Australia

Australian Shiraz: Freshness, Definition, and a Sense of Place

Dr. Jamie Goode of Wineanorak recently tasted through a lineup of some top Australian Shiraz from throughout the country via a hosted tasting by Mark Davidson of Wine Australia.  The wines spanned warm and cool climates, young vines to old, and really showcased the extremely high quality and diversity that Shiraz/Syrah has in Australia. Luke […]
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Belgian Sommelier Turned Winemaker Nominated for Young Gun of Wine

Koen Janssens took the path less travelled for many European sommeliers seeing his journey go from Belgium to France to Australia.  After settling into the natural wine world of Australia he found his own path and now being recognized for his commitment to fresh, fun wines that reflect the more serious northern European personality still […]
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Sommelier Turned Sommelier/Winemaker: Young Gun Louis Schofield of Worlds Apart

Louis took the road of many before…left the floor for another career in wine, winemaking in this case.  Unlike many of those that went on this path, Louis never left the floor and in fact devotes a great deal of time to his wine bar, Hellbound in Adelaide.  He remains the assistant winemaker at Ochota […]
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The Unlikely Duo: Somos Wines

Ben Caldwell and Mauricio Ruiz Cantú are the brains, faces, brawn, and creativity behind one of Australia’s most successful next-gen wine brands of the past decade.  Somos Wines pushes boundaries with the duo’s love of Mediterranean varieties, namely Italian grapes.  The colorful packaging is inspired by Aboriginal and Mexican art, both referencing the history of […]
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Triple Crown Nominated Michael Dhillon of Bindi

The Halliday Wine Companion Awards are one of Australia’s most lauded recognitions for vinous excellence.  This year, Michael Dhillon owner/winemaker/caretaker of Bindi Wines in the Macedon Ranges was the only finalist in three distinct categories:  Viticulturist of the Year, Winemaker of the Year and Winery of the Year.
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Young Gun of Wine: Best Nero d’Avola in Australia

Australia is about far more than Shiraz, Cabernet and Chardonnay.  In fact French cultivars might not even be the best varieties to be planted throughout this wonderful continent.  The arid, Mediterranean climate throughout much of South Australia provides the ideal conditions for Iberian and southern Italian grapes.  Ashley Ratcliff of Ricca Terra recognized that years […]
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More Than a Funny Name: Bloomberg’s Elin McCoy on the Serious Juice with Not-So-Serious Labels

Eye-catching packaging has always been a thing and many brands really push the envelope here, often to be shot down by the US Government.  There really is only one chance to make that first impression and Vine Street Imports has always been known for having many of these art/cultural labels represented in our book. Elin […]
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Island Within an Island…Wonders of Tasmania

Wine Enthusiast’s Editor, Christina Pickard, recently went in-depth into the cool-climate land of Tasmania.  This isolated parcel in the cold Great Southern Sea has become increasingly in-fashion and the development of vineyards remains one of the most exciting places on this planet.  Paul & Gilli Lipscombe of Sailor Seeks Horse are two of the brightest […]
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Young Gun: Top 50 Winemakers of 2019

Alastair Reed and Sam Cooke of Konpira Maru wines were recognized as being a ‘Young Gun’ Top 50 finalist in 2019.  See the full list here.
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