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Raise a glass to the cultural revolution

China is proving to be the great saviour of Australian wine. The Chinese are buying our wine lustily, and they’re buying up some of our wineries and vineyards. They’re taking the heat off the Australian wine sector in more ways than one.

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Australian wine exports to China surge

Australian wine’s UK export boom may have burst some time ago, but it’s experiencing a new surge in China. Our exports there achieved double-digit growth in the 12 months to September 30. Bottled wine exports to China increased by 16.3 per cent in volume and

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You Can’t Legislate for Quality

It happened during the Frankland Estate International Riesling Tasting in Sydney in February. A roomful of riesling lovers had just tasted a flight which included Frankland Estate’s own 2002 Isolation Ridge Riesling. Hunter Smith, a member of the family that owns the winery, mentioned in passing that the wine had been banned from export approval. “On what grounds?” asked the moderator, English-born Berlin-dwelling Stuart Piggott. “They said it was un-wine-like,” replied Hunter. Whereupon the room erupted in gales of laughter, the loudest being the incredulous cackle of Piggott himself. It’s a very good riesling, a bit phenolic, yes, but non unreasonably so. I couldn’t see why anyone could reasonably criticize it, even taking into account that it was a younger wine when the Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation* tasters sampled it years ago.

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Chardonnay Masterclass at Noosa

Noosa Heads is a slightly unreal place. A place where the beautiful people go to frolic with other beautiful people and forget their worries. It’s the logical place for a wine and food festival, and Noosa’s attracts an amazing cast of celebs and wannabe celebs. Matt Preston’s face was everywhere, the celeb of the moment. The occasional un-beautiful person slips in by accident, such as your correspondent.