Wine Review: 1996 Rockford “1886 Vine Vale” Riesling

The Barossa Valley is properly known for its red wines with shiraz, grenache and Rhone-inspired red blends now recognized around the world. White wines are decidedly less known as relatively small amounts of riesling, chardonnay and semillon make up only about 15% of the Barossa Valley’s planted acreage. The Barossa Valley appellation has two distinct … Continue reading Wine Review: 1996 Rockford “1886 Vine Vale” Riesling

The Mystery of the GinGin Clone: Part 4–Mystery Solved

The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) is the government and industry sponsored research operation devoted to the heavy science behind winemaking and viticulture. The main center of operations is in Adelaide and is full of folks in lab coats, goggles and some serious equipment. Much of the research that is done there is beyond the … Continue reading The Mystery of the GinGin Clone: Part 4–Mystery Solved

Why the Wine Industry Needs Its Professional Organizations to Step Up

It seems as if everyone wants to join on the hate the Master Sommelier bandwagon of late. From both an industry-insider perspective as well as from an outsider view, one can see why. So I feel a bit guilty about adding my two cents yet a little bit less so by adding the Master of … Continue reading Why the Wine Industry Needs Its Professional Organizations to Step Up