With all the bottles of wine on the market, it’s no wonder people often have no idea what they like and what they don’t like. On many an occasion in the past I have found myself loving a bottle of wine only to have no idea what sort of white wine it was. With so many grapes being used in wine it is easy to be confused. Hopefully this will help put some confusion at bay when it comes to knowing the difference between various white grape varieties. [click to continue…]
Margaret River Wineries
The Margaret River area was once a quiet farming community, dependent on the dairy industry, beef and potato farming and forestry. Now it’s more famous for its wonderful variety of wines. Although the Margaret River wine industry is responsible for only about 1% of Australia’s’ wine production, the quality of the production is around 20% of the premium market. The wineries are, in the main, small in size, and because of the low yield throughout the region the production costs are quite high.
The Margaret River chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are two of the region’s most highly regarded wines that produce many of Australia’s best examples of these varietals. Restaurants throughout Australia and overseas favor the Margaret River Semillon/ sauvignon blanc blends. [click to continue…]
For anyone who develops a serious interest in the subject of wines, the issue of “tasting” arises. Tasting is not about drinking wine, it can be competitive and ideally food should not be present, at least while wine tasting seriously. The purpose of tasting is also different, drinking is for pleasure, and we should only drink what we enjoy, tasting is primarily for assessment of the wine.
One of the easiest and most common options is to attend a wine course. They provide a chance to taste a number of wines per session and enable the taster to compare more wines of a specific variety or region than most individual budgets would normally allow.
The process of tasting is more than just swilling the liquid into your mouth. It’s possible that you are already been told about the age of the wine and the region from which it originated, as well as the grape variety is usually mention at this time.
There are four senses used in the process of tasting: sight, smell, taste and touch. [click to continue…]
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.
Deciding 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
I 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.
Again 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.
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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…]
I 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.