Newsletter April 2010

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I've been a little lax in getting a newsletter out over the past couple of months, but I have a couple of stories that I hope are of interest.

My excuse is that I have been busy writing, and there is the small matter of research. You wouldn't believe how much time I spend finding and tasting wine.

Vic Government slugs small winemakers

"The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread."

Anatole France
The Victorian Government has been busy responding to street violence outside Melbourne nightclubs by steeply increasing licence fees for wineries, community festivals and farmers markets hundreds of miles away. The changes were also detrimental to live music events in pubs and restaurants.

Unfortunately the Government used the hue and cry about street violence to put the boot into small venues and operators while protecting the interests of the big guys who caused the problem in the first place.

I got a bit mad about this so I started a facebook campaign "Save Small Victorian Wineries" to encourage wine consumers to let their MPs how happy they are. We just love seeing small winemakers being squeezed out by supermarkets full of industrial wine.

If you are on facebook you can join in here and see breaking stories about this.

Or you can see more about how to help small wineries here

The important thing to realise is that the issue is not about a few businesses whining about a tax increase. It is a consumer issue as well. Beer barns, nightclubs and supermarket wine chains won't notice any difference; those of us who want diversity in wine will miss out.

Some Good News: Vinodiversity the Book!

I am well advanced on writing a follow up to Emerging Varietal Wines of Australia which I published originally back in January 2006. I will offer pre-publication mates rates to subscribers of Vinodiversity if you are reading this online and didn't get an email reminder then go and sign up for Vinodiversity News.

You can watch progress at Vinodiversity the Book page on facebook

Spanish wine map for sale in Australia

Iberain wine map

I have a small supply of Spanish Wine Regions maps for sale at $33.00 inclusive of postage to an Australian address.

This map (it covers the entire Iberian Peninsula) was prepared by De Long Wine Info, the makers of the Wine Grape Varietal Chart.

If you order from Vinodiversity for delivery in Australia you will save heaps on postage.

See details here For ordering in Australia or Overseas suppliers.

The Map of Italy will be available in a couple of months.

Federation Square Regional Wine Showcase

The monthly Showcase series continues with the Geelong Region Peninsula on Wednesday and Thursday 7 and 8 April. Vinodiversity will be there, with the Spanish Wine Map. Come and have a chat.

You can see the Wine Showcases 2010 Program here

Melbourne Alternative Varieties Club

A group of us have semi-regular dinners in where we share a few bottles of wine made from rare varieties. The Club will be holding a dinner in Carlton on Tue 13th April. Duncan Harris will be bringing over some of his wines from Harris Organic Wines in the Swan Valley. Details Here

Vinodiversity's Hotel Booking Service

Going away? You might like to check out this hotel booking service.

What's so good about it? Well, it amalgamates the online offers from a number of different booking services and allows you to choose the best deal at the best hotel

So do yourself a favour

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My friends at Secret Vines continue to come up with the goodies. Secret vines is an outlet for small wineries and there is an emphasis on less common varieties. - Just the ticket for Vinodiversity readers!

Tim Althus makes a point of selling the people behind the wines as well as the wines. This is the exact opposite of other online wine stores who are little more than virtual supermarkets for surplus stock and clean skins.

Secret Vines usually have two 6 packs available, at $99 and $159, both contain some lovely wines that you are unlikely to find anywhere else. They also have specials from a number of small wineries.

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