There is also a special notice about buying products from Vinodiversity during late September and early October.
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.
Now I'm not particularly a fan of the International Day of anything, the whole thing gets a bit devalued. I really couldn't care much for the International Day of Left-handed Chicken Sexers, but when it comes to wine things are different. Two wonderful grape varieties are having days in September.
So seek out a bottle or two of the relevant wine, grab a fiend or two and toast to Tempranillo or Grenache.
Spring time tends to bring on a crop of wine shows and festivals. These are important for winemakers to get an idea of just how good their wine is and to let the public know about them.
Many wine shows have a public tasting event. These allow you to see what the judges think and perhaps try some wines before their commercial release.
The scheduling of the Federation Square Wine Showcases has altered to become a bi-monthly event.
Under the new arrangement there will be four Regional Showcases, a New Releases Showcase and the Awards night. The change is scheduling will make the showcase stronger as poor participation in some months and regions devalued the event for some months last season.
If you live in Melbourne, or are visiting during the first week of February, April, June, August, October or December you should consider these events Details here
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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.
Aug 29, 2011
Tempranillo a Spanish red wine variety used in Australia by these wineries
Sunbury wine region abutting the north-western suburbs of Melbourne its wineries and grape varieties
2012 Wine Guide Reviews by Australian and international writers including ordering information
Grenache red wine variety in Australia with lists of producers and regions
Alternative varietal wines from Queensland's Granite Belt Wine Region Wineries
Peel Wine Region south of Perth in Western Australia its wineries and the grape varieties grown there
Mourvedre (aka Mataro and Monastrell) wine variety in Australia and wineries using it to make red wine
Malbec wine variety in Australia info about wineries and regions
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.