Printhie Blog.

June 4th 2012

Vintage Reading

​The vintage period of the winemaking calendar is taxing on every winemaker, both physically and mentally.

The days are long, the work is physical and there are a million things to think about. Reading for fun, especially about wine, in any ‘spare’ time would seem, on the surface, as a somewhat unnecessary activity. However, there are always little bits of inspiration to be drawn from insightful writers and industry commentators, just as your eyelids drop shut.

Without doubt the best vintage read I’ve ever had was Andrew Jefford’s ‘The New France; A Complete Guide to Contemporary French Wine’. This is a landmark work, beautifully written, very measured and with great insight. It kept me awake at night when I should have been sleeping. It caused me to re-assess and question my winemaking practices, to step back and think outside ‘my’ square.

This vintage reading was ‘Authentic Wine: Toward Natural and Sustainable Winemaking’ by Jamie Goode and Sam Harrop. This was another compelling read. There was a lot of info that wasn’t necessarily new to me but every now and again there was a paragraph that would stop me in my tracks and cause me to re-assess both the big picture of winemaking and some of the finer detail. This is the aspect of a good vintage read, something that makes me ask questions of myself and a little bit of inspiration thrown in.

If you love the subject of wine, then these two books are absolutely essential reading. You may not agree with every assertion, that is not the point. However, you will close the cover and put the books down with a deeper understanding of the very complex world of wine.

@PrinthieWines on Twitter

Don't forget Wine Central - Shiraz @UnionBankBar 5.30pm today with me pouring & talking #OrangeWineFestival. If you are in Orange, get there
4:41pm on Wed 29 October
@FowlesWine @facebook Yep, having problems too. You are getting more than I am!
10:22am on Wed 29 October
Right, I'm off to Meet the Maker, or for you to meet the maker, at Ferment Wine Bar in Orange until 7pm tonight. Let's chat & taste Printhie
3:31pm on Tue 28 October
The Sheaf in Double Bay? So much of my youth spent there chasing snobby girls RT @winodaz: Next stop crazy Sydney
1:36pm on Tue 28 October
If you are in Orange this arvo, come along to Meet the Maker at Ferment Wine Bar 4-7pm to taste & chat about Printhie Wines. I'll be there.
10:59am on Tue 28 October
#childfriendly #orangewinefestival night market. @BissysCafe serving up a delicious childrens menu & fun activities at the 'kids cafe'
11:10am on Fri 24 October
10:13am on Fri 24 October
I will chant it on every #7peaks7days training ride RT @JasonAmos: Drew Tuckwell!
9:45am on Fri 24 October
All proceeds from the @SauryCooperage auction goes to #TeenRescueFoundation - 4 x Saury Bourgogne Fine Grain 3yr House Toast Hogsheads
9:16am on Fri 24 October

Member login +


Become a member +

Sign up now for exclusive member benefits, offers and discounts.

  • 15% discount on all orders
  • Special offers
  • Special event invitations
  • Private tasting sessions
Sign up to the wine club now!

Register for E-Updates +