Author Archives: tigchandler

About tigchandler

English-born, lived several years in Wellington, NZ, then in Adelaide, South Australia, and recently moved back to New Zealand. With an economics background, I have worked in researching wine consumption patterns, marketing, economics and social media at the University of Adelaide. I also worked a vintage and in wineries in McLaren Vale so have seen both the research/analytical side of the industry and the practical/hands-on side. I have retail experience and many ongoing industry links all around Australia and overseas. This blog reflects my ongoing passion for everything related to the wine industry.

Tigs’ pick of wines to buy in Adelaide

Bon voyage Tigs! Any tips? As I prepare to leave Australia after seven years, friends in Adelaide are asking me which wines I think are the best of the bunch that they can buy here. I believe this is a … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Marquis – a goldmine in the heart of wine country

Wandering around the streets of Adelaide near the iconic Central Market on Gouger Street I happened across a new icon – the Marquis. Glancing inside I was stunned by the sight of the wine wall stretching down the middle of … Continue reading

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Wine and friend pairing! Clarendon Hills Brookman Syrah and the Brook man from Clarendon

My birthday this year was special – not for turning another year older, but for the kindness and inspiration shown to me by someone I recently met. Basic human goodness can be more beautiful than any wine – even a Clarendon Hills! … Continue reading

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If you’ve got it flaunt it – the stunning dry gewürz from Marlborough’s Johanneshof

My readers know that I am a lover of gewürztraminer, especially the great producers of Alsace and New Zealand. If in doubt see the articles for Hugel, Brookfields and Coopers Creek. I haven’t indulged this passion for a while so … Continue reading

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Marzemino! Mozart loved this wine!

Mozart must have loved his wine because this is a true wine-lover’s wine. This New Zealand beauty was my first taste of this Italian red grape, which features in one of Mozart’s most well-known operas, Don Giovanni: Versa il vino! … Continue reading

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BK Wines – reigniting the passion and firing the senses!

Brendon Keys of BK Wines reminds me of the day I first got that ‘wow’ factor from a wine and of all the standout wines I ever tasted. This is artisan winemaking at its best. It reawakens that excitement and … Continue reading

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Chill out and get serious in Vic’s Yarra Valley!

As a lover of good wine residing in South Australia and regularly visiting New Zealand, and therefore thoroughly spoiled with an endless supply of great wines, it was time I reminded myself of other iconic wine regions in Australia. So … Continue reading

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An oldie but goodie! Angove of South Australia wins big with its aged Clare riesling

Angove Family Winemakers – one of South Australia’s oldest and most renowned wineries and winemaking families continues to impress the world, winning a haul of trophies at the 2012 International Wine Challenge in London for the 2006 Vineyard Select Clare Valley … Continue reading

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Crazy, bonkers, mad, brilliant and brave!

This may not be the punchline we normally associate with Jamie Oliver, England’s quirky no-nonsense Essex-born chef, restaurateur and celebrity, or with a classy winery from South Australia – but in this case that’s exactly what it is! Jamie Oliver and … Continue reading

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Chinese wine consumption today – through the eyes of a Tianjin retailer

Many of the traditional wine markets around the world, such as the US and European countries exhibit relatively mature total demand characteristics, although patterns of demand are constantly shifting. Wine marketers wishing to capitalise on expanding wine markets are tending … Continue reading

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