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Rebel wine chat: Smallfry’s Wayne Ahrens

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.

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What goes on at the table, stays at the table…

 

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!

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The Rebel Wine Club

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, socials, 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 different varietals and flavours is the only way you’re going to discover your next favourite wine.

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Spring Tasting & Launch

I just love the sights and sounds of a wine tasting in action. Chatting, laughter, wine pouring, bottles clinking, people mingling, pens scribbling, and vibrant platters of charcuterie, cheese and fruit.

Wine Revolution’s mission is to give lovers of good honest wine the opportunity to discover the different varietals, styles, and regions of wines that are made sustainably and responsibly. On Saturday 20th October, we did just that by bringing together 19 different wine producers.

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Wine, Naturally

Great news, we have an editorial piece in MiNDFOOD magazine November issue. In case you missed it, here is our media release, courtesy of Georgina Jenkins, from By George.

Recently launched in Melbourne, winerevolution.com.au is the first online store in Australia to offer organic, biodynamic, preservative free, vegan and low intervention wines in curated 6 or 12 packs with flexible delivery options.

“We saw a gap in the market for a business catering to the diverse needs of this growing sector.  There’s so much information out there it can be daunting and confusing for people, so we’ve done all the hard work by offering eight hand-selected packs which will be refreshed regularly”, Wine Revolution founder, Ally Rainey, said today.

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Vegan-friendly Wine

In recent times one of the biggest health trends has been ‘Going Vegan’. The trend is only gaining momentum. You only have to scroll through Instagram to see all the colourful and beautifully presented vegetable and grain bowls, clothes and other lifestyle products.

The Vegan Trade Journal reports Australia is the third fastest growing vegan market in the world behind United Arab Emirates and China. It is estimated that one in six Australians are buying plant-based alternatives, regardless of any health issues.

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Organic VS Biodynamic

Key take outs:

  • Biodynamic is organic!
  • Biodynamic is organic farming with additional observations.

What does Organic and Biodynamic Viticulture have in common?

Grapes grown free from chemicals

The grapes for organic and biodynamic wine are grown free from chemical pesticides, herbicides, fertilisers and GMOs. Organic viticulture means working with the natural environment to combat pests to create an ecosystem where flora and fauna can flourish, and healthy vines grow.

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Does organic wine taste better?

Of course, we’re going to say it does. We’ve tasted many organic wines prior to and in the setup of Wine Revolution, but regardless of our day job, we prefer to drink organic. It matches our lifestyle and concern for the long-term health of our planet. Our anecdotal experience says organic tastes better. Research confirms we’re correct.

Major research paper confirms organic wine tastes better

A recent study conducted by the University of California, ‘Does Organic Wine Taste Better? An Analysis of Experts’ Ratings’ (published in the Journal of Wine Economics, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2016), aimed to understand the link between product quality and organic or eco-certification in the US.

The research studied the ratings of 74,148 wines of over 30 grape varieties from 3,842 California wineries. The wine ratings of three leading global wine publications – ‘Wine Advocate’, ‘Wine Enthusiast’, and ‘Wine Spectator’ – all whom blind taste and rate wines out of a possible 100 points, were compared.

The research results indicated that organic is associated with a statistically significant increase in ratings. In fact, these wines scored on average 4.1 points higher than conventional wines. The results overwhelmingly support a link between better tasting wine and organic practices.

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Organic Wine – Top 9 reasons it’s growing

Sutton Grange organic vineyard, Bendigo, Victoria

The domestic and global organic wine market may be niche, but it’s not a new wine category; indeed, it’s been around for millennia.

Changing consumer sentiment is increasing demand and demand is growing fast.[i] Sentiment towards organics is positive and buying organic is becoming top of mind in purchasing decisions. So, what are the main drivers of this new zeitgeist?

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