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THE EXPLAINER: FIZZY WINE

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by Clare No Comments

Bubbles are magical! Where do they come from? All wine produces carbon dioxide as it ferments, so for it to become sparkling, the carbon dioxide created during fermentation must be forced back into the wine under pressure. Winemakers do this by sealing the container that the wine is fermenting in – usually a bottle (méthode […]

FOR THE LOVE OF PINOT: CENTRAL OTAGO NZ

Posted on: April 12th, 2016 by Clare No Comments

If you’ve ever flown into Queenstown you’ll know how the descent looks like a Bond movie – the plane weaving through these almost-vertical shards of mountain, the wing tips looking like they might clip the edges. Its mesmerising. The airport is on the valley floor, and when you exit at the base of said mountains, […]

GET YOUR WINE ON: MFWF HIGHLIGHTS 2016

Posted on: March 1st, 2016 by Clare No Comments

If you’re anything like me you’ve got the 2016 program for the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival bookmarked somewhere, or the hardcopy sitting on the coffee table – just waiting for some attention. Well – it’s time to revisit because errrr guys, it starts this Friday the 4th of March. The little event I’m hosting […]

FIVE AWESOME WINES UNDER $20

Posted on: October 25th, 2015 by Clare No Comments

This post was originally published over here at the fantastic Five of the Best site. Written by Clare Burder. 1. Monte Tondo Mito  Soave $15 The north-eastern Italian region of Soave grows two grapes mainly, Trebbiano and Garganega. This wine, by Verona producer Monte Tondo is 100 per cent Garganega. It’s bone dry with lip smacking […]

THE HUMBLE TUMBLER SUPER SERIOUS GUIDE TO BUYING WINE

Posted on: December 8th, 2014 by Clare No Comments

GETTING COSY WITH PORTUGAL

Posted on: July 4th, 2014 by Clare No Comments

Here at Humble Tumbler HQ, we LOVE Portugal! Portuguese wine has an individual character shaped by a complex combination of an enormous array of native varieties (reportedly over 250!), traditional techniques and tumultuous history. THE WHITE WINES OF PORTUGAL The range of Portuguese wines in Melbourne is relatively limited, with only a couple of major […]

A CRASH COURSE IN FRENCH WINES

Posted on: May 5th, 2014 by Clare No Comments

France is  super power when it comes to wine production: over 300 AOC’s (regions or places), at least 200 varieties, an endless array of styles and a unique quality control system which governs the whole industry. The country is incredibly varied in climate from north to south and east to west, along with dramatic changes […]

SULPHUR DIOXIDE IN ORGANIC & BD WINES

Posted on: March 27th, 2014 by Clare 2 Comments

BY CLARE BURDER This article tries to shed some light on farming & wine making practices in relation to the use of the preservative sulphur dioxide (referred to in this article as 220 or sulphur) and attempts to clarify some of the confusion in wine labelling. I say attempts because there is plenty of grey […]

WEIGHT IN FOOD & WINE MATCHING

Posted on: March 27th, 2014 by Clare No Comments

BY CLARE BURDER Interested in food and wine? Me too! I do regular classes and talks on the topic and over time have developed what I think are some nifty ideas to help clarify some of the main points. Importantly, I am certainly not someone who believes wine goes with everything – overall I seem […]

A SHORT STOP IN CANBERRA

Posted on: March 27th, 2014 by Clare No Comments

BY CLARE BURDER One of my closest pals Simon, needed a lift to the Hunter Valley. You know, the one past Sydney. I offered, since I’d never been and my new-ish car is still showing gloriously few kilometres. We decided to travel through Canberra, Cowra and Orange on our way and visit some of our […]