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.


Secret Stone sauvignon BlancYes, yes, I know not  another bottle of Sauvignon Blanc..  Well tough its about the last bottle in the Sav Blanc range at the local Dan Murphy’s that I haven’t tried.  So the great thing about this bottle’o is that its on the way home.  So on I stop on a Thursday night, looking to enjoy some Baked Salmon and garden salad.

I have said this before, you just can’t beat a Kiwi white, this one is no different.  It was a nice crisp bottle that screamed at me. Take me Take me NOW, so I did,  Side note the Salmon wasn’t that bad either.

From the Bottle

Hidden deep within the South Island, precious green stone lies untouched.  Waiting to be discovered, shaped into beautiful carvings.  They carry with the, the spirit and presence of those who have worn them before, this wine displays elegant tropical fruits f kiwi and passion fruit as well as fresh herbal falvours.  A true expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.


Casillero del Diablo Malbec 2012 Review

by Darren on July 10, 2014

Casillero Del Diablo MalbecThe great thing about winter is red wine. I get to drink lots and lots of red wine. I have a First Choice Liquor just down the road from me, where they have a great selection of read wines from different countries.  The Casillero del Diablo 2012 Malbec is from chile.

I love Malbec as a grape choice, it makes a great wine.  Honestly it would have to be one of my favourite drops, and would go up against any Cabernet Merlot I’ve had.  This bottle of Malbec comes from the Rapel Valley

From the Bottle

A robust Malbec, with intense, dark fruits, black pepper and vanilla.  Full Bodied, fresh and fruity it has a long, mouth watering finish.  Great with grilled meats and roasted vegetables.




Te Henga Pinot Gris review

by Darren on July 7, 2014

Te Henga Pinot GrisSo there is something different that comes out of the New Zealand Marlborough region then Sauvigon Blanc, and it is a very nice Pinot Gris.  Its a very different bottle, to have.  Its a point of pride that I like trying  a new bottle of wine every single chance I get.

The bottle of Te Henga Pinot Gris is a nice little find. It would go well with any white meat, but honestly try it with red meat as well if you like. Would I have it again, sure I would.

From the Bottle

Medium dry in style.  This Pinot Gris has aromas of stone fruit, honey and spices.  It has mouth filling flavours of apply and pear backed by a sturdy palate and bright acidity.  This carries through to a crisp, dry finish making it a great food wine ideal with poultry and pork.



Pitchfork 2011 Cabernet Merlot Review

by Darren on June 29, 2014

Pitchfork Cabernet MerlotA Friday night, after a nasty Thursday.. it was time for a drink or two.  Feeling a bit like the devil, I found the Pitchfork 2011 Cabernet Merlot from the Margaret river region.  What a nice find, one thing that Australia does really well is Red wine.

This little beauty went down well with some steamed vegetables and fish, was a little rusty and nice ripe berry fruits, was a nice find indeed. Would I have it again… mmmm Most likely.

From the Bottle

The 2011 Pitchfork Cabernet Merlot displays the quality of Margaret River for those two well matched varieties.  Ripe berry fruits with chocolate mint aromas with a rich fruity soft and too easy to drink palate, sometimes we just get it right.