Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Bendigo Wine Festival

The 2008 Bendigo wine vintage festival will be held on Easter Sunday 23 March 2008. As in previous years the event will be held in the beautiful Castlemaine Botanical Gardens, Just a short stroll from the railway station, so why not catch a train up from Melbourne?

See Vinodiversity's Page about the Bendigo wine region

More details of the festival

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Climate change: Al Gore praises wine industry - - the route to all good wine

Dealing with climate change will be a big topic over the next few years and the wine industry will have to play it's role.

Many vineyards and wineries are using environmentally friendly production methods, or are modifying processes to do so. It makes sense financially, as well as being a marketing plus.

Packaging of wine is just as important. Considerable energy can be saved by using lighter or refillable bottles

Climate change: Al Gore praises wine industry - - the route to all good wine

Rewine distribute wine in refillable bottles

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Best Riesling wines

I've broken out!

I've built a page about Riesling! I know it's not "alternative" but I like it. See this page

I've even invited your comments. Be part of the Riesling resurgence.

Best Riesling wines

Friday, February 08, 2008

Riesling surges forward with multiple US programmes - - the route to all good wine

Riesling is a much misunderstood grape and wine style. The public hate it but it is becoming more accepted, in fact it is now the fastest growing wine style in the US.

Three new organisations have emerged on the international scene dedicated to this wonderful grape. The EU's Wine Institute, Washington's Riesling, and a body called the Riesling Rendezvous.

Not sure what the Aussies are doing. Leave a comment if you know if there is any co-ordinated activity down under.

News item from on international moves to promote riesling


Monday, February 04, 2008

A great white is circling - Albarino article

Damien Tscharke image

Albarino pioneer winemaker Damien Tscharke.

In The Age on 5/2/2008 Jeni Port reports on the enthusiasm for albarino that is gripping some vineyards n Australia.

A great white is circling - Epicure article

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Accidents do happen!

Not Pinot Gris

Not Pinot Gris

A vineyard owner is suing a nursery for allegedly selling him thousands of the wrong grape vines.

The South Australian vineyard owner says the mistake was not picked up until the vines matured about four years later.

Full story here