Friday, December 30, 2005

Murray Cod Vermentino and El Fuente

My friends at BDW have a special offer on 2004 Murray Cod Vermentino and 2003 El Fuente Tempranillo, both from the Murray Darling Collection. You can buy these wines by the case at heavily discounted prices.

Click here to get more info on these offers

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Albarino, Spanish white wine variety

Albarino is the most fashionable white wine variety in Spain. It is somewhat surprising that until recently little interest has been shown in the variety in Australia. That is about to change...

See Vinodiversity's page about Albarino, a Spanish white wine variety

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Colombard: a white wine variety

Colombard ranks fifth by volume of Australian white wine varieties, but it is lttle known or appreciated by wine consumers.

See what Vinodiversity has to say about Colombard

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Are you paying attention?

I don't have an efficient method of tracking how many people actually read this blog, so this might see if anyone does actually read this.

After a longish gestation it looks like the book is ready for order. So if you like to rush in where angels fear to tread, then you can actually order Emerging Varietal Wines of Australia now. As we are hard against Christmas you should be aware that the terms of delivery are " printed and posted within two business days" but by the magic of POD it is printed and posted from somewhere near you. But I wouldn't expect it to be delivered before say 6th Jan.

Order your copy here

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Articles about Australian Wines

I have added a Wine Articles page to the Vinodiversity site. It will help you navigate around to some of the articles I have written over the past year or so. It is still a work in progress, but it may be worth a browse.

Articles about Australian Wines

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The non-French wine varieites used in Australia

I write a column for Inside Liquor, a Queensland based trade magazine. In the December issue my article went under the title "The anti-French Revolution. Check it out here.

The non french wine varieites used in Australia

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Rutherglen wine region

What a shock! Sometimes you don't see what is there right under your nose. After nearly two years of writing about wine on the web I suddenly discovered that I haven't written a page about Rutherglen.
Crikey! or Kel Orrer as the french would say.

Well I just had to fix it.

Rutherglen wine region


Friday, December 16, 2005

Last minute shopping

Our freinds have some wonderful accessories for sale. You can get them delivered befor Christmas to the Eastern States.

Don't forget they have specials on wine as well.

Check these gifts!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Cowra Wine Region

New boutique wineries are transforming Cowra from a source of grapes for wineries in other regions to a region commanding respect in its own right. Some are using interesting varieties.

Cowra Wine Region


Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Twelve Wines of Christmas

Wine selection at Christmas can be a good time to try some different styles and varieties. You need to consider food matching. It's good to have something different on hand for those formal and informal occasions. Here are are few Christmas wines I will be trying, along with some food suggestions.

Twelve Wines of Christmas

Monday, December 12, 2005

Petit Meslier

Petit Meslier is a rare champagne grape variety. James Irvine of the Eden Valley uses the variety to make a lovely sparkler under the name Meslier Brut

Petit Meslier a Long Lost Champagne Variety

Friday, December 09, 2005

Vigna Bottin

A few people have been asking about Vigna Bottin, who made the Sangiovese which was so successful at the AAVWS in November. Paolo has been too busy growing grapes and growing wine (he aslo makes Barbera) to get his website organised as yet, so I have put up a small page where you can contact him.

Contact Paolo Bottin at Vigna Bottin

Granite Belt Wine Region in Queensland

This region is the coolest wine region in Queensland. It has an interesting range of varieties, some that seem a little surprising. I have just updated the information on Vinodiversity's page. Check it out!

Granite Belt Wine Region in Queensland


Thursday, December 08, 2005

NSW Inland wine show, 3-4 Feb 2006

The Inland wine regions of Cowra, Orange, Mudgee, Bathurst and Young are all scenes of considerable innovation. This event will showcase some great wines from some developing regions.

Inland Wine Show detials

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Twilight Happy Hour in McLaren Vale 28, 29 30 Dec

Seven McLaren Vale wineries have joined together to bring you three evenings of twilight fun. Food by Red Poles Licenced Cafe. Great wines by the glass (hope they have a few alternative varietals). Entertainment for kids and music for everyone.

Seven wineries are: Pennys Hill, Fox Creek, Leconfield, Hugh Hamilton, Pirramimma, Wirra Wirra & Mr Riggs.

Details here or contact


This variety is moving from being 'alternative' to 'mainstream.' There are now over 160 wineries making wine from Viognier. Many are using it in co-pigmentation with shiraz, but many are using it to make varietal wines, or in blends with other RHone varieties

See who is using Viognier