As one of the first wineries to receive an operating license after prohibition, the Meeker Vineyard could be considered a member of Dry Creek Valley’s old guard, a testament to tradition in one of the most-respected American Viticultural Areas (AVAs.) The Meeker family traces its winemaking roots back to the 1980s, when Charlie Meeker (then a Hollywood film producer) and his wife Molly … Continue reading Dry Creek Valley Delights: The Meeker Vineyard (#WineStudio)
A while ago I had the extraordinary chance to attend a master class in the wines of the Barossa Valley Australia, specifically wines crafted from Old Vines. The exact definition of Old Vines varies from place to place, but it has come to mean something particular here in South Australia. More than just a chronological categorization of vines based on their year of planting, the … Continue reading Barossa Old Vine Charter: The Oldest Vines in the World?
Today the peloton saddles up for the first day of the Santos Tour Down Under, the biggest bike race on the Australian calendar. Going strong since its inception in 1999, the race is sure to be a draw for cycling fans the world over. All the big names are in attendance, from world road racing champion and perennial crowd favorite, Peter Sagan, to newcomers like … Continue reading Fancy a Quick Trip Down Under?
“Grenache is for me, the wild, wild woman of wine, the sex on wheels and devil take the hindmost, the don’t say I didn’t warn you.” – Oz Clarke I rather like Oz’s description of Grenache, the wine grape of many personalities. Having spent a bit of time in Spain, I myself have fallen prey to her charms: sometimes in the magenta-hued … Continue reading It’s International Grenache Day!