Beyond Shiraz: A book project

I'd love your comments on this project.

Here's the deal -

  1. You write a few sentences about one of the varieties you produce
  2. I put it into my next book (may las tone was a finalist in the WCA awards
  3. I get a better book, you get a bit of free PR

Email me or check out more details below

Here's some comments about Roussanne - Can you write something similar?

Here's some comments about Roussanne - Can you write something similar?

You can reserve a slot for your favourite variety by emailing me. At this stage I am restricting producers to commenting on two varieites to allow as wide a possible spread of contributors. Later I will relax this restriction to allow as many varieties as possible to be included.


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Beyond Shiraz aims to produce a book Beyond Shiraz: a hundred and one Australian wine varieties  in digital and paperback format. The book will encourage beginner and intermediate winelovers to explore a wider range of wine varieties when choosing Australian Wine.

The book will be compiled by Darby Higgs, founder of Vinodiversity and author of Rare Ozzies and What Varietal is That? It will contain considerable input from producers who will comment on specific varieties.


The book will cover 100 (or 101) wine grape varieties that are used in Australia.  Each variety will be described with a specific format. An early draft (with fictional placeholder text)  of the Arinto entry is shown below.


Synonyms: Arinto de Bucelas

Origin: Portugal

Distribution: Doesn’t seem to be grown to any extent outside Portugal where it is becoming increasingly important.

Global rank: 104 Australian producers: 17

Description: This is a Portuguese white wine variety from the region of Bucelas just north of Lisbon. Arinto is one of the varieties which have been identified as able to thrive in hot dry climates and through heatwaves. Unlike many other white wine varieties it is capable of maintaining acidity through long hot summers.

Comments: Arinto suits our warm climate region. We make a crisp dry white style with it and we also intend to make a sparkling wine from it.  ****Jane  Doe, winemaker, Dow Wines, Hunter Valley.

Food Suggestions:

*Scallops seared with and chorizo  and potatoes brava - Darby Higgs, Vinodiversity

*Spaghetti on toast, suggested by Jack Doe, Dow Wines, Hunter Valley.