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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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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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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  • If anyone wants a counterpoint to CA (or Portuguese) Trousseau, as well as an interesting, refreshing white that isn't the same as chardonnay from there (which itself is different to that from nearby Burgundy), grab what you can from this offer of Ian Cauble's, if any's currently left. Good stuff. Apologies for the messy formatting. That emailer... Read More

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  • We were in Barcelona back in 2008.  What a great trip that was!  The Gaudi museum was so beautiful.  I will look you up if we get over there again.http://www.bigal-computers.net/spain.php Thanks GT for the invite.  It's more likely we'll get back to CA soon, since we visited Napa in 2012 and 2013.  We used to live in Southern California back in ... Read More

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  • I'm with you, Mark, on the passion fruit (esp. since it'll be chemical, anyway, and I assume you're referring to some marketed powder or prepared bottle monstrosities). I also can understand where you come from on the Jack and the crisps, though I grew up on both, but will not agree with your 'unnatural' term for garlic in olive oil. Don't know ... Read More

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  • Southern California, Al, specifically, eastern Los Angeles County.As much as I respect and typically agree with our most informed participants, I am going to buck GregT a bit and offer a defense of wine clubs.  Now, my comments are restricted to winery clubs that offer only their wines.  I have no interest in things like wine.com that want to se... Read More

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  • Same price for the Tikves Vranec at KLWines. The description there likens it to a cross between California Zinfandel and something from the southern Rhone.I've had Vranac in Montenegro, but not the Macedonian version (spelled with an 'e'). Had several different styles, many bold (name means 'black stallion' after all), some quieter, usually lots... Read More

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  • Oh dear, more good French wines well under $20, even after import across the Atlantic. I'm liking Chambers Street more and more, the more I visit their offerings. These guys seem to understand wine in ways that I do and like. In their essay below there's a link to a current Asimov article on Muscadet. It's also well worth jumping to and reading.... Read More

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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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