New Face of Australian Chardonnay

‘The popular conception of Australian Chardonnay is that of a thoroughly industrial, acidified, full bodied, vaguely oaky, branded wine sold in high volume at heavy discou

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nts to the undiscerning’
Not my words, but those of wine guru Jancis Robinson, writing in 2008.
There is probably some truth in that damning judgement, but Australian Chardonnay was nevertheless one of the great successes of the wine world in the Nineties and even into this century. Beloved of Bridget Jones and millions of ‘Sex in the City’ fans, it sold by the million cases all over the Western world and introduced a whole generation to Australian wine.
Then, as with all things fashionable, it went out of fashion, with its decline helped along by the ABC (‘Anything But Chardonnay’) movement. It has not gone away of course- large quantities are still produced in South East Australia, but it is getting hard to find these wines at Tesco- not to mention on a wine list.
A new generation of Australian Chardonnay is growing up and some interesting examples were  introduced by Brian Walsh, chairman of the Australian Grape and Wine Authority and John McDonnell, Ireland’s own Australian wine guru, at a Masterclass in the Royal Hibernian Academy, venue for this year’s Australian Wine Fair.
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Sauvignon Blanc Fest for NZ

Sauvignon Blanc to be the star of international wine conference in 2016


 The inaugural International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration (ISBC) will be held in Marlborough, New Zealand, in February 2016 to shine the spotlight on this diverse, expressive and sought-after variety.
 “Sauvignon Blanc is a pure expression of terroir, and New Zealand has set the international benchmark for the wine style” said Philip Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers. “The International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration is an opportunity for the world of wine to come together in New Zealand - to learn about, discuss and taste some of the world’s leading examples”.
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'Febvreuary' is Wine Month

 Febvre Wine Company introduces FEBVREUARY – a month of wine discovery to last throughout February.  In the wine business in Ireland for over 50 years, Febvre has always been to the forefront of innovation.  Febvre now leads the way once again with the concept FEBVREUARY – a festival of wine events to take place all over Ireland over the four week period.  Febvruary is open to trade only or by invitation.
From its opening on Monday 2nd February, Febvre will be hosting FEBVREUARY portfolio tastings from Enniskillen to Killarney; Galway to Dublin and many places in between.
Various events throughout the month will include education and training for the trade; the recipe for wine by the glass success; masterclasses, vertical tastings and workshops; the six secrets of food and wine pairings with award-winning journalist and blogger, Fiona Beckett of as well as collaborations with business partners.
A bevy of top winemakers from Febvre’s carefully selected vineyards will be visiting during the month including representatives from France, Austria, Italy and Spain.  Meet many Principals from the French wineries on Monday 9th and enjoy a journey through the various vineyards before many of their compatriots arrive in Ireland for a rugby date and Valentine’s Day on Saturday 14th.
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