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The Use of Drones in Wineries

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As climates change and traditional wine growing environments heat up, vineyards are looking at ways to protect against a loss of quality and income in their growing.

Californian grape growing Ryan Kunde has been making use of drone aircraft in the fight against climate change.

He analyzes aerial images from his fleet of drones as part of a broader “precision farming” movement to determine where he can reduce the amount of fertilizer, water or energy that is used to grow grapes. This, Kunde argues, will lower greenhouse gas emissions and help “slow the rate of climate change.”

For a drone like this and so amazing overhead imagery, see the DJI phantom 3 professional (Australia).

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How to Make Travel More Enjoyable

Enjoying the benefits of fine wine and travel are invariably linked. Unless you live in a wine making region, to enjoy fabulous wines from the cellar door, you will need to travel. Some people love travelling, others find it a necessary evil. So how do you get the most out of travelling?

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Why do we travel? To get to the destination. Yes it is possible to enjoy the journey, but sometimes the journey can throw up unexpected problems and challenges. This can cause all sorts of stress when the unknown issues of travel come to spoil the party.

So stop and pause. Remember why you are travelling. Take a deep breath and remember that holidays are meant to be fun and relaxing.

Control Stress by Forward Planning Continue reading

Wine and Outdoor Living

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Wine is seldom better than when enjoyed in the beautiful outdoors.Young-women-drinking-wine-001

The warmth of the late summer sun, the cloudless sky, a location set amongst nature and the elements; perfect.

So what makes for a great experience enjoying wine outdoors?

1. Location

Key to a great time with a glass of wine outdoors is the location. A grassy hill, a quiet vineyard, a country creek – all provide the perfect backdrop for a beautiful time out.

2. Drinking Glasses

Selecting the right glasses can really add to your outdoors wine drinking experience. Something light and even shatterproof will put your mind at ease to enjoy the moment

3. Setting

A great setting can make an average location great. For example, an outdoor pergola in your backyard beautifully finished can create a warm and inviting outdoor space. Check out these wooden Melbourne pergolas

4. Weather

Battling the elements is not going to help your enjoyment of the outdoors. Check the weather before you or at least make sure your prepared for the worst!

5. WINE!

What wine should I drink outside? Any wine is good to drink outside! Go, drink and be merry!

Understanding Different Wines

Understanding the wide range of different wines can take some a lifetime. Developing a palette that is refined and able to discern slight changes in sweetness and acidity, plus the enormous range of subtle flavourings can only take time and experience.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t begin. And the best place to begin is by understanding the different types of wines.

Red Wine Varieties

Rose: Rose wines tend to come in many shapes and hues, even sometimes containing bits and pieces of leftover wines or grapes. The leading roses are made from the ground up, and are not reliant on sweetness of the grape.

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Pinot Noir: Coming from Pinot noir grapes, the name is taken from the French words for pine and black; the pine alluding to the grape variety having tightly clustered, pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit. The wine tends to be of light to medium body with an aroma reminiscent of black and / or red cherry, raspberry and to a lesser extent currant and many other fine small red and black berry fruits, but covers a wide range of flavours, textures and impressions.

Shiraz and blends: Commonly found in regions spread across Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria, the Shiraz is extremely adaptable to almost every regional climate in Australia. Shiraz are known for their full-bodied flavours with softer tannin, jammier fruit and spice notes of liquorice, anise and earthy leather.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and blends: One of the world’s most popular red wines, Cabernet Sauvignon tend to be full-bodied wines with high tannins and noticeable acidity that contributes to the wine’s aging potential. Cabernet Merlots are popular variation and can be bought at high quality for reasonable price in Australia.

White Wine Varieties

Riesling: Riesling has a history stretching back over 800-plus years in Germany, and in the latter part of the 19th century the best wines attracted higher prices than First Growth Bordeauxs, often sold when 40 or more years old. The quality of contemporary Australian riesling is of world class in this tradition.

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Semillon: This high quality white wine offers the ultimate choice between drink now, soon or much later. The Sémillon grape is rather heavy, with low acidity and an almost oily texture. It has a high yield and wines based on it can age a long time.

Sauvignon Blanc and blends: The style of Australian sauvignon blancs, and especially semillon sauvignon blanc blends, is well suited being food friendly. A classic white wine, the scope of the Sauvignon Blanc differs greatly depending on the region it is grown around Australia.

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Chardonnay: Oaked Chardonnays are rich, full-bodied and have additional flavors of vanilla, butter and even caramel from the oak. The trend in Australian wines has been to move away from the oaked wines with alcohol content also coming down. Chardonnay’s are known for their rich array of flavours and notes.

Wine Tasting Basics

Are you often intrigued but confused by the descriptions of wine tasters casting their judgement over a wine? Ever wonder what the notes, bouquets or tones have to do with taste and quality?

Below we have cultivated a list of online resource videos that will help you learn the basics of wine tasting and how to get the most out of your next trip to the wine growing regions of Australia.

Wine Tasting Basics

Taste and Evaluating Wines

Understanding the basics of wine tasting

Wine Tasting Basics

How to Read a Wine Label

Understanding the basic principles of wine taste

More Videos to Educate yourself with offsite:

Beginners Guide to Decanting Wine (Winefolly)

The Basics of Wine Tasting and Food & Wine Pairings (Vimeo)

Australia Day Tasting, London – January 2014 (Vimeo)

Wine and Good Health

3 good reasons to drink red wine

  1. Good for the health of your heart
  2. Anti -Cancer properties
  3. Improved cognitive impact

 Red wine and resveratrol: Good for your heart?

Resveratrol might be a key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) and prevents blood clots.

Wine: How Much Is Good for You?

“A recent study shows a boost in brain power for women who enjoy a little alcohol. The study, published in the Jan. 20 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, evaluated more than 12,000 women aged 70-81. Moderate drinkers scored better than teetotalers on tests of mental function. Researchers found a boost in brainpower with one drink a day. Moderate drinkers had a 23% reduced risk of mental decline compared with nondrinkers.”

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Research seems to suggest that there are many positive health benefits to consuming wine. However, the key also is in moderation.

Wine should not be considered a magic bullet to your health woes, however when added to a healthy and well balanced diet it can offer some health benefits in terms of your heart and cognitive health and the provision of anti-oxidents to the body.

Enjoy your wine and enjoy good health!