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Western Australia – More than just Margs!

Western Australia – More than just Margs!

Mention Western Australia to wine lovers and everybody’s mind goes immediately to the shimmering cerulean coastal region of Margaret River – as famous for its gnarly surf breaks as it is for its knockout Cabernets. But there’s so much more to the southwestern corner of WA. This is Noongar country: home to dazzling beaches, dizzying mountain ranges, alluvial plains, ancient sand dunes, stupendous hardwood forests, rivers, waterfalls, creeks, and crags. If this corner of the world has a middle name, it’s Diversity. This week (and concluding next week), WineDown explores WA’s other regions: the old, the emerging, and the unsung heroes...
Meet the Makers – Seppelt Part 2

Meet the Makers – Seppelt Part 2

Winemaker Clare Dry is a woman on the move – spending vintage careening between Seppelt’s Victorian vineyards, its Barossa winemaking facility, and (somehow), home with her husband and three daughters.
Meet the Makers – Seppelt Part 1

Meet the Makers – Seppelt Part 1

As the saying goes: if you want something done, ask a busy woman. To test the maxim, WineDown set off in search of one. Someone with a small child would be a likely contender. Or maybe a few of them. Let’s say three kids, all under seven. And let’s give her a substantial role with one of Australia’s oldest and best-loved brands...
Vinglish Revisited Part 2

Vinglish Revisited Part 2

By popular demand, WineDown proudly presents this revised and expanded edition of VINGLISH, your guide to the mystical lingo of wine-lipped oenophiles.
Vinglish Revisited Part 1

Vinglish Revisited Part 1

If the pronouncements of purple-lipped pundits leave you scratching your head in wonder; if you don’t know your caudalie from your Kabinett; and if jammy is what you’re planning to wear to bed, it may be time to brush up your Vinglish. In 2019, WineDown was proud to launch its pocket guide to Vinglish. Here is the revised and expanded edition, Part 1 – Acid to Musty!
Science In The Vineyard

Science In The Vineyard

It’s been just over a year, but haven’t we got good at being nimble? Go out, stay home, come back, shut down, mask up, stop in, stock up, lockdown. And just when you think you’ve got a handle on the situation, it’s all out, all change. Our carefully laid plans tweaked, cancelled, then cautiously reinstated - with no guarantee of fulfilment. How long since you’ve managed a winery visit, eh? Cue the dreamy harp glissando...
Cooking with Wine

Cooking with Wine

Fun, cool, sophisticated and sexy! If cooking is the new seduction (a thousand ‘reality’ shows can’t be wrong!), then cooking with wine is a full-blown affaire de coeur. And whether your taste runs to fragrant seafood, creamy poultry, umami-laden stewy things or gorgeous desserts, wine is the ultimate ingredient – intensifying aromas, enhancing flavours, and adding complexity and depth.
Winemaker Interview: Andrew Fleming part 2

Winemaker Interview: Andrew Fleming part 2

A few weeks ago, Coldstream Hills chief winemaker, Andrew Fleming took time out of his insanely busy schedule to talk to WineDown. Between slurps of Chardonnay juice as he monitored the wine press, he discussed his explosive early attempts at winemaking, how he got his start in the industry, and what life is like at Coldstream Hills. Now read on...
Winemaker Interview: Andrew Fleming part 1

Winemaker Interview: Andrew Fleming part 1

It’s difficult to imagine a more frenetic undertaking than being a winemaker at vintage. Parenting quintuplet toddlers might come close... Yet somehow, on a busy morning just as Vintage was getting underway, Coldstream Hills’ chief winemaker, Andrew Fleming, managed to find time to talk to WineDown.
Out of the Comfort Zone

Out of the Comfort Zone

The truth hurts. A quote in last week’s WineDown, caused creeping unease in loungerooms across the nation. Karen MacNeil, in her seminal work, The Wine Bible, throws down the gauntlet: “The best way to learn nothing about wine” she avers, “is to continue to drink what you already know you like.” The velvet sledgehammer clearly struck a chord with some readers: Guilty as hell, they confessed. No judgement from WineDown – we’re as fond of the comfort zone as anyone. So, in the interest of everybody’s ongoing self-education, here are a few alternatives to tempt you away from your Road More Travelled.
Essential Reading For Wine Lovers

Essential Reading For Wine Lovers

OK, this is hard to say, but, as you may already suspect, WineDown’s weekly wine tales – wit and wisdom in equal measure (okay, 60:40) – are not the full story. There’s a wonderful world of Wine Lit out there just waiting to be lovingly devoured, like a well-chosen bottle of wine. So, whether you want to exercise your inner wine geek; indulge your love of history; or are simply in it for the laughs, there’s a tome, a novel, or a damn good blog for you. This week, WineDown celebrates the best of them...
The Golden Dream: Semillon

The Golden Dream: Semillon

Golden-skinned Semillon is a dream of a grape. It’s easy to propagate, grows vigorously, fruits generously, and is largely resistant to disease.