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Thursday, March 24, 2016

All sorts of things are constantly happening in the world of wine, which due to a hectic lifestyle, we can easily miss. So here are a few bits and pieces to keep you up to date: Read More...

UNSUNG HERO and LIVING LEGEND

Friday, June 19, 2015

UNSUNG HERO and LIVING LEGEND:  James Irvine – is one of the Barons of the Barossa, a charming bloke, who is one of the Australian Wine Industry’s living legends. James, Jim to his friends, has been quietly working away in the wine industry for the last 65 years. At age 17 he walked out of his father’s Eudunda bakery after burning himself and wandered down to the big smoke. Here he secured a job as a laboratory assistant (lab rat) at Glenloth Wines. In early 1953, Jim applied for a job as a laboratory assistant at Hardy’s at Mile End and was successful. During this time he also worked at Hardy’s' sparkling wine cellar in Currie Street, in the middle of Adelaide city. In 1959, Jim was appointed Manager/Winemaker at Hardy’s Wines in the Barossa at the Dorrien winery. In 1963, the winery was making very few ports and sherries, concentrating mainly on red wines – unusual in those days. It was in that year that Jim was instrumental in the creation of Hardy’s Seigersdorf Riesling, which became a great success and the yardstick for Australian Riesling for many years. Read More...