Hello, Wine Idealists! Happy Friday! I hope this post finds you smiling and well (and with, possibly, a glass of something nice in your hand!)… There’s some exciting news afoot, here at thewineidealist.com and #wineidealism HQ! Now, before you start to think… – “Oh yeah, righto mate. What kind of cheap crap do you think … Continue reading Help Keep The Wine Idealist Sustainable… Support #WineIdealism!
– Due to my current adventures in Aotearoa, New Zealand, I’ve not had the time to prepare and publish a /NEW/ Edition of The Wine Idealist… I’m on the last leg of this incredible journey through the north and south islands of this beautiful country, where, it seems as though, a set change is made with every twist and … Continue reading RETROSPECT: ‘Mountains/Wine/People – The Beautiful Spectacular Central Otago…’
– Due to my current adventures in Aotearoa, New Zealand, I’ve not had the time to prepare and publish a /NEW/ Edition of The Wine Idealist… So, in light of David Williams excellent overview of the natural wine ‘scene’, in The Guardian, Sunday April 19th – read it here – I thought it might be pertinent to … Continue reading RETROSPECT: ‘Real Wine Drinkers Are All Punks…’ TWI, 2013.
Six bottles of perfectly good wine have been sitting at the bottom of the ocean at a depth of about 8 metres, in order to find out what happens when you submerge wine under water and age it for three months. Will the increased pressure cause the bottles to explode? If not, will they make it … Continue reading What’s In Your Glass? Salty Wine? – Newcastle, NSW
– GO TO ROOTSTOCK! – Just about every Australian and New Zealand winegrower I’ve written about, here on The Wine Idealist, will be at this weekends festival. Taste their natural, organic and biodynamic wines and meet them all in person, along with an entire two days jam packed with international winegrowers, artisan food, beer and … Continue reading Go! to Rootstock, Sydney – 2014
The story of a more sustainable approach to food production and, consequently, consumption, is played out every weekend at an increasing number of farmer’s markets right across Australia and New Zealand. Whether it be sunshine or rain, these primary producers wheel out, stack, and showcase their locally grown produce for local conscientious consumers to inspect, … Continue reading On The Frontline – The Sommeliers Story of Natural, Organic and Biodynamic Wines.
The Hunter Valley is the oldest wine region in Australia. It was the first wine region to be planted, back in the early 19th century, with cuttings brought back from Europe by James Busby, the father of Australian wine. Amongst those cuttings, six were of Syrah taken from the Rhône in France… in Australia we call … Continue reading ‘Let The Grapes Speak’ – Harkham Wines, Hunter Valley NSW
For two years I lived and worked in Sydney, and I’d never seen hide nor hair or trace of any trendy little wine bars existing up alley’s, down side streets or beneath the underground. Those sort of places only existed in Melbourne – and they were a constant source of jealousy for the proud Sydney … Continue reading Too Long Between Drinks… Sydney’s Natural Wine Bars
According to Max Allen’s book, The Future Makers, the future of Australian wine is changing towards sustainability, which is being driven by a mix of economics, climate change and a shift towards more organic and biodynamic winegrowing. Economic factors are having a substantial impact with the high Australian dollar affecting export to the US and others – … Continue reading 2013 – New Year Resolutions And Beyond…
“To make the best wines possible,”… It was at this moment that I thought, ‘I should probably try a few (if not all) of these Macquariedale wines,’ and see, or rather taste for myself just how good they actually are. Ross led me over to the cellar door tasting bar. A small, but beautifully timbered … Continue reading A Visit to Macquariedale: Part Two