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In August the annual awards nights are held. At this event the overall winners for the year are announced and the wineries associated with the bets wines from the previous 12 months showcases get to show their wines.
Visitors to the showcase get to taste a cross section of the best wines of various styles and varieties from throughout Victoria. And of course Victoria has the most diverse range of vines of any state - rich fortifieds and lusty reds from along the Murray and some of the best whites and sparkling from the cooler regions.
I'll be at the showcase with my book and De Long's Maps and varietal chart. Come and say hello.
The marvels of modern technology means that there is just so much news out there. Sifting the wheat from the chaff in wine news is tough going.
So I'm doing my bit to help you sort it out. I have started a little weekly paper about the varietal wine scene in Australia. You can read it, and subscribe below.
By subscribing you will get a reminder email whenever a new edition comes out each weekend.
You might find some news about my wine and food travels and occasionally a general rant. The blog has a facility for readers to leave comment.
My friends Jenny and Eric Semmler of 919 Wines in the Riverland wine region are champions of varietal wines in their region. They are also music fans and so each year they combine their passions in a food, wine music event Hot August Night on Saturday 6 August.. Sounds great after the chilly July we are having. This year they have included a photographic exhibition in the mix. Photographers Rod Bradtke and Tony Barich have combined their work into the thematic exhibition Our Riverland Environment based on the birdlife of the Riverland and Mallee habitats.
For details please see 919 wines
My friend Anna Diep has written an interesting article about prospects for Australian wine exports to Vietnam. It originally appeared in the Australia and NZ Grapegrower and Winemaker Magazine but you can see the full article Vietnam an emerging market for Australian wine by Anna Diep
These items are popular as gifts so if you want to treat your dad for Fathers day or need to give a hint to someone about a gift you'd like to receive please do it soon.De Long Wine Info.
The new entries get added to my database and eventually find their way onto their respective pages, either onto a special varietal page, or onto the regional listing.
There are still places available at the week long residential school Terronia the Wines of Southern Italy in October.
If you have the time and the inclination this would be a great opportunity to learn about this fascinating group of regions and the wines produced there.
If you are into RSS you can get a feed via Australian wine news feed
They have an excellent range of alternative varietal wines from small winemakers in less known regions, as well as some from the superstars of the alternative wine scene. Prices are fair and freight is reasonable, it is even waived on larger orders.