International Fine Wines

+61 (0)3 9379 0803 Building 38, Lionel St
Essendon Airport, 3041
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A mere twenty five years, that's how long International Fine Wines (formerly fine Wines of Europe) has been offering the best of European and Australasian wines to our clients. Not a bad stint really and while many things have changed, the fundamental things stay the same. Perhaps the key thing to note is that, today, there is more quality wine than ever before coming out of Europe. Of-course, today's global village brings with it global demand and so it is harder and harder to get decent allocations of the best wines. Everyone wants the stuff! All we can do is keep fighting for our share. Wine importing is a curious business. It's really a hobby that has gotten out of control; a passion from which we have foolishly decided to try to make a living; probably because we found we were spending most of our time on wine anyway! You need quite a few qualities to make it work: first and foremost you need a supportive family who will put up with your many overseas trips, countless evenings spent wine 'tasting' Read more »

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  • We feel that if a geographic area has shown wine excellence throughout a long history, then even more sublime heights can be reached with the addition of a dose of passion and attention. Campania was the breadbasket of Ancient Rome. Fruits, nuts, grains, seafood, meats, olive oil – authors from Virgil to Pliny to Columella agreed that if those i... Read More

    From the article Campania Wine: Something Very Old, Something Very New

  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's amore."As we ate our breakfast on Sunday morning at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City, the soundtrack subtly changed.  Last night at dinner and halfway through breakfast, the soundtrack was from the same era, but Sam Cooke sent us, and Ray Charles warned us about women.  This morning, with... Read More

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  • It's not just the beer, the crocodile hunters and the Great Barrier Reef that bring smiles to the faces of foreigners.  This past week the University of Adelaide's Wine Business department released the results of a worldwide research project which says overseas consumers like the Aussie quaffers. The results were published in Australia's Food Ma... Read More

    From the article University of Adelaide: Place of Origin Works in Favor of Australian Wines

  • As a UK journalist, and Master of Wine, I discuss, criticise and recommend not the fine wine, the great vintages, the en primeurs, but the everyday, the bargain, the high volume.  I taste thousands of wines each year of low, mediocre and good quality, and, within perhaps 80 or 90 tasted at one supermarket or off licence tasting, will find perhap... Read More

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  • Most fairy tales have a happy ending but there’s a wonderful story that unfolds every year in the middle of France, bringing wealth and riches to the poor every time it’s told. And, as if by magic, the bags of gold grow bigger with every telling. Are you sitting comfortably? Way back in 1440 the Chancellor of Burgundy, Nicolas Rolin, looked from... Read More

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  • Turkish wines aren’t exactly at the forefront of our collective fine wine consciousness in the West. That’s a shame, because in Turkey we are seeing one of those pleasant ironies that often crop up in the wine world: an ancient wine producing region that is re-emerging as a quality player in the modern wine market. And when we say “ancient” here... Read More

    From the article What You're Missing: Turkish Wines

  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • The next time you visit Barcelona, Spain, get yourself into the mountainous vineyard regions of Priorat and Montsant, just a short drive from this beautiful Mediterranean city. “Which region is which?” This may sound crazy but think of the regions as a fried egg! The yolk is Priorat, the surrounding egg white is Montsant. Not very technical I ag... Read More

    From the article Ride the Roller Coaster Vines: Priorat to Montsant

  • The Taste of Victory: Sydney Wine Competition To Feature Winner Tastings In a move described as a “departure from recent years”, hundreds of winners spread over 15 categories  will be presented for tasting at the 2015 Sydney International Wine. The 34th annual competition will take place February 7 in the Sydney Ballroom of the Menzies Sydney ho... Read More

    From the article The Taste of Victory: Sydney Wine Competition To Feature Winner Tastings

  • Hang around wine geeks for any length of time and you are sure to hear the word terroir mentioned. As you may know, terroir is a French term that has no English equivalent, and it refers to the way that the environment of the vine, including the soils and climate, works together to alter the character of the grapes grown there in such a way that... Read More

    From the article A Question of Wine Science

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