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November 23rd Margaret River Fires at McHenry Hohnen Vineyards

29th Nov 2011
November 23rd Margaret River Fires at McHenry Hohnen Vineyards Fortunately everyone is safe at McH but the fire has done some damage to the vineyards-although while it will take time to evaluate the full impact...
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Visit and tasting with Ivan of Carlos Serres in Haro

21st Nov 2011
Visit and tasting with Ivan of Carlos Serres in Haro Winery and tasting trip with Ivan of Carlos Serres 16th November The large concrete and ceramic ageing tanks built when the winery was buillt i...
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Carmel Ortega-Tudellila-Rioja

20th Nov 2011
Carmel Ortega-Tudellila-Rioja Wednesday the 16th of November 2011 with owner and winemaker Carmel Ortega of Bodegas Ortega Ezquerro in Tudellila Carmel and Mark in the viney...
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Arzuaga-Ribera Del Duero-18th November 2011

20th Nov 2011
Arzuaga-Ribera Del Duero-18th November 2011 Visit to Bodegas Arzuaga Navarro with winemaker Jorge Monzon Pascual and Elena Velitchkova-Export department and chief translator between us all. E...
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Scenes from Bodegas Baigorri-Rioja

20th Nov 2011
Scenes from Bodegas Baigorri-Rioja 17th of November 2011 with Andrew Lambeth of Araex Wine Exporters and Baigorri Winemaker  Simon Arina Robles at the winery of Baigorri East of...
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2011 Douro Port Harvest

19th Nov 2011
2011 Douro Port Harvest Rather than para-phrase and condense-here is the full copy of the report as written by Paul Symington-(Chairman of Symington Family Estates)-very i...
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Sybille Kuntz first impressions of the 2011 harvest

19th Nov 2011
Sybille Kuntz first impressions of the 2011 harvest The green harvest at the end of August followed by the devastating hale that we all heard about has left much lower yields but the quality is looki...
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Domaine Montirius wins two Gold Medals

10th Aug 2011
Domaine Montirius wins two Gold Medals Domaine Montirius-(a fully bio dynamic winery and estate) has walked away with two gold medals from "The International Bioweinpreis" awar...
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Cellarmarque opens its first

9th Aug 2011
Cellarmarque opens its first Cellarmarque Internet Wine Merchants open first Devon “Store within a Store” at Vintage Emporium in Ashburton, giving customers the opp...
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Bio Dynamic practices suceed in dry low rainfall conditions

20th Jul 2011
  It‘s not a news scoop.  The spring was dry and hot and many French vine growers and farmers suffered from this dryness.&...
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Sybille Kuntz 2010 Harvest Initial Report

24th May 2011
Sybille Kuntz 2010 Harvest Initial Report An amazing Harvest in the Making After long periods of rain and some sunshine in between it seemed that the ripeness of the grapes was picking ...
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Akarua Chardonnay Harvest

24th May 2011
Akarua Chardonnay Harvest The 2010 season has continued to progress well with a settled period of warm weather. The vines are ripening evenly and I would imagine that we wil...
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Rua Pinot Noir 2009 from Akarua

10th May 2011
Rua Pinot Noir 2009 from Akarua After a somewhat exhausting tasting last night Cellarmarque is delighted to be listing for the first time-Rua-the first of the new line up of three...
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Corked

8th May 2011
Corked When referring to "Corked Wine" many people believe that this is a wine with bits of cork in it-it is not and all you have to do in this ...
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Yeast

5th May 2011
Yeast Most of us associate yeast with the making of bread, however it is a vital component for the production of wine-(see previous blog on fermentation)...
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Shiraz

2nd May 2011
Shiraz Shiraz is probably the best known name for the grape Syrah-the red grape responsible for some of the finest Southern Rhone (France) Hermitage wines...
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Fermentation

1st May 2011
Fermentation The technical explanation is: "the biological process where sugars are converted into cellular energy and thereby produce alcohol and carb...
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Crushing

1st May 2011
Crushing Crushing of grapes often gets confused with pressing-(which we will deal with in a later blog) Crushing-in wine production refers to the proces...
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What is Wine?

