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...

Would you buy wine from Amazon? You should give it a go.

There is a good range on Amazon wine that means that it is a good alternative to buy wine. Fine wine, Champagne, Prosecco and more..

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...

Jane Eyre Wines Chenas

Jane Eyre Wines Chenas

Jane Eyre is one of the Australian winemakers who makes a range of wines that cross international borders. She now makes wines in Burgundy after vintages making wine at Cullen in Margaret River, Felton Road, Central Otago and Ata Rangi in Martinborough. This Jane Eyre...

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...

Champagne Ayala Brut Nature

Champagne Ayala Brut Nature

As a Champagne house, Ayala is a relatively small one even though it is now owned by the Bollinger family. However, from the time the house was first started by Edmund de Ayala in the mid 1800s, it has been known for producing Champagnes on the drier side....

Philipponat Royale Réserve Non Dosé Champagne

Philipponat Royale Réserve Non Dosé Champagne

Philipponat is one of the original families of Champagne and they are one of a small handful that have a commercially available zero dosage Champagne. The ‘Non Dosé’ on this label simply indicates no additional sugar was added to this Champagne after it was disgorged....

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

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...

And the Bacchus English wine story continues ….

And the Bacchus English wine story continues ….

Here are four more English Bacchus wines for you to try.... Continued from Bacchus: An English wine story.... Urban Foxes Bacchus 2018 Urban Foxes is the label for winemakers Collette O’Leary and Rebecca Coates who met while studying at Plumpton. This is just their...

Louis Roederer Philippe Starck Vintage Champagne

Louis Roederer Philippe Starck Vintage Champagne

If you are a lover of Champagne, you will already know the Roederer Champagne house. If you are a lover of design, particularly the Alessi citrus juicer, you will already know of Philippe Starck. When Roederer teamed up with him, Starck insisted that he had input into...

Bacchus: An English wine story ….

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...

Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier

Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier

Yalumba have established themselves as the Australian champions of this Condrieu grape. For over 35 years, Robert Hill-Smith and his passionate team have honed their Viognier expertise and have kept their nursery well stocked with new imported clones to trial in their...

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...

Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Undoubtedly, this eye catching bottle will be the first thing you notice. Cantina Zaccagnini has distinctively adorned this bottle with, what I assume, a piece of pruned vine and a beautifully scripted label. At least, when you head out to purchase your next bottle,...

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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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English sparkling wines that you need to taste!

English sparkling wines that you need to taste!

There are now many excellent English sparkling wines to choose from! In your search for great bubbles, don’t miss out on the opportunity to taste some of the elegant English sparkling wines that are becoming easier to find. I have reviewed a number in the past –...

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Mount Pleasant vintage round up – part two

Mount Pleasant vintage round up – part two

A study of heritage Hunter Shiraz plus one speciality that is really a sweetie ..... Mount Pleasant produce wines that truly reflect their regional roots. Shiraz wines from Australia's Hunter Valley always has an elegance as it hovers between medium and full body. In...

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How to buy better Prosecco!

How to buy better Prosecco!

Want better Prosecco for the price you pay! Prosecco has fast become one of the world’s favourite fizzes, it has had an undeniable meteoric rise in popularity.  Partly, the attraction is that fresh fruit effervescence.  Another is the price and availability,...

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Winery Spotlight: Getting to know Chiesa del Carmine Estate

Winery Spotlight: Getting to know Chiesa del Carmine Estate

Is there anything more evocative than enjoying the best of local Italian produce while taking in the view of vineyards and olives? I certainly find it hard to resist the allure at the best of times. It is even harder at Chiesa del Carmine. I can see why the Sinclair...

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Gavin Monery making wines in the heart of London!

Gavin Monery making wines in the heart of London!

Just released on WinemusingTV... The latest in the WinemusingTV Winemaker Series: Gavin Monery from Vagabond Wines - Part one and two. Gavin Monery is an Australian winemaker who has who honed his skills with Cullen Wines. He has also done vintages with the likes of...

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The Sisters putting Hungarian wines on the map!

The Sisters putting Hungarian wines on the map!

Winery Spotlight: Zsirai Wines, Tokaji, Hungary Meet the sisters who are part of the next generation of Hungarian winemakers making sure their wines are being taken notice of around the world..... Petra and Kata Zsirai (source:zsiraipinceszet.hu) Apart from the...

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Three Hungarian white wines & not just the usual Tokaji….

Three Hungarian white wines & not just the usual Tokaji….

While the Hungarian wines Bikavér and Tokaji Aszu are better known, there is so much to learn about the rest of the country’s wine contribution. Hungary has centuries of colourful wine history. It is quite the stuff of legends and kings. While there has been a focus...

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