Archive for the Tag 'Australia'


Heartwarming Wines ~ I’m Going for The Reds ~ Part 1

I’ve written about winter white wines, in Winter Wonderland Whites: Think Wine, Regionality, Food, and Umani Ronchi Vellodoro Pecorino. I also want to pay homage to winter reds as Heartwarming Wines, because they just are. National Heart Month is February, as you probably remember. Focusing on reds now, most especially, is very evocative for anything […]


Valentine Value Vinos from Around the Globe ~ Wines of the Week ~ Vintage Prosecco and Paringa

PREFACE THE HEART OF THE DEAL ~ THE WINERY: info is coming from the company’s own statement I can’t make up their history Nor am I to try THE SCIENCE OF THE DEAL ~ WINEMAKING THE SOUL OF THE DEAL ~ SAMPLE Sample from: Quintessential Wines   2016 Vintage Prosecco, Veneto Italy THE HEART OF […]


Petite Sirah, fighting the good fight

Petite Sirah, fighting the good fight is constant… Sigh… yet another example of job security for me, as I just read from a Midwest source:


Are you thinking of importing wine?

Are you thinking of importing wine?  Then, you need to read and bookmark this blog post, and get the book. I’ve yet to see anyone articulate it so well. that’s because Deborah M. Gray falls into the category of been there, done that, and wrote the book on it. “How to Import Wine, An Insider’s […]


Zing Goes the Strings of My Heart ~ Introducing Eden Road Wines

Zing Goes the Strings of My Heart ~ Who remembers that one, besides me? I recently wrote about Australian wines, and how the Australians may have shot themselves in the foot by flooding the American market with very inexpensive wines.  Wine pros agreed, and that tells me that I was on the right track for […]


Beyond the Doobies And ReWineDing Their Rock Careers

Living and loving my way through the Summer of Love, the 70s, and the 80s has provided more than a few great stories; but, the one that connected me to FM radio and finding myself just about living backstage with the rockers is by far the most relevant. It all began with my repeating a […]


Do Americans expect to pay well below market value for great Australian wines, shunning the cost of the great ones?

The Australians flooded our market with Shiraz, when Syrah took its initial step onto the US stage as a variety worthy of attention. I believe, and tell me if I’m wrong, that their $7 bottles of wine set a precedent for all future Australian wines… At least it’s seemed to for many years that would […]


Reefer? Did someone say, “Reefer?”

Thinking about importing? Then “reefer” isn’t about madness; it’s about “refrigerated containers that control temperature for the contents of the container, via a generator for the duration of the voyage.” – from Deborah Gray of Blue Stone Wine Solutions, in her book entitled, How to Import Wine ~ An Insider’s Guide. I’ve had a few […]


A Very Interesting Importer’s Perspective ~ Pre Reading her book ~ “How to Import Wine, An Insider’s Guide”

“How to Import Wine, An Insider’s Guide” has been written by Deborah M. Gray. When I was queried about whether or not I’d like to read her book, I thought, “Bring it on.” I spent a couple of years with Enoforum Wines (from Évora, Portugal), prior to their becoming imported to the United States. I […]


The Monoploy Game Needs to Create a New Version Using Wine Companies

The back side of the wine business completely reminds me of one of my favorite childhood games, Monopoly, because this is all it seems to me as an outside observer. Every time I read a headline like this one from Wine Business: “Report: Brown-Forman to sell wine business ~ And the lead into that is, […]