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Loire Valley Wine regions
Ever been to see a band you thought you only kind of liked, but then were blown away by their huge back catalogue of banging tracks you know all the words to? Well in the vinous sense I give to you the Loire Valley.  France’s longest river is the home of 69 AOC’s, and it...
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A recent trade tasting gave us an updated insight to the wonders the Chardonnay grown across this region. From Petit-Chablis through to Grand Cru’s the mineral drive of these wines is something to really think about from a cellaring point of view. With high acidity, balanced fruit and a range of complexities from winemaking, barrel...
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(Pic: Ashlee Fischer) It’s already been a hot Sydney summer, but the weather will keep temperatures high and even add bigger changes as cooler nights warm up to hot days. Something your wines really won’t like. Therefore we thought that whilst summer may be on its way out, keeping your wines in pristine condition over...
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(Image: Tablespoon.com) Let’s face it, you don’t always want to cellar all wines. Especially in the summer when light, easy drinking wines are what’s called for. So when a few customers asked for recommendation we thought we’d post those suggestions. Here are our go to 2017 summer wines. Drink now and enjoy! Going up the...
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We were recently invited along to our long term wine mate, Alex Retief’s new venture, Sydney’s first Urban Winery and Cellar Door. Located in the heart of St Peters in Sydney’s Inner West this is a fully functioning, commercial winery that processes at least 50 tonnes of grape each vintage. With the ability to tour the winery...
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(Image Credit: Theversatilegent.com) We spoke to Mark Wickman from Wickman’s Fine Wines about the secondary wine market in Australia. RWS: Hi Mark, so in a nutshell can you explain what Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions does? MW: We’re an online market place for people to buy and sell fine wines. We combine traditional auction house values with the...
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You may have noticed things taking shape behind wine cellar number two recently. We have built out the old area into a small but perfectly formed wine tasting area. So far we’ve had great feedback from our customers who have seen it and we’ll no doubt be running a few intimate wine tastings soon, especially...
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I was recently asked to join the panel for the Italian Wine & Food Festival’s Aglianico VS Nebbiolo masterclass in Sydney, and thought our readers might like a quick rundown of the discussion. So firstly why are we comparing these two grape varieties? Firstly the similarities. They both flower early and ripen late, and can...
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The Spanish noble grape is unquestionably Tempranillo. This variety comes in many different clones,  regions and therefore produces a huge array of styles. Traditionally in left in barrel for long periods before bottling, modern Tempranillo’s are now aged for sensible times, Rioja’s minimal barrel aging is 1 year plus a year in bottle. Bottle age...
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After a recent spell of so-so vintages, Bordeaux’s annual 2015 En Primeur campaign is looking to give wine merchants the world over a lift. With many wines from 2012, 13 and 14 still not sold from the en Primeur campaigns, a decline from Asian markets and a mistrust in the en Primeur system, the Chateaux...
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