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 teh 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…]


Riebkes ShirazSaturday night just gone, I had the chance cook on a Charcoal Grill, while I was house and dog sitting for a friend. I invited my beautiful friend over to taste my amazing roasting skills. I planned a nice platter, followed by a Roast Pork with Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, Asparagus and Barbecued Corn with Miso Sweet Butter.

Being the wine lover that my beautiful friend is she bought a lovely bottle of The Riebke Shiraz 2013 from the Barossa Valley from the Treusner wines.  Well with regards to my cooking, pfffft.. little dry and over cooked, as to the quality of the wine,  WOW.  The wine was smooth, would rounded and just went down a treat. [click to continue…]


A Night At Claret House Wine Bar

by Darren on August 10, 2014

The great thing about Brisbane’s food scene, is that it has matured. There are some truly amazing restaurants, boutique bars and out of the way eatery’s.  Teneriffe has developed an amazing food culture, with some great out of the way restaurants and wine bars, I had a great opportunity to have a night out at Claret House with a gorgeous friend.

pan-fried-squid [click to continue…]


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Chocolate Red Wine Review

by Darren on July 16, 2014

Chocolate CellarOk, now there is a fair chance that you already know I love decent wine, and am a huge fan of red wine.  Its been a very long time since I’ve had a bottle of wine that I didn’t like, let alone a bottle of wine that I couldn’t finish, well I found one.

Chocolate Cellar, chocolate red wine, was purchased on whim.. I was looking for something a little bit decedent, when I saw chocolate wine, it was a no brainier, I had to try it.

It was a weird blend of coco and red wine, given it a weird melted chocolate liquid taste.  If I had to describe it one word, I would use CRAP.  With out a doubt it was the worst bottle of wine I have ever had.  Please don’t try this ever..

From the Bottle

Chocolate Celler is a special blend of premium red wine infused with decadent dark chocolate.  Crafted predominantly from the finest South Australian Shiraz, this delightfully balanced wine features aromas and flavours of black cherry and rich chocolate which unfold in layers across the palate and give way to a long and lingering finish.  Chocolate Cellar is a delectable treat for all the senses that will leave you wanting more.