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I Was Really Hoping Matt Kramer Would Be Right

The World of Syrah is taking place June 19-21 in Walla Walla, Washington. With over sixty wineries putting their best Syrah foot forward it might be a good time to find out what the hell the hubbub is all about. Is Washington, specifically Walla Walla Syrah all that? You bet your ass it is! The […]

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Never Judge a Book by Its Cover

If there is one thing that wine trips have taught me over the years, it is not to judge a book by its cover. Wine is an ongoing personal voyage and no matter how much you think you know, every venture will pleasantly surprise you with new grapes, styles, producers and regions. After three days […]

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La Dolce Vitis – Italian Grape Varieties in Australia

Something you can safely say about Australians is that we admit when we’ve made a mistake, although sometimes it takes us a while to get around to it. So after about 200 years of viticulture we now recognise that we brought the wrong grape varieties when we settled here. That’s not to suggest we haven’t […]

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How Italians Changed the Wine World

Italians have been a part of my life from the day I was born. My mother’s stepfather migrated from a small village south of Rome to Australia when he was 14 and his four younger brothers eventually all joined him. He was one of the most intelligent people in my life, and the person I […]

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Will the “Real” Australia Please Stand Up?

We all know Australia produces ripe, rich wines like Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. But what if I told you Australia produces cool-climate style wines as well? Would you believe me? On a recent trip, I participated on an international panel of wine writers to uncover the true character of Australian wine. What I found was […]

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Everything’s Smaller in Australia

Editors Note:  As many of you know, we invite guest writers to bring different experiences and perspectives on the world of wine. Today, James Scarcebrook, the Intrepid Wino of Melbourne, is here to give us his take on his homeland wines of Australia.  I met James on a recent trip while heading to Barossa, and […]

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