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Friday, April 24, 2020

In these ultra-challenging times that we are living in, all the “norms” and “usuals” have gone out of the window. Restaurants, pubs and cellar doors are closed, bottle shops are struggling and only some online sites are powering along. Read More...

DECLARE FOR CLARE

Friday, April 17, 2020

The first time I was aware that I was drinking a wine from the Clare Valley was in 1986 when my great mate, PK, brought a bottle of 1971 Seven Hills wine over for dinner one night – I think it was designated as “Claret” or maybe “Dry Red”.  It was in fact the last vintage made by, Brother John Hanlon, before he passed away on the job and was succeeded by, Brother John May, who was the seventh winemaker for the order since they arrived there in 1851. I loved the wine, despite being very old fashioned and tasting more like a very dry old port. It kindled an interest in me for the Clare Valley. Not long after that I discovered the delightful wines of, Taylors Wines, at my local Grace Bros department store, and I was well and truly hooked. Read More...