South Australian Shiraz

South Australian Shiraz

Shiraz, straight and blended, all from South Australia. Warning: some say these wines are not good for you. They can go… Glaetzer ‘Amon-Ra’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015: Such a naughty nose. It’s all that one loves to indulge in, but shouldn’t because some health freak says it’s not good for you, or an uptight moral […]

Good Old Plonk

Good Old Plonk

Taken from an article, “Plonk: a language lover’s guide to Australian drinking”, in The Conversation on 21 July by Howard Manns, lecturer in linguistics, Monash University: Plonk is perhaps Australia’s best-known word for alcohol. It originally meant cheap, fortified wine but over time came to mean any cheap alcohol. In terms of origins, lexicographer Bruce Moore […]

Bargain basement

Bargain basement

This requires a much longer article. Unfortunately, it’s a difficult time at TKR international headquarters. TKR found it disturbing that Australian chardonnay is down in the bargain sector for bulk white wine imports into the US. Note: prices on the chart are US dollars. In the year ending 30 June 2017 chardonnay was the No.1 […]

Thank you and farewell

Thank you and farewell

To begin at the end It’s Tuesday morning, the 1st of August. For me, it’s been a very long 24 hours, during which the realisation that life is ending has made itself known loud and clear. Not in a couple of years, or few months, as I thought 10 days ago, but soon. I cannot […]