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RIDING THE TRAIL

Friday, March 13, 2020

As a result of changes to the liquor licensing laws, Adelaide now has several cellar doors within a stone’s throw of the CBD. In fact, these cellar doors along with a couple of breweries and a collaborative cellar door called, Ferg’s, have banded together to form the, EASTSIDE WINE & ALE TRAIL, which as far as I am aware is a first for an Australian city. Whilst there is the occasional city “winery” in other cities, this is the first wine trail. Read More...

WINE HEROES

Friday, February 07, 2020

Recently I read that one of my wine heroes, Randall Grahm, had sold his famous Bonny Doon Vineyard. Randall is one of my top wine heroes – although I have never met him and only had a few opportunities to taste his California icon wines, they have always been very impressive. He is a hero not only for making great wines, but for being “one out of left field” in a State fixated on Cabernet Sauvignon. Randall’s wines are centred around Rhône blends and in fact he was the original, “Rhône Ranger”. Being a full blown eccentric, not only does he still drive an ancient Citroen (the one that looks like a frog), but he also named his wines eccentrically too, such as “Le Cigare Volant”. He has planted a number of almost unknown oddball grape varieties which he turns into exceptional wines. Read More...