‘Australian wine’ is a misleading term used too frequently in the wine trade, grouping together regions and producers that are vast distances apart in more ways than simple geography. We never talk about ‘European Wine’, yet Clonakilla, near Canberra, lies some 2,400 miles east of Cullen, in Margaret River. To put that in context, Reims in Champagne is just 1,000 miles from Jerez in Spain. Together with the enormous geographical distances that separate the wine producing regions of Australia, they also claim some of the oldest soils and vines, and have wines at every point on the style spectrum.
Grosset was named Winery of the Year in Matthew Jukes’ 100 Best Australian Wines 2018/19 report – no surprise for a producer who has been receiving accolades internationally for four decades. As Matthew summarised, “Jeff’s humility and work ethic are second to none and this is what makes him and his wines so endearing. Grosset is an iconic estate which demonstrates one man’s genius crystal-clearly in every glass and it is a very worthy winner of the title of Winery of the Year 2018/19.” Jeffrey recently hosted a masterclass of his wines for our team. Sebastian Holian, wine educator for Liberty Wines, shares his thoughts after attending Jeffrey's masterclass.
Fernando Guedes Snr, who rapidly modernised the Sogrape business and believed 'wine is life', has passed away aged 87...
David Gleave MW shares his thoughts on the surprising 2014 vintage in Barolo...
The 14th June sees the beginning of the-eagerly awaited 2018 World Cup - the global month-long celebration of football nearly always provides the odd shock or two when a minnow defeats one of the footballing powerhouses. By way of celebration we have showcased wines from some of the countries we believe are in with a shot of winning the tournament alongside the odd rank outsider. Here are our suggestions.
English Wine Week is just around the corner (26th May – 3rd June). The national campaign was designed to raise awareness for great English wines from across the country. With the many events taking place throughout the week, it is a great opportunity to grow your sales. Another event due to put English wine centre stage is the Royal Wedding, on 19th May, which comes just before English Wine Week. Take a look at our great picks to expand your English offering and some pairing suggestions for customers planning their very own Royal Wedding celebrations.
For the dad with fine taste, Port makes a fantastic gift. We've seen that in addition to the Christmas period, Port sales also spike for Father's Day. It's fast approaching on Sunday 17th June, so now is the perfect time to highlight your Port offering.
Remembering our friend, Leonildo Pieropan, who died on 13 April 2018, aged 71...
Gérman Berra is the Winemaking Director at Finca Flichman. He grew up in Mendoza in an Italian-Argentinian family. With winemaking experience in California and the Rhône Valley, he is one of Argentina's brightest talents and was recognised as 'Best Young Winemaker' at the Argentina Wine Awards in 2016. He is also Head Professor of Viticulture at Maza University.
Mother’s Day – Sunday 11th March – is fast approaching and gives the wine trade an opportunity to highlight fantastic women winemakers for holiday offers. We are proud to have a number of truly amazing wines made by those who are mothers themselves.
With Easter fast approaching (Friday 30th March – Monday 2nd April) it’s a great time to tailor your wine selection for the season. Take a look at our suggestions for wine pairings with classic Easter foods.
Trinity Hill is a producer that shows the best of what New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay and Gimblett Gravels regions can produce. Winemaker Warren Gibson's management has led to ongoing improvements and growth in the vineyards to support his aspirations in the winery.