• Not “Orange wines” but “wines from Orange”

    Posted by Colin Smith in Wines March 18, 2013

    Orange wines were a bit of a fad in the wine trade in 2012. These are wines that can simply be described as natural wines with no additives and so called because they have an orange tint. Notice I said in the wine trade as they never caught on with normal wine drinkers not surprisingly…

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  • The Man from Almansa

    Posted by Balthazar in Spirits March 5, 2013

    Spain, although much visited, has not been a happy hunting ground for me food and wine wise. This has been for many reasons such as a limited grasp of the language, visiting the wrong places at the wrong time of year, going with the mother in law, (or outlaw as I like to call her)…

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  • An Ode upon Lorca Gran Poetico 2007

    Posted by Botrytis in Wines February 27, 2013

    Oh, Lorca Gran Poetico 2007!
    A premium wine from Argentina
    Land of silver, steer and lofty viña
    Dark and dry, a brooding beast
    Of bramble fruit, a structured feast
    Tannin full yet fine, a viscous balm
    A dance of puissant grip and velvet charm
    Twelve months it dwells in oaken barrel
    Where it dons fine-grained apparel
    A vanilla robe, laced with coffee
    A regal guest…

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  • A Shiraz by any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet

    Posted by Balthazar in Wines February 8, 2013

    Cold January weather always brings thoughts of the warmer days of my early adult years in the Southern Hemisphere sunshine. Sunny days spent surfing and fishing around the glorious beaches of the Fleurieu Peninsula, were usually followed by grabbing a bottle or 2 from one of the many local wineries in McLaren Vale. The BBQ…

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  • Underwater Champagne Drinking Club

    Posted by Balthazar in Wines January 22, 2013

    Having been fortunate to travel a bit, I’ve drank some weird and wonderful things in weird and wonderful places with weird and wonderful people. Freshly brewed palm wine on the Cameroon/Gabon border, where the process of getting your passport stamped also involved sharing a glass or 2 with the customs officials doing the stamping; Nicaraguan…

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