South Australia Wine Tasting

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We love tasting Australian wines anytime, for any reason. This being said, we were particularly happy to receive an invitation to a San Francisco tasting of the wines of South Australia (the state in Central South Australia of which Adelaide is the capital). The reason? We are planning a two month trip to Australia later [Read more …]

Old Vine Australian Wine

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The Australian Wine board recently held a curated virtual tasting of 11 different Australian wines in conjunction with the San Francisco Wine School. The wines were all sourced from “Old Vines” grown in a number of the country’s most renowned wine regions. As Covid was still restricting in-person wine tastings, we were sent small bottles [Read more …]

Australian Wine Winter Trade Tasting

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Australian Wines The annual Australian Wine Winter Trade Tasting recently came to San Francisco. It took place at the pretty, The Pearl in the Dogpatch area. The event provided a wonderful opportunity for us to learn about and sample a wide range of Australian wines from most of the country’s dozens of wine regions—many of [Read more …]

Mudgee Wine Region, New South Wales Australia

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So far, we have visited multiple Australian wine regions so far in multiple states South Australia: Barossa Valley Adelaide Hills McLaren Vale Coonawarra Victoria: Mornington Pennisula Yarra Valley Tasmania Southern Tasmania Tamar Valley Mudgee Wine Region As we made our way into New South Wales Australia, of course we needed to check out the wine [Read more …]

Coonawarra Wine Region in Australia

Coonawarra is the most southerly of South Australia state’s wine regions. Its cool temperatures and unique “Terra Rosa” soils (mineral-rich red soil atop a layer of very hard limestone, called “Calcrete” through which roots cannot penetrate, down to a layer of porous limestone which provides drainage) produces a unique terroir where small, concentrated, stressed berries [Read more …]

Australia’s McLaren Vale Wine Region

Australia’s McLaren Vale wine region is known primarily for Shiraz and Cabernet wines. Since it has a Mediterranean climate, it also produces several Rhone, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese varietals, including Tempranillo, Grenache, Nebbiolo and Touriga Nacionale. Although our time was limited in the region, we were still able to visit five wineries—and they were winners. [Read more …]

Australia’s Adelaide Hills Wine Country

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Adelaide Hills Wine Country Australia’s Adelaide Hills is a warmer wine region that produces primarily Shiraz (53 percent, to be exact). But the region also produces Cabernet, Pinot Noir and a number of whites, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling. The large region, which has always been home to a particularly large German population, has [Read more …]

Lizard Island Australia

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Another wonderful memory. Until we can travel again. We came to Australia’s Barrier Reef primarily to revisit one of the most memorial places and magical places we have ever visited: Lizard Island. To get there, we had to take a small plane from Cairns. Flying to Lizard Island What a hardship…to spend one hour trapped [Read more …]

San Francisco's Italian Wine Week

The San Francisco Bay area is at the center of the nation’s premier wine-growing regions and has far more than its share of tastings. Wine-centric Web sites typically list dozens of relatively small, focused tastings and wine pairing dinners weekly. The city is also home to more large-scale (often more than 100, and occasionally several [Read more …]

Brisbane Australia

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Brisbane, the third largest city in Australia, and the capital of Queensland is the only major city in the eastern half of the country that we had not been to. We rectified that gap on our South Pacific trip as a three-day stopover between Fiji and Papua New Guinea. The Brisbane River, which loops around [Read more …]