Yes folks the Paris metro will now take you to all the Wine regions of France - if you believe this map!!!
I have some supplies and you might like to buy yourself one for Christmas!
Whatever! the week starting 12 Dec is Australian wine week, and there will be discussions and hangouts, whatever they are. You can see more details at this blog post
In the longer term I have set up a Wine Circle on Google+ and you are welcome to join. see plus.google.com to Join Google plus then search for me add me to a circle and I'll reciprocate.
I enjoy meeting friends and winemakers at the regular Fed Square Wine Showcases. These events are held in the months of February, April, June, August, October and December on the first Wednesday and Thursday of the month. In this month's showcase the theme is new releases form around the state. You can get a chance to taste wine from 25 or so wineries from all Victorian regions. As we have the widest range of viticultural environments you will have all styles of wine, table, sparkling, desert and fortifieds to try.
I will be there with a stand to show of my maps and the Vinodiversity book. You might find something for gift for a family member, a friend or even for yourself.
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.
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.
And don't forget our wine supply partners
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.
Some recent pages updated include varietal pages on Nero d'Avola, Nebbiolo (now with 100 producers) Negroamaro, Tempranillo, Sylvaner, Petit manseng, Touriga nacional and Carnelian. I've also given my pages on Margaret River and Perth Hills an overhaul.
You can see the updates at the news on Vinodiversity
There are lot's of them and you could spend a small fortune on them if you bought them all.
But don't worry - Vinodiversity to the rescue.
I've compiled a list of a few along with links to an online supplier where you can get the 2012 guides at the best price and, better still, with free shipping.
Somebody has to win. You can always swap the Grange for something nicer if you win.
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.