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Hardy’s Introduces A New Wine


by Andrew Chalk

The Australian winery of Thomas Hardy was founded by an English emigre in 1853. It grew from a winery selling to a few neighbors in the state of South Australia, to one of the largest wine companies in Australia embracing over 13 brands and selling in over 85 countries.

Recently, Hardy’s chief winemaker, Paul Lapsley, came through town to introduce two additions to the lineup: William Hardy Chardonnay and William Hardy Shiraz. At approximately $17 retail both are targeted as popularly priced everyday wines for immediate drinking.    Continue reading

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Wine Bargain of the Week

IMG_1951by Andrew Chalk

I hate that title. It promises more one can deliver. Sometimes weeks go by with no wine bargains (especially in, for example, North Korea). And I hate to contort the meaning of ‘bargain’ just so something can be covered every week, bargain or not.

The important point is: this week I found a spectacular wine bargain that is still available. It is the 2006 d’Arenberg d’Arry’s Original, Shiraz-Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia. It is sold in magnum, meaning a bottle that is twice the size of a standard bottle (1.5L vs. 750 ml) at a recommended retail price of $49.99. The Wine Poste has it on sale for $20, making a discount of 60% of retail.      Continue reading


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