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The Swan Valley is a picturesque wine region is on the outskirts of the city of Perth in Western Australia and is part of the much larger Swan District. There have been several phases in the history of this region. Houghtons (established 1836) and Sandalford (1840) are among the oldest wineries in Australia. Immigrants from the former Yugoslavia established vineyards in the region, both before and after the Second World War. Over the past couple of decades many new wineries have been established, while older vineyards which formerly emphasised fortified and bulk wines have been renewed and are now used to produce premium wines. The climate is quite hot, many of the wineries actually source some of their grapes from cooler areas outside the region. Chenin blanc, Shiraz and Verdelho are mainstream varieties in this region. These grape varieties produce reliably in the hot climate, although they have reputations for producing fairly nondescript wines. More winemakers are demanding quality rather that Read more »

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  • Verdelho

    History of the grape: Verdelho has existed on the island of Madeira in Portugal at least as far back as the 15th cent...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Yesterday was a good time.  We started off by heading over to the district to see The Suzanne Farrell Ballet company at The Kennedy Center in a matinee performance.  They did several pieces, including 'Swan Lake' (Tchaikovsky), 'Monumentum Pro Gesualdo' (Stravinsky), 'Movements for Piano and Orchestra' (Stravinsky), 'Allegro Brillante' (Tchaikov... Read More

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  • I was right, Taste of Sonoma was a cattle call. The gates opened at 11:00, we rolled in at 11:30 and the line was longer than I have ever seen. This was half way in... Not sure what was worse, waiting in line or being treated to a woman behind me going on and on about wine, grapes, commercial harvesters etc when she had no clue what she was talk... Read More

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  • Here's the report from our trip to the Russian River area and Mendocino.Our normal routine is to split one tasting and then buy one or two bottles of what tasted best.  I find that we can do an adequate job of tasting, visit a decent number of wineries and still be standing at the end of the day.  We visit places which welcome walk-ins and we al... Read More

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  •  We had a plan, get in early, get out early. It seems like a lot of people had the get in early plan. In years past we would show up around 11:15, park close and hit the tent before the crowd built. Well not this year. The front parking lot filled up as we approached so we parked across the road and hoofed it in. The place was a zoo from the mom... Read More

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  • Here's the official lineup'11 Bedrock Casa Santinamaria'10 Bedrock Compagni Portis'11 Bedrock Kick Ranch Sauvignon Blanc'10 Bedrock Ode to Lulu Rose of Mourvedre'11 Bedrock Saitone Zinfandel'09 Bedrock Lachryma Montis Monte Rosso Semillon'05 Carlisle Two AcresBR Cohn Cabernet Port'94 Broadbent Port'03 Doisy Daene Barsac'73 Fetzer Ricetti Zinfand... Read More

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  • Being one of the largest privately owned winery, Scotchman’s Hill is one of the best wine producers of the Bellarine Peninsula, just 30 mins out of Geelong (about 90 mins from Melbourne). It produces quality, cool climate wine but not just with fruit grown off their 250 hectares of largely fertile volcanic soils of black clay with basalt. Their ... Read More

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  • Harris Organic Liqueur Shiraz 2007

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    From the only certified organic fortified producer in Australia, a medal ... ... ... 2007 vintage. Gold medal Swan Valley Wine Show. Alc.18.5% Drink now or cellar up to 10 year Read More

    Wine review by Harris Organic


  • This Saturday June 5th 2010 is Single Night in the Russian River Valley at C Donatiello Winery. 6:30 - 10:00pm Single Vineyard tastings from the following wineries: Acorn Winery Ancient Oak Cellars Balletto Vineyards Benovia Winery D&L Carinalli Dutton-Goldfield Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Foppiano Vineyards Foppoli Wines Graton R... Read More

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  • Sandalford White Blend Swan Valley Element Late Harvest NV

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    Light easy to drink wine, fruity with a hint of passionfruit Read More

    Wine review by demuire


  • Talijancich Muscat Blend Swan Valley White Solero

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    5 smoothest after dinner cordial I have ever had! Read More

    Wine review by hudqa


  • The annual Swan Valley wine show in September is followed by the Spring in the Valley Festival in October. Regarded by the drinkers of Perth as time for a piss up, most of the congregation are young beer drinkers. Cultured wine drinkers search out the smaller boutique wineries which are much quieter, offering better service.

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