Fox Creek Shadow’s Run 2011 Review

by Darren on November 9, 2014

Shadow's RunAgain with the blends, I know for someone that keeps saying not a big fan, I seem to be drinking them often.  Fox Creek Shadow’s Run 2011 from McLaren Vale, is a nice blend of Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon, that took my fancy Friday night.  Maybe it was the dog on the label, or maybe it was the buy 2 get one free offer at First Choice Liquor.  What ever it was I found it smooth, subtle, a definite buy again.

It’s a nice drop, will pretty much go with anything red meat wise.

From The Bottle

“Twang” went the trellis wire in the vineyard. Off raced Shadow our Border Collie, up and down the row, chasing the vibrations.  As the sun began to set, he and the pruners went home knowing their work was done for another day.

This wine is dedicated to Shadow’s exuberance and love for life.  It is ideally suited to our outdoor life style.



It’s that time of the year again! Dan Murphy’s has started offering their Mixed Christmas Hampers and Packs. Take the hassle out of last minute shopping, buy them now.

Offers valid from today up until Christmas Eve.

Christmas pack



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A Trip To The Granite Belt Wine Region

by Darren on November 3, 2014

Living in Queensland Australia, can sometimes make it a little hard to get to decent wineries. In the last few decades, there have been some great boutique wineries popping up around the place. Stanthorpe in the granite belt has some fantastic wineries.

These are the types of wines that you only find in select bottle shops, and the odd nice restaurant. I recently went to the Brisbane Wine And Food show, and got a chance to walk/stagger through several of the, in the one place.

One of the many was from the Savina Lane and their premium wine range. I got some great tasting notes from their range. [click to continue…]


Jim Barry Three Little PigsI have already put this out there, I’m not a big fan of blends, but I am learning to make exceptions. The bottle of Jim Barry’s Three Little Pigs – Shiraz Cabernet Malbec, is a nice little find at my local Dan Murphy’s on a Saturday Night.  Individually the three grapes are all good on their own, but together they blend really well.  The wine it’s self shows great medium-bodied characters of raspberry and mulberry with hints of cigar box and cedar to create a truly food friendly red.

Jim Barry from South Australia’s Clare Valley continue to produce wines of great character and quality, I would recommend this for anyone looking for a nice drop.

From The Bottle

I have always been fascinated by pigs.  They are a most intriguing animal whose intellect surpasses your average farm animal, as demonstrated on the front label of this wine.  Since medieval times, pigs have been at the centre of family life.  Traditionally, a “winter pig” would be grown to its price, to be shared at the table with family and friends.  This is a ritual I am proud to continue each year.. and we always toast the pig with a glass of this wine: a great blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.


Warburn Estate Gossips Moscato Sweet Lips 2013

by Darren on September 7, 2014

Gossips MoscatoEvery now and then, I find a wine that I don’t like, then every now and then I find a bottle of wine that tastes like cats piss and I just can’t Finish. Warburn Estate Gossips Moscato Sweet Lips 2013 is one of those bottles.

Now in my defense, someone bought this bottle and left it at my place. So what else was I going to do but crack it open and try it. It was sweet, and yucky, if I ever tasted cats piss this is what it would taste like. Now in saying that a 12 year old might like the sweetness of this bottle of Moscato.

From The Bottle

This wine has slight musk aromas with fruity flavours of peach, pear and apple and finishes with a light fizz. Enjoy this wine now and serve it well chilled.


Wolf Blass Eaglehawk Chardonnay 2013 Review

by Darren on September 6, 2014

Wolf Blass EaglehawkJust had a visit from my folks, which is always a good thing. They love wine more than I do, it’s also a chance for me to try wines I normally wouldn’t select. Now mum’s a diehard red fan, with dad being a white fan, it was a Chardonnay this time, the WolfBlass Eaglehawk 2013 Chardonnay.

I am a self proclaimed New Zealand white fan, but man wasn’t this a surprise. it was a little cheeky, a little naughty, I might of realized that I actually like Chardonnay’s. This is one I would definitely, buy again. [click to continue…]


How To Host a Successful Wine Tasting Party

by Darren on September 6, 2014

wine-partyWine has been a part of human history for centuries, even back when Jesus was a boy, he drank wine, even the Romans drank wine.  Today, wine isn’t just a part of a great dinner, but it is also known to have medicinal properties, which can provide a myriad of health benefits. It can lower your risk of getting heart diseases, and wine has also been found to lower the risk of certain cancers and cataracts.  Yes people that glass of wine at night can help you feel better.

For most people, drinking a glass of wine is a great way to end the day before bed time. It is also a great drink for socializing. In fact, wine tasting parties are very popular. [click to continue…]


Starve Dog Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Review

by Darren on September 6, 2014

Starve Dog LaneMy Wednesday night got hijacked by a friend, asking me over for a meal.  Well a free meal who could say no to that,  on the way over I picked up a bottle of Starve Dog Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 from the Clare Valley.  Walking in the door, I could smell something delicious cooking.

An amazing Lamb Shanks cooked in a slow cooker all day, served on a bed of cauliflower mash and greens, went down lovely with this stunning little find Starve Dog Lane Cabernet Sauvignon,.  It was a little surprising, very smooth and I could taste the hints of blackcurrants and choc mint. It went down a treat. [click to continue…]


Tarot 2011 WineMy folks arrived on Saturday, I’d planned a nice roast chicken  with a bottle of red. I’ve said this before I am not a fan of blends, but sometimes they do get it right. This was one of those occasions, to be honest I think it was the label that made me decide to buy it.

I love Tempranillo’s this was a nice blend with Grenache and Shiraz,  The Tarot 2011 from Alpha Box & Dice was a nice find and went down a treat with the chicken.  It was smooth, subtle and a little cheeky, I would definitely buy it again.

It comes out of McLaren Vale south Australia.

From The Bottle

The card that has the face of death –  fear? No!.  Let the changes sweep over you. Like the blade cuts away dead wood to allow fresh fruit to spring forth


Thai Take out with a Brookland Valley Verse 1

by Darren on August 26, 2014

Verse 1Wondering what to do last Friday night, was taken care of by my gorgeous friend.  With a phone call and suggestion of takeout and wine, we decided that it was time for Thai takeout and a bottle of Dan Murphy’s – Brookland Valley Verse 1 2011 Cabernet Merlot from the amazing Margaret River.

Now I am huge fan of Australian Red Wines, especially Margaret River reds, but I was a little disappointed with this bottle, maybe it was due to thee Thai food I was eating.  It seemed a little young and light.  Would I have it again.. well maybe, would I have it with Thai food again, no, but I would try it maybe with a steak. [click to continue…]