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...
Greg & Juju Pinot Noir Grenache Rosé

Greg & Juju Pinot Noir Grenache Rosé

Who makes it? Greg and Juju are not really grasshoppers who really like rosé. They are kids though. They are part of the Vic family who have been the custodians of Domain Preignes le Vieux since 1905. It is estimated that wine was originally made here before the 9th...

Schnaitmann Simonroth Spätburgunder | Pinot Noir

Schnaitmann Simonroth Spätburgunder | Pinot Noir

Who makes it? Schnaitmann Simonroth may be difficult to find outside of Germany but it is well worth picking up if and when you see it. Spätburgunder is, of course, Pinot Noir. While Germany was once synonymous with Riesling, it is perhaps less known that Germany is...

Rag & Bone Riesling

Rag & Bone Riesling

Who makes it? Rag & Bone Riesling is produced by the Smalltown Vineyards (ex-Magpie Estate) which is a collaborative partnership between Rolf Binder and UK wine retailer, Noel Young. Rolf and his sister, Crista Deans, are better known in Australia for the highly...

Vidal Fleury Côtes du Rhône Rