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Book Review: Wine & War

Date: Thu, Nov 22, 2012

Don & Petie Kladstrup 

Have you ever wondered what happens to wine production, stocks of back vintages and wine collections in war times? Have you ever thought about how cross border import/export business relationships survive can ever resume? This is a peek into how some of the families of wine fared [...]

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Leeuwin Estate Prelude Cabernet Merlot 2007

Date: Thu, Nov 22, 2012

A wine that while approachable now,  is not yet in its prime and is a good target for another few years residing in your cellar.  Rich in colour with plenty of complexity on the palate to keep you interested in another glass.  The eucalyptus, dried herbs, plums, cherries, chocolate and clove aroma [...]

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Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Date: Thu, Nov 22, 2012

This is a first for Lucy Croser and partner, Xavier Bizot. Together they are producing wines from the Terre à Terre vineyard with Bordeaux varietals Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz. This particular vineyard is next to the Tapanappa Whalebone vineyard which continues to produce exciting wines.  Usually this [...]

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Alvaro Castro Dao 2009

Date: Sat, Nov 17, 2012

 

There is excitement to be found in the wines out of Portugal and this wine from Alvaro Castro is worth grabbing when you see it. It is a red blend made from Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo with a Portuguese accent) plus Alfrocheiro and Jaen (Mencia) varieties from the Dao region.

The [...]

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Omrah Rose 2012 & Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012

Date: Thu, Nov 15, 2012

Two new releases from Omrah sourced from the Great Southern region and with their stylish new labels.

Omrah Rose 2012

A blend of Tempranillo and Shiraz is unusual but it works in this rose. A pale pink in the glass with a personality redolent in ripe strawberries and cherry fruit.  Dry with a lightness [...]

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Wine of the Month: Wirra Wirra Mrs Wigley Grenache Rose 2012

Date: Wed, Nov 14, 2012

Let the Rosé Revolution begin! 

There is something very endearing about the Mrs Wigley range from Wirra Wirra and I, and I can hear kazillion hairs going up on end right about now, am not a cat lover! Animal loving wine-makers have often come up with wines to celebrate their pets but [...]

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It’s Friday! … … …

Date: Thu, Sep 16, 2010

It’s Rose time … but the treat of the week will satisfy any red cravings!

DON’T FORGET THE SUBSCRIBERS DRAW ENTERS IT’S LAST WEEK THIS WEEK.

Need inspiration for Friday Drinks! Check out [...]

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It’s Friday! .. ….

Date: Fri, Sep 3, 2010

Enjoy the first week of spring with some little gems to [re]discover!

DON’T FORGET THE SUBSCRIBERS DRAW ENTERS IT’S 3RD WEEK THIS WEEK.

Need inspiration for Friday Drinks! Check out today’s recommendations onFriday [...]

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St Hallett Gamekeeper’s Reserve Shiraz Grenache 2009

Date: Fri, Sep 3, 2010

You know how sometimes you find that little gem right under your nose – this wine is one of those little gems. Toby Barlow has worked hard to not only continue Stuart Blackwell’s great work but, coming from the slightly cooler wine region of Central Victoria, to keep St Hallet’s reds focused on [...]

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The Best[‘s] Tweet Up Ever

Date: Tue, Aug 31, 2010

Today is the 1st September, 2010 and there is a definite Spring in the air and that little blue bird will certainly have to get out and take note today. Yes, I am referring to the Twitter Bird.  I am looking forward to the outcome of today, not only because I get to see the [...]

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It’s Friday! …. …. …

Date: Thu, Aug 26, 2010

The change of season is upon us as is the change of government as we know it – we have a Freeman, a Joven Spaniard, & an elegant fish as the treat of the week.  Enjoy….

Need inspiration for Friday Drinks! Check out today’s [...]

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Mudgee Vino Competition – Win TiX

Date: Thu, Aug 26, 2010

Olio Mediterranean Brasserie is giving Sydneysiders a snapshot of the Mudgee region with an interactive food and wine event – where guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite wines to include in the restaurant’s first regional wine list.

In collaboration with Mudgee Region Tourism Inc., Olio will recreate a mini cellar door experience [...]

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Glandore Estate Wines Tempranillo 2008

Date: Thu, Aug 26, 2010

Australia is only really beginning to come to terms with Tempranillo despite having it’s partner in Spanish crime, Garnacha, on our shores and in our bottles since early 1800’s. Of course, this was because the Garnacha, or Grenache as it is commonly known, came to Australia via the South of France rather than from Spain. [...]

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Pikes The Merle Riesling 2009

Date: Thu, Aug 26, 2010

The brothers Pike – Andrew & Neil have a family name that has long had a connection to the drinks trade of South Australia. First beer in 1886, and now in wine particularly in Riesling. ‘The Merle’ is their flagship Riesling named appropriately after their mother and is sourced from the Polish Hill River sub [...]

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