Australia

‘No individual has changed the image of Riverland more’

Australia’s Riverland is an area known for its high-volume production, and, when combined with areas like Murray-Darling, is often considered The Land of Yellow Tail. But Ashley Ratcliff of Ricca Terra is changing that. For Wine Enthusiast, Christina Pickard writes, “Today, Ratcliff’s farm is planted to 46 different grape varieties across 10 vineyard sites covering […]
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South Africa

Episode 6 – John Seccombe (Thorne & Daughters)

In this episode, you'll hear how John came to be known for his textural whites, and how he learned to embrace a model for winemaking that fit his terroir (read: not trying to be a copy/paste version of Bordeaux or Burgundy). You'll also hear John's take on why getting South African wine to be mainstream in the US is still an uphill battle, as well as his adoration for Japan and, yes, McDonalds... 
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South Africa

‘How does South African Chardonnay stack up? Pretty damn well’

Alder Yarrow recently published a piece for Vinography called “Putting South African Chardonnay in a Global Context,” in which he positioned South Africa against some of the world’s great Chardonnay regions (Chablis, Sonoma, etc.). Among those reviewed was the 2020 Van Loggerenberg “Break a Leg” Chardonnay, which Yarrow calls “bright and delicious.” Read more here.
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Episode 5 – Alastair Reed (Konpira Maru)

Today's episode is with Alastair Reed of Konpira Maru, which is based in the Whitlands subregion of the King Valley in Victoria, Australia. In this episode you’ll hear what Konpira Maru really means (no, it’s not a Japanese whaling vessel) and how owner Alastair Reed and his former student-turned-business partner Sam Cook almost turned Konpira Maru into a Sherry company. We’ll talk a bit about the grapes and the geography of Australia, and why “diner pepper shaker” is the only kind of pepper aroma Alastair and Sam ever seek to extract from their grapes.
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Australia

‘Seductive and memorable’ Shiraz from Sami-Odi

James Suckling recently compiled a list of his top Australian wines in his 2022 Annual Report, highlighting Sami-Odi’s Shirazes as some of the “most exciting wines we tasted, with their fresh and structured palates and hemmed-in alcohol.” Suckling continues, “The texture and clarity of Sami-Odi shiraz, vintage-dated and blended, are seductive and memorable. You really […]
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South Africa

‘You can’t really go wrong with Thorne & Daughters whites’

Tim James, one of South Africa’s most lauded wine writers, details a few older-vintage wines he recently opened. Thorne & Daughters was in the line-up; of the 2017 Rocking Horse Cape White Blend, he writes that it “didn’t seem “older” at all; it’s developing nicely, with a good few years to go. Always one of […]
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Episode 4 – Tim Wildman (Wildman Wines)

Today's episode is with Tim Wildman of Wildman Wines​. At Vine Street Imports, we import his two "sibling" pét-nats to the US. In this episode, you’ll hear about Tim’s experience becoming a Master of Wine and why he chose to build his business around pét-nat. You’ll hear some hot takes on how he thinks Australia has yet to make its best wine, and you'll hear why he doesn’t think the wine industry should waste its time "demystifying" wine. 
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South Africa

‘Tim James: The new-wave South Coasters step forward’

Tim James, one of South Africa’s most prominent wine critics, recounts why “there’s clearly plenty going for the new-wave Cape South Coast.” We’re seeing an exciting movement here akin to the Swartland Revolution a few years back. Among the winemakers mentioned are Natasha Williams of Lelie van Saron and Mark Stephens of Deep Rooted Wines […]
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South Africa

Episode 3 – Banele Vakele (Tembela Wines)

Banele Vakele of Tembela Wines is the newest South African producer to join the Vine Street Imports portfolio. He makes a Chenin Blanc and a Syrah, sourced from regions you wouldn’t necessarily expect (Durbanville for the Chenin, an area better known for Sauvignon Blanc, and a nice yin-yang mix for the Syrah from Constantia and the Swartland). In the words of wine critic Tim Atkin, “Banele Vakele is an exciting young winemaker who is rapidly making a name for himself.”
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