Saturday, July 31, 2004

James Halliday's Wine Companion

The 2005 edition of James Halliday's Wine Companion has now been released. It includes 377 new wineries reflecting the continued growth and diversification of the industry since the wave of plantings in the mid to late 1990s. Further changes in the format have been forced to squeeze increased information base into the 600 pages.

Monday, July 26, 2004

Australian Inland Wine Show

The Inland Wine Show will be held in Swan Hill from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th October 2004. The show attracts entries from the Murray Valley, the Riverina and from Riverland. Some interesting varieties will be on show, especially Durif and Petit Verdot. Events include an Awards Dinner, public tasting and a Spring Festival at Bullers at Beverford. More information
Australian Inland Wine Show

Sunday, July 11, 2004

New on Vinodiversity

The big project for Vinodiversity is currently the creation of a2zwine a directory of the more than a hundred varieties used to make wine in Australia. It's about half finished, you can check out progress from the letter A
Any suggestions or corrections gratefully appreciated.

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2004

The Royal Melbourne Wine Show is Australia's largest wine show and home of the nation's most sought after wine award - the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy. The dates for this years events are as follows:
Awards Dinner: Thur 12 August 2004
Public tasting: Sat 14 August (Limited tickets)

More info
Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2004

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Boutique Wine Awards

The Australian Boutique Wine Association awards were held recently in Melbourne. The classes of particular interest to Vinodiversity were the Other White Varieties and Other Red Varieties categories. The highest scoring wine in the other white category was Millbrook Winery for its 2003 Viognier. The best other red was the Bundock Winery 2003 Petit Verdot.

The other whites were numerically dominated by Verdelho, with just four other varieties represented, namely Viognier, Pinot grigio/gris, Marsanne and Traminer. In the reds Durif and Sangiovese were the most popular varieties represented in a field containing a dozen alternative red varieties.

The full results of the show are posted on the Boutique wines website.