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 …]

San Francisco's Italian Wine Week

The San Francisco Bay area is at the center of the nation’s premier winegrowing 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 …]

Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Wine Tasting

Gambero Rosso is an Italian publishing company that produces the Vini d’Italia wine guide. Each year, its staff tastes and rates more than 25,000 wines, from Italy’s 350 varietals from all of its 21 wine regions. Each year, the guide awards fewer that 500 of these wines its highest distinction—Tre Biccheri. Then the [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 …]

Canberra Australia

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On our way from the Yarra Valley to the Hunter Valley wine regions, we made a brief overnight stop to Canberra (“Canbra”).. Designed specifically as Australia’s capital, Canberra isn’t so much a city as it is an artificial creation to showpiece buildings, museums, open parks and monuments. It was agreed upon in 1901 (and “opened [Read more …]

Yarra Valley Wineries

Not far out of Melbourne is the Yarra Valley Wine region. We explored a handful of recommended wineries to get a flavor for this cool region’s wines. Yearing Station Winery. We didn’t have the palate to appreciate many of their very light-bodied entry-level “Village” wines, but did enjoy a number of their more premium wines. [Read more …]

Mornington Peninsula Wine Region

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Our primary reason for staying in Queenscliff Australia was to catch a ferry the next morning to go into the Mornington Peninsula Wine Region. This cool climate region, just off the Tasman Sea, specializes in pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris and lesser amounts of even some Syrah. Our ferry let us off in the peninsula [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 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 …]

Barossa Valley Wine Region

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South Australia Wine Regions We went to Adelaide Australia to see the city. But we also went there as a jumping off point for wine regions. After all, te Adelaide area is like Australia’s Northern California…home to many of the country’s best winegrowing regions and wineries. In exploring wine regions the world over, we can [Read more …]