Nikkal Rose – doing it for Breast Cancer

Kate Goodman has released the Nikkal Rose limited edition Yarra Valley Merlot which will raise funds for Breast Cancer Network Australia.

Afternoon tea ideas – which wine to serve for tea?

A full English style afternoon tea is hard to beat. There are plenty of great wine afternoon tea ideas to make the occasion even more special.

Winery Spotlight: Getting to know Rathfinny Estate

Rathfinny Wine Estate is one of England’s newest cellar doors set in the Sussex South Downs. There’s a great range of English Sparkling wines.

Zero Dosage Champagnes: Are they better? Why choose them?

If you are a lover of Champagne, then you will have noticed the range of  zero dosage and extra brut styles of bubbles is growing. Slowly, but steadily. What are they? Can you tell the difference? And we are talking zero added sugar, NOT zero...

Bacchus: An English wine story ….

Bacchus is a grape that has come to my mind as one of England’s exciting white wine grapes. I first came across it in the early 2000’s when I started adding the occasional English wine to my repertoire. It wasn’t that hard to find by the mid 2000’s. There was at least...

Getting to know: IL PALAGIO

Il Palagio estate has been owned by Sting and producer and actor, Trudie Styler after finding it in a state of decline in 1999.  Not only is this is their summer home, it is a productive farm estate that produces not only this wine but also olive oil, honey...
The Hedonist Shiraz 2018

The Hedonist Shiraz 2018

The Hedonist Shiraz offers many things to many people. It is made from grapes from biodynamic vineyards in McLaren Vale, a region known for its soft, juicy, immediately approachable shiraz. The Clappis family are committed to making their McLaren Vale fruit shine...

Morrisons The Best Priorat 2016

Morrisons The Best Priorat 2016

Sometimes it is important to remember that supermarkets own brand wines offer value to shoppers on a tight budget. Particularly, if the wine is from a well established wine country such as France, Italy or Spain. These supermarkets have equally well established...

Matsu El Viejo Toro DO 2018

Matsu El Viejo Toro DO 2018

Who makes it?  Matsu 'El Viejo' is one of Vintae’s label. Vintae is a family run wine business which also owns Hacienda Lopez de Haro and Bardos amongst others. El Viejo sports just as stylish a label like the other three in the line up. This one features a...

Bodega Classica Hacienda Lopez de Haro Blanco

Bodega Classica Hacienda Lopez de Haro Blanco

Hacienda Lopez de Haro is another of the Vintae brands from around Spain.  This time it is a Riojan white made from old Viura vines from vineyards around the area of San Vincente de la Sonsierra (Rioja Alta). Interestingly, this area has pre-historic wine...

Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay

Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay

Who makes it? Tolpuddle is the Tasmanian vineyard owned by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW. The dynamic duo behind the outstanding Shaw + Smith label from Australia’s Adelaide Hills launched this label in 2013. The story behind the Tolpuddle label started with a...

Ochota Barrels The Fugazi Vineyard Grenache

Ochota Barrels The Fugazi Vineyard Grenache

Who makes it? The Ochota Barrels label is the brainchild of Taras and Amber Ochota. Together, they have made this wine brand one that continues to intrigue lovers of the not so usual. The antithesis of boring, these wines dance to their own beat starting from a pinot...

Bodega Torres Vina Sol

Bodega Torres Vina Sol

Bodega Torres has been a part of the fabric of the Penedes wine region since the 1870s. Although, the family were working vineyards prior to this. Torres Vina Sol is one of those very well known white wines that is often overlooked on the shelf. However, it is one...

Lustau PX San Emilio

Lustau PX San Emilio

Lustau Sherry house is an easy ‘go to’ for quality and there is always something interesting and distinctive to be found in their range. While Sherry is not something that appeals to everyone. Particularly this super sweet style. This wine is something that will...

