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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  • 2014 Wakefield Estate Chardonnay, Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills

    2014 Wakefield Estate Chardonnay, Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills Brilliant pale straw color. Inviting aromas of subtle baking spices, white flowers, green apple, peach, and saline minerality waft from the glass. These flavors follow through on the palate, picking up a lingering note of nougat at the finish. This white wine is medium-bodied, clean, and balanced.

    Wine Lines- 5 readers -
  • Six iconic wines this week – some true bargains, too

    … chassis and admirable finish. NV Chambers, Rosewood Vineyards, Rutherglen Muscat, Victoria, Australia (£13.99, half bottle, D Byrne & Co tel. 01200 423152, Leamington Wine Company tel. 01926 888994, Barons Champagne & Wine Boutique tel. 01204 595217, The Cellar, Buntingford tel. 01763 271808, Chester Beer & Wine tel. 01244 317094…

    Matthew Jukes- 3 readers -
  • Looking Forward to Taste Washington!

    Taste Washington, held at CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle, is a great place to be exposed to the wide range of wonderful wines produced in the State. From my quick count, there will be over 210 wineries, pouring your their wines for the Grand Tasting, which is held the afternoons of March 28 and 29.

    MyWinePal- 6 readers -
  • Tom Rogers Marsanne 2013

    … Hard boiled perhaps, but at least complete. . . my daughter had some ideas for the face, it reminds me of a sleepy young Lenin. 14%, Yarra Valley. It's difficult to love, a little too fat and textured, too bitter and unctuous, too rich and burnished. Peach and marzipan, flint and barrel. It's very full and formidable, grippy and true. Day 2. Honey…

    Wino sapienin Syrah- 5 readers -
  • Flowstone Queen of the Earth Chardonnay 2011

    … 13%, augmented, plump and creamy. $A55 with grilled peach, match stick and butterscotch. There's a clear lactone edge to the nose, but even so I was a little surprised that this was so round and full and puffed up in the mouth; any spine is hard to discern. It strikes me as being unnecessarily inflated and and oak flavoured. 2009 http…

    Wino sapienin Chardonnay- 4 readers -
  • 10 MORE things Starbucks won’t tell you…

    … is really important. While corks have been the reigning champ in the wine game for a few centuries now, modern technology has provided some great, synthetic, alternative closures. Screw tops have been all the rage in Australia and New Zealand for a while, and even some heavy hitting producers in the States (like Bonny Doon Vineyard) have switched…

    Stay Rad- 3 readers -
  • Heretat el Padruell Cava NV

    … The love of fizz over Christmas doesn’t seem to be going away and whilst the supermarkets slug it out over who can get people to drive across town to get the cheapest Champagne, there’s other sparkling wines available, and unless it absolutely positively has to be Champagne then there’s better value to be had elsewhere. Australia and New Zealand…

    Golly's Wine Drops- 4 readers -
  • The Aussies are Coming! …and they are bringing wine.

    … 2011 from Italy is made with 100% Trebbiano di Lugana grapes. Fermented than aged in oak barriques. This wine has a tasty fruit and finesse. Montes Purple Angel 2012 Montes, one of Chile’s modern wine pioneers, produces a premium Carmenere, Montes Purple Angel, for the world to enjoy. Carmenere is a signature grape for Chile that was long…

    MyWinePalin Pinot Noir Syrah Riesling Chardonnay- 4 readers -
  • The 500 Best-Value Wines in the LCBO 2015 - 4 Tasted of 4

    … (21), Italy (16), Australia (14), New Zealand (13) and Chile (10). Of 31 'new' whites there are no 5s. Of the 445 there are 277 reds rated 5, 4½ or 4 Stars (100 to 87) from 16 sources (Country, Province or State). Of the 277 there are thirty 5s (94-100), eighty-seven 41/2s (90-93) and one hundred & fifty-four 4s (87-89). The leading…

    StrictlyTastingin Chardonnay- 5 readers -
  • Thursday Sips &Nibbles

    … more, please visit 3) On Wednesday, February 11, at 7pm, guests will take a virtual culinary wine tour of Australia, New Zealand, Chile and South Africa at Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro’s “South of the Equator” wine dinner. Designed to both educate and entertain, Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro’s (BHHB) wine dinners…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 4 readers -
  • Wine Economist Short-Listed for Gourmand Blog Award

    … – The Wine Review, Ch’ng Poh Tiong USA- The Wine Economist, Mike Veseth Best Wine and Drinks Magazine: Brazil- Vinho magazine China- China Wine News Iceland- Vinbladid South Africa- Wine Mag USA- Quarterly Review of Wine Best Wine and Drinks Book of the Year Australia- Barossa Shiraz, Thomas Girgensohn, ( Wakefield Press ) Brazil- Cachaca e Gastronomia…

    Mike Veseth/ The Wine Economistin Riesling- 9 readers -

    … Micro-sudsters lack lingo skills: craftisans all nomencluttered up Go get a fair dinkum wordsmith! by PHILIP WHITE Bacchus only knows how many so-called 'craft' breweries Australia now has. There seems to be a new one each week. We inherited the term 'craft beer' from the USA. It sounds kinda nuts-and-berries, but to me always has connotation…

    Philip White/ drinkster- 5 readers -
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