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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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

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  • Alkoomi

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

  • Ferngrove Vineyards Ltd

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

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  • Just served a very late lunch (started eating at 3:30) on a Friday afternoon over here. I and two others at my place. Food was fresh-cooked capellini dumped while still warm into 3 bowls in which olive-oil, a little basil, a chopped fresh tomato, half a stalk of diced wakegi (like scallions but softer and more delicate), salt and fresh-cracked p... Read More

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  • Yep, you're right DM - I left out fishing! Fishing was my favorite pastime throughout my teens and I'm just now picking it up again - after 30 years!  I can't believe how light the reels and rods have gotten!But back to wine and yes California, particularly in the Central Coast, gets little precipitation.  Many vineyards out there remain dry-far... Read More

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  • Agreed on Riserva, and non-Riserva. I'm not really as interested in the extra aging or official qualifications, just that if the producer is deciding to bottle a regular and a riserva, the riserva is typically a better, or more highly regarded wine due to the cru, blocks within the cru, barrel select, etc. They all have their story I'm sure, and... Read More

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  • We had a few moments to relax this afternoon after I did six hours of painting the front foyer closet doors today; so I opened this 2013 Merlot that we picked up last year during a B&B vacation in southern Virginia.  I've had better, as in the Merlot we drank last night, but you cannot have great wine all the time otherwise you get spoiled. Read More

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  • I'll provide the answer just for Q.2 right now: New Testament, Luke 5:39.Still waiting on some more guesses for Q.1. And a couple more questions. Who said these?Q.3"The gods slipped us this gift in prehistory, noting our hardships, our cold and hunger and our battles with wild beasts. “O no, another glacier is headed our way, let’s drink some wi... Read More

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  • You guys seem to be where I was regarding C9dP back in the '80s. I drank quite a few then not least because they were relatively cheaper than they are now (though also because I liked syrah and grenache, and needed a counterpoint to all the Burgundy I was drinking), but fairly rapidly tapered off because there were so many other wines more inter... Read More

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  • Ferngrove Off-Dry Riesling Frankland River 2015

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    Aromatic aromas of petrol and tea leaf with delicate peach and green apple up front. Carries a definite touch of sweetness in the mouth with loads of puckering acidity and lemon flavors, more petrol notes, white grape and a tropical finish with more lemon pith and some melon notes. Read More

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  • I'm really enjoying the tasting notes, too.  I think Red has a style that would be useful for a magazine that doesn't have a long-time wine-drinking readership.  If there was an introductory version of WS or WE, she'd be great.So gamay is the grape of Beaujolais (except for the tiny bit of white, which uses Chardonnay and/or Aligote), but there'... Read More

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  • Greetings, Im a wine drinker from El Paso, Texas. Industry is government with a moderate salary and lifestyle. I first started drinking wine about 13 years ago when I came across some very cheap but drinkable wines from Yellowtail, Lindemans, etc., wineries.  I like cabs primarily and merlot and syrah to a lesser extend. I also enjoy tempranillo... Read More

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  • D, '10 is way more epic in Barolo than Barbaresco, and '09 in Barbaresco missed some of the problems of Barolo in that vintage, IMO. Okay, finally got my post up re: SMV. I deliberately did not mention the Falcon Crest connection, although I am willing to wager that I am the only Snoother who has been in Abby Dalton's Rolls Royce.  (Not a prop, ... Read More

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