Tag Archives: Mark Walpole

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A climate of change

The recent news reports about the drastic effects of global warming on the world’s vineyards had a ring of Armageddon to them. But winegrowers in Australia’s warmer wine regions aren’t planning to sell up and move to Tasmania just yet.

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Food Unlocks the Magic of Wine

After a recent tasting of new-release samples of non-mainstream red varietals, I was shocked to find two wines I didn’t particularly like ended up giving the most pleasure with dinner. The wines were both produced by Italian consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini from Australian-grown grapes. Both were deliberately made in a non-fruity, savoury style which is polar opposite to most conventional Australian red wines. But, as Antonini himself says, they’re designed to be served with a meal, not drunk on their own.