Wine Code Breaker #316

2018 Kalleske Old Vine Grenache, Barossa Valley, South Australia The cold opening is a technique of jumping directly into a story at the beginning of a show before the opening credits. Comedians are considered the best, but to me, David Caruso is the greatest at delivering a cold opening. He plays the fictional character ofContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #316”

Wine Code Breaker #80

2012 Maximus Gluteus by Maximus Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia One from the archives of 2013…Julius Caesar was stabbed in the back, front, neck and sides some 23 times on the 15th March 44 BC. This event has made the Ides of March infamous. A foul act of deception it was, justified on the groundsContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #80”

Wine Code Breaker #315

2019 Hughes & Hughes (by Mewstone) Dornfelder, Tasmania “I’ll have a Dornfelder thanks.”  What the?  Is that a beer? Is that a crisp? Or, is it some cocktail of some disrepute? Well, it is definitely not a character from the Game of Thrones. It is in fact a grape that was introduced to Germany aroundContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #315”

Wine Code Breaker #309

2018 Giant Steps Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Victoria From the archives of 2019 … A favourite comic book of mine growing up was the tales of Asterix and Obelix.  My absolute favourite though was Asterix & Cleopatra.  In this story, my Gaulish heroes were recruited to support Edifis in the construction of a magnificent palace forContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #309”

Wine Code Breaker #314

2016 TarraWarra Nebbiolo, Yarra Valley, Victoria The Yarra Valley is one of the better areas in Australia for Pinot Noir.  It stands to reason that it perhaps should also be one of the better regions to grow Nebbiolo.  Both are seen as fickle and thin skinned; and this is not just physically, but perhaps moreContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #314”

Wine Code Breaker #313

2016 Balancing Rock Wines The Rock Shiraz, Granite Belt, Queensland The Granite Belt is renowned for its granitic structures that have evolved over many an eon.  One of note is a structure known as the Balancing Rock located atop The Pyramid in Girraween National Park.  It is an amazing feature that presents you with aContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #313”

Wine Code Breaker #312

2017 Bird in Hand Montepulciano, Adelaide Hills, South Australia “Italian” is a word at first reading that does not appear too hard to rhyme.  “Stallion” is a word that instantly comes to mind.  Charles Cotton, the author of “Book 1, Virgil Travesti”, a mock poem in his self titled poetical works, selected “tatterdemalion” as hisContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #312”

Wine Code Breaker #311

2006 Soul Growers Black Cellar Sparkling Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia Sparkling Shiraz, for some, is an aberration. For others, it is the gold that appears at the foot of a rainbow. Tasting a Sparkling Shiraz is more than the alleged gold at the end of the rainbow, it is more like following gravity’s courseContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #311”

Wine Code Breaker #310

2017 TarraWarra South Block Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Victoria “Horton Hears a Who!” plays out William Blake’s concept of a grain of sand that contains a universe.  Our hero, Horton, saves the universe of the Whos of Whosville much as viticulturalists protect and preserve their plots.  They hear and sense the vines as they live andContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #310”

The Unexpurgated Wine Code Launch

Wine is sunlight held together by water — Galileo Gallilei unexpurgated (adjective); (of a text) complete and containing all the original material; uncensored. This is the first post on my new (old) blog. It all started back in 2012 as a bit of fun for friends and colleagues in the workplace. A little note aboutContinue reading “The Unexpurgated Wine Code Launch”