
Sunday, 6th July, 2014 - David Farmer

A favourite topic of mine is wine prices and I like comparing types of wines and whether the retail price meets the expectation of the customer. It is a fascinating topic. Here are some views: more...

Go To Section: The Australian Wine Industry
Remembering the Twelves and Mount Pleasant
Saturday, 5th July, 2014 - David Farmer

The great men of wine had gathered to taste 'the twelves'. Then they began to memorise about 'the twelves', displaying colourful recollections of 'the twelves' having this or that character, or I recall this 'twelve', as they circled each other jostling for position before one used that superb cliche, 'it's so typical of the twelves'. At this point the great Len Evans had had enough and told them to 'shut up and just drink the wine'. more...

Go To Section: What We Drank Last Night
Svetlana Acquired Taste Heartbreak Grape and Galway
Friday, 4th July, 2014 - David Farmer

Years ago Ben gave me with the insight that in the eastern hills of the Barossa, the region we call Eden Valley, lived Svetlana the keeper of Gruner Veltlinger, or as he called her the Lady of the Eastern Hills. I had doubts if such a person existed and even more doubts about the future, if any, of Gruner Veltlinger. more...

MORE DRINKS FROM OTHER NIGHTS
Go To Section: The Festival of Adelaidean Shiraz
Comparing the Adelaidean-Mount Lofty Range to the Rhone Valley
Saturday, 14th June, 2014 - David Farmer

I have the view that the significance of the Adelaidean-Mount Lofty Range vineyard region is greater than currently understood and, to offer a comparison, believe it to be more significant than the Rhone Valley. My reasoning for elevating the Adelaidean-Mount Lofty Range above the Rhone Valley develops from two thoughts; comparing their respective wine quality and weighing up the diversity of styles and varieties which each produce. more...

LATEST FESTIVAL NEWS
Go To Section: Glug News Feed
2014-07-26 11:10:10 - David Wine labels. “Money becomes real when people have faith in it. Governments have no monopoly on that, which is why they spend a lot of time putting many symbols of faith and trust on the currency from pictures of sovereigns like the queen or the   more...
2014-07-20 09:38:53 - David All so long ago. “The 1976 Tyrrells Vat 6 Hunter River Pinot Noir however hit the big time in 1980, when alongside Chateau Petrus and Romanee Conti it was named in the top 12 wines of the world by Time magazine”. The rise and rise of Pinot Noir,   more...
2014-07-16 21:09:02 - David “There is, and always will be, a place for art in winemaking but by the same token I think the work this team is doing will also prove valuable for the bulk wine market”….“Buyers in that range are seeking consistency; I guess it is similar to Coke   more...
Go To Section: Wine Books
Perfumes the Guide  - Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez
Profile Books, London, 2008
Review by David Farmer

Alice Normal visited Tanunda a few years back and searching for a suitable gift I explored a local second-hand store which was packed with unusual bits and pieces. Since Ms Normal is an extreme op shopper with a proven talent for unearthing gold amongst the rubbish of a run-down, small town, community store I was under pressure to deliver. more...

Go To Section: One Normal Day
VinExpo Review
Friday, 30th May, 2014 - Alice Normal

This week I found myself at the VinExpo biennale in Hong Kong. I hate these things – because I hate to talk to people about wine. However, I quite like drinking wine and to see what everyone is up to. I'm not sure whether attendance figures were up or down on previous years... I don't imagine we will ever know since the French were organising it. more...

Go To Section: Annals of Marketing
Winery Names and Naming Wine Labels
Sunday, 6th April, 2014 - David Farmer

In the late 1970s I imported a collection of wines from the Napa Valley and one of these was Diamond Creek. At the time I thought nothing of the name or label, and apart from knowing it was a cult wine and thus of high repute simply concentrated on the wine quality.
By 1996 I was consulting to a liquor group which from 1992 had been developing a portfolio of house brands. more...

Go To Section: General Comments
Four Barossa Winemakers Talking About Mataro
Thursday, 27th March, 2014 - David Farmer

Mataro was one of the first varieties planted in South Australia and from the 1880s was a staple in the production of fortified wines. The period from the 1890s till the 1950s spans the dark ages for table wine in Australia and the choice was beer, spirits, sherry and port. more...

Go To Section: What The Market Says
The Dog Days of Being an Independent Retailer
Monday, 24th March, 2014 - David Farmer

Retailing has its challenges but if you can buy the same products as competitors at a lower price you start the day a long way in front. The options then are; charge the same price as everyone else and make more money or become aggressive with prices to sell more and extend your advantage. more...

