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Mountain Pygmy Possum numbers are declining due to environmental changes, including earlier snow melt. AAP/Tim Arch/DSE

Early birds: how climate change is shifting time for animals and plants

Every Spring, the blanket of Australian alpine snow starts to melt, and the Mountain Pygmy Possum wakes up from its seven-month-long hibernation. Naturally after so long under the snow, its first thought…
We often judge wine by the price tag, but it this a true indicator of its quality? Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

What drives our wine choice – taste, or the price tag?

Can a wine drinker judge the quality of a bottle by its price? The nature of this relationship has always been contested. We expect that consumers are willing to pay more for higher quality wines, while…
Save or consume? Research suggests wine makes a poor financial investment. Shutterstock

Just drink it: why wine investing usually isn’t worth it

Investing in fine wines has become increasingly popular over the past few decades as many in the viticulture industry have promoted fermented grapes as a way to boost returns and diversify a portfolio…
A woman sniffs a glass of wine during a tasting event in Beijing. Reuters

Chinese vintners are winning renown as wine industry soars

China’s wine industry has exploded in recent years, with the number of wineries more than doubling over the past decade, propelling the country past Australia to become the world’s 7th-largest producer…

Wine and song

Rudy Kurniawan this week became the first person to go to jail for selling fake wine. In addition to his ten year sentence he was ordered to pay US$20m, plus millions in restitution to victims, including…
Australia’s most prized wine is in the sights of a corporate raider, but the other brands could be at risk. AAP/Julian Smith

Wine lovers face sour taste as private equity eyes off Grange

Penfolds Grange is in the news again, a month after a 1959 bottle of Australia’s most iconic wine figured in the resignation of New South Wales premier Barry O’Farrell. This time it is attracting attention…
Healthy or harmful? Matthew Rogers

Health Check: does alcohol have medicinal properties?

Since the late Stone Age, people have been drinking alcohol to help them feel better. For the most part, this has been in order to “remember their misery no more” (Proverbs 31:6-7). But it’s widely believed…
Ritzy red wine has come to represent political influence-peddling in the resignation of NSW premier Barry O'Farrell. AAP/Julian Smith

O'Farrell resignation: red wine, political blood and cultural memory

Political scandals, the perennial product of the grinding gears of greed and governance, proliferate in the age of digital media, the 24-hours news cycle and anti-corruption bodies with wide powers. Constant…
Most Australian wine producers surveyed were taking steps to mitigate against climate change, the study found. Wendy Harman

Australian wine industry tackling climate change

Wine businesses around the country are taking steps to offset the potential effects of climate change, a study has found…
Wine is increasingly becoming the drink of choice for Australians. isante_magazine

The rise of Australia as a wine nation

Think of alcohol in Australian life and you probably think of beer: a “hard-earned thirst” and all that. Yet our national drinking taste is undergoing a dramatic change. Not only are we drinking less overall…
Rising temperatures may have drastic impacts on the world’s wine regions but Tasmania is using climate variability as a driver for innovation. Flickr/santheo

Australia’s farming future: Tasmania

Wine grapes are a sensitive bunch. As Australia’s climate changes, the future of Australia’s viticulture will depend on the adaptability of its wine-growers. Tasmania produces wine with unique, cool-climate…
Delicious? Thank the red Dermosol. TheRogue/Flickr

The good earth: Coonawarra Red Dermosol and Cabernet Sauvignon

Australia has some of the world’s most ancient soils, many of which grow delicious produce. In this series, “The good earth”, soil scientist Robert Edis profiles some of those soils and the flavours they…

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