Cider dates back to Roman times but really took off in the 1300s in England. In the 1700s it became quite common for worker to be paid by cider where the average wage was 3-4 pints a day. Not a bad incentive to work hard.
The wine retail market is dominated by the supermarket duopoly. Coles and Woolworths have more than 70% of the market which is a shame for the little guys. The greater shame is the smaller retailers are being squeezed out of the market
The Riverina region in southern New South Wales spans an area of approximately 350km and sits on the Murrumbidgee River. It is the largest wine producing region in New South Wales and has gained an international reputation
Having skipped across the Granite Belt numerous times, I often wonder what it was about these soils that deliver some great wines. Some vineyards look like a granite kitchen bench top smashed up into fine pieces with a grape vine growing out of it. Poor soils on the face of it indeed. But further to that, which variety can be hung as the flagship of the region?
Walking into a bottle shop can be a daunting prospect. Some people buy on price. Others always go to the old faithful and fear to stray. Then there are those who are daring and always search out a new label or variety. But what about the label? There are so many and so diverse. Is it the colour which attracts? The text or font perhaps?
With Brisbane temperatures dipping below 18 degrees of an evening now, seems like the locals have their feathers ruffled. Out come the beanies, scarves and all those things we need to keep warm when winter hits. It’s a great relief many locals don’t live in Melbourne!