Category: Wine Basics

Artisan Winemakers – Who and What are They?

What does the Term ARTISAN mean? The dictionary definition is ‘A person skilled in an applied art; a craftsperson; A person who makes a high-quality or distinctive product in small quantities, usually by hand or using traditional methods. The authentic meaning and application of artisan has it’s origins in a simpler time when people took […]

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There is a Story in Every Bottle of Wine

In the Weekend Australian Magazine story about  Whicher Ridge by James Halliday on February 25th, Halliday states in one of his opening paragraphs that ‘Cathy and Neil Howard cumulatively took more than 40 years to establish Whicher Ridge’ and this statement really brought it home to me how long it has taken us, both apart […]

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Sparkling Shiraz – The Perfect Wine for Christmas

Redtail Sparkling Shiraz – The Perfect Wine Match for Christmas With Christmas approaching, my thoughts turn to what special dishes will I prepare for Christmas lunch this year, and more importantly, what wines will we have on the day? Sparkling Shiraz and Christmas lunch for me go hand in hand. Christmas just wouldn’t be the […]

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What is Residual Sugar in Wine?

Sweetness in wine is called residual sugar and is usually measured in grams per litre (g/L). Basically, residual sugar or ‘RS’ is the sugar from the grapes that’s left over after fermentation. The more residual sugar remaining in a wine, the sweeter the wine is. It is certainly not due to the addition of sugar […]

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What are Wine Descriptors?

Wine descriptors are common terms that you can use to describe the aroma and flavours in a particular wine. Descriptors can help you put words to the wine you’re tasting and they can be valuable tools for you to use to communicate to another person what you like or don’t like in a wine. It […]

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