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PASSING THE TORCH – FEATURE ARTICLE

Posted: March 15, 2023

Passing The Torch - d'Arenberg's New Direction "It means now that Chester, he of the colourful shirts and wine industry showman, oversees production of 80 different wines (and counting) from 40 varieties (and counting), totalling around 220,000 dozen cases of...

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PICTURE PERFECT STYRIA – FEATURE ARTICLE

Posted: March 14, 2023

Picture Perfect Styria is Austria's stunning secret "Possessed of towering peaks (some volcanic), rolling green hills and sprawling forests, Styria’s landscapes are breathtaking even by Austrian postcard standards." CHARLES GENT   While the northern, Rhine-side regions of Austria with their...

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LOUISE POMMERY CHAMPAGNE – FEATURE ARTICLE

Posted: March 14, 2023

Louise Pommery - The Greta Garbo of Champagnes "There are no compromises to quality. This was understood even in the days of Madame Pommery.’ Clément Pierlot."   CHAMPAGNE CLUB by RICHARD JUHLIN Champagne’s history is rich with women full of...

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SHOOTING FOR THE STARS

Posted: January 1, 2023

Gapsted Estate’s grand plans for success "I wanted us to back ourselves more with the quality of wine we could produce. The wines were always good, but I thought we could take them to another level … to become absolute...

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MAN ON A MISSION

Posted: January 1, 2023

Marisco Vineyard’s winemaker and owner Brent Marris seeks to combine wine, farming and family. "Marris has a clear idea of where Marisco Vineyard’s core focus is and prefers to keep improving upon this rather than seek change for its own...

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PERSISTANCE PAYS OFF

Posted: January 1, 2023

Established brand Gartelmann is in perfectly capable hands with its new owner successfully taking the helm. “Both the moves have proven really popular. We’re incredibly busy – it’s a good idea to book any time, but weekends especially. We serve...

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Elisabeth King

San Francisco Rolls Out The Welcome Mat – Where To Eat And Drink In California’s Bohemian Central

Posted: November 15, 2022

San Francisco is also relatively compact, encompassing its famed 7x7 square mile core. You might return from a trip feeling much fitter as well after hiking the city's hilly streets and the exercise also helps to work up more of...

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Fancy A Change?

Posted: November 15, 2022

Let us consider some alterative white wines that are available, either grown in Australia or imported from overseas. Italy has literally hundreds to choose from. FANCY a Chubby Ape? An intriguing ale brewed with Queensland bananas and Tasmanian walnuts. Or...

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WOLF OF THE WINE INDUSTRY

Posted: November 15, 2022

THE INCREDIBLE LEGACY AND LEGEND THAT IS WOLF BLASS "This country has been very good to me... and I’ve been good for the country,” Blass said later, determined that his Foundation could be a way of giving something back." Nigel...

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WINESTATE NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2022 Issue Out Now

Posted: November 15, 2022

This issue we bring you; The Jimmy Watson Trophy Revisited, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Champagne & Sparkling, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc & Blends, Pinot Gris/Grigio, New Releases and Michael Cooper's NZ Recent Releases. An amazing line up that we hope you will...

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FIELDS OF DREAMS

Posted: November 15, 2022

Newcomer Drury Lane Estate has big plans on the horizon "The vines here are approaching 30 years of age - and the grapes have been used for some regional standouts in the past." Winsor Dobbin DRURY Lane Estate may be...

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BUILDING ON A LEGACY

Posted: November 15, 2022

Bangor Vineyard might be new on the wine scene, but they are a vineyard with a serious history. "Rather than planting a range of different varieties, we have made a conscious decision to concentrate on the grapes that best fit...

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Kyneton Ridge – Cooler than Cool

Posted: September 1, 2022

Welcome to the Macedon Ranges "It’s a region known for its cool-climate pinot noir and chardonnay, but we’ve also spotted a beautifully intense shiraz that’s made in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges at Kyneton Ridge Estate." Megan Blandford IT was love at...

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Silver Spoon Estate: The perfect blend of wine and personality

Posted: September 1, 2022

This 100% off-grid Heathcote winery produces wine exploration experiences, humour, and a gracefully floral shiraz. “Silver Spoon Estate is 100% off-grid with full sustainability practices including the cellar door, winery and home on the Estate generating its own electricity, harvesting...

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Gumpara Wines Casts Its Spell

Posted: September 1, 2022

Gumpara Wines - Casts its Spell "Mader’s story now goes in two directions- both back to the start, when his Prussian refugee forebears fleeing religious persecution arrived in the Barossa in 1856, and to the present, when the grapes they...

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WINESTATE SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2022 Issue Out Now

Posted: September 1, 2022

This issue we bring you; World's Greatest Shiraz & Syrah Challenge, Emerging Varietals, Limestone Coast & Surrounds, New Releases, Michael Cooper's NZ Recent Releases and NZ Recent Releases. An amazing line up that we hope you will enjoy! To get...

