The UK Telegraph to NSW Newcastle Herald

The Telegraph (UK), 11 April, Jeremy Dixon


Wine of the day: Margaret River Chardonnay 2014, Western Australia Full article


Newcastle Herald, 15 April, Rick Allen

John Lewis: An accidental wine critic

A TRENCHERMAN, says my dictionary, is a person with a heavy appetite.

Those words aren’t mine. They were written, in fact, by John Lewis in the now defunct Newcastle Sun newspaper on September 29, 1976.

They’re significant because they were the very first words Lewis wrote in his new Trencherman column which was dedicated to wine and food in Newcastle and the Hunter.

Fast forward to today: we’re coming up on 40 years later and that weekly column is still going strong. Full article

Grape Expectations 15 April 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) 

Worth a read and worth thinking about

I’ll have what she’s having.

Can you believe what’s happened in Margaret River? Of all places. Bastion of boringly reliable vintages, where nothing ever goes wrong and the rivers and streams flow with the most gorgeous cab sav.

Yes, a devastating vine-eating grub has been found across Western Australia and they’ve had to throw out the entire vintage.

Some are calling it terrorism, suggesting it’s because they let all those other grapes in. Muslim grapes.

Ahh, don’t you love fake news? Sure gets the Facetwitters twitting, the Twitbookers facing off and plenty of insta-love for the grammers who think their boring little photos of lunch will make them an influencer, another word for someone who gets free stuff.

But why is fake news always bad or designed to confuse the masses into thinking idiots can run the world?

You know, “Hilary in naked romp with Russian diplomat, leaked personal emails show  an Easter restored as a religious festival, Muslim extremists responsible for well, everything, or Adani coal mine good for Australia.

Sorry, that last one is obviously completely fake but peddled by our government anyway.

However fake news has the potential to do good and brighten all our lives, including those of bored, right-wing zealots, racists and sexists who are still bemoaning the passing of the 1950s.

How about a Swans win thriller in exciting, high scoring contest? That’d give some people a lot of joy until they turned the telly on.

Or a NSW Government realises folly of selling Land Titles Office – state reaps millions that it always did?

Indeed we could influence elections just as easily with good news as bad. Opposition promises to tax Apple, Google and mining companies’ or High income earners find better tax dodge than negative gearing, then everyone could afford a house.

You could have all sorts of innocent fun too, with things like “Toyota releases interesting car”? Actually, no-one would believe that.

Maybe since WA is in the doldrums, with falling house prices, having to rehabilitate high-viz types to accept normal incomes and negative population growth, some fake news could reverse the trend… University tests show WA wine makes people happier, hornier and healthier than wine from other states.

Hang on, that might be true.

Risky Business Margaret River Shiraz Grenache Tempranillo 2015, $25. This brother (or sister) wine to the shiraz tempranillo grenache, makes you wonder why they went to the trouble when both are luscious, albeit this is a tad lusciouser. 9.2/10.

Risky Business Margaret River Malbec, 2015, $25. As a big fan of malbec, I had high hopes for this, just as I had for the Swans this year. One out of two ain’t bad. 8.7/10.

Devil’s Corner (Tasmania) Pinot Grigio 2016, $20. Devil’s Cut, Devil’s Elbow, Devils on Horseback, what’s with devils? Devil’s Corner is the top right hand bit of the map I think, where devilish little vignerons burn the candle for pinot grigio, God bless them, excuse the contradiction. 8.5/10.

Devil’s Corner (Tasmania) Riesling 2016, $20. Maybe not a suitable wine for Easter, but it is humble, yet generous in the Christian tradition and we weren’t struck down. Almost heavenly. 8.9/10.

Penny’s Hill McLaren Vale Edwards Rd Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015, $25. Knew a girl called Penny once, ‘spose I still do. Perhaps I should give her one of these to reacquaint? 8.6/10.

Penny’s Hill McLaren Vale Estate Single Vineyard The Experiment Grenache 2015, $35. Can you teach an old vine new tricks? Read the back label and find out. Oh sweet Grenache, how do I love thee, let me count the ways’. 9.1/10.

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