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IMG 3687Since the sale of Woodside Valley Estate, the website has existed in suspended animation, the only telling feature is a new weblink directing potential users to Chinese only website. I suppose any more vintages of this will only exported back to China.

Question: Where does a nation’s sovereignty come into play so we can safeguard our country from the unmitigated misery of future generations?

IMG 3540Gruner Veltliner is to Austria what Sauv Blanc is to New Zealand.
The only difference is the Austrians know good texture and mouthfeel in a wine when they find one, and produce it accordingly. Sadly our couzzie bros haven’t gotten over vegetal/methoxy nose to notice the majority of Savs are sadly lacking in the texture department. For that reason, Gruner is a little gem.

IMG 0967Having relocated to the “East Coast” because sadly the West was excruciatingly expensive, it was an opportunity to check out Tasmania and their respective wine regions.

Précis for the West: Tassie’s wines are generally expensive compared to “back home” when comparing against quality, and WA winemakers may wonder what all the fuss is about. Part quality, all market positioning.

IMG 3411I like the Belle General.

Not because of the old converted general store that it used to be, nor the quasi utilitarian beach house–farmhouse eatery that is now. It’s more to do with the entirely rounded package of a big-city confident café propped on the side of the sea on NSW north Coast – Ballina.

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