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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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  • A Nose For Wine

    Yeah! Owner of Kenny’s Wine and www.homedeliverywine.com, Kenny Bradley decided to take an unusual step in his business and go back to college with some of his staff to achieve a worldwide-recognised level 1 qualification in wine.

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    The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) qualification covers the different wine styles, sales of wine, service of wines, service temperature, the hospitality of wine and a section on food and wine pairing.
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  • Celebrate Malbec World Day

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    Did you know that today is Malbec World Day? Probably not. It dates back only to 2011, and was inspired rather a long way off, in Argentina. It is a homage to the grape variety now earning the South American nation its own place on the world wine stage.

    It's a hard-won distinction. The Malbec vine was introduced from its native France into Argentina in 1853. Domingo Sarmiento, governor of the Mendoza province, then as now the principal vineyard region, is said to have authorised the first plantings on April 17 of that year.

    Sarmiento was a liberal intellectual at a time of mindless macho politics in Argentina, and 15 years later became the country's president. This gives some pretext for calling the Malbec a legacy grape, and the nation's enterprising winemakers have sensibly seized upon it.
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