20th Apr 2011
What is Wine? The word wine can (and is ) defined in many different guises, however for the purposes of this blog and all future articles we will use t...
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New Zealand Otago Akarua Pinot Noir wins more awards

29th Mar 2011
The Akarua Estate Pinot Noir 2009-the first vintage for new winemaker Matt Connell-has just picked up the Champion Pinot Noir Trophy at the New Zea...
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Biodynamic Wines

15th Mar 2011
We have been writing about this subject on our new Cellarmarque Facebook page-please check it out-and have been asked for a definition or explanati...
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Musings from Sybille to Cellarmarque on the 2010 harvest

1st Mar 2011
Musings from Sybille to Cellarmarque on the 2010 harvest Fabulous finish of the 2010 harvest. It could not have been a nicer finish of the harvest 2010. At summer like temperatures of above 20° C ...
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Brown Brothers Pictures

24th Feb 2011
Following our trip to Brown Brothers at Milawa, Cellarmarque plan to list their wines on the site this year. It was such a great place and the wine...
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Day Two in Rutherglen-16/12/10

26th Dec 2010
Day Two in Rutherglen-16/12/10After a very quick lunch with Steve at Brown Brothers we headed off to Rutherglen to sample the delights of some of Victorias finest sweet and fortifi...
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Day 2 in Milawa with Brown Brothers

26th Dec 2010
Day 2 in Milawa with Brown Brothers16th December 2010-we meet up with Steve Kline, Brown Brothers Chief Wine Educator and Cate Looney-winemaker. After a coffee on their sun soaked hospi...
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Cellarmarque Australian Travels-Milawa

23rd Dec 2010
Cellarmarque Australian Travels-MilawaCellarmarque-(Australia) starts its search for additional high quality Australian wines to add to its portfolio. Arriving in Milawa at the Lindenwarra...
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McHenry Hohnen at The Butler-Goode Gallery in Paddington-Sydney

12th Dec 2010
McHenry Hohnen at The Butler-Goode Gallery in Paddington-SydneyLast Thursday saw a second tasting of Koura Bay wines from Geoff and Diane Smith-featuring the Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. These wines...
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Koura Bay Tasting in Australia

9th Dec 2010
Koura Bay Tasting in AustraliaA first step was taken on Saturday the 4th of December towards establishing Cellarmarque in Australia when we hosted a tutored tasting of Koura B...
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Christmas Wine Gifts 2010

12th Nov 2010
Christmas Wine Gifts 2010For the first time, Cellarmarque has offered cases of mixed wine. Launched as a  Christmas Wine Gift offering, Cellarmarque has offered thre...
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Montirius Harvest 2010-Notes from Eric and Christine Saurel

9th Nov 2010
Montirius Harvest 2010-Notes from Eric and Christine SaurelVENDANGES 2010:   A very good year   Our harvest took place in excellent conditions and ended the 30th September 2010.   ...
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Fabulous finish of the 2010 harvest

1st Nov 2010
Fabulous finish of the 2010 harvestGermany - Mosel - Lieser,  November 1st, 2010Fabulous finish of the harvest 2010.It could not have been a nicer finish of the harvest 2010. At su...
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Cellarmarque lists Thierry Redde Wines

16th Sep 2010
Cellarmarque lists Thierry Redde WinesHaving visited Thierry and his two sons over two years ago, we are remiss in not getting these wines on the site earlier. However these wines-original...
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Cellarmarque lists Thierry Redde Wines

16th Sep 2010
Cellarmarque lists Thierry Redde WinesHaving visited Thierry and his two sons over two years ago, we are remiss in not getting these wines on the site earlier. However these wines-original...
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Musings on the Bordeaux 2009 Vintage

24th May 2010
Musings on the Bordeaux 2009 VintageFrom our very good friend Chris Davey comes the following analysis and thoughts that should throw some better light on how the wines are now showing f...
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Vilafonte 2010 Harvest and Vintage Notes

3rd Apr 2010
Vilafonte 2010 Harvest and Vintage NotesDespite the bad weather experienced by many in the Stellenbosch and surrounding wine growing areas during October and November, Vilafonte was fortunat...
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Zelma Long-Winemaker at Vilafonte

3rd Apr 2010
Zelma Long-Winemaker at VilafonteZelma Long-Iconic famous wine maker and co-owner-at Vilafonte winery in South Africa was inducted to the 2010 Vintners Hall of Fame by the Culinary In...
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Sybille Kuntz Riesling 2009 Update

