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Sauvignon Blanc CANBERRA'S reputation as home to some of the nation's driest whites and spiciest reds - wines not politicians - was sealed last night when a winery without a vineyard, run by the Swiss-born son of a former Canberra diplomat, won best new Australian winery in a new national wine award.
Chenin Blanc Northbourne Avenue - a road well travelled by the nation's politicians - may soon become a well-worn path for wine lovers thanks to Eden Road Wines, which was named best new winery at the launch of the inaugural Sydney Morning Herald Good Wine awards at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide last night.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)
Beethoven composed part of his 9thSymphony in a small apartment at the Mayer am Pfarrplatz winery.Downstairs in its noisy tavern, with old paintings of antleredanimals and memorabilia of the composer, I’m dining on schnitzeland gemischter satz, Vienna’s contribution to the wine world.
Rosé Light, tangy, fragrant and surprisingly complex, the bestexamples of this white blend pair brilliantly with localcuisine, and with music. They are the ideal sippers in thebarrel-laden cellar, where winemakers and other guests dance tothe echoing strains of Strauss.
Sauvignon Blanc The only world capital with major vineyards, Vienna growsmore than 600 hectares of vines inside the city limits, and itsvinous history goes back some 2,000 years. The Danube, whichbisects the city, creates perfect microclimates.
WORDS OF WARNING: Nigel Greening, from Central Otago's Felton Road winery, believes the relentless pursuit of growth will plunge New Zealand's wine industry into another crash.
Cabernet Shiraz The relentless pursuit of growth will plunge the wine industry into another crash, Central Otago winery owner Nigel Greening says.
Rosé Speaking at the Wine Discovery New Zealand conference in Christchurch this week, the Felton Road owner blamed the industry's oversupply problems on the unrealistic obsession with growth.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND —The constant hum of machinery provided the perfect music for winemaker Matt Albee last week as he orchestrated a complicated dance involving a forklift and plastic tanks in the driveway of his Bainbridge Island home.
Shipping Wine To India With a hand-driven forklift, Albee gracefully moved the 4-foot-by-4-foot tanks — some filled to the brim with fermenting wine — from his double-car garage to the driveway outside. At the same time, volunteers shoveled pitchforks full of grapes into the de-stemming machine — the source of the humming — which stripped the stems from the clusters and crushed the berries.
Cabernet Shiraz Albee, owner and winemaker of Eleven Winery , was taking advantage of the rare sunny fall day to crush the last of his grapes for the 2010 wine-making season. The rearrangement of tanks and barrels in his garage and driveway — where his wine-making takes place — was to accommodate the creation of his newest wines.
The Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail, soon to be known as Lake Erie Wine Country, is hosting its Harvest Wine Weekends Nov. 6-7 and Nov. 13-14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Twenty-one wineries from North East, Pa. to Silver Creek will participate in the event.
Grover Vineyards India Ticket holders will be assigned a winery at which they will pick up their gift bag, but otherwise participants will set their own agenda, selecting which wineries they would like to visit at their own pace.
Shipping Wine To India Tickets are $35 a person and include a delicious fall food accompanied by wine at each winery, wine tasting, a wine glass, a recipe book, a free gift of a pewter August Wendel Forge coaster, and a $5 voucher for any purchase of wine or food at participating restaurants. Designated driver tickets are available for $20 and will include the same perks except without the wine.
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