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Pestilence!

Pestilence!

Viticulturists learn to keep their friends close and their enemies even closer: it was a stroke of genius to befriend Botrytis Cinerea. But one name strikes fear into the heart of viticulturists everywhere: Phylloxera.
Merlot. Look Again.

Merlot. Look Again.

Soft, lush and velvety Merlot is a big, delicious mouthful of berry fruit flavour – minus the sharp acids and lip puckering tannins. Its soft approachability makes it a great starting point for newbie wine-lovers.
California

California

The USA is the fourth-largest wine producer in the world, and California contributes 81% of that output. Which, when you think about it, really makes California the world’s fourth-largest wine producer.
Organic/Biodynamic

Organic/Biodynamic

This week WineDown tiptoes with unaccustomed restraint through the consumer minefield that is… Minimal Intervention Wines: Organic, Biodynamic and Natural.
Champagne

Champagne

There’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is very good indeed: There IS such a thing as Global Champagne Day. The bad news is that nobody is entirely certain when it falls.
The Devil You Know…

The Devil You Know…

The south-western corner of WA is famously gorgeous. Its beaches need no introduction, but if you can tear your eyes away from the sparkling cerulean coastline, you’ll find a different kind of wonderful.
Who was John Riddoch? Part 2

Who was John Riddoch? Part 2

Scottish born John Riddoch arrived in the colonies at age 24. Heading straight for the Victorian goldfields, he made a wee fortune, then returned to the bright lights of Geelong to set himself up as a wine merchant.
Who was John Riddoch?

Who was John Riddoch?

Though he’d made his fortune as a pastoralist, John had become increasingly convinced of the Coonawarra region’s potential for fruit cultivation. In 1890, John Riddoch took a bold step towards realising a long-held dream.
Around the World: Part 3

Around the World: Part 3

Poor You. International travel is SO exhausting. But just bear with us a little longer, and then you’ll be able to go home and stay there as long as you like…
Around the World: Part 2

Around the World: Part 2

C’mon peeps. Let’s forget about what we can’t do and where we can’t go. Let’s put on our rosé coloured glasses and hit the VIRTUAL airport. The world is waiting…
Around the World: Part 1

Around the World: Part 1

Just for a minute, let’s all forget the C word. Let’s not think about Iso, border closures and travel restrictions. Let’s instead turn our wanderlustful eyes to the endlessly fascinating World of Wine. No passport, no luggage, no queues, and no bad news. We’re VIRTUALLY there…
Coonawarra Road Trip

Coonawarra Road Trip

Start your engines! Whether you’re day dreaming about where to venture post lockdown, or you’re already back to weekend adventures outside a 5km radius, Wine Down has your next vinous destination itinerary ready: Coonawarra, here we come!