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TASTING ASSEMBLY WINEMAKER MASTERCLASS with Smallfry Wines

Wayne and son in winery

Smallfry Wines Online Masterclass – SAT 20 JUN (book link) – feat. Barossa & Eden Valley, Certified Organic/Biodynamic pioneers. Est. in 2014 by Wayne Aherns + Suzi Hilder, Smallfry Wines was born out of a fascination with wild yeast – working naturally in the cellar as our ancestors did 100 years ago – small-batch, gentle maceration, natural yeasts, foot-stomping, hand plunging – integrating traditional farming with certified organic and BD practices in vineyard and winery.

“It came about not so much as a revelation more so as a slow realisation, one step in the vineyard leads to one step in the winery over more than a decade… We began in 2007, having attended my first workshop, I spread some horn manure at Eden Valley, then two months later we were planting some vines and the fundamental change in soil structure was undeniable, I knew I was onto something straight away.” – Wayne, Rebel Wine Chat.

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Wine Tasting at home? Yes please!

The Tasting Assembly creates memorable, informative and fun tasting events for a variety of private groups – bringing together likeminded people to learn about and engage with organic sustainable and natural wines.

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The Holiday Pack – Your festive wine guide

The Holiday Pack

Whether you’re kicking back and enjoying some much-needed downtime or you’re the one holding the fort at work, The Holiday Pack will have any festive occasion covered. We’ve chosen wines that are easy to drink, big on natural flavours and are, of course, from healthy, organically-grown, sustainable vineyards.

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Wine: What makes a wine Vegan-friendly

When you’ve made a conscious decision to live a more plant-based life, you may also rethink what your drink. The good news is there are plenty of organic vegan-friendly wines to choose from. The bad news is they aren’t always labelled correctly. Here’s what you need to know.

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Warming Winter Whites

It’s cold and raining on a Sunday morning, coffee’s on, the heater is blasting and you have no intention of getting out of your PJs until after midday. Planning the all important dining menu for the day, you decide it’s the perfect day to have a casserole cooking slowing (who’s in a hurry?) allowing those developing aromas to fill the house as you binge-watch a new series.

Now onto the even more important wine accompaniment for your indulgent winters day. Most of us will instinctively reach for a bottle of a warming red but if you have a thirst for loungeroom wine adventures perhaps it’s time to consider some winter white alternatives.

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Organic Wine Terminology Guide

All wine is natural or organic right? Just sunshine, grapes and yeast?  There’s a bit more to it with different farming techniques and winemaking methods. We’ve put together a guide to the terminology we think you need to know for the Organic Wine category. Learn the difference between Organic, Biodynamic, Sustainable farming. Find out the difference between certification, in-conversion and practising. Have you heard about about Low Intervention, Vegan-friendly, Preservative Free and Skin Contact wines?

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Rebel Wine Chat: See Saw’s Justin Jarrett

See Saw Vineyard

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.

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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 steps.

What does Organic and Biodynamic Viticulture have in common?

Grapes grown free from chemicals in healthy soils

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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