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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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“Wine” – an invention undergoing rapid historical change

Where have ideas about wine evolved from? Read the public access version of my review of Paul Lukacs’ Inventing Wine here. At the end of the review of Lukacs’ book I ask how we might expect the massively rapid rise in … Continue reading

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Five wine documentaries you must see

My valued colleague Catherine Oddie has a fondness for listicles so in the spirit of her appreciation for pithy instructive roll calls of things people absolutely must know – I offer my top five favourite wine documentaries. Each of these are on DVD and … 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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Wine & Controversy

I’m sure Max Schubert could not have imagined that a bottle of Grange (the brainchild of Schubert and a small coterie of his colleagues at Penfold’s in the 1950s) would have a role in bringing down an Australian state premier.  Indeed, it is … Continue reading

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Australia’s first wine, and other delicious mysteries

As well as wine I love crime fiction, so it will come as no surprise that I have a particular penchant for crime fiction themed around wine. Yes, I’ve read Peter Mayle’s The Vintage Caper, a charming romp through the high … Continue reading

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Movies, Tokaji and an 18th century wine tour

Your favourite wine movie; do you have one? Let me know if you do. To help you decide there’s a recent story about film world luminaries drawn to wine growing and Brian Miller’s tremendously entertaining piece on wine at the movies in Winestate. I … Continue reading

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