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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.

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Tom @sbwine & his amber wine pic.twitter.com/R1DF3PBrCn
12:05pm on Fri 27 February
Tom @sbwine going all weird-arse in #V15 with a Rizza/Gewürztraminer/Gris skin contact amber wine from #Orange ferment in 600 litre barrels
12:02pm on Fri 27 February
RT @VineyardPaul: Warmup? 1 Nov. youtube.com/watch?v=5g9DQh… Nice! @WinePeloton will be there late Nov and I can't wait. Looks spectacular
10:35am on Tue 24 February
Grape sampling in the Gartrell vineyard under the peak of Mt Canobolas. Vineyard at 1050m ASL. #orange #coolclimate pic.twitter.com/5lhH8G2JI4
8:24am on Mon 23 February
Thanks for the plug @bigyahu we should have a chat when the avalanche of grapes subsides @WithWineApp @BlueChilliGroup
1:46pm on Sun 22 February
@bigyahu @WithWineApp @BlueChilliGroup Sorry I haven't got back to you all - up to my neck in grapes & swimming hard to get to the top.
1:45pm on Sun 22 February
@WithWineApp @BlueChilliGroup @PrinthieWines does a bloody fine Shiraz
8:26pm on Thu 19 February
Some say he got lucky on day 1 RT @Sam_Grains: @Badgers_Run @PrinthieWines yeah I heard the bloke that picked them did a decent job too! ;)
7:43pm on Thu 19 February
@PrinthieWines Nice clean whole bunch Shiraz looking great #V15 Orange pic.twitter.com/liSp81touW
4:45pm on Thu 19 February

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