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Elisabeth King

Viva Vancouver – Autumn Touring With Gourmet Cuisine, Craft Beers And North-West Pacific Wines

Posted: September 1, 2022

Nicknamed Raincouver, the coastal city is encircled by mountains and is full of Insta-worthy coves and inlets. The bustling, culturally diverse port also has a major craft beer scene and is only a few hours drive from the vineyards and...

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Vessels For Fermentation

Posted: September 1, 2022

Stainless steel is an extremely hygienic material and easy to clean. Vats can have insulated jackets or be glycol cooled to control fermenting temperatures. THE most important step in making wine is the fermentation process. Stainless steel vessels have been...

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Elisabeth King

Reims – More Than Just Bubbles

Posted: July 22, 2022

The city at the centre of the world's most famous bubbles is very walkable, so many choose to take the 45-minute train from Paris rather than book a rental car and limit the amount of glasses they can enjoy as...

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The World of Hybrids, Clones and Crosses.

Posted: July 22, 2022

After crossing swords with crosses and disappearing down the rabbit hole of international hybrids, and we have only scratched the surface, it is far more comforting to discuss clones. This is where a particularly good grape vine from a vineyard...

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THE SWEET, AND NOT SO SWEET, STORY OF LOWER AUSTRIA

Posted: July 22, 2022

LOWER AUSTRIA AND WAGRAM "Lower Austria is the somewhat utilitarian name given to eight diverse regions, which between them produce 60% of Austria’s wine. The regions comprise Wachau, Kremstal, Kamptal, Traisental and the recently DAC-gazetted Wagram to the west of...

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WINESTATE JULY AUGUST 2022 Issue Out Now

Posted: July 22, 2022

This issue we bring you; Cabernet and Bordeaux Challenge, Organic and Biodynamic Wines, River Regions, Wines of Victoria, Sweet White & Fortifieds, Clare Valley & Surrounds, New Releases, NZ Recent Releases. An amazing line up that we hope you will...

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The Greatest Show on Earth

Posted: May 15, 2022

Pinot Noir is the fourth most crushed grape variety in Australia, behind shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Some data claims that it is the most drunk red wine in restaurants and if this is true it is a great sign...

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Elisabeth King

Newport – America’s Original Seaside Resort Resurges

Posted: May 15, 2022

Several of these plush piles are open to the public and like Highclere Castle in the UK, the home of the fictional Crawleys in Downtown Abbey, they can be hired for weddings and events. THE American seaside resort was invented...

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IN PURSUIT OF PERFECTION

Posted: May 15, 2022

WITH A DEDICATION TO QUALITY AND INNOVATION PARACOMBE WINES IS LEADING THE PACK "Paracombe Wines was officially launched in 1992 just before their daughter was due to be born. The brand and the winery have been growing ever since, with...

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TRIUMPH FROM TURMOIL

Posted: May 15, 2022

DOC ADAMS PROVES THEY’RE JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED "The Doc Adams brand began in 2005 when Waters and viticulturalist Jacobs, who’d helped tend the vines since 1998, entered into a partnership, formed a collective of 22 grape growers and...

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OUT OF THE HAZE AND INTO THE LIMELIGHT

Posted: May 15, 2022

WOODY NOOK BLAZES A BRIGHT PATH INTO THE FUTURE "Describing Woody Nook conjures up feelings of romantic nostalgia and odes to a bygone era – where humble beginnings have evolved into a relaxing ease and place of calm." BERLINDA CONTI...

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Seasoning Shiraz

Posted: March 15, 2022

There is a slight growth in producers using the term syrah on Australian wine labels to indicate a pepper or spice approach. That might be useful for consumers so they can pick and choose which style of shiraz from the...

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Elisabeth King

Genoa – The Birthplace of Pesto, Focaccia and Christopher Columbus

Posted: March 15, 2022

Kickstart a food and wine exploration of Genoa in Via XX Settembre, a shopping boulevard lined with local and international fashion brands, which is also home to the city's premier food market, MOG Mercato Orientale. ONE of the most exciting...

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The Road to Greatness

Posted: March 15, 2022

Paulmara Estate’s Journey to Wine of the Year "When I was managing the Barossa growers (for Penfolds) the pinnacle a grower could reach was Grange. I wanted to see how long it would take to plant a vine and get...

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BURGE of the BAROSSA

Posted: March 15, 2022

The Reinvention of Grant Burge "Meshach’s son Percival, Grant’s grandfather, established the Wilsford Winery near Lyndoch in 1928, making fortified wine as was the usual thing in those days. His sons, including Grant’s father, didn’t want to make the change...

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Love at First Sip

Posted: March 15, 2022

A Barossa passion gave birth to Brockenchack Wines "This vineyard really is something special,” Trevor enthuses. “It’s part of what some people refer to as the ‘golden triangle’ and earned us the title of Eden Valley Winery of the Year...

