Category Archives: wine

Conference 2016

Recently I received an email notification that the great Australian novelist Charlotte Wood had posted on her blog How to Shuck an Oyster after quite a long interval. She reflected that her blog had become “moribund”. Perhaps because her latest novel, the awarding … Continue reading

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Finding Irrawang: James King, scientific transnationalism and colonial wine heritage

A significant colonial vineyard and winery among the original Lower Hunter properties in Australia’s Hunter Valley wine region was actually located about fifty kilometres east of the present-day hub of cellar doors at Pokolbin. In the mid-19th century a key figure in this … Continue reading

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I Go to Rio: how wine studies research revealed Australia’s forgotten history with Brazil

Nearly a decade ago I began to explore the early importation of wine, and grape vine plant stock, to Australia from ports of call in the North and South Atlantic. This week, to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between … Continue reading

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Blogger challenge: shelves full of wine books to read, a new year ahead – what could possibly go wrong?

I’ve just hit ‘submit’ on the manuscript for a book review I was invited to write for the International Journal of Wine Research on Paul Luzacs’ Inventing Wine (2012). Excellent book. I’ll post the review once it’s published. With that task completed; … Continue reading

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Water into wine: a controversial Riverina miracle, in pictures

Too much wine and not enough water – this is one of the environmental tensions of our times, and it’s in the news again in Australia this week. As I wrote in First Vintage (2012), the use of irrigation to … Continue reading

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Winter is coming!

I mean this literally and metaphorically. First, the metaphorical, which – as anyone who is a fan of Game of Thrones has already guessed – entails Starkish tidings of potential doom. Sounds serious? It is. (And those who have not … Continue reading

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The world in a glass of Hunter Valley wine

A date for your diary… I have the honour of being invited to give the John Turner Memorial Lecture in Newcastle on Thursday May 15. This is a major event on the University of Newcastle’s community program and I’ve titled … Continue reading

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