Go To Section: Regional Studies & Terrior
Final Thoughts: A 40 year Adventure in Geology, Soils, Landscapes and Wine.
Part 4 - Terroir Makes Little Sense and is a Term Best Left to the French

Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014 - David Farmer

I began by stating that three components build the flavours of a wine. The first component, climate and weather, as well as the second, vineyard and winery practices, are proven to do so. The exact role of the third; soils, bedrock and geology has been the topic of these articles. The term terroir, as it is commonly used, connects the location of the vineyard with the taste of the wine and as noted in part 1 the name implies an association of taste with the soils and bedrock. more...

Part 3 - Clues from Other Regions, New Zealand, Argentine and Australia
Friday, 30th May, 2014 - David Farmer
Part 2 - Detailed Mapping in Australia Offers Clues on Soils, Rocks and Taste
Thursday, 20th February, 2014 - David Farmer
Part 1 - Understanding the Topic, Terroir and the French Experience
Thursday, 13th February, 2014 - David Farmer
Wine Flavours, Climate, Weather, Soils and Geology
Sunday, 12th January, 2014 - David Farmer


WINE QUOTES
Terroir is all and Everything
Attributed to: Jeffs, Julian
Source: Sherry (Faber)
Contributed by: Anon

"Owing to the difference in climate, wines that taste austere in Jerez taste even more austere in the northern countries, and the further north you go, the more you notice it: you can even tell the difference after a journey from London to Edinburgh. One shipper claims that a trace of sweet wine in a fino merely robs it of this excessive austerity, and that his slightly sweetened fino tastes the same in London as the natural wine does in Jerez."


A regular update of wines we've found interesting and a few we'd rather forget more...





LATEST ARTICLES
John Moody and Brave or Foolish Judging by Winestate September/October 2013 : Part 2.

Monday, 21st July, 2014

Are You Getting Good Value When You Buy Wine?

Sunday, 6th July, 2014

Remembering the Twelves and Mount Pleasant

Saturday, 5th July, 2014

Svetlana Acquired Taste Heartbreak Grape and Galway

Friday, 4th July, 2014

My Replies to Frequently Asked Questions

Sunday, 22nd June, 2014

The 13 Wine Regions of the Adelaidean - Mount Lofty Ranges

Sunday, 8th June, 2014

What you need to Know about The Festival of Adelaidean Shiraz 2014

Sunday, 1st June, 2014

VinExpo Review

Friday, 30th May, 2014

Part 3 - Clues from Other Regions, New Zealand, Argentine and Australia

Friday, 30th May, 2014

The Crowd Moved On but The Beauty of Sherry Continues

Tuesday, 27th May, 2014

Perfumes the Guide

Thursday, 15th May 2014

Year 2002 the High Point for Australian Wine Producers

Monday, 5th May, 2014

Advice for Buying Champagne and Sparkling Wines

Thursday, 1st May, 2014

John Moody and Brave or Foolish Judging by Winestate September/October 2013 : Part 1

Thursday, 1st May, 2014

The Wines had Something for Everyone and Difficulty Galore

Monday, 14th April, 2014

Winery Names and Naming Wine Labels

Sunday, 6th April, 2014

Follow Ben in a Day's Work at Glug

Thursday, 3rd April, 2014

Tastings Wine Scores and Shapley Values

Thursday, 27th March, 2014

Four Barossa Winemakers Talking About Mataro

Thursday, 27th March, 2014

The Dog Days of Being an Independent Retailer

Monday, 24th March, 2014

Crumbling Brand Access Fees for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Monday, 17th March, 2014

The Harem Barossa Wines from 2012 are Released

Wednesday, 19th March, 2014

Pruning Old Bush Vine Mataro

Tuesday, 11th March, 2014

A Glorious Sunny Day with White Wine and Fish

Saturday, 9th March, 2014

Something Very Odd with Fabulous Bordeaux from 2009

Monday, 3rd March, 2014

March Mataro Madness 2014 is Underway

Tuesday, 4th March, 2014

Views on Tasting with Penfolds Notes for the Record

Thursday, 27th February, 2014

Matua and Real New Zealand Being Made in Australia

Thursday, 27th February, 2014

Part 2 - Detailed Mapping in Australia Offers Clues on Soils, Rocks and Taste

Thursday, 20th February, 2014

The 2014 Release of the Penfolds Bins

Thursday, 20th February, 2014




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