Dan's Wine Blog

Saperavi & More
May 13, 2022
This week I am kicking off by talking about Saperavi – the native Georgian red that has been around for several thousand years...
Spot News
May 6, 2022
This week includes a smattering of news from around the place starting with...
Clean & Green
April 29, 2022
In a recent blog I was banging on about the meaninglessness of “clean” wine and how it is often used deceptively. Well it seems like I am not the only one concerned about it. The US...
Sweetness & Pointlessness Of Life
April 22, 2022
This week it is all about some sweetness and pointlessness in life....
China and Wine
April 14, 2022
The Chinese wine market is rather perplexing. The initial rush towards imported wines was quite understandable given the number of...
It ain't natural!
April 8, 2022
Back on the 25th of February I had a bit of a rant about “Clean” wine – Well, today I am talking about Natural wine. Not ranting, just talking....
Wine In India
April 1, 2022
“INDIA GEARING UP TO REPLACE CHINA FOR AUSTRALIAN WINE EXPORTS” – Read the headline in the “Daily Wine News” recently, citing a Drinks Business article...
Re-Invention?
March 25, 2022
Over the last few decades various wine products have tried to re-invent themselves as their regular consumers have died off or they have fallen out of fashion....
Old Bottle New Bottle
March 18, 2022
This week we are going to the Netherlands plus talking about new and old wine bottles....
The World Is Going Bonkers!
March 11, 2022
This week a few of items that make one thing clear, that the world is going bonkers!...
The World She Is A-Changin
March 4, 2022
Things normally move very slowly in the world of wine as new trends take ages to catch on, etc. However, in recent times the speed of change has accelerated.....
A Cautionary Tale
February 25, 2022
A water company in the UK has just got pinged by the authorities for claiming that their bottle was “100% recycled and...
Interesting Facts
February 18, 2022
For a number of reasons I haven’t had the opportunity to write a proper Blog this week, so I thought I would simply share some interesting statistics with you this week...
The Big and the Small
February 11, 2022
This week is about the big and small ends of town. Starting at the big end with the vast volume of bulk wine and finishing with the minute end with wine in Tibet...
Some Global News
February 4, 2022
No biggie, but a few little snippets this week which may be of interest and food for thought....
Bubbling Along
January 28, 2022
This week covers an update on Champagne and Sparkling Wine...
That Shrinking Feeling
January 21, 2022
This week I’m covering wine industry reports on France, Germany and Australia…
New Year's Blog 2022
January 14, 2022
Welcome to 2022! May it be a much better year for all of us....
2021 Wrap Up
December 17, 2021
This is our last Blog until mid-January so I thought it fitting that we do a wrap up of 2021 – “Annus Horribilis” – not exactly a good year for anybody...
WOES & WINGS
December 10, 2021
This week I cover some interesting bits of news from the world of wine both here and abroad....
Global News
December 3, 2021
In these days when most people don’t move outside their suburb or city, here is some news from other wine growing parts of the globe...
Newsy Stuff Update
November 26, 2021
This week I cover some wine-world newsy stuff which you may find interesting...
Chile'd Out
November 19, 2021
Throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s Australia was the most dynamic and aggressive global wine marketer/exporter, BUT since we “hit the jackpot” with China we have become complacent...
India Blog
November 12, 2021
There have been a number of articles written recently on the opportunities for imported wines in India, including this one from the IWSR, “Will wine take off in India?”...
From China to Middle-Europe
November 5, 2021
Here is a bit of news from China and Middle-Earth – Sorry! I mean Middle-Europe. Up first, China...
A Star Strangled Banner
October 29, 2021
Those of you who have had anything to do with exporting wine to the USA, you know what a convoluted and shambolic system the USA has for the sale of wine...
Progress
October 22, 2021
This week I want to talk to you about how progress sneaks up on you one tiny step after another until one day you realise that the whole world has changed and is completely different...
News Flash from Europe
October 15, 2021
This week I cover a little bit of European wine news...
Chinese Conundrum
October 8, 2021
The French wine industry has been patting itself on the back for regaining its position as the most imported wine in China..... BUT they need to take heed of Australia’s cautionary tale...