Mount Mary Chardonnay

Mount Mary Chardonnay

Who makes it? Mount Mary has long been one of Australia’s leading lights producing stunning wines such as this Chardonnay. Their Bordeaux blends, labelled as quintet for the red and triolet for the white. There is also two other ranges. The Marli, named after Marli...

Moss Wood Semillon

Moss Wood Semillon

Moss Wood was established by Bill Pannell who went on to then put the Pemberton on the wine map with his new estate Picardy. However, it is current owners Keith and Clare Mugford who have been instrumental in expanding the Moss Wood range and securing the estate’s...

Apothic Cabernet Sauvignon – for lovers of sweeter reds!

Apothic Cabernet Sauvignon – for lovers of sweeter reds!

Apothic Cabernet Sauvignon is an extension of the Apothic range by E&J Gallo, the world’s largest family-owned wine company. The Apothic wines are loved for their sweeter style, bold red wines. In saying that, there is a rose and a white wine in the range as well....

Nikkal Rose – doing it for Breast Cancer

Nikkal Rose – doing it for Breast Cancer

Yarra based winemaker, Kate Goodman is the force behind Goodman wines and the Nikkal Wine range. She is also a winemaker for Penley Estate after chalking up time making wine in some of the other well known wineries in Australia. However, just in time for summer this...

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Exploring Bordeaux – the city behind the wine

Bordeaux is not just all about the wine & chateaux ….. Bordeaux is probably one of the best known wine regions in the world, so it is little surprise that it has become a popular wine tourist destination. You can choose to fully immerse yourself in the region by...
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Gadget review: Kelvin K2 Wine Monitor

Gadget review: Kelvin K2 Wine Monitor

There is a new wine gadget on the market vying for your attention....   According to their website, ‘The Kelvin K2 Smart wine thermometer has been designed to demystify the process of enjoying your wine with its best possible flavour.’ It does this by giving you...

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Wineries:
Langmeil, the Lindner family preserving Barossa history

Langmeil, the Lindner family preserving Barossa history

Langmeil, one of the gems of the Barrossa Valley.... Australia’s Barossa Valley has a well-deserved reputation for some of the world’s finest wines. Amongst the producers that focus on delivering powerful red wines that tell a story of alcohol and dried fruit, there...

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Winery Spotlight: Getting to know Rathfinny Estate

Winery Spotlight: Getting to know Rathfinny Estate

I had no idea what to expect when I visited Rathfinny Wine Estate by chance last Summer. It was a spur of the moment idea. The vineyard I had initially decided to visit had no time slots left and did not accept visitors without bookings. Fair enough. It was a smaller...

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Getting to know: IL PALAGIO

Getting to know: IL PALAGIO

Il Palagio estate has been owned by Sting and producer and actor, Trudie Styler after finding it in a state of decline in 1999.  Not only is this is their summer home, it is a productive farm estate that produces not only this wine but also olive oil, honey...

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Women in Wine:

Nikkal Rose – doing it for Breast Cancer

Nikkal Rose – doing it for Breast Cancer

Yarra based winemaker, Kate Goodman is the force behind Goodman wines and the Nikkal Wine range. She is also a winemaker for Penley Estate after chalking up time making wine in some of the other well known wineries in Australia. However, just in time for summer this...

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Hunter’s MiruMiru NV Sparkling Rosé

Hunter’s MiruMiru NV Sparkling Rosé

MiruMiru is Moari for 'bubbles'! Behind this rather unassuming looking label, the MiruMiru is one of New Zealand’s finest sparkling Rosés made by Jane Hunter. The MiruMiru range delivers exactly what it promises on that label.  It literally means ‘bubbles’ in...

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Get your nominations in for Women in Wine Awards!

Get your nominations in for Women in Wine Awards!

The Australian Women in Wine awards are now taking nominations! This is the sixth year for the awards and I look forward to seeing the nominees and winners every year. Although, it is now from afar. Nominations open 4th August and close on 29th September. There are...

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