How to Track Down the Best Australian Wine

Australian Bush Vine

Old Australian Bush Vine. Real Australian Wine.

Australia produces some of the best wine in the world.  Cellar-worthy old vine Shiraz, Western Australian Cabernet, and dry Riesling and Semillon — together with Brunello which we can’t omit — are, in our humble view, some of the best wines in the world.  And yes, we

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Stelvined, Not Screwed. Eight Things You Need to Know About Non-Cork Closures.

Stelvin cuts Cork

“Dear SoLa … All of my friends laugh at me when I bring my nice Australian wines to dinner.  They ask if I’ve brought Ripple, just because it has a screw cap. Actually it’s never Ripple, and this particular time it was the 2005 Henschke Hill of Grace for which I paid only $599 at

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Top Five New Zealand Wine Regions and What You Need to Know About Them


Next up in our continuing, hopefully helpful series of wine region posts, New Zealand!

Can you name the top five wine regions in New Zealand? That’s right! From north to south, New Zealand’s five major wine-producing regions are Hawke’s Bay, Martinborough, Marlborough, Waipara, and Central Otago.

Trivia tid-bit: Central Otago is the southern most

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15 Minutes to a Working Knowledge of Australian Wine


Wow, what an insult to Australian wine. Fifteen minutes, really?! Devoted to an industry that is over 150 years old?!

Consider your alternative. You could devote fifteen years of tasting and reading to the subject, and still not know all there is given the diversity of terroir and varietal expression in Australia’s wine regions

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Day Hike and Wine Pairing Tips: Mount Wellington, Tasmania

Mt. Wellington from Hobart

Welcome back to Southern Latitudes Wines on-going, occasional series highlighting some of the best places we’ve discovered to drink outstanding Southern Hemisphere Wines. How about Hobart? As in Tasmania, Australia, site of one of our favorite mountains, 6545′ Mt. Wellington.

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