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  • Home Delivery Wine talk to Gerry White of Jawbox Gin

    Jawbox is Ireland's only single estate gin. Produced entirely at the Echlinville Distillery in Kircubbin, Northern Ireland. Each part of the production, from the grain to the gin in your glass, is sourced locally and is hand crafted under the watchful eye of the Jawbox Gin's founder Gerry White. Kenny from Home Delivery Wine managed to catch up with him for an exclusive interview...

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  • Q&A Ben Glaetzer 2015

    heartland-bannerWhat are the most important attributes you need to become a winemaker?

    The best ones, like me, are handsome, intelligent, witty and unquestionably charismatic. The others are generally just monkeys. Seriously though, the two big dangers are not taking the job seriously, and taking yourself too seriously. I try to avoid those traps.

    List three things you think about during a busy vintage?

    The Weather, the weather and the weather. Good weather is vital, Bad weather is not so much.

    What do you do to relax?

    Relax? What’s that? I very much enjoy growing grapes, making wine, eating and drinking…. I travel quite a bit to visit our customers all over the world, again involving eating and drinking. There’s not a great deal of time outside of this so I guess that’s what I do to relax.
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  • Ben Glaetzer from Glaetzer and Heartland Wines, Barossa Valley South Australia and Nick Keukenmeester from Heartland Wines visit Kennys and Home Delivery Wine

    Ben Glaetzer from Glaetzer and Heartland Wines, Barossa Valley South Australia and Nick Keukenmeester from Heartland Wines visit Kennys and Home Delivery Wine in Magherafelt on Friday 4th Sept to taste a range of their wines from both stables.

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  • 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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