The top 16 things to do during Aussie Wine Month

Do you like wine? Do you like Australia?  Do you like eating the animals featured on Australia’s Coat of Arms? If the answer to all three questions is YES, then Aussie Wine Month, which is being held right throughout May, has a special event just for you.  These are our top 16 events.  For the full list, go to http://www.aussiewinemonth.com/

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2010 Torbreck The Laird Exclusive Launch – Sydney

If you ask us – this is THE tasting to attend during Aussie Wine Month.  Put on by Sydney’s Artisan Wine Storage, this will be the Australian launch of the highly acclaimed 2010 vintage.  The Laird is considered one of the most famous vineyards in the Barossa Valley and the wine it produces costs $700 a bottle.  The ‘baby brother’ to this wine, the 2010 Torbreck RunRig was awarded 100 points by the Wine Advocate and sold out very quickly. The 2010 Laird is expected to receive a similar level of recognition.  Torbreck’s 2012 and 2013 wines will also be tasted on the night.

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A crash course in Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

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How would you like to understand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in three easy steps  Not only that, with this information you’ll be able to show up even the biggest wine wanker at your next dinner party  Seems impossible? Well it’s actually quite easy.  Read on… Continue reading

Does size really matter? Half size can be better (do we have your attention?)

wine wankers most influential wine blogs halfbottlesWe at The Wine Wankers do seem to have a preoccupation with wine bottle sizes and packaging. We have rattled on about the benefits of magnums (see Neal’s article here) and cask wine (see Drew’s article here and Neal’s article here) and now half bottles. Not sure the genesis of this fascination, perhaps a psychologist out there reading this can help. They say people uncomfortable with their package tend to bang on about it more, hmm. Continue reading

10 Reasons a Wine Cask (Wine Box) is better than a Wine Bottle

wine wankers most influential wine blogs cask wine 2The wine cask (or wine box in the US) is in the process of undergoing a reboot in Australia, with a group of like-minded wine peeps banding together to extol the virtues of a hitherto cringe-worthy Australian icon (of sorts). While there is some contention around the invention of the wine cask, the accolades have finally rested with Tom Angove who invented it in the early 60’s. We can legitimately claim this as one of ours.

A confession is appropriate at this point as we have not drank wine from a cask for many years. I am not sure why this is the case. There are some underlying prejudices in people of a certain vintage in relation to wine casks as it was seen as cheap nasty swill, and a few decades ago it probably was. Time therefore to put those prejudices aside and objectively look at the wine cask for what it is, packaging. It’s the wine that counts.

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It’s Shiraz, but not as you know it! #shirazweek #wine

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I often hear people say “I love Australian Shiraz” but what does that actually mean? There must be a common style of Shiraz that brings people to say what seems to me to be a very general statement even though it is a positive one. Continue reading