Only a 20-minute drive from Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills offers a great wine-tasting experience and an exceptionally pretty place to visit with rolling hills, fruit orchards, steep gullies and grapevines. It is the closest of the South Australian wine regions to the Adelaide CBD and for my money, the prettiest.
Guest columnist for World Wine Watch, the Bordeaux Chauvinist, has tried a very expensive rosé from Provence, Garrus, and he can’t find the value. The Bordeaux Chauvinist is an anonymous sommelier who advises on good value for money wines of all regions and countries (But he remains a Bordeaux Chauvinist).
Bordeaux-Chauvinist likes a Rhone Valley cask
During an extended lockdown in Sydney over winter and spring and time to spare, I drafted this poem. I started the lockdown by popping the cork on a bottle of 2012 Pol Roger, to celebrate my birthday, and a fine wine it was. Note that when you pronounce the French words in this poem ending in ‘er’, they all end with the ‘ay’ sound, even Pol Roger and Taittinger.
A survey by World Wine Watch reveals most men don’t feel less ‘manly’ drinking bubbles in front of their peers, though two in three men only enjoy sparkling wine in the company of a woman while some buy Champagne to show off their spending power and splash out on Cristal.
Treasury Wine Estates is implementing a global response plan given huge duties being slugged on its wine by Chinese authorities and Australia’s largest wine company is confident it can sell its wine in other markets – as trade tensions between Australia and China heighten.
Abruzzo’s most famous wine is the sumptuous Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. This beautiful Italian red wine is very approachable and affordable, ideal for casual drinkers who don’t won’t to be overloaded with tannins and alcohol.
Austrian wines aren’t so well known outside the country’s border, but the nation’s wine producers and the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB) are aiming to change that, as several participated in a recent trade show hosted in Sydney, Australia, hosted by Wines of Adelaide.
New research from wine-loving Switzerland reveals that storing wine in kegs can significantly reduce the costs of distributing wine from wineries to restaurants with consumers keen to embrace more sustainable wine storage solution.
A ranking of the world’s most valuable wine brands is led by Moët & Chandon, followed by China’s Changyu. LVMH’s Chandon and Veuve Clicquot join in at third and fourth place.