How this WA winery is using drones and geology

When farmers choose their paddocks, they look for good soil. When winemakers choose their ground, they look for ‘terroir’ – French term describing the site’s soil, climate and topography which can subtly or even substantially influence the way grapes grow and what they taste like when made into wine. Back in 1922, soil quality was the prime concern for a pioneering WA settler named George John Alexander Swinney when he went to the Frankland River region in the Great Southern to choose a site for farming by the banks of the river.

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Why I hate female sommeliers and so should you

You would be forgiven for thinking that we are living in a marvelous time for women in the wine industry. With headlines like “The Rise of the Female Sommeliers” and “Sex and the Sommelier: Make Way for Women,” women are showing up everywhere. From “13 Badass Female Winemakers” to “New York City’s Pioneering Female Sommeliers,” women seem to be making big strides in wine making and tasting. As a female wine writer, I should be delighted by this celebration of “female” sommeliers and winemakers. Surely this explosion of coverage of women in wine is cause for excitement. But I’m not excited. In fact, I hate it.

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