May 14, 2014

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Drop of the Month

Every now and again I taste a wine made by a certain Griffith-based producer that leaves me wondering why people complain that good wine is hard to find and even harder to pay for. It happened again the other day. I needed a glass of red wine for a photograph and the nearest one to hand was the Westend Hilltops Tempranillo 2013 from Calabria Family Wines. Having reattached the...

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May 13, 2014

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Wine myths debunked #4

Over the centuries, wine has attracted a large number of myths and strange practices, many of which are believed to work despite the fact that there is no logical basis for them to do so. An absolute belter is the notion that by placing a teaspoon into an opened bottle of champagne you can help it from becoming flat. Sadly, this doesn’t work either. However, the notion that...

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May 13, 2014

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Springtime in China

From an Australian perspective, China in April was all about Australia Week...

May 13, 2014

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Will China’s wine market bounc...

Red Obsession, the fascinating documentary that opened the eyes of many in...

May 13, 2014

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Slam of the Month

As the ancient Greeks were fond of saying, cut a head off a hydra and two...

Feb 3, 2014

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Welcome to 2014, a new year

On the verge of the Chinese Year of the Horse and almost an entire month into...

Feb 3, 2014

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What do Mitchell Johnston and Michae...

They’ve both Australians who have put European back in their place....