Tag Archives: Australia

Yannick Benjamin of Wheeling Forward Hosting A Tour of Australia Class!

We are so excited to have our dear friend Yannick Benjamin, NYC-based sommelier and co-founder of Wheeling Forward, here to host our Tour of Australia class on Saturday, May 10!   Yannick comes from a family active in the restaurant business, … Continue reading

Women Winemakers We Love: Vanya Cullen

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8th) and as a general nod to our own unique roots, background and inspiration, we’re featuring a number of our favorite female winemakers over the next month. These are women from around the … Continue reading

Women Winemakers We Love: Louisa Rose

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8th) and as a general nod to our own unique roots, background and inspiration, we’re featuring a number of our favorite female winemakers over the next month. These are women from around the … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Eden Valley, Australia

Where: Start in South Australia’s Barossa Valley and move about 300 meters up — not north but east: literally up, into the hills.    What: Historically, the Eden Valley was just an extension of the Barossa Valley. Though the first … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Barossa Valley, Australia

Where: Barossa Valley is a “Geographical Indication” (or GI, basically an appellation) set within the Barossa zone in the state of South Australia. It’s a valley set back from the coast, following the North Para River and surrounded by the … Continue reading

Grape Files: Mourvèdre

Color: Red   Grown in: Provence, southern Rhône, Languedoc-Rousillon (France); Spain; California and Washington (U.S.); Australia   A.K.A.: Monastrell (Spain), Mataro (Spain, Australia, U.S.)   Profile: Mourvèdre loves hot weather. It’s thick-skinned and takes a while to ripen, so the … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Hunter Valley

Where: Hunter Valley is technically a “zone” within the state of New South Wales (on the southeastern side of Australia, a quick two-hour jaunt north of Sydney). It’s a river valley in between the Tasman Sea and the Brokenback Range. … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Pewsey Vale

Who: Pewsey Vale   What: Archetypical Aussie Rieslings Made to Age   Where: Eden Valley, Australia   Why: Because in 1847, the same year that the now-famous Barossa Valley’s first commercial vineyards were cropping up, Englishman Joseph Gilbert (originally from … Continue reading

Grape Files: Merlot

Color: Red   Grown in: Bordeaux, Languedoc-Rousillon, Southwest France (France); Friuli, Trentino-Alto Adige, Tuscany (Italy); California, Washington (U.S.); Spain; Bulgaria; Chile; Australia; New Zealand   Profile: This plushly fruited, blue-black grape is the most widely planted in the French wine … Continue reading

Grape Files: Muscat

Color: White   Grown in: Alsace, Rhône, Languedoc (France); Austria; Piedmont (Italy); Jerez, Málaga (Spain); Australia; South Africa; Greece   A.K.A.: Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains; Muscat de Frontignan; Muskateller (Austria); Moscatel (Spain)   Profile: Light and aromatic, Muscat is one … Continue reading