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Shreveport Geological Society Australian-themed Dinner

“Know anyone in Australia who’s in the market for a second-hand volcano?” inquired the casino manager as he showed me around. We were in Jimmy Buffett’s casino Margaritaville, in Bossier City, Louisiana. Yes, that Jimmy Buffett, a local hero who is still very much alive and hasn’t entirely wasted away while drowning his sorrows in margaritas.

Tasmania’s sweet and semi-sweet whites

Tasmania’s sweet and semi-sweet white wines are the undersung heroes of the island state. No doubt that’s because the marvelous sparkling wines, pinot noirs, chardonnays and dry rieslings hog the spotlight. But these wines deserve our attention, as they can be beautiful wines of haunting perfume and refreshing acidity.

St Claudes

The two bottles on the bar – a Lafite Rothschild ’88 and a JL Chave Hermitage ’06 – say it all. They say BYO nights are back. And so, naturally, are the local wine mavens.

Treasury Wine Estates gear up their Regional Gems

Treasury Wine Estates is gearing up for a major international promotion of nine of its most valued brands. The attack is so gung-ho, that Treasury has authorized a 40% increase in grape intake across the nine brands during the current 2016 harvest. With the promise of another increase next year.

Terroir al Limit

Dominik Huber (pictured) is that rare breed of winemaker: someone capable of putting a whole new interpretation on the wines of his region. Huber is co-founder of the winery Terroir al Limit in Catalonia’s Priorat region.

Morrison’s backpacker tax

Can Treasurer Scott Morrison be serious about slugging backpacker fruit pickers with a 32.5% income tax? If he did, this would devastate the horticulture and quality wine grape industries.

‘The 24-Hour Wine Expert’ by Jancis Robinson

Jancis Robinson (pictured) is noted for her serious wine books, erudite books with great depth of information, such as The Oxford Companion to Wine, The World Atlas of Wine and Wine Grapes. Now she’s produced what I suspect is her smallest book so far, The 24-Hour Wine Expert.