Some years ago I was invited to a small dinner party that included a few wine industry guests. I searched through my cellar for a special wine that wine enthusiasts might appreciate. I chose a bottle of 1970 Chateau Lascombes – a Second Growth Bordeaux from a very good vintage. I am a big fan of Lascombes but had never tasted the 1970.
How do you celebrate a 90th birthday? Food-wise, anything above a bib and baby-food in the senior cits’ home should be counted as a win. You have to wait another decade to earn a letter from the Queen, but surely a scribbled postcard from the Aussie PM should be in order.
That was the headline on a recent article in a New Zealand newspaper. It grabbed my attention.
Multi-award winning Hunter Valley winemaker Liz Silkman and her husband Shaun (pictured) are celebrating the arrival of their latest baby – a $900,000 Bertolaso bottling line. It’s state-of-the-art, imported from Italy. As the picture shows, it was being installed in a new climate-controlled room in the cavernous First Creek winery in the Hunter Valley when I called in last week.
“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.
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.
Prosecco must rank as one of the most successful wine styles in recent years. This easy-drinking and affordable Italian sparkling wine has hit the spot with drinkers around the globe.
Well known flying winemaker, Matt Thomson and his partner Sophie (see my earlier blog “A flying winemaker speaks”) have just released their own label with four wines that I think are particularly good.
Wine is worth over $40 billion to Australia’s economy, according to a new survey.
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.