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by Fred McMillin
Hopeless in Tasmania
It has been wideby assumed that Tasmania's cool, wet climate would prevent viticulture.
...Thomas Hardy's Australian Wine Atlas
1889—In an unsuccessful effort to lure people to invest in Tasmanian winegrowing, Diego Bernacchi is said to have tied artificial grapes onto his vines.
...Larousse Encyclopedia of Wine
Tasmania, not far off the southeast coast of the continent, is Australia's smallest state in terms of population, surface area and viticulture.
...Slow Food Guide to Wine
The Rest of the Story
Not promising. Yet, it's been discovered that if you don't harvest until April or May, the early ripeners like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir will grow successfully. of course, those varieties are the backbone of French Champagne, so what's going on recently in Tasmania?
Suddenly the critics and vintners are saying the island's best wines are likely to be bubbly. The first winery to make an all-Tasmanian sparkler is Clover Hill, run by a Californian. He's Chris Markell (photo), U. Of Cal.-Davis viticulture grad, whose 25 years of winegrowing include plenty of time making fizz in France, California, and now...at Clover Hill in Tasmania. The world's foremost sparkler authority, Tom Stevenson, sees a very exciting future for the winery's bubblies, so the current release is our...
Wine of the Day
1996 Clover Hill Sparkling Wine
Postscript—A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to Tasmania
We were in Sydney, Australia and I had completed arrangements for my wife's cooking lessons and my wine tours in Tasmania. But first, we had a date with Dr. Max Lake. This was some years ago, and he took us to his winery, Lake's Folly, and showed us what was going on. He was trying several radical things. Instead of the usual Australian Shiraz, he was trying another red-wine grape...Cabernet Sauvignon. Not only that, he was experimenting with another off-beat approach...oak aging. It all proved so exciting we never did get to Tasmania. (I'd forgotten but my wife reminds me that he also lured us with some sensational cooking of his own, including a Broccoli-Hollandaise combo that she learned for her cooking classes. Delicious.)
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This page created June 2000