Yarra Yarra Yes

Having made it to pretty much every wine region in South Australia, we knew if we were going to Melbourne we had to hit Yarra Valley as well. And trust me, we were not disappointed. Although we only had a few hours before heading to the Great Ocean Road, we packed in four tastings and…

An Extensive Guide to Clare Valley

I have to say Clare really grew on me. Hands down the smallest town I’ve ever lived in it definitely took some getting used to but now even thinking about leaving breaks my heart. I’m going to miss running and biking on the Riesling Trail, spending every day off in the Health Shop with the…

Trust Your Knots, Trust Yourself: Vintage Part III

We made it. It’s over. Well not really but Gerrit and I are peacing to Bali so basically. It’s funny how life works out. Last fall I applied to jobs in Australia for about two weeks and then changed my mind. My plan was to stay and take winemaking classes at the local college, but…

Barossa Valley Round Up

As much as I love Clare, Barossa is the wine region of South Australia. With over fifty wineries, great food, events and sights what’s not to love? Since it’s only an hour and a half from us we went as much as possible and this is what we found. Must-Sees: Torbreck – Mutually decided this…

Everything Hurts and I’m Dying: Vintage Part II

We’re over halfway through with vintage, but since these last few weeks are going to be just as hard as the past few here’s a little check-in. Maybe you’ve guessed it? Everything hurts and I’m dying. I swear minorly injure myself at least five times a day. The bruises are out of control. My hands are…

5 Hours in Adelaide Hills

One rainy weekend back when we had weekends, we made the trip to one of South Australia’s smaller wine growing regions, Adelaide Hills. And it wasn’t half bad! Being so close to Adelaide, many city-dwellers drive up for the day to go tasting so we had to at least see what all the hype was…

Welcome to Winery Bootcamp: Vintage Part I

I love my job. Really, I do. Working vintage down under is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Working for Jim Barry after one vintage is like the winery version of basic training. Every day you go into it thinking you’re prepared and every day they find…

McLaren Vale McLovin’

It’s getting hot in here. And by hot, I mean 46° Celsius (114° Fahrenheit) plus humidity. So hot in fact, we only worked half days all last week and had one day cancelled entirely. By the time the weekend rolled around, Gerrit and I couldn’t take it any more so we decided to head to…

The 5 Easiest Ways to Look Smarter Buying Wine

Whether you’re recently 21 or have been buying wine for years, picking out a bottle can be stressful. If there’s not something specific you’re looking for, where do you begin? For college kids on a budget, it’s probably the cheapest bottle with the highest level of alcohol. More moderate buyers may discern between a Cabernet…

4 Wineries You Must See in Coonawarra

Since harvest this year’s running pretty late, the team was nice enough to give us a four day weekend for Australia Day. They even set us up with a ute and swags, so naturally we went as far away as possible. We caught some rays and camped at the 42 Mile Crossing just south of…

The Pre-Harvest Push

“God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Despite having grown up in Catholic school, I’m not a very religious person. However when it comes to winemaking, this prayer has never been truer. You see as…

Why Winemaking Matters

The only reason I’m writing this (because really, who needs another reason to love wine) is because of this scene from Sideways: a movie ridiculed for its average acting and snail-pace story line. While the movie may have been rough, this passage Virginia Madsen delivers really spoke to me. But I didn’t want to just steal her…