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Playing Amongst The Angels

Posted: January 20, 2022

The magic and mystery of Maison Deutz "We loved to taste the grape must, hide from the workers in the cellars, and play hide-and-seek down there." BJÖRNSTIERNE ANTONSON MY first meeting will be with the timid and elegant Jean-Marc Lallier-Deutz....

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WILD AT HEART

Posted: January 11, 2022

What started with growing grapes has now turned into a Wild Game. "This is a region that’s really gaining traction,” Mary says. “There’s a really high demand for its fruit so most of it will be sold for now. Currently...

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THE VERDICT’S IN

Posted: January 11, 2022

Barristers Block guilty of being a great wine brand! "The combination of fire and pandemic has shown our Barristers Block team to be creative and passionate; strong, resilient and determined to be bigger and better in every way we can....

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The Art of Wine

Posted: January 11, 2022

Embracing alternative varieties and getting it right, Artwine proves that fortune favours the brave. "While all the wines are made in commercial quantities, total production is only around the 10,000-case mark, and the Kellys are intent on remaining boutique in...

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DOING IT DIFFERENTLY IN THE RIVERLAND

Posted: January 11, 2022

THE SUCCESS STORY OF 919 WINES "Over the past thirteen years Eric and Jenny Semmler have rolled up their sleeves and shown that the Riverland can produce small volume, specialist table wines of outstanding quality that regularly steal the golda...

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Wine of the Year ANNUAL EDITION 2022 Issue out Now

Posted: January 11, 2022

It’s time to look a final look back on 2021 before diving into the new year with our Annual (Jan/Feb) Wine of the Year Awards Edition. This issue covers all the highlights of the four, four-and-a-half and five stars reviews…

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Australian regional expression. Fact of fantasy?

Posted: December 9, 2021

The role that soil plays in terroir/regional expression is not as clearly understood as the impact of climate. RECOGNISING regional expression is one of the holy grails in the enjoyments of wine and an aspiration for wine producing countries. Being...

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Elisabeth King

Northern Delights – Wining, Dining and Chilling in Yamba

Posted: December 9, 2021

If you think that's Chris Hemsworth standing at the bar, it might be. The Thor actor often pops in from his palatial home in Byron Bay. EXPERTS are predicting that Australians will continue to holiday at home more even though...

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Fiano calling Australia home

Posted: November 20, 2021

The region famous for fiano is Campania in southern Italy. The grape varieties home is in the province of Irpinia and the Fiano di Avellino DOCG which lies in-land from Napoli, the third largest city in Italy, and its famous...

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Elisabeth King

Come Fly with Me – New Hotels and Resorts Around the World to Benchmark

Posted: November 20, 2021

The travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand has been stop and start for most of the year. INTERNATIONAL flights from Australia have been grounded for over 18 months. But the rest of the world has been busy opening a...

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PIPERS CALLS THE TUNE

Posted: November 20, 2021

TASSIE DUO A PERFECT SPARKLING MATCH "Kreglinger took majority ownership of Pipers Brook back in 2001 and the winery and cellar door setting could hardly be more striking." WINSOR DOBBIN PIPERS Brook and associated budget brand Ninth Island have been...

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Pol Roger

Posted: November 20, 2021

PERFECTING THE ART OF CHAMPAGNE “There has been evolution, too, in Pol Roger’s winemaking regime: “Not a revolution,” says company president Laurent d’Harcourt, “but with different-sized tanks, temperature control and cold settling, where it used to be more grape by...

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Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

Posted: November 20, 2021

A SPARKLING EXAMPLE OF A GROWER CHAMPAGNE “For the past decade or so Negociants has been the importer of Gimonnet champagne, one of the larger of the grower champagnes with just over 20,000 cases a year production, and with a...

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EYE ON THE PRIZE

Posted: November 20, 2021

McArthur Ridge’s sight set on a bright future “The previous owners left the legacy of a stunning vineyard set up to the highest standards. We see our next steps as a changing of the guard, with big aspirations to grow...

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WINESTATE SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2021 Issue Out Now

Posted: September 15, 2021

This issue we bring you; Shiraz/Syrah & Blends, Emerging Varietals, New Releases, Semillon & Blends, Limestone Coast & Surrounds, South Island NZ. An amazing line up that we hope you will enjoy! To get your latest issue of Winestate Magazine...

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Elisabeth King

Darwin Delivers – Top End Food and Drink Treats

Posted: September 15, 2021

Other stalwarts of the Darwin dining landscape include Pee Wee’s at the Point, which has clinched the NT restaurant of the year award several times. I RE-KINDLED my affection for Darwin a few years ago and have returned several times...

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NO WOOD NO GOOD

Posted: September 15, 2021

Oak has been used as a storage and transportation vessel for wine for two thousand years. It is fit for purpose, being a watertight wood and strong material for coopers to shape into barrels. NOW that is a contentious title...

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AIMING HIGH

Posted: September 15, 2021

Newcomer Monteperle Wines is already achieving great things. “I just saw there was an opportunity to do something really interesting,” Carapetis says. “It was a ground-up operation and I thought I could help them mould it to something special, to...

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