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Southern Victoria
YARRA Valley Lodge, one of Victoria’s finest wine region hotels, named February 1 as its reopening date after nine months of closure. The hotel said the Covid pandemic presented a “unique opportunity” to “revitalise all our public areas including Mar
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Brisbane Grapevine
LAST year as Brisbane diners watched restaurant doors temporarily close from the safety of their lockdown bunkers, pining for the day life would return to some form of normality, some of those doors were destined to remain closed. The most high profi
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Contact Details
Barossa Boy Wines (6th Gen Wines) Phone: 08 8565 7550 Email: hello@barossaboywines.com.au Web: www.barossaboywines.com.au Corryton Burge (Burge Family Wine Estates) Phone: +61 8 8563 7575 Email: info@corrytonburge.com Web: www.corrytonburge.com Gumpa
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Nz Briefs
THIS time last year the world plunged into uncertainty and whilst life (at the time of press anyway!) is again feeling pretty normal in New Zealand, there’s no doubting the bigger picture remains precarious. With New Zealand’s wines strongly focused
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BEST VALUE BUYS - All under $20
Buller Wines RLB Victoria Chardonnay 2020 Nice lift to the toasty citrus nose with a medium bodied, oak driven, palate. $17 Buller Wines Phone: 0407 916 188 Email: davewhyte@bullerwines.com.au Web: www.bullerwines.com.au Leefield Station Waihopai Val
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Hop On - A Road Trip To Some Of Australia's Best Regional Breweries
AUSTRALIA is awash with regional breweries. A road trip using all of a three-month long service leave entitlement would probably barely scratch the surface. But there's no need to follow the same plan as the main character in the SBS post-apocalyptic
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How We Judge winestate Magazine Tasting Criteria our Star Rating System
Wines are invited from any producer, provided that they meet the criteria of the class being judged. The class may be a regional, style or new release tasting and generally the wines must be available for consumers to purchase, although we have museu
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BAROSSA VALLEY & EDEN VALLEY
THE Eatery at Maggie Beer’s Pheasant Farm – next to the busy Farm Shop – is the perfect spot to chill out in the Barossa and overlooks a dam full of turtles. The business is run by Beer’s daughter Eli Beer while chef Tim Bourke also runs a program of
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Editor & Publisher Peter Simic E: editor@winestate.com.au Managing Editor Lara Simic E: lara@winestate.com.au NZ Editor Michael Cooper E: michaelcooper.wine@outlook.com Sub-editor Michael Bates Administration Lyn Hannam E: administration@winestate.co
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$20& UNDER (NZ $25 & UNDER)
Is updated in each issue of The Wine & Spirit Insider. Some wines may - if they are still available - remain in the next issue’s Best Value Wines listing. Others will sell out, or be replaced by higher-rated wines. The Wine & Spirit Insider’s Best Va
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Hong Kong Grapevine
AS we start the new year somewhat dispiritedly in Hong Kong, with restaurants closed after 6.00pm unless for takeaway purposes only, there are some resolute souls who have still decided to go ahead and open new places with the optimistic, long term v
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Member Events
*Normally we would have a series of trade and consumer tastings scheduled across Australia at major function venues but with the current social distancing and event rules in place this is clearly impossible. It seems pointless to flag future possibil
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Michael Cooper Recent Releases
This small, but very diverse, tasting attracted wines from Northland syrah to Central Otago rosé. Highlights include outstanding examples of chardonnay, riesling and rosé, backed up by several impressive reds. Prices shown are approximate New Zealand
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What’s It Worth?
WINESTATE’S AUCTION PRICE GUIDE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TRANSTHERM Cellaring Your Fine Wines in Perfect Conditions
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Wines Of Victoria
168 TASTED 111 AWARDED 8 TASTED 6 AWARDED Good examples of fresh fruity proseccos with a couple of nice aged examples that are at their peak. Blue Pyrenees Estate Pyrenees Vintage Brut 2017 ★★★1/2 More savoury in style showing great freshness, comple
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Adelaide Grapevine
THE sun is certainly shining on Sol, the restaurant and bar recently opened on the top of SkyCity Adelaide’s $330 million expansion that includes the Eos hotel and eventually four new restaurants and two new bars. It’s more than just a major boost to
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Melbourne Grapevine
WE’VE taken 2021 on, with all its chaos and unpredictability, and are forging on in Melbourne and Victoria. While the sad reality of hospitality businesses closing since lockdown is a constant, there are those who have the courage and experience to o
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An Accidental Success Story
ALTHOUGH Bob Berton’s winery is now one of the top 20 wineries in Australia, and is its ninth largest wine exporter, he admits its growth over the past 25 years has been “all accidental”. Berton Vineyards had its start in 1995 when Bob and his wife C
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New Releases
147 TASTED 100 AWARDED It is always a pleasure to look at the latest new release wines. Each time we confirm again the great quality and often great value that these wines deliver. For this tasting shiraz again shows that it is the most dependable va
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Hope On The Horizon
THE year 2020 will long be remembered for Covid-19. But grapes still grew. Weather writ its effects. Wine was still produced. Europe had none of Australia’s rampantly destructive bushfires, but the continent produced lower than average volumes anyway
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Taking Comfort - Nostalgia Is One Of The Major Food And Beverage Trends Of The Year
THE Double Deuce Lounge in Sydney’s CBD is named after the roadside bar in the 1989 Patrick Swayze movie, Road House. Describing itself as a cocktail bar inspired by 70s porn chic, the drinks list is full of natty twists on old classics like the Cosm
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Editorial
AS YOU READ THIS MOST AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND wine regions will be starting their vintage, be in the thick of it, or finished. Of course, this all depends on the location and the weather. For the southern regions a generally welcome series of rain
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BAROSSA VALLEY & EDEN VALLEY
145 TASTED 111 AWARDED 1 TASTED 1 AWARDED One quality example of a sparkling. Gatt Barossa Valley Sparkling Shiraz 2015 ★★★1/2 Dark brooding spicy fruit fragrances and sweet cherry palate with a good line of acid. $36 15 TASTED 12 AWARDED As expected
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CHARDONNAY & BLENDS
145 TASTED 106 AWARDED 20 TASTED 8 AWARDED “Overall, the wines in this category were clean and well made, however, a number also lacked fruit intensity and were often propped up with oak or ‘tricky’ winemaking,” was one judges comment. Here we featur
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North-east Victoria
JUST across the Murray River from Rutherglen in Victoria, the small New South Wales town of Corowa is home to Corowa Whisky and Chocolate. Housed in a former 1920s flour mill in Corowa, the distillery serves breakfasts, lunches, cakes, and coffees. V
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Briefs
JEREMY Dineen, chief winemaker and general manager at Josef Chromy Wines in Tasmania for over 15 years, has announced his resignation. Dineen was employed by Chromy before the business even launched, making the first wines in primitive conditions. He
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Marlborough
FOR visitors who prefer personalised service, Lochmara Lodge is a locally owned and operated small resort that opened 22 years ago and still has only 14 rooms. Lochmara’s attractions include a cafe set right on the water’s edge, a permanently moored
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The Brightest Of Outlooks
BRENT Marris has never been one to do things by halves. The man who once answered an interview question about his state of mind being, “energised, excited, buoyant and upbeat” seldom seems to have a different setting. From his early years as the son
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40 Tips And Tricks When Purchasing, Storing And Serving Wine
OCCASIONALLY I see some sadly neglected wine in bottle shops, restaurants and in people’s homes. Bottles that have oxidised due to mishandling, or simply left too long. So here are some guidelines, tips and tricks that might help to save these gems.
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