It was a visit to the Barossa Valley three years ago that revived my interest in wine. Wine growing was initiated in the mid-1800s by German immigrants in this stunningly beautiful region, which lies north of Adelaide. Today, the Barossa is home to some of Australia's best-known wineries — ranging from big names such as Wolf Blass, Penfolds, and Jacob's Creek to smaller ones such as Torbreck and Kalleske.
Indian Chenin Blanc I did not have the opportunity to visit the winery founded by Peter Lehmann, the legendary Australian winemaker, but I was shepherded around Yalumba, Australia's oldest family-owned winery that is fronted by a splendid old stone building, where Lehmann began working in 1947 as an assistant winemaker.
Indian Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) The invitation to a tasting of Peter Lehmann wines stirred up a slew of memories and provided an opportunity to doff an Akubra to the Barossa, which produces some fine whites (particularly, Semillons and Rieslings) and some excellent reds, particularly an iconic version of the Shiraz.
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Michael Brill looked tired last week as he ducked into his cavernous winery in eastern San Francisco to answer what he described as a staggering number of e-mail messages. They were customers’ passionate responses to Mr. Brill’s decision, announced only a few days before, to move Crushpad, the participatory winery he founded in 2004, from its home in San Francisco to the vineyards of Napa Valley.
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Indian Chenin Blanc “It’s a big deal,” he said. “Not everybody’s going with us. We’ve got to figure who’s going and who isn’t.” The news was stirring because Crushpad, which offers customers the expertise and resources from finding grapes to corking the bottles to make their own wine, had become the standard-bearer for the growing trend of the urban winery.
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Dao Meia Encosta Vinho Tinto from Portugal has a thick velvety texture and good balance, all for $14.99.
Indian Rosé THE WINTER OLYMPICS in Vancouver are not only focused on great athletic prowess, but are also providing the opportunity to showcase many other positive aspects of this country.
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The Californian wine buff testing his glass of wine in the sunshine might have noticed many things from his mouthful of Red Bicyclette pinot noir: "dark fruit aromas", as the website proudly proclaims, or "flavours of black cherry and ripe plum". But if he had paused a little longer and maybe sniffed a little deeper, the connoisseur might have detected another, rather different note: the bitter taste of being had.
Indian Cabernet Shiraz Today, in a courtroom in the south-western French town of Carcassonne, 12 figures from the local wine industry were convicted of masterminding a lucrative scam in which E&J Gallo, the leading US winery, was conned into buying 18m bottles of plonk which had been repackaged as pinot noir.
Indian Rosé In one of the most far-reaching scandals to have hit French vineyards in years, the executives from the Languedoc-Roussillon region were found to have made a €7m (£6.1m) profit through a fraud which lasted from January 2006 until March 2008. Overall, 13.5m litres of fake wine were shipped to the US to be drunk by unsuspecting US consumers. Gallo, founded by brothers Ernest and Julio following the repeal of prohibition in 1933, is now the biggest family-run winery in the US, known internationally as the leading exporter of Californian wines and within the industry as the world's most powerful wine brand.
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TOM DAVIES was driving last fall down Highway 29, the two-lane blacktop that serves as the Napa Valley’s main drag, when he saw something that literally stopped him in his tracks. “There was a sign on the side of the road that said, ‘Cabernet Grapes for Sale,’ ” he recalled, still incredulous that economic desperation had forced a Napa grower to hawk the region’s hallowed fruit like a load of zucchini.
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Indian Cabernet Shiraz This unusual predicament is not easily remedied at a time when vintners are awash in wine. Highly touted Napa releases in 2009 did not sell out, which means that inventory is backing up, which in turn means that much of the 2010 grape harvest will essentially have nowhere to go. Some winemakers have even debated skipping a vintage, which would amount to wiping a year off the calendar.
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