I’m thrilled to be hosting the first ever edition of The Vincast Live in conjunction with the Ear Buds Podcast Network. Joining me as co-host will be wine enthusiast, activist and fellow podcaster (Quickie) Nevena Spirovska (who is also the person that invited to me to be a member of the network).
For the first edition of this new and exciting concept, we will be discussing the topic – “What are the ‘right’ grape varieties for Australian wine?” Not only is the Australian wine industry rapidly evolving with new grape varieties and alternative techniques, but so are the tastes of Australian wine consumers. With so many different options for planting in a multitude of different regions, what are the right choices to keep up with developments and trends when it comes to vitis vinifera?
Joining us will be winemakers and former guests of The Vincast; Dan Buckle from Chandon Australia and Circe Wines and guest on Episode 67 (and Episode 117) of The Vincast; and Ben Ranken from Galli Estate and Wilimee Wines, guest on this week’s episode of the podcast. There will be wines for tasting that will be relevant to the topic and hopefully fuel further discussion. I’m thrilled that we will be holding this event at Noisy Ritual in Brunswick East, owned and operated by another former guest – Alex Byrne from Episode 80 – where I also made my first Vino Intrepido wine.
Doors open at 6:30pm so you can grab a drink and introduce yourself, with the discussion beginning at 7:30pm. The show will of course be recorded for the podcast, but it will also be streamed live for those who can’t make it in person! Head to iWannaTicket to secure your spot, and feel free to invite some family and/or friends as there is a group discount for four or more!
I can’t wait to meet many of you in person and thank you for your support and listening to the show. Please let me know if you have any questions about the event!
Certainly not for the first time I’m looking at some wines from iconic McLaren Vale-based producer d’Arenberg, from a box of samples sent to me recently. Let me know your thoughts about these wines in the comments below!
d’Arenberg “d’Arry’s Original” 2014 – LUC $18.00
d’Arenberg “The Footbolt” 2015 – LUC $18.00
d’Arenberg “The High Trellis” 2014 – LUC $18.00
To say that the 2017 vintage was different to the 2016 vintage would be one of the biggest understatement ever. Just speaking personal circumstances, this year not only did I finish up with my employer of over three years and start with a new importer/wholesaler, I also welcomed the arrival of my first child! Considering the location I made my wine at this year is a lot further from home than last year, I wasn’t able to be at the winery as much this year. Then I ended up increasing production from one tonne to five tonnes! I also worked with three new varieties; vermentino, nero d’avola and nebbiolo. Finally, the 2017 vintage was late and long; first grapes arrived on the 19th of March and last were the 24th of April!
On this Part One video I process all the fruit. Processing involves the intake of grapes, and making the first decisions for the wine (whether to press, whether to de-stem, whether to do neither). This is all before the fermentation begins and it transitions towards wine.
Vino Intrepido is a (soon to be launched) brand the combines great Italian grape varieties with great Australian wine regions and growers, experimenting with different winemaking techniques to bring you delicious wine! If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
For the past fourteen years, Ashley Ratcliff has worked for arguably Australia’s most important family-owned wine business, Hill-Smith Family Vineyards. Over those years he worked in many different elements of the business, from viticulture to marketing, operations to running one of the wineries. More recently he has established a vineyard in the Riverland – considered one of the warm-hot irrigated regions known for large volume grape production – and has been planting more alternative varieties to show the potential for these grapes in the region, particularly for high quality fruit. He has now thrown himself 100% into Ricca Terra Farms, and even has other plans for the future.
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