Archive for December, 2009

Wine Quotes That Need To Live Forever

December 15, 2009

Below are some Twitter exchanges that took place today and are without doubt, to choice to allow to evaporate.  

Go Randall!   

Randall Graham:  

Scary thought #1: Currently have 319,685 “followers,” wa-ay more than most founders of major religions (at the time). 

Ron McFarland:

@RandallGrahm balance and elegance are worthy traits to follow.

Randall Graham:

@RonMcFarland Hard to imagine “Balance!” and “Appropriateness!” as major tenets of the faith, but will build church on this rock and gravel.

Rémy Charest:

@RandallGrahm For a full comparison with religions, you have to see what you're able to make the followers do… 

Randall Graham:

@RemyCharest My first miracle would be to accelerate the depletion rate of our Central Coast Syrah, a category largely believed to be dooned. 

Able Grape:

@RandallGrahmTonneliers (bbl. makers) kick butt. (Forgive obscure pun, but a butt is a size of barrel, also known as a pipe in Portugal.)

Randall Graham:

@ablegrape Taste and do what thou willst (not woodst). Definitely going to get nailed on that one.)

Michael Skurnik Wines:

@RandallGrahm That is impressive. Must have something to do with all of those GREAT wines that you make! How do we get a similar following?

Randall Graham:

@SkurnikWines One must be Beaune under a good scion.

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Good News For Australian Wine Fans

December 4, 2009

Lately there has been no shortage of doom and gloom on what is happening in the Australian wine world. If the press is correct, the industry has nowhere to go but up.

Eagle Vale

One reason I predict this is people like Steve Jacobs at Eagle Vale Wines. I met Steve earlier in the year and had the joy to taste several of the wines produced in the Margaret River in Western Australia.

What the wine-press rarely mentions is the fact that Australia is full of people like Steve, who own small properties and make delicious wines. Wines that reflect the combination of terrior and people who make them.

The  Gallienne family, Guy, Chantal and son Karl from the Loire Valley are Steve’s team that manages the vineyards and all winemaking functions. This gives Eagle Vale wines an old world perspective with fruit from a new world wine region.

Stunning fruit with balanced acidity make versatile food wines.  Wines that make you want to have a second glass. I find this is an interesting test, do guests want to have a second glass. Two labels and multiple grape varieties are available for you to seek out and share.

This is the good news, the bad is finding Eagle Vale wines and other hidden gems from around the world is challenging. The best way to find Steve’s wines is to email the winery and explore what is possible for you.

Good things happen to people who go wine exploring!! Enjoy.