SOUTH KOREA - Let's Take A Closer Look
October 1, 2021
Recently, Wine Australia issued a marketing bulletin, “A closer look at Australia’s wine exports to South Korea – Issue 244”, on imported wines in South Korea...
Wine News
September 24, 2021
This week a few interesting facts from the busy and complex world of wine....
eBottli
September 17, 2021
Recently I met, Nathalie Taquet, founder and CEO of Bottli and eBottli, who set up the businesses two years ago...
BLAUFRÄNKISCH
September 10, 2021
This week’s Blog is about the very exciting, lighter style, native Austrian red variety – Blaufränkisch, or as one of my more Ocker mates calls it, “Blow-Frank’s Quiche”....
Riverlation
September 3, 2021
On the weekend of October 22-24, the Riverland will be celebrating and showcasing its best at the Riverlation Wine & Food Festival....
Happening News
August 27, 2021
This week is all about a few bits of news happening from around the world of wine, starting with a...
HOW NOT TO!
August 20, 2021
This week we are talking about the Champagne region of France...
Flash News!
August 13, 2021
This week we have a bit of flash news from Germany, Greece, France, USA and here in Australia.....
Logically Speaking
August 6, 2021
This week I hop on my soap box to rant about a couple of issues that do not make sense in this day and age...
CH-CH-CHANGES!
July 30, 2021
This week is about just a few of the changes that are occurring in the wine scene across the globe....
Bits & Pieces Of News
July 23, 2021
This week we have a few snippets of news which you may find interesting....
Same Old, Same Old?
July 16, 2021
Recently I read a market bulletin from Wine Australia which said that after “reviewing” the markets, the greatest opportunities for Australian wine (where they will be investing our funds) will be...
More China News
July 9, 2021
This week, more about China as the situation keeps evolving....
Wine Assist Anniversary
July 2, 2021
Twenty years ago yesterday, my wife Vicki and I founded, Wine Assist Pty Ltd, with the aim of assisting wineries with a wide range of services...
What's News Today
June 25, 2021
This week I have a bit of trivia for you and the announcement of the upcoming Canberra International Riesling Challenge....
Chinese Pickles
June 18, 2021
You are probably sick of hearing about Australian wines problems with China! BUT, how much have you heard about China’s problem with Chinese wine?...
Soap Box News
June 11, 2021
It is soap box time again! There are some mighty silly things happening in the world of wine and here are a couple which may be of interest to you...
TAKING ONES TEMPERATURE
June 4, 2021
This week I am discussing the latest on thermochromic strips on wine labels and a quick update on the New Zealand wine industry…
NEWS UPDATE
May 28, 2021
This week’s Blog is about a few snippets of wine news from around the world that you may have missed in your busy life, so here goes…
China Thoughts
May 21, 2021
This week is about some wine news from China…
SPIN THE BIG+ BOTTLE!
May 14, 2021
Apologies about the lack of Blog last week. We are back now with some interesting wine titbits…
FAR OUT, FOUND OUT
April 30, 2021
This week’s positive wine news is from FAR OUT in space and we also cover a raft of less positive world news from those that were, FOUND OUT…
Packaging & Other Snippets
April 23, 2021
In this week’s Blog I get up on my soap box about reducing the carbon foot print when it comes to bottling wine here in Australia. I also cover a few other snippets of news which you may find interesting…
Odds & Sods
April 16, 2021
This week’s Blog covers a few snippets of different news which you may find interesting….
On the Plus Side of Wine News
April 9, 2021
This week we have look at what’s happening on the plus side of wine news both from here at home and the USA..
Adelaide Street Stomp
April 1, 2021
At the end of March, the South Australian Tourism Corporation (SATC) conducted the Adelaide Street Stomp event....
Current News
March 26, 2021
This week’s Blog covers some interesting current news from Australia and overseas....
An Austrian Affair
March 19, 2021
I have had a love affair with Austrian wines since 2015 when I was one of 60 overseas journalists to tour this magnificent, graceful and elegant country...
The Wine Industry In Bolivia and A Bit More
March 12, 2021
This week we are going to South America to find out a bit about wine growing in Bolivia. Also a bit of a UK update which may interest you…
The Wine World Is Changing Rapidly
March 5, 2021
The wine world has traditionally changed very slowly, with very few significant changes happening at once. However, we have now entered into a period of considerable and swift changes which will have a significant impact on what the world of wine looks like by say, 2030....
