Asti Riccadonna

by Chris Carr on January 25, 2015

Asti Riccadonna

Asti Riccadonna

Anyone wanting to try a sweet crisp wine wouldn’t go wrong if they purchased Asti Riccadonna. I find this is one of the nicest wines to enjoy on special occasions and celebrations. It is my Christmas and birthday treat to myself. Well to be completely honest I love it anytime and do indulge when the budget allows, or I find a great deal. It is a light smooth, sparkling white wine, one of the best to be imported from Italy. I begrudgingly share a bottle with family and friend; however I have been known to consume the whole bottle by myself on occasions

From the Bottle

Asti Riccadona is crafted from 100% Moscato Bianco grapes grown in the Asti area of Piedmont, Northern Italy. Its alcohol content is 7% It also comes in Ruby and Moscato spumante.

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J.P. Chenet Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Review

by Darren on January 10, 2015

JP Chenet Sauvigion BlancDeciding to go with a french flavour, on a lazy Saturday afternoon.  I went to the local BWS looking for my favourite French drop Arrogant Frog, when I started to browse I remembered a friend raving about J.P. Chenet.  So I saw this bottle of J.O. Chenet Sauvignon Blanc 2013.  A couple of things to consider this bottle went for under $10, and has a different shape.  So I dove in and tried it, the first mouthful, found it to be fruity, a couple of glasses later, I think it went a bit tangy.

Over all not a bad drop, not a favourite, more of a try it and move on type of bottle.  Not really a bottle that you would remember, you know sort of like the last date I went on, was OK, but can’t really remember it.

From The Bottle

J.P. Chenet is the leading wine brand of France.  Our Sauvignon Blanc is typically fresh and vibrant with tropical fruits, and grassy aromas, lovely mid palate richness and crisp acidity.  Always serve chilled as an aperitif or with light meals.

Also available from Dan Murphy

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Barbera D AlbaI love Christmas time, I always get to taste some amazing wines with my family, and if I’m luck I might be given a bottle or two as a present from Santa.  I’m a huge fan of Australian reds, but I will jump at the chance of tasting something a little different.  This fantastic bottle of Barbera D Alba, was a present for Christmas, and was enjoyed with a Prawn and Asparagus risotto for New Years Eve.

Now I would normally put a little blurb – From the bottle, but this bottle didn’t have any thing on the back so, here’s a little bit about the grape and the winemaker.  Barbera is a red Italian wine grape variety that, as of 2000, was the third most-planted red grape variety in Italy.  Five generations on, the Pio family are still producing amazing wines with a dedication to terroir and strict quality. Their Barabera d’Alba is one of the true stars showing all the typical earth and spice flavours with vibrant red berries and cinnamon nuances. Taken from Dan Murphy .

I certainly found it a little spicy but smooth enough.  Would I have it again, hell yes…   Italy really produces some decent red.

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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.

 

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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…]

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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.

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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.

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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…]

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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…]

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