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Skirting the south-west Australian coast for over 200 kilometres (125 miles) and pushing northwards back into the hinterland almost 100 kilometres (60 miles), this is a very large region even by Australian standards. It ranges from the coastal, maritime subregions of Albany and Denmark to the unequivocally inland and continental subregions of Mount Barker, Porongurup and Frankland River; from fat country to lean, with large areas untouched by vineyards. In these circumstances it is indeed surprising that there is such a degree of coherence in the wine styles being produced as to make generalizations possible. The potential of the region is vast; its sole physical limitation being that of water availability, the issue of salinity, and the distance from the manufacturing and marketing resources of the eastern states. The subregions are Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup, all of which are now registered under Australia's Geographical Indications legislation. As one moves Read more »

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Ferngrove Vineyards Ltd

    This 5 star winery is situated in Frankland River, some 360 kms south of Perth in Western Austral...

  • Alkoomi

    Alkoomi is renowned as a consistent producer of elegant, flavoursome wines of the highest standar...

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  • Hey Darren (and Greg) - we are about to sell the house in Coquitlam (probably sometime in February).  In March (Canadian Spring Break for public schools) we will be on "the Island" looking into some real estate options.  We may even rent for a year if necessary.Regarding that event in Parksville (which, for those of you others, is a town near Na... Read More

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  • That syrup was a problem in many southern Rhone wines too... seems less of a problem of late, however.  I am not a great fan of this style (the syrup, the alcohol, I mean), but many of my journeyman friends are; maybe you just need to work up a sweat pounding a hammer or climbing walls to wire a building.In general, though not my favourite, I ca... Read More

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  • GREGT, that's great, thanks! I'll have to go back to my other books and begin peeling through them more carefully for what I need. I'll have to go back to Vinum: The Story of Wine and another book by Thomas Pellechia for Roman stories and allusions. It would be great to have these stories or even the fables that developed from other regions like... Read More

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  • Stephen hasn't shown here in awhile, but would be curious about his ... is ... ... is a happy cellar. Great Southern Land- Australian Classics from a Trio of CellarsDespite having fallen out of fashion, Australia has more to offer the discerning drinker than overblown pointy wines and industrial plonk featuring a marsupial on the label. First... Read More

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  • Peggy and I celebrated our anniversary, this week, up in Cambria.  Other than the fact that they, like all of Southern California, experienced record setting high temperatures, this week, and air conditioning is, pretty much unknown in Cabria (Why would they have it?), it was a great visit.  One day we drove over to nearby Paso Robles and visite... Read More

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  • A selection of southern hemisphere wines we enjoyed Thursday.  Don't know if they're worth more than $20, but they drink well.The Torrontes was good.  Susana Balbo makes good juice in general.  This was citrussy with an little viscosity and great acidity.The Finca Luzon Monastrell is a satisfying wine that focuses on easy drinking red berry frui... Read More

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  • This site (app? service?) looks potentially useful in finding more places where you can BYO, and perhaps in promoting their increase. Seems to be new, starting in Southern California, but has anyone already used the site locally? Just did a search and found only two restaurants each covered in Ventura and Thousand Oaks, zero in Santa Barbara, fo... Read More

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  • Yes  - the June Public Holiday weekendFriday - 10th JuneI hosted a wine tasting/networking event for our under 30 professional staff who invite colleagues from other businesses around town - mainly young CPA's in US terms/lawyers/engineers/architects etc.  we had James Evers the Chief Winemaker from Nepenthe Wines from the Adelaide Hills and we ... Read More

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  • I panicked!No, we just felt like some red. I misjudged the style a bit. Okay, so we had something pretty interesting last night.  I think there's a story behind it.  It was a Marsanne/Roussane/Viognier blend from Alder Springs.  Not just the very large vineyard owned by the guy who invented the California Cooler. He grows all kinds of grapes up ... Read More

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  • "the southernmost extremes of Ontario are actually further south than Bordeaux"I love shit like this.  As if the only thing that mattered was latitude.  (Or soil, or mean daily temperature, or... take your pick.) Has this writer ever been to either place?  I haven't been to Bordeaux, but I know that area in Ontario and Western NY pretty well.  L... Read More

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