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    Year in the vines - part 6

    Economics were on my mind when I went for my weekly shift at the vineyard last Friday. It was on my mind at 5:30am when I paid £24.70 for a train…

    19 Sep 2008 Richard Hemming MW
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    Argentine wine map redrawn

    Argentine producer Trapiche this week revealed that they are on the brink of planting experimental vineyards in Chapadmalal, a hitherto unplanted area…

    18 Sep 2008 Richard Hemming MW
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    Chile - standout Syrahs and Sauvignons

    Chile is ‘All Ways Surprising’ according to the slightly clunky marketeers of ProChile, the government body promoting Chilean exports. Their wines,…

    17 Sep 2008 Richard Hemming MW
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    Hemming gets to taste

    I reckoned that the least Richard Hemming deserves after sending us so many entertaining reports from his experiences as a cellar rat in McLaren Vale…

    13 Sep 2008 Richard Hemming MW
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    A year in the vines – part 5

    This week at the vineyard, I was removing fishnet stockings from female legs. That, at least, is what I was trying desperately to imagine to enliven…

    13 Sep 2008 Richard Hemming MW
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    Rare-ified Piper champagnes

    When a product range is launched in an imposing marble-clad room featuring towering mahogany thrones, ornate gold-plated friezes and a ceremonial…

    13 Sep 2008 Richard Hemming MW
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    Year in the vines - part 4

    This week at the vineyard, the work was exactly the same as last week. To wit: tying young vines on to stakes. It's about as mundane as it sounds and…

    5 Sep 2008 Richard Hemming MW
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    A year in the vines - part 3

    This week at the vineyard I witnessed two remarkable things. The first was a cunning piece of viticultural technology called a leaf-blower. The…

    28 Aug 2008 Richard Hemming MW
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    A year in the vines - part 2

    I have a new skill to add to my CV: 'proficient with Gripples (all sizes)'. The Gripple (pictured below) is a pleasing little steel pebble with…

    21 Aug 2008 Richard Hemming MW
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    A year in the vines - part 1

    Earlier this year, I compared working in a McLaren Vale winery to trench warfare: relentless, gruelling physical toil. Having survived that, I find…

    14 Aug 2008 Richard Hemming MW
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    The ABSB Club

    My mother always told that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. This is an article about Sauvignon Blanc. The end.…

    16 Jul 2008 Richard Hemming MW
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    Trans-Pacific Pinot challenge

    Firstly, a disclaimer. This is not a scientific experiment. It was not monitored and verified by an independent adjudicator. It was not observed by a…

    9 Jul 2008 Richard Hemming MW
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    Trans-Pacific Chardonnay evolves

    As we all know, technology advances at breakneck pace. Today’s 3G iPhone is tomorrow’s Betamax. Each week, life becomes more automated, more…

    12 Jun 2008 Richard Hemming MW
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    Australian Shiraz - Grampians and Hunter

    I have wonky teeth. They’re a family heirloom. The top ones overlap each other in the centre; if a perfect smile looks like a piano keyboard, then my…

    28 May 2008 Richard Hemming MW
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    Biodynamics in Australia - Part 2

    The proof of the pudding is in the eating. I have long suspected that this is merely an excuse to eat more pudding. Pudding aside, some things remain…

    21 May 2008 Richard Hemming MW