Quiet time of year for wine writers

Grape Expectations 14 January 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)

If pollies want the public to pay for their travel expenses why not let the public decide whether it is legit and just use crowd funding to pay them? An immediate indication of whether it passes the pub test or not.

And if corporations make a donation we will see, Facebook style, who donated what to whom.

But wait, there’s another very important consideration – if work was conducted, was alcohol served and does this break the workplace health and safety protocols?

Gosh it’s so hard to know what to do and so hard to make ends meet on $350k p.a.…wonder could I claim these: 

Reviews for:

Adinfern Leylands Reserve Margaret River Merlot, 2013, $23ish. Travel all over the country side, ask for Leylands. One for grey nomads and older lounge-chair travellers. Great gear for Landrover and merlot lovers. 8.9/10.

Adinfern Margaret River Semillon 2016, $19. From Wool to Wine the label says, so maybe lanolin rather than lamb would be a good accompaniment. Can you eat lanolin? Very sav blanc-like. 8.6/10.

Robert Channon Wines Verdelho Bubbles NV, $20. This has a slightly bitter twist which is perfect for posh hors d’ouevres and unpleasant guests. 8.8/10.

Robert Channon Wines Sparkling Pinot Noir, 2015, $30. Orange is alright but its not my favourite fruit, or ‘style’ of wine, or country town. However as a colour is has great allure in a wine, and this is such a thing with a character equally alluring. 9/10.

Thorn – Clarke William Randell Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014, $60. This is the sort of thing you would expect the MCG to serve on Grand Final day, and be completely tax deductible of course. 9.1/10.

Thorn – Clarke William Randell Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, $60. Very corporate box fare, and I think William Randall played full-back for the Bulldogs in their last Grand Final win. 9.3/10.

The Mercury (Tasmania), 14&17 January, Graeme Phillips

The Australian, 19 January, Matthew Cox

God’s work pays off: Tasmania enters a wine boom

If Martin Luther was correct and wine is indeed “made by God”, Tasmanians may have some basis for their frequent assertion that their island is “God’s own”. Full article

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