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Big New Brutus Barossa Shiraz Durif
Out Today - Half Price One Week Only

Monday, 21st April, 2014 - David Farmer

You will not come across a lot of great wines in a lifetime of consuming. If you pick wisely you should come across many very good wines. The new vintage of Brutus is out today and it certainly belongs in the very good category. This is the fourth release and we offer 135 cases. more...

Barossa is the Salt of the Earth
~ New Release Goat Square ~

Saturday, 19th April, 2014 - David Farmer

The best day at Glug is when a new wine arrives. Today is even better as an old favourite the Goat Square Barossa Shiraz has returned. Good Barossa Shiraz is the salt of the earth which means; "According to the Bible, salt of the earth could be used as a metaphor meaning a person who is devoted, loyal, earnest, and honest". more...

Six Rich Reds Guaranteed to Satisfy
Wednesday, 16th April, 2014 - David Farmer

Psychics can read crystal balls but are not so good with tea leaves. I spent months in China learning about growing tea and tasting tea but failed my tea leaf reading final. I also have trouble with the meaning of sediment in a wine glass though I like it there. Reds throw sediment over time as tannins and other chemicals rearrange in the bottle.. 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: What We Drank Last Night
The Wines had Something for Everyone and Difficulty Galore
Monday, 14th April, 2014 - David Farmer

The guests arrived, I opened the champagne, turned my back and it was all gone. To understand wine and make a judgment which is worth passing on you need more than a quick sip. Thus the Jose Dhondt Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc 2007 12% which I noted was enjoyed by all leaves me unable to offer a thought. What I can give thanks for is the satisfaction we all share from the great number of small houses now turning their grapes into Champagne. It's only natural to make wine from your own grapes but it is a genuine small revolution. more...

MORE DRINKS FROM OTHER NIGHTS
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
2014-04-25 08:10:41 - David Is this true? "While drought is a disaster for most crops, grapes make the best wines if they are stressed from lack of water". Texas Wines Take the Heat in $1.8 Billion Business, John Mariani, Bloomberg, 2nd September, 2013.    
2014-04-21 08:19:46 - David "By federal law, if a wine has 75 percent or more of its contents from out-of-state grapes, it must be labelled "For Sale in Texas Only" with no further designation. So, wines with 74 percent California juice may be labelled Texas wines". (The state   more...
2014-04-18 22:02:08 - David "The preservation of terroir is finally a kind of unwritten conspiracy between the farmers and the wealthy, as well as the bourgeois bohemians of the big cities, who will pay more for quality, for freshness, for artisanal craft and for that   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: 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: 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
Comparing Burgundy and Claret
Attributed to: Broadbent, Michael king of wines
Source: Christies Wine Review 1976
Contributed by: Anon

"Fine claret attracts the enquiring mind, the collector, the fancier and critic of names and vintages, the price-conscious intellectual. Burgundy, at its best a wine of richness, even opulence, of fragrance and nobility, appeals more directly to the senses. It is a wine for those who enjoy living rather than those who prefer to keep life at arm's length. It is a wine which, above all, appeals to the heart."

Broadbent explaining the difference between two great wine regions and partly between two grape types


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





LATEST ARTICLES
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

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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