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Monthly Archives: May 2014

  • Wine ratings are they useful?

    wine-ratingLooking for a good bottle of Merlot, Pinot Grigio or Bordeaux? Ratings by experts may help narrow the choice but do they really make a difference?

    Wine experts say the scores and descriptions they give a vintage will differentiate a good bottle from a mediocre one but in a recent study consumers who tasted fine Bordeaux rated the wines lower than the experts.

    “The consumer can look at it (the rating) and say, ’OK a panel of experts has looked at this wine and evaluated it and I know it won’t be plonk,’” said Lisa Granik, who holds a Master of Wine (MW), one of the highest standards of expertise in the wine industry.

    Wine experts, magazines and judges in competitions give wine ratings, which are used as marketing tools by the vineyards. Competitions charge a fee for each product entered in the contest.
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  • A Delight at De Bortoli Vineyard

    de-bortoli-bannerThird stop was to De Bortoli, whose winemaking philosophy is that great wine begins in the vineyard. The belief is that sustainable vineyard practices will deliver exceptional fruit quality to the winery as well as real environmental benefits.

    The focus is on careful site selection, vine maturity and high input viticulture with a move towards biological farming principles. There is also increasing awareness of the importance of single vineyard wines. In the winery minimal interference, allowing the wine to 'make itself' and the mantra ‘it is harder to do nothing’ encapsulate this belief.

    'It's about site and season, making wines with detail, texture and minerality, charm and interest. Character and personality in wine comes from the imperfections of nature.' Steve Webber, Winemaker.
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  • Best Bits of Brown Brothers Vineyard

    delight-de-bortoli-vineyard-bannerMission 2 was a trip to Brown Brothers, with a history dating back to 1889, they are one of Australia’s most recognised and respected wine businesses.

    At just 18 years of age, John Francis Brown planted his first grapevines at Milawa, at the base of the Victorian Alps. A simple beginning that would soon grow to become the flourishing family enterprise that it is today.

    Over the years the family has gradually increased the number of vineyards to take advantage of different soils and climate. Located throughout Victoria and in Tasmania, they are as varied in their climatic conditions as the grape varieties grown at these properties. From their cool-climate Whitlands vineyard in the upper reaches of the King Valley to the sun-drenched Mystic Park vineyard in the Murray Valley region, these vineyards have been selected on the basis of suitable conditions for their desired wine styles.
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  • Welcome to Tahbilk

    talblikKenny is in Australia and visiting some of the best wine regions on a fact finding mission. Mission 1 was Tahbilk

    Established in 1860 Tahbilk is one of Australia's most beautiful & historic wineries. Located in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria (120kms north of Melbourne), one of Australia’s premium viticultural areas, the property comprises some 1,214 hectares of rich river flats with a frontage of 11 kms to the Goulburn River and 8 kms of permanent backwaters & creeks

    In 1993 the Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation set up a Geographical Indications Committee to identify and redefine viticultural regions throughout Australia.
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  • A Wine With Serious Star Power

    Omagh born Hollywood actor, Sam Neill, has not only dipped his toe into the wine business but has dived head first into a very successful sideline.

    Sam Neill, DCNZM, OBE, is a New Zealand actor, writer, director and producer whose acting credits include The Hunt for Red October, The Piano, Event Horizon, The Dish, two Jurassic Park films, Perfect Strangers, The Tudors, Alcatraz and Harry over a 40-year career.

    He recently finished Australian supernatural thriller Backtrack with Adrien Brody and one of his projects this year is filming the second series of the BBC's historic crime drama Peaky Blinders, in which he plays a psychotic police inspector. Neill established Two Paddocks in Gibbston in 1993 and the first vintage was in 1997. The 3ha Alex Paddocks, above the Clutha River near Alexandra, was acquired in 1998. The 53ha farm Redbank in the Earnscleugh Valley was acquired in 2000 and became the main vineyard and business headquarters.
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  • Gearing up for Giro D’Italia

     

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    With less than a week to go until the Giro d’Italia cycle race we reckon it will be a ‘sparkling’ event on and off the course.

    We have in stock the Astoria 9.5 wine, which is the official wine of the Giro d’Italia cycle race. This wine is cutting edge and presented in specially branded bottles that will add to the taste of Italy that the Giro d’Italia is bringing to Northern Ireland.

    Giro d’Italia is coming to Northern Ireland from 9 - 11 May 2014.

    The Big Start kicks off three days of excitement, drama and time trials from Titanic Belfast,through the magnificent Causeway Coastal Route and Glens and the historic city of Armagh
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