If you’re ever in the Yarra Valley…….and the importance (or not) of the packaging

Passed through the Yarra Valley yesterday and called in at one of my favourite small wine shops, Barrique, in Healesville to pick up some Vinea Marson syrah. You only have to walk in the door of Barrique to know that you’ve come to the right place – it looks and feels like a proper wine shop, and a quick look at the shelves will reveal a diversity of wines that you won’t get in the big retailers – but I’m not talking obscure, low quality wines here but top quality stuff from smaller makers. There’s an obvious focus on Yarra Valley and Victoria, but also a great selection from other states (I picked up an Ashton Hills riesling) and a good selection of French wines including another favourite, Larmandier-Bernier champagne. If you’re ever in the area, call in and say hello to Sean and the team. And…..

Oh dear! According to consumer research, seven per cent of people in Britain reckon weight is important when they buy a bottle of wine. We wouldn’t fall for that trick, would we?

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"A good bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world" - Louis Pasteur

“The unexacting palates of the masses…are content to ask no question [on origin] so long as a florin or half-a-crown will purchase a roomy flagon of strong , full-bodied, fruity wine” – CE Hawker writing in 1907