Australia /əˈstreɪljə, ɒ-, -iə/, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. New Caledonia, a special collectivity of France, lies to the north-east.For at least 40,000 years before the first British settlement in the late 18th century, Australia was inhabited by indigenous Australians,who spoke languages grouped into roughly 250 language groups.
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    • Rockss and Fruit

      My mother, may she rest in peace, taught me many lessons, many I have forgotten but one that I did not, was that being a snob is a good thing. It means you know what you like and can discern differences between things to assess quality and preference. The term wine snob can be thrown around but in this golden age of wine that we live in, what does it really mean? Sorry to go a ...

      Lyle Fass/ Rockss and Fruit- 3 readers -
    • Aussie native brings love for Riesling to Washington

      Wendy Stuckey, white winemaker for Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Wash., pours a glass of Eroica Riesling. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) WOODINVILLE, Wash. – Were it not for two chance meetings, Wendy Stuckey might have happily spent her entire winemaking career in her native Australia and missed out on a great adventure.

      Great Northwest Winein Sauvignon Blanc- 6 readers -
    • Gift Wines: 5 Tips on How to Pick a Great Bottle

      Want to give someone a bottle of wine this year? Here are quick tips on how to choose a great gift wine this holiday that we discussed on CBC Ontario Morning in the audio clip below. Click on the arrow above to listen to the clip. You can get all my wine reviews of great gift wines (including those for yourself) showing the stock for each bottle at your closest liquor stores.

      Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLean- 3 readers -
  • My Top 5 Star Rated Wines for 2014

    … on the palate with only 6g/l of dosage. An excellent Champagne! Nicolas Feuillatte Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs, 2004, France – Light stone fruit aromas in the glass. Medium minus body, dry but very fruity. Red fruits and apples on the palate along with a mineral streak. Wonderful Champagne. Red Wines Le Vieux Pin Equinoxe Syrah, 2011, BC (~$80) – Equinoxe…

    MyWinePalin Cabernet Sauvignon Pinot Noir Syrah Chardonnay- 5 readers -
  • Top 15 under-$25 wines of 2014

    … and Santorini in Greece, Montilla Moriles from Spain and Alsace, France. These 15 wines are (almost all) culled from VINTAGES releases. I tasted countless other terrific under-$25 examples in 2014; local, parochial, from beyond Ontario’s borders and abroad. For the purposes of what the Ontario consumer needs to know and for what serves them best…

    Michael Godel/ Godelloin Riesling Chardonnay- 3 readers -
  • Daydreamer Wines releases Shiraz and Chardonnay

    … late 2008, he has been the buyer for Hemispheres Wine Guild, a Canadian club for wine collectors. Daydreamer is the culmination of a family winery dream that Rachel and Marcus share. The winery’s Merlot-based blend is named Amelia, for their daughter. Daydreamer launched with about 1,000 cases including Chardonnay and the two Syrahs, one co…

    John Schreiner/ John Schreiner on wine- 8 readers -
  • Massena Barbera 2012

    … A mechanical pop and a small plume of vapour as I remove the seal. No one is watching so I raise the glass to my ear for the tinkle of small bubbles. I wait for the distraction of the the CO2 to pass, but even so the first sip is more cola than wine. . . A old leather boot, polish and citrus peel. More meat, spice and autumn leaves than fruit…

    Wino sapien- 3 readers -
  • Voyager Cabernet Merlot 2001

    … Not far from the Margaret river town site and south and along Caves Road, there's an extra ordinary cluster of Karri trees reaching for the sky. Tall, pale and straight, it's breathtakingly beautiful. There's a peaceful serenity and cathedral like silence, the cars infrequent as they are are muffled and insignificant. The wine too comes from…

    Wino sapienin Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot- 7 readers -
  • Clubbin’ It

    … areas of the new world like Argentina, California and Australia, or old world regions like Tuscany, every once in a while a real stunner comes through such as the Eastern Europe theme from May 2014, which featured an wildly interesting selection from Georgia, Croatia and Slovenia that should have surprised and excited all but the most jaded drinkers…

    Mike Madaio/ Pennsylvania Vine Company- 6 readers -
  • Beetroot risotto

    …. Dish out and top with a few slices of brie, the remaining herbs and flowers and a little more Pecorino. Finish with cracked pepper. Related in method. 2013 Matchbox Riesling. Clare. 12%. Approx $25. In scent and taste it seems entirely typical of the Clare Valley. Powder, talc, lime zest and salt. Dry, long and electric. Click here for the original context …

    Wino sapienin Riesling- 1 readers -
  • Gabe’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    … If you’re not sure what to get someone as a gift this year, consider a good bottle of wine or spirits —‚ always in season. Anyone who drinks alcohol will certainly appreciate a well-chosen bottle to enjoy, be it alone or with friends (my hope is that it’s with you). Throughout the year, I’ve tasted a number of the best bottles in both the wine…

    Gabe's Viewin Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Chardonnay- 1 readers -
  • South Africa – Vote Yes

    … of the wine produced in South Africa was decidedly fruit-forward in character, but a new generation of well-travelled young winemakers are pulling in a different direction. John Seccombe trained at Plumpton College in the UK, then subsequently worked in France, California and Australia before returning to his native South Africa to set up his Thorne &…

    Tim Atkin MW- 7 readers -
  • Giving the Gift of Wine

    … and bottlings from smaller, less well-known producers. Good choices for whites include floral Viognier or a rich Roussanne (Andrew Rich’s Roussanne is a perennial favorite and can be ordered online). Paso Robles' Tablas Creek makes consistently good Rhône white blends - try the 2012 Patelin de Tablas Blanc, $20. If your eclectic giftee’s taste…

    Write on Wines- 4 readers -
  • Holiday Wines – for the Non-drinker!

    … FROM AUSTRALIA AN OFF-DRY for the NON-DRINKER! They’ve changed the label, but the wine is still one of the world’s great buys in the off-dry white category. Fun wine, as in light, with yummy, fruity flavours, and the invitation to gulp. A million times more fun than a Bud Light! HARDYS 13 Riesling-Gewurztraminer ‘Stamp Series’, Australia 448548 $9.90 …

    Billy's Best Bottles- 4 readers -
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