Various Packaging News
February 26, 2021
This week we have an update on the latest in wine packaging....
PROJECT BRAZIL
February 19, 2021
Recently I saw that Wine Intelligence had a report for sale, on wine consumption in Brazil - Although the cost is way outside my budget, the teaser for it was very interesting...
CHINA'S CONTINUED DEMISE
February 12, 2021
Despite their current five year plan (yes, they still have those) calling for the doubling of the acreage of grape vines planted, China’s actual wine production fell for the fifth year in a row, in 2020....
PARTY TIME!
February 5, 2021
This week's Blog focuses on the 2021 Cellar Door Fest held in Adelaide and on an interesting little tit-bit about the owners of Coca-Cola...
UK BLOG
January 29, 2021
In this week’s blog Dan covers some interesting news about the UK wine industry…
Bolting The Gate & More
January 22, 2021
“Wine Label Directory to strengthen Australian wine brand protection” – read the headline announcing the passing of the Wine Australia Amendment (Label Directory) Bill 2019. This provides a “key step in strengthening protection for Australian wine labels against fraudulent activity”.....
CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE!
January 15, 2021
WELCOME TO 2021 – Hopefully it will be a much, much better year than what 2020 was for all of us, in the wine industry. This week I'll be reporting on some changes in the wine industry overseas...
2020 WRAP-UP
December 11, 2020
This is the last blog for the year so I would like to wish you and yours a very merry and safe Christmas and may 2021 be a fabulous year for you, both personally and in the wine business, full of joy with a minimum of disappointments....
VARIETAL VARIETY
December 4, 2020
Those of you who have seen Jancis Robinson et.al book, “Wine Grapes”, will know that this definitive tome says there are 1,368 different grape varieties used to make wine upon planet Earth. Well that count is obsolete...
More Environmentally Friendly
November 27, 2020
Continuing on from last week’s “Clean & Green” theme, it can be said that in many aspects the Australian wine industry is ahead of the American wine industry – this includes experimenting with emerging varieties. However, there is one area where the Yanks are ahead....
Slightly More Clean & Green
November 20, 2020
This week I am talking about how the wine industry is slowly and carefully taking steps to improve its environmental credentials....
Bubbly Diversity
November 13, 2020
Mention sparkling wine to most Aussie wine drinkers and they think of the “holy trinity”, Chardonnay/Pinot Noir/ Pinot Meunier (classic trio), which form the basis for Champagne and much of the world’s sparkling wine. However, there is...
China, A Complex Situation
November 6, 2020
The premise behind the “dumping” enquiry is that Australia is “dumping” wine cheaply into China and this is affecting the local wine industry...
NATURAL WINE
October 30, 2020
In recent times there has been a growing murmur/rumble about “Natural Wines” and more recently about “Clean Natural Wines” – which tends to suggest that most of our wines are either “unnatural or artificial” and now “dirty” as well.
SOME GOOD NEWS!
October 23, 2020
We are all sick and tired of the never ending stream of bad news that has been 2020 so far. So, here are a couple of smackrels of good wine industry news to help cheer up the tone.
BULK WINE
October 16, 2020
When you mention “bulk wine” to most people in Australia, they immediately think of cheap and/or nasty wine – cask quality or lesser. However that is far from the case in reality.
MORE CORK PROPAGANDA!
October 9, 2020
This week I am back on my soap box as a result of some recent propaganda from two major cork suppliers…
HAPPENING NOW
October 2, 2020
Whilst most people are “introspectively navel gazing” during the pandemic, there are plenty of things happening out in the wine world – here are a couple of them…
GRÜNER GROWER’S GROUP GALLOPING ALONG
September 25, 2020
This week the Blog and Wine Review are rolled into a single report on one of my favourite white varieties - Grüner Veltliner, native of Austria and now flourishing here in Oz.
GOOD NEWS
September 18, 2020
After all the recent doom and gloom around the world and in the wine world, here is a little dose of positivity....
