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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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  • 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...

  • 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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  • 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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  • Clarendon Hills make awesome wines but they are in the Napa CS price range, however Blewitt Springs is a nice little spot just at the Northern [sort off] end of McLaren Vale and his Grenache is excellent, 2006 was unusual, weather conditions suggested an excellent vintage but for some reason there was many pockets of dissappointment to go with s... Read More

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  • Yes, of course. That's a fair point. Often, as you say, the most significant costs of long-established European wineries were depreciated years ago.That said, too many wineries here (I live in Santa Rosa, CA, less than 10 miles from dozens of Sonoma wineries and about 40 minutes from the heart of the Napa Valley) spend far more than they need to... Read More

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  • You're in my wheelhouse right now (Actually $10-$25) and there are tons of wines out there. The Martini Sonoma County '14 Cabby + '14 Dry Creek Heritage Vine Zinfandel just to name a couple from Cal., several CdR and CdRV's from the southern Rhone,Langudoc, Rousoillon,  Cahors all from France, there are any number of reds from Australia Australi... Read More

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  • Greg's opinions shouldn't really count in this context since he's a well-known anti-PN bigot.  ;-)  Notice I did throw in a garnacha sop for him (southern Rhone or Priorat). I've had some Priorat garnachas that almost taste like burgundies, anyway.Greg, what was your F-i-L playing?BLM, do you smoke any of your sausage?Great photo, DV. He was fam... Read More

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  • When: Sunday December 18, 2-4 PM Where: Pierre Loti Union Square 53 Irving Place at 17th Street between Park Avenue South & 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003 Ticket Price: $49Register here: http://www.wineny.com/sparkling-wines-for-the-holidays.htmlWhat better way to celebrate the holiday season than by spending a Sunday afternoon sipping and learn... Read More

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  • Keenan has purchased Merlot grapes from the Napa Carneros district for many years. The “Carneros” is the southern region of Napa closest to the San Pablo Bay and is known for producing high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. Merlot grown in the Carneros tends to be very fruity and soft with distinctive spicy nuances.Keenan began purchas... Read More

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  • BL - Our Viking River Cruise down the Rhone last year was a blast, and we tried many wines of Southern France along the way.  I think my favorite was the Burgundy Pinot Noir wines, as they are close to the Oregon Pinot Noir wines we also enjoy. We never visited El Toreo on Fair Oaks Ave in Pasadena, but we were both living in Southern California... Read More

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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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