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First Time On Special St Kitts Barossa Shiraz
Wednesday, 9th April, 2014 - David Farmer

At Glug we avoid the highways and take the by-ways. The highways are for the big companies and are packed with traffic, the fast moving consumer goods crowd with their big volume brands. The wines are O.K. if the price is right but they have a similar taste; which I guess is to be expected when you make a huge quantity. more...

Stocks are Low Barossa Shiraz still at $7.99 ea
Monday, 7th April, 2014 - David Farmer

Three interesting specials are on offer today. I have lowered the price of the Crayford Shiraz as many Barossa brands are running out and I need to find you a decent drink until the Karrawirra and Goat Square are released in six weeks. I also draw attention to the Mount Eagle which is pure gold at $7.99. more...

Huge Savings from McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Padthaway & Langhorne Creek
Saturday, 5th April, 2014 - David Farmer

Whether buying wine at your end or ours, I think we agree that the huge diversity makes it a confusing business. With that said I think Glug and its customers agree on three simple points.
1. Offered a cleanskin with no information you would not pay much. more...

Go To Section: Shopping News
Follow Ben in a Day's Work at Glug
Thursday, 3rd April, 2014 - David Farmer

The way we do things at Glug is a bit unusual so I thought you would find it interesting to follow Ben around for a day - though I have picked an interesting day. The pictures help explain the story and assist in understanding the origins of the wines we sell.
The Morning
Ben was approached a month back by a tiny winery with some left-over wine to sell. more...

LATEST SHOPPING NEWS
Go To Section: On Tasting
Tastings Wine Scores and Shapley Values
Thursday, 27th March, 2014 - David Farmer

We all approach assessing wine in our own way but mention that all wines in a group must be given a score and the background dynamic changes. A score means that a tally can be done to identify the best wine and alarmingly the worst wine. No one wants to be seen as a supporter of the worse wines so how do you head off this embarrassing possibility? 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: Glug News Feed
2014-04-14 08:53:03 - David Think about wine and the context of tasting. "It’s impressive,” said Jack Flam, president of the Dedalus Foundation...that authenticates Motherwell’s work. “Whoever did these paintings was very well-informed of the practices of the artists." One of   more...
2014-04-12 09:43:24 - David "Your customers come and go when they feel like it - with no consistency or predictability. Their perceptions of reality and their emotions are twisted by the consumption of alcohol. Meanwhile, your staff are on drugs and are sleeping with each   more...
2014-04-08 10:30:05 - David Ben is working to mid-night these days as we have six wines going to bottling this week and they all need last minute tweaking. The exciting news is that this includes three wines from McLaren Vale which we snared a month back.    
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: The Australian Wine Industry
Pruning Old Bush Vine Mataro
Tuesday, 11th March, 2014 - Rolf Binder and David Farmer

Rolf Binder

Behind the Rolf Binder - Veritas winery grows a most important asset, a block of old bush vine mataro. The age is uncertain though two sources suggest they were planted more than 85 years ago. Along the road from the winery and next to Peter Lehmann lives 'Snow' Andretzke who is now 80 years old and he says the vines have been there all his life. David Stoll, an old school chum, lived directly opposite the winery, in the Seltzer homestead, and says his mother remembers the vines as being old when she was growing up. more...

Go To Section: What We Drank Last Night
A Glorious Sunny Day with White Wine and Fish
Saturday, 9th March, 2014 - David Farmer

Arriving with a bottle of French Champagne shows you are serious, and it allowed me to start the day with the Heidsieck & Co Monopole Blue Top 12%. I found the wine more complex than others at this price point with an agreeable dose of old vintage stocks. As I do I kept a mouthful for the following day and returned to my quandary of how is it that swirling bubbles, feelings of good times, and general back-slapping can transform such mean, acidic, weakly flavoured wine into a delicious beverage. more...

MORE DRINKS FROM OTHER NIGHTS
Go To Section: Regional Studies & Terrior
Final Thoughts: A 40 year Adventure in Geology, Soils, Landscapes and Wine.
Part 2 - Detailed Mapping in Australia Offers Clues on Soils, Rocks and Taste

Thursday, 20th February, 2014 - David Farmer

I started in the wine business in 1975 and no one was in any doubt that France made the best wines. I became a believer in the idea of terroir, as after all the definition so broad who could not like the idea, and I was attracted to the notion of soils and geology being likely to have a role in producing wine flavours.

Not only the role of storing moisture but perhaps in some as yet undefined way soils enhanced the quality of the grapes and this might help in explaining the quality grading of vineyards.

In the late 1990s I thought I could advance these thoughts by studying vineyard regions in Australia. I reasoned that even if soil differences were of a subtle chemical nature they should show physical changes that could be observed and outlined. As well perhaps the underlying bedrock played a role and this would also be revealed by detailed observation. more...

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
An Affront to the French
Attributed to: Louis, Jean
Source: From The Observer, June 25Th, 2006. From an article titled; An unforgivable affront to French civilisation by Agnes Poirier. The quote is by her friend Jean-Louis.
Contributed by: Anon

"... But this is insane! It will never happen; we'll never accept it. What a preposterous idea. Wines are made of different kinds of grapes, rarely just one. What matters is where it comes from and who produced it. I would never dream of offering my guests a glass of 'cabernet sauvignon'; it doesn't mean anything ...

Simplify labeling? Bordeaux wines have the simplest labeling system in the world! There are 11,600 chateaux in Bordeaux and each produces one kind of wine: you like it or you don't. Easy, non?"


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





LATEST ARTICLES
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

Final Thoughts: A 40 year Adventure in Geology, Soils, Landscapes and Wine.
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

The Making of Parawatta Riesling from Eden Valley

Thursday, 20th February, 2014

Trademarks, Crittendens, Koppumurra, Wrattonbully and Legal Follies - Part 1

Tuesday, 18th February, 2014

Part 1 - Understanding the Topic, Terroir and the French Experience

Thursday, 13th February, 2014

2014 News - Exciting Wines Arriving in the Weeks Months Ahead

Tuesday, 11th February, 2014

Forever Young a First Release and Bin Numbers

Monday, 10th February, 2014

Humpty is Dead and All the Kings Horses and Men

Sunday, 9th February, 2014




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