A Smidge More Doom & Gloom
September 11, 2020
This week I will be reporting on the drop of Bulk Wine exports from Spain and some insight into the China investigation of Australia wine imports....
MILESTONE MEN
September 4, 2020
Just about everybody who drinks wine in Australia has heard of Max Schubert – the creator of Grange and the story of its creation. He is one of what I call, the “Milestone Men”, in the history of wine...
A SPOT OF WINE NEWS
August 28, 2020
This week I am reporting briefly on a spot of wine news from around the world which I am sure will interest you.
WELL BLOW ME DOWN!
August 21, 2020
I have spent the last twenty years advocating “emerging” varieties and saying that Australia is the most “experimentatious” wine producing country in the world.... So imagine my surprise the other day when in discussions with Adelaide University’s, Professor Kym Anderson (AC Executive Director, Wine Economic Research Centre), that I discovered....
OPPORTUNITY MISSED
August 14, 2020
This week I am talking about South Australia’s Riverland wine region.
QUICK CHINA UPDATE
August 7, 2020
According to figures released by the China Association for Imports and Export of Wine & Spirits (CAWS) - The total volume of imported wine in the first five months of the year was 180 million litres, worth US$690 million...
WHAT OF IT?
July 31, 2020
What of it? Well, this week in the wine world you could CAN IT, BAG IT, RIP IT or HYPE IT!
A SMACKREL OF NEWS!
July 24, 2020
This week I have a smackrel of items from around the world which may be of interest to you.
UPDATES FROM OVERSEAS
July 17, 2020
Here are a couple of interesting updates from overseas – USA and China.
CAN IT!
July 10, 2020
For a couple of years now I have been banging on about wines in cans and how they are an integral part of wine’s future. Well it seems that Covid-19 has expedited their “arrival” in the USA, with a 26% increase in canned wine sales in April this year.
Other Not So Cheery News
July 3, 2020
This week Dan mentions a few “not so cheery” news topics which have had an impact on Aussie businesses.
NO GOOD NEWS
June 26, 2020
We have all heard of how the Chinese Government is “punishing” Australia because we had the temerity to ask the WHO (World Health Organisation) to conduct an enquiry into the origins of Covid-19....
A Cacophony of Wine News Snippets
June 19, 2020
This week a cacophony of little wine news snippets from around the traps. Starting with the news that –
VARIETY is the SPICE of LIFE
June 12, 2020
Grape vine research has never been more intense than it is today.
PLANNING AHEAD
June 6, 2020
After reading the recent Wine Australia Market Bulletin (see extract below) Dan felt this subject should be further commented upon:
Overseas Spot News
May 30, 2020
This week Dan reports on some interesting and somewhat bizarre news which has recently come to light in the wine industry overseas.
A Semi-Trivial Blog
May 23, 2020
This week Dan reports on some TRIVIAL and NOT SO TRIVIAL world news which may be of interest to you.
Adapting To The New World
May 16, 2020
Given that our whole world has been turned upside down since the start of this year, and almost every wine fair and exhibition around the globe has been cancelled
Coronavirus Creativity
May 9, 2020
Following on from my Blog of April 24, where I mentioned some of the initiatives happening here in Australia
Massive Changes
May 2, 2020
Picture this: It is Easter 2019, you are having a quiet drink with a few friends and a person walks in...
Creative Times
April 25, 2020
In these ultra-challenging times that we are living in, all the “norms” and “usuals” have gone out of the window
Dan's Articles and Publications
Pinot Blanc is all White
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EV Bringing Glory To Barossa
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Keeping It All Bottled Up
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Bubble In Paradise
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Pass the Pecorino Please
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Richard Hamilton 50 Years
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Emerging Varieties
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Standing Out In The Crowd
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Picpoul Perfect
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The River Rising
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Great Big Graciano
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Austrians All Let Us Rejoice
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The Rare Factor
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I'll Have Mine Rare, Please
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There's A Rare In There
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An Emerging World
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To The Beat Of A Different Drum
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Rare To Be Different
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Is Ningxia Next
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The Dutch Touch
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Groovin the Gru
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Stepping Into The Spotlight
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Assess The Gains Down In Africa
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Here Comes Lagrein again
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The Write Stuff
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