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Wines for Beginners

For those of us in the wine trade, it’s hard to remember what it felt like to be a beginner. The nerves. The uncertainty. The fear of being judged.Being new to …

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Shirvington 2010 Shiraz McLaren Vale

Shirvington 2010 Shiraz, McLaren Vale

A Winery DivorceFirst, there was Sparky Marquis. He was the “hit winemaker” for years in South Australia. His wines were highly coveted, especially in the states. His wines were bigger than …

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Neil Ellis 2010 Shiraz Elgin

Neil Ellis 2010 Shiraz, Elgin

Elgin is a beautiful spot for winemaking in South Africa, just below Stellenbosch and a three-hour drive from Cape Town. Neil Ellis is an excellent producer, known for its light touch …

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Craiglee 2007 Shiraz, Victoria

Australian wine review The cooler climate of Victoria often delivers Shiraz with more complexity and a lighter framework than other South Australian regions.  This bottle is a wonderful example of that style. …

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Craiglee 2007 Shiraz, Victoria

Cooler climate Shiraz are often the greatest and finest of all Australian wines. This bottle sports aromas of beef jerky, wood smoke, and white pepper arrive first. A touch of reductive …

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Falesco 2009 Tellus, Lazio

Luxurious, like a velvet cushion of dark sweet fruit. The only fault is its perfection –round, sexy, slick perfection– which takes away some of the pleasure of drinking a bottle of …

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Pillar Box 2007 Red, Australia

Compared to Yellow Tail, this is the height of sophistication. Of course, that’s like saying Jessica Simpson is classier than Pam Anderson. This wine is pure silly fun, but it’s the …

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