Monday, October 31, 2005

Hunter Valley Wine Region

The Hunter Valley is one of Australia's oldest wine regions. The most distinctive product is Hunter Semillon which makes a stunninng aged white wine. But there is plenty of other interesting wines in the region. Check out the link below to see what else the Hunter Wine Region has to offer.
Hunter Valley Wine Region


Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Petit verdot

Petit verdot is a variety that is getting some serious attention in most of the warmer wine regions in Australia. James Halliday rates two PVs at 94 points; Anderson at Rutherglen and Pirramirra in the McLaren Vale are his top picks.

The variety is traditionally used in Bordeaux as a minor component in blends, but it is finding a new role as a straight varietal in Australia. There are about a hundred Australian Wineries using PV as a varietal or in blends so if you look out for it you might find some.

have some Kingston Estate 1999 for sale at $5.95 per 375ml bottle, or you can get some 2002 McGuigan for $11.95

Monday, October 24, 2005

Gamay a red grape variety in the shadow of Pinot Noir

Gamay is one of those second fiddle wine varieties that have a small fan club but are ignored by most wine drinkers. Although it is an early ripening cool climate variety its distribution in Australia suggests that some people at least believe it to be more versitile.

See the Vinodiversity Gamay page

Monday, October 17, 2005

It's still coming! But I'm travelling slowly!

I'm currently holidaying in WA. Features of the trip are in the W's
Wet Weather,
Windy Weather
But most frustrating has been the WAITING for some action by the publishers on my book Emerging Varietal Wines of Australia.

Some wine highlights of the trip

West Cape Howe Viognier
Capel Vale Sangiovese
Tempranillo Graciano from The Grove
Happs varieties

Extracurricular activities include drinking some bloody good riesling, some wonderful lunches at wineries, chatting to helpful cellar door staff/winemakers and growers.

Coming soon a much revised wine regions section on the maing Vinodiversity site, a few new varieties, a report on the alternative varieites wine show, and with any luck THAT BOOK.

Don't forget you can really stay up to date by joining the newsletter mailing list. at Vinodiversity

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Coming Soon!

The book Emerging Varietal Wines of Australia will be published in November.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Slow period for VD


Things are going slowly on the Vinodiversity site at the moment. I Have been expending may energy writing the Emerging Varietal Wines book nand am now doing some researcvh in the Margaret River region. Peel Chenin blanc and Zin, Capel Vale Nebbilo and Brookhampton Estate Tempranillo tried en route from Perth.

slow but sure progress south