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 […]

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 […]

The Phil Lehmann sextet plays the Trocadero

The Phil Lehmann sextet plays the Trocadero

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the Trocadero Holistic nightclub, the hottest, hippest most swinging jazz club in Adelaide, and all parts of the universe. It’s New Year’s Eve, but guys, it’s New Year’s Eve every night, so let’s celebrate the New Year 2017, maybe 1963 and 1956, and some time in the ’40s. […]

The real workers in wine retail

The real workers in wine retail

Unfortunately, there won’t be a TKR next week as it’s final assessment time for the lung transplant and I have to spend Tuesday to Friday in hospital. I’m also not sure about the week after, as the buggers have unexpectedly booked me in for another procedure, which could put me out of action for three […]

Casella attacks US with Lehmann brands

Casella attacks US with Lehmann brands

Casella hopes Clancy’s will overflow It has always baffled TKR why the Hess Group didn’t capitalise on the Peter Lehmann brand in the American market, so it’s good to see the new owner, the Casella family, getting behind the brand. Perhaps more important than the Casellas is their American partner, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits. […]

Wine Australia is upbeat about China

Wine Australia is upbeat about China

Upbeat Wine Australia Wine Australia (WA) released a positive media release on Australia’s wine performance at Vinexpo Hong Kong, held last week. “Highly chuffed” covers the general feeling. No need for TKR to go overboard by repeating the hearty backslapping that WA gave itself. But worth noting are the quotes that WA got from various […]

Wine in the Media – 3 March 2016

Wine in the Media – 3 March 2016

Wine articles and reviews from The Australian – Max Allen, the Hobart Mercury – Graeme Phillips, Grape Expectations – Max Cru, The Financial Review – Joe Magyer, The Launceston Sunday Examiner – Winsor Dobbin and more… The Australian, 27 February, Max Allen  They can be a generous lot, wine folk. I’ve often been struck by […]

Some Little Piggies Stay Home – Sally Gudgeon

Some Little Piggies Stay Home – Sally Gudgeon

9 September 2013 The pig, if I am not mistaken, Supplies us sausage, ham and bacon, Let others say his heart is big– I call it stupid of the pig. Ogden Nash By Sally Gudgeon Killing pigs and turning them into bacon, salami, prosciutto, blood sausage is an ancient tradition in Europe, depicted in medieval illuminated […]