Author: david

Patina Wines, Winter 2020 Dear Friends, It’s June already and what a year! Just when we thought it couldn’t get worse… it did. There’s heaps of bad stuff to write about but I think I’ll let you source news feeds for that. I’ll focus on some positives… I...

Tannins are a natural substance found in many fruits and bark of trees and are felt via our tactile senses rather than tasted. Most people are familiar with the tannins of over steeped tea or young red wines designed for long ageing. Tannins in wine are...

Wine fining is little understood outside the winemaking community. When someone reads the back label, they often get a confused look with “Do you really put milk in wine?” We do in fact put a few things in wine that sound quiet strange but once...

It’s much more expensive to establish and grow grapes in cool climates than in warmer climates. So apart from beautiful views there must be some substantial reasons to grow grapes here… There are and I’ll discuss a few of them. There are a number of phenological...

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