Reuters, 15 June, Staff reporting
Mexican and U.S. brewers have reinvented U.S. President Donald Trump as a gun-slinging mariachi folk musician to promote a new beer celebrating cross-border cooperation.
The label of the new Amigous Cerveza craft beer, showing a frowning Trump in a sombrero, his trousers held up with a swastika belt buckle, mocks his divisive campaign rhetoric against Mexico and his pledge to build a border wall. Full article and video clip
The Guardian (Canada), 14 June, Jean-Sébastien Morin
Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay Pinot Noir Sparkling Non-Vintage
A surprisingly balanced and elegant sparkling wine for the price. Produced with the same grape varieties that are used in the region of Champagne in France. Flavours of citrus and pear are framed by lively acidity and bolstered by a creamy mouth feel and pleasant effervescence. Great with most of hors-d’oeuvres, from chicken in cream sauce wrapped in puff pastry to spicy shrimp kebabs.
The Guardian (UK), 17 June, Fiona Beckett
Tasmania has more in common with Burgundy than with the Barossa
The frustrating thing about this column is that many of the more interesting wines I come across aren’t very easy to track down. Tasmania is a case in point. This unique region of Australia is far cooler than anywhere else on the continent, and it has more in common with Champagne and Burgundy than with the Barossa Valley… Full article
Grape Expectations 10 June Max Crus (Simon Hughes)
At some point in the week these reviews and article will appear in The Daily Examiner (Grafton), Border Mail (Albury), Rotary Down Under (National) and Australian Petroleum Marketer News (National)
“So, my car is filthy, yet I do have standards, so should I clean it, or restock the wine fridge? Umm, that’s a no-brainer…”
Conte Estate Nuovo Cammino (A New Path) Aglianico 2014, $20. You learn more foreign languages in bottle shops than a Contiki tour, but it looks weird to other shoppers. Lovely wine for home renos or clean cars. 8.8/10.
Conte Estate McLaren Vale Primrose Lane Unwooded Chardonnay 2016, $20. Sounds so terribly British…girls on bikes with baskets, big hedges and Midsomer Murders. Well, unwooded chardonnay is a bit mysterious sometimes. 8.6/10.
Provenance Tarrington Pinot Gris 2015, $26. Provenance. One of those soothing words that would also be a great name for a girl, like Chastity, Hope or Faith. Or a soothing wine. 8.7/10.
Provenance Geelong Sparkling Shiraz 2005, $36. This is the most incredible red bubbles you will have this year, and if not, I want what you’re having. Pre-loved for 12 years and fab value. 9.4/10.
St Johns Road Gee Whiz Tram Driver Eden Valley Cool Climate Sheep Pruned, Gewurztraminer Riesling, 2016, $18. Not quite gewurz’ and not quite riesling it nevertheless works really well. Just close your eyes and think of New Zealand. 8.7/10.
St John’s Road The Evangelist Barossa Shiraz 2014, $58. You’d put up with evangelists if they sprouted this. Have it with Songs of Praise on Sunday morning, or the night before 9.1/10.
USA Today – Tennessee, 16 June, Steve Prati
Tour the world of wine: 6 bottles, 6 countries
Australia: Jacob’s Creek Winery, in neighboring Australia, seems a world away from New Zealand. Located in hot, dry South Australia, Jacob’s Creek focuses on big rich reds such as their new Double Barrel Shiraz.
As the label implies, the shiraz is first matured in traditional oak and then finished in used Scotch whiskey barrels. The result is a complex and layered wine swirling with flavor.
Sydney Morning Herald, 17 June, Ralph Kyte-Powell
Best’s Great Western Sparkling Shiraz 2013: $35
Sparkling shiraz is uniquely Australian; the hamlet of Great Western, on the road from Melbourne to Adelaide, its heartland. From 150-year-old Best’s winery, this is a tad less sweet than most, but ripe fruit remains its heart. Frothy and dark purple, its nose has deliciously complex blackberry, Siena cake, licorice and new leather aromas. It tastes rich, slightly sweet, spicy and complete, with the style’s usual promising age worthiness supported by layered, firm tannins. What do you drink it with? Peking duck might be perfect.