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Press Release re Barossa response to Pinery Fire

Following the recent Pinery Fire, The Barossa Council Mayor, Bob Sloane, on behalf of the entire Barossa community, offered his sincerest condolences to the people affected by the fire. “I’d like to acknowledge the incredible effort of CFS volunteers and staff, SAPOL, local government staff and most importantly our community, in rallying together to support the relief efforts,” he commented. “Our hearts go out to those who have been affected by this fire, which has devastated our nearby rural communities. We understand the impact of this fire will be felt across the greater region for some time,” he said. Despite the fire threat to the north and western borders of the Barossa area on the afternoon of Wednesday 25 November, there is currently no fire…

Hail 2010

“Hail 2010”, Peter Gago was quoted as saying at the release of the 2010 Penfolds Grange. The 2010 Penfolds wines were highly praised for their profound depth of colour and vibrancy with James Halliday awarding the 2010 vintage 99/100 points and claiming it will go down in the pantheons of greatest Grange vintages. In about 2 weeks Penfolds will release the 2011 Grange for the princely sum of $785, the same price as the 2010 release. Ask anyone in the Barossa about 2010 and they’ll smile and talk for hours. Ask them about the 2011 vintage and most will mumble a curt reply and try and change the subject. It was not a great year by any means, with James Halliday rating it only a…

It’s wine Jim, but not as we know it

My friend Grant Dickson owner of the wonderful FermentAsian in Tanunda wrote a typically eloquent and verbose post on Facebook recently (you can read it here) on the comeback and change in Chardonnay and the perception of Chardonnay in the minds of his clientele. His comment that many of his diners state they, “Don’t like big, fat, buttery, over oaked Chardonnay” really highlights why our job as not just wine servers or producers but as wine educators is so important. His point is that Chardonnay as a wine style has evolved and that the styles from 15-20 years ago are virtually gone from the wine scene. This is true of many styles across the whole wine spectrum. I come across this type of wine prejudice…

Start planning your Barossa Gourmet Weekend

The 2015 Barossa Gourmet Weekend is almost upon us and we are all busy getting everything organised for another successful year. This year’s event has a fantastic program chock full of deliciousness so I want to highlight a few of those events here, plus give some tips to make your Gourmet Weekend a fun and safe one. For a full list of events running over the Gourmet Weekend head to the official website. Friday Night Head over to Kellermeister for their Gourmet Curry Dinner. Kick-start the 2015 Barossa Gourmet Weekend with a selection of gourmet curries by Stuart Oldfield, live music and our award winning wines & cider in the ambient setting of our barrel hall!     Saturday Morning Of course on Saturday the…

And the winner is …..

When it comes to wine there is no shortage of opinions, ratings, medals or awards and as a wine consumer it can all get a bit overwhelming with the shear number of wine journos, bloggers, shows, reviewers and so on. Wine is probably the most over analyzed, over thought beverage on the planet. With all that being said it can be easy to overlook why wine producers put their hard work up for criticism at all. It’s nice to get a good review or wine a medal at a wine show and it’s an affirmation that you are making good wine, but that’s not the motivation. The reason wine makers submit their wines for review or enter competitions, at their own and often significant cost,…

The importance of diversity in wine

At a recent tasting event organised for cellar door staff from across the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale I was reminded of how important it is to get out and taste different wines. Like many in the wine industry, tasting and drinking the wines you sell and produce each day is great but it is very easy to develop a “cellar palate”, where you become so used to a particular style or flavour that other wines can seem inferior. Speaking to a colleague at the afore mentioned event we both commented on how we love getting out and trying different wines, it is what attracts many to the industry in the first place. The best way to get out and sample wines is of…

Top 5 reasons to join a wine club

Many wineries have wine clubs that offer members a range of benefits and here at Gibson we have the Wine Adventures club. But the real question is why should you join a wine club? Here are our top 5 reasons to join.   Get to know the wines. Wine clubs are a great introduction to what a winery has to offer. If you have only sampled a few of the wines on offer being a wine club member can be a cost effective way to try new releases, new wines or one-off back vintage wines. Great value. Wine clubs generally offer very good value to members with member discounts, free shipping and the wines you receive each pack are typically offered at a discounted price….

Museum Wines

Each year we keep a small quantity of each wine released in our museum cellar. This allows us to follow the wines progression as it ages and occasionally release these wines when they are at their peak for you to enjoy. We know how difficult it can be to hang on to your wines long enough to let them develop and show their true potential. So it is a real treat to be able to have some of these wines available. For June we have two of our wines from the 2008 vintage, Isabelle Cabernet/Merlot & Wilfreda Shiraz/Mataro/Grenache. The 2008 vintage was characterised by Rob as, “A season of 2 parts with ideal moderate conditions early and extreme heat later in March which turned out…

Vintage 2015

The 2015 vintage is now well and truly done and dusted and as is usually the case the end of vintage heralds the changing of seasons. Summer often merges into Autumn here in the Barossa but this year Autumn came along pretty quickly. Over the past week or so it is feeling a lot more like winter bringing with it wild winds and cold nights but also very welcome rainfall. After what seemed like an endless dry spell going back to Spring 2014 we have finally gotten some good consistent rainfall. This might not be as appreciated by visitors but you certainly won’t hear the locals complaining. With the colder weather here we start to think about comfort food and of course, red wine. The…

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