“Our universities teach us to make sound wine, rather than great wine,” says Julian Castagna, owner and winegrower at Castagna wines in Beechworth Victoria. “They (the universities) don’t want us to make mistakes,” he continues, “but the reality is, you have to make mistakes. You have to push the envelope to make anything that’s great…” … Continue reading This Is Australia… Castagna – Beechworth
May, 2012. Having quit my job at the BBC, and swapping it for a full time gig in a wine bar just down the road, I was asked by, my boss, to attend the first ever Real Wine Fair, in London. I was to attend, as a representative of the west London bar, Albertine, and report back, … Continue reading An Origin Story… Genesis – The Wine Idealist Is One Year Old
“The first batch of wine we made was just so that we had something to drink…”, says winegrower Wayne Ahrens, from his family home in the Barossa Valley, “It was a small barrel of cabernet which we made at home”. Wayne is a fifth generation grape farmer in Australia’s pre-eminent winegrowing region, the Barossa Valley, where … Continue reading ‘Get Out Of The Bloody Way!’ – Small Fry Wines, Barossa SA.
“We all just have to think back 150 years ago, it’s how all farming was done. There weren’t agricultural chemicals, so this notion of calling chemical agriculture ‘conventional’, I think is going to switch in years to come, and organic and biodynamic farming will be called conventional, while the other is going to be called … Continue reading Authentic Precision, 45º South – Felton Road, Central Otago, New Zealand.
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
The Wine Idealist is a direct result of my time spent in London, serving, tasting, and drinking some of Europe’s most amazing examples of sustainable winemaking. Thanks, mostly in part to my boss, Giles, the owner of Albertine Wine Bar, I was exposed first hand to the current evolution (or is that revolution?) of wine … Continue reading Champions of Europe…