Australia

We Lost a Great One…

Monday, October 12th the world, and the wine world in particular, lost a true legend and force in the industry.  Taras Ochota sadly passed away leaving the wine world with a huge hole.  Taras was an innovator, game changer, and universally loved by his peers.  His wife Amber along with assistant winemaker Louis Schofield will […]
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South Africa

Wine Press

Franco Lourens Achieves New Heights with the 2019s

Christian Eedes, one of the foremost critics and tastemakers of South African wines recently went through Franco’s precise and elegant ’19s and was floored by the quality of the young winemaker.  Now sharing a shed in Paarl with Lukas Van Loggerenberg, Franco is focused on his brand entirely and will continue to grow into his […]
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South Africa

Dr. Jamie Goode sits down with Stompie

Johan Meyer, more affectionately known as ‘Stompie’ is one of the most recognizable figures in the burgeoning wine scene of South Africa.  His two brands are his eponymous label, JH Meyer Signature Wines, as well as a partnership with his UK importer, Ben Henshaw of Indigo Wines.  Dr. Jamie Goode recently visited Stompie and learns […]
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Australia

Steve Crawford (AKA Frederick Stevenson) becomes the first ever two-time Young Gun winner!

For the first time in its illustrious history, the Winemaker’s Choice at the Young Gun of Wine Awards has a repeat winner.  Steve Crawford first won the award in 2015 (splitting it with Michael Downer) and then followed up with a repeat performance in 2020.  This is arguably the most important of the Young Gun […]
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South Africa

Tasting Lukas Van Loggerenberg’s 2019s

Greg Sherwood, MW put his thoughts to paper on the highly anticipated 2019 releases from Lukas.  “Bag your allocations asap as production levels are small but highly sought after,” said Greg.  Lukas continues to grow and the results are within the bottle. Read about the 19s here.
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Australia

When Life Gives you Smoke… Embrace It – VHS Wines

2020 was simply put a shitty year on a global scale but very few places really felt it the way Australia did, and it started fast and hot right out of the gates with widespread and destructive wildfires throughout the country.  ABC News interviewed a number of winemakers about their plans, or lack thereof, to […]
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South Africa

NY Times Top 20 Wines Under $20: Where the Values Live – Storm Point

January of 2020 represented the ‘calm’ before the storm.  Tariff pressure was being put on most European wines and consumers and those in the trade often looked to uncharted territory for weeknight wines.  Eric Asimov of the New York Times highlighted 20 wines that fit in nearly every budget and we are thankful and thrilled […]
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South Africa

Some of South Africa’s Finest White Wines: Thorne & Daughters

Dr. Jamie Goode, better known by his in-depth wine blog based out of the UK, Wineanorak, sat down with John Seccombe of Thorne & Daughters.  They spoke about vineyard sources, the challenges of the drought and tasted the recent releases together. Read more about it here.
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New Zealand

Auntsfield Estate: Top 11 Sauvignon Blancs in New Zealand

The 2019 Fine Wines of New Zealand list is out and Auntsfield Estate finds itself amongst brilliant company.  This is the Cowley family’s first appearance in this esteemed lineup of wines. Read more about it here and see the list of all varieties.
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