14th Mar 2010
Sybille Kuntz Riesling 2009 Update2009 SYBILLE KUNTZ RieslingsThis vintage 2009 has all quality levels again, from the entrance wine, the KUNTZ-RIESLING a dry Spštlese to the TBA with ...
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2008 Latour Burgundy and Simonnet Febvre Chablis Tasting

9th Feb 2010
2008 Latour Burgundy and Simonnet Febvre Chablis TastingWhat was heralded as a difficult year for Burgundy, 2008 certainly displayed many very pleasant surprises at the tasting yesterday-held at BAFTA in Pi...
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Musings of Biodynamique Winemakers-Christine and Eric Saurel of Montirius on the 2009 Harvest

30th Nov 2009
Musings of Biodynamique Winemakers-Christine and Eric Saurel of Montirius on the 2009 HarvestAs from the 20th August 2009 we started tasting the grapes of our 38 plots of vines.  For us, tasting means that we steep ourselves with the flav...
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First look at the Otago 2010 Vintage from Matt Connell-Akarua-Central Otago

10th Nov 2009
First look at the Otago 2010 Vintage from Matt Connell-Akarua-Central OtagoThings are shaping up well with good bud break and warm days to date. No frost events at this stage that have impacted the vines. We are currently loo...
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Decanters Editor Guy Woodward visits McHenry Hohnen

10th Nov 2009
Decanters Editor Guy Woodward visits McHenry HohnenMargaret River doesn't have the grape-growing heritage of South Australia, that's true. But this is not some Australian Napa Valley, where dotcom mill...
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2009 Harvest from Sybille Kuntz-Mosel

28th Oct 2009
2009 Harvest from Sybille Kuntz-Mosel I wish my German was as good as Sybilles' English ! Notes on the 2009 harvest from one of the most distinguished and yet newest producers in The Mo...
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Update on Ch Pesquies' Artemia 2007

21st Oct 2009
Update on Ch Pesquies' Artemia 2007Frederic from Chateau Pesquie-(Cotes-du-Ventoux) says: As for the tasting notes, letís say that the 2007 vintage is probably one of the most imp...
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Cellarmarque Goes Live

7th Oct 2009
Cellarmarque Goes LiveThe new Cellarmarque website went live this week-4.30 pm on Monday the 5th of october to be precise. This was a "soft" launch with around 20 producers...
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Domaine de la Vieille Julienne-Chateauneuf-du-Pape

7th Oct 2009
Domaine de la Vieille Julienne-Chateauneuf-du-PapeLatest news from top Chateauneuf producer "2009 is good with low yields and very good grapes"-Jean Paul Daumen-owner and winemaker 7th October 2...
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Yarra 2008 Vintage

7th Oct 2009
Yarra 2008 VintageExtract notes from Brisbanes newspapers -The Courier Mail-Ken Gargett. " 2008 is a vintage that has copped more than its fair share of criticism but...
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First impressions of the 2009 Australian Harvest

7th Oct 2009
First impressions of the 2009 Australian HarvestThe wines are resolutely casting off any doubts about the quality of this yearís vintage, and heralding some spectacular results from the Margare...
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Akarua wine gold medal at San Fransico 2009 International Wine Competition

1st Oct 2009
Akarua wine gold medal at San Fransico 2009 International Wine Competition Akarua vineyard, from Bannockburn, Central Otago, is releasing itís two flagship 2007 Pinot Noirs into the market; Akarua Cadence 2007 and Akarua Gu...
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2010 Landmark Australian Tutorial in Yarra Valley

18th Sep 2009
2010 Landmark Australian Tutorial in Yarra Valley Issued 18 September 2009   A Landmark return for the Australian wine industry   Following the internationally acclaimed, inaugural 200...
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Phil Sexton says -Not all Aussie Chardonnays are the same

7th Sep 2009
Phil Sexton says -Not all Aussie Chardonnays are the sameAll Aussie Chardonnays Are Not AlikeContrast between Devil's Lair and Giant Steps couldn't be more obviousPosted: Sep 3, 2009 7:17am ETPhil Sexton, on...
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