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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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: our origins and future in a single glance I am going to create a winery in Los Angeles, on the banks of the Los Angeles river, on the edge of what was once the greatest grape growing region in the whole country. I aim to have this winery up and running by harvest 2015. I have made great progress already and will devote much ... Read More

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  • BTW, Chambers Street is also one of the best places to find older bottles at retail. If you're ever in NYC, you should visit the store. Not big but you never know what they've come up with. They love the Loire, Germany, and Piedmont, know those regions well, and source some great stuff. Don't go there looking for anything from the west coast, Sp... Read More

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  • We celebrated my wife Sandra's 500 days until retirement tonight.  It was a lot of fun in Washington DC - three restaurants right next to each other, all related and I think owned by the same gentlemen.  The first was an oyster bar called "Eat the Rich", where we enjoyed a glass of white wine (Albarino) and a dozen oysters; the second was a sher... Read More

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  • Darren/Al, OT is wired into some excellent wines.  I would, occasionally stumble into one or two of them in certain wine stores down here in Southern California, but that was the exception, not the rule.  OT encouraged me to get onto the mailing list of some of these wineries.  So, I went to the web sites for several of them--e.g., Bedrock, Rhys... Read More

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  • DMCKER,there are a couple of Steven Harvey's in Australia, however I ... ... I ... Chardonnay and SSB, Great Southern, Riesling,Chardonnay,Pinot Noir, Tasmanian Sparkling, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay So you better stay for several weeks! (Or come back several times over several years.)NZ is just as difficult. I took 3 weeks and barely sc... Read More

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  • I am another Aussie and I think you may have drunk your Leeuwin too young, or ... ... weight, Singlefile is a Great Southern producer with a superb Chardonnay. Once the Aussie dollar drops to 85c US when deflation hits you will need to fly out here for a quick holiday. First to Perth and then down to Margaret River and Great Southern for a we... Read More

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  • Grange is great, however I have been lucky enough to attend tastings where it has been upstaged by better wines on the night. (in 2012 I was at a tasting of 1992 Grange out of magnum, versus Petaluma Coonawarra 1992 also out of magnum, and the Petaluma was far more perfumed,balanced, tasty and more fun. Yes Canada is the number 4 destination for... Read More

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  • "Now correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the Rhone misses Burgundy, but it does run through the fabulous Rhone region, home of the Northern Rhone (Syrah and Viognier) and the Southern Rhone (blends, mostly)."Technically correct, but the Saone, which gives the 'Cote d'Or' its cotes while it runs through Burgundy is really just one of the major f... Read More

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  • Hello, EMark.  Thank you for the welcome.It is sometimes awkward, this Internet forum kind of thing, isn't it?   I have often observed very unfortunate exchanges between members of various forums ... usually due to the inability of each to hear the nuanced inflections of the other's voice or see the wry smirk that might normally accompany a very... Read More

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  • Hi Neecer, just showed my wife your first post and she recognized the car park in the background as being in Montalcino, where she enjoyed a week of vacation last year. Welcome to snooth!  We've been to Washington state and to Oregon several times and are planning our next trip to visit our son in Portland this July. You are very lucky to live i... Read More

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