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World Chardonnay Day 2024 Wine
World Chardonnay Day Thursday May 23rd, 2024

May 22nd, 2024

Celebrate World Chardonnay Day on Thursday May 23rd, 2024. Chardonnay is the world’s most popular white wine –  by far! Chardonnay is also one of the three main grapes that are used for Champagne and Sparkling Wine production. Chardonnay’s  spiritual homeland is Burgundy (pictured), in France, where it is responsible for the wines known as Chablis and Macon […]

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Wine Education
Wine Education – Cooling influences from the ocean

May 19th, 2021

Did you know that cold ocean currents can have a cooling effect on coastal wine regions? Why is this good? ‘Cooling influences’ such as ocean currents and ocean breezes help the vines to retain the acidity in their grapes, which adds to the ‘structure’ and ‘finish’ in the final wine. Next time you are in […]

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World Malbec Day

April 19th, 2021

It is World Malbec Day! Malbec is Argentina’s flagship wine and it is known for being deep in colour, rich in juicy black fruit aromas and flavours. Malbec is also loved for having smooth, soft tannins. Most of Argentina’s vineyards grow at high altitudes, more than 600 metres above sea level, close to the Andes […]

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The Barossa
Feature Wine Region – The Barossa

April 12th, 2021

The Barossa Zone includes the world renown Barossa Valley wine region and the stunning Eden Valley Wine Region. The Barossa Valley region is one Australia’s leading regions for fine wine production, especially  Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. It is located one hour’s drive, north of Adelaide, in South Australia. The climate is warm and dry, […]

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wine tasting tips tannins in wine
Wine Tasting Tips – Tannins

April 12th, 2021

What are ‘tannins’ in wine? Tannins come from the skins and the seeds of grapes. They can also come from oak barrels during ageing. They support the balance and age- ability of a wine and are part of what keeps a wine ‘together’ over the years. Tannins are can be astringent and make your mouth […]

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Sunlight and vineyards
Wine Education – Sunlight & Vineyards

March 30th, 2021

How important is sunlight to a vineyard? Without light, plants are unable to photosynthesize and they die,  but beyond this, sunlight is one of the most important factors in growing grapes that have the right amount of glucose and fruit flavours. More sunlight = more flavour. It is also important to balance the right levels […]

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Margaret River Wine Region
Feature Wine Region – The Margaret River

March 22nd, 2021

The Margaret River wine region produces outstanding Chardonnay, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Bordeaux style red blends made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Located 200 kilometres south of Perth, along a spectacular coastline, the Margaret River has a warm maritime climate. This produces grapes with beautifully concentrated fruit aromas and flavours, while still […]

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Acidity in wine
Wine Tasting Tips – Acidity

May 4th, 2020

When tasting white or red wine wine, one of the key elements to consider, is the acidity of the wine. Acidity provides the ‘backbone’ that helps a wine to age well,  and also provides the structure for how it tastes right now. When tasting wine, or any other drink, most of us will detect acidity […]

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