See Saw Wines owners Justin and Pip Jarrett moved to Orange from Young in 1991, and bought their first block of land. Prior to the move they had wanted to grow grapes, but before committing, they also considered growing apples and protea flowers. The plan was to become fully self-employed and create a product which they could add value to; something they could put on the table, have their name behind and tell you all about it. So, they decided to go ahead with vineyards.
Listen, wine and International Women’s Day were meant to be celebrated together. Have a little look at the shade of purple nominated as the official colour of the day and tell us that it’s not the spitting image of a glass of organic pinot noir catching a flash of the midday sun.
Better the balance, better the world #BalanceforBetter is the theme and hashtag for this year’s International Woman’s Day. As a woman working in a male-dominated industry, the significance and meaning of this is important not just for me but all woman working in the industry.
James Thomas is originally from the UK where he grew up around farming. His grandparents were part of the green revolution and his granddad at 94 is still growing flowers and potatoes. His parents planted a two-acre hobby vineyard when he was a teenager, so there are no surprises as to what influenced him to become a grower and winemaker. James has been in Australia since 2004, gaining an oenology degree at Latrobe University.
We spent a couple of hours in the vineyard with James where he generously shared his time, passion, organic vineyard management techniques and a good old car boot tasting.
A drop of top quality wine is always an appropriate present for that special someone in your life. At the very least it’s the perfect ‘us’ present and you can’t go wrong with that.
What goes with wine? Food. Companionship. A view. Music. None of these are essentials, although they all can be.
Some wines absolutely need food to soften the astringency of the tannins – think big fat reds like a Cabernet Sauvignon paired with a juicy steak. Perfect.
In an era where wine drinkers are more informed than ever, paying close attention to trends in the market is just as crucial as the label you’re consuming.
Here’s our list of what you need to keep an eye on in 2019:
Over a bowl of Ramen and tasting of his new vintages I got the opportunity to chat wine with Smallfry vigneron, winemaker and owner Wayne Ahrens about biodynamics and his love of grape growing and winemaking. Wayne is your typical down to earth winemaker, passionate about organic and biodynamic viticulture and low intervention winemaking. Along with partner Suzy, he runs Smallfry and is the face behind the brand.
At Wine Revolution we exist to connect inquisitive and thoughtful wine drinkers to the winemakers who are trailblazing low intervention winemaking. These winemakers typically have a day job and in their spare time lay everything on the line to follow their dream of making their own wine. Wine that puts fruit first, wine that truly represents the soil it’s grown from, wine that connects you to the place it’s from.
One such winemaker is respected Adam Louder, you may of heard of him. His day job is chief winemaker at Mt. Langhi Ghiran, an iconic Victorian winery. Lucky for us in his spare time, he and his partner Nancy Panter have created their own label, SubRosa. It’s great!
Apart from the immeasurable, why do I need need to join The Rebel Wine Club?
Indulge in familiar, new and unknown varieties and styles
This is probably the simplest and most undeniable of all the reasons here. If you’re on our website, Facebook, or having a quick read through our emails, you’re somebody with a curious palette. Although we’d never knock your old faithful Cab Sav, or that hits the spot every sunny day Chardonnay, trying unusual flavours is the only way you’re going to discover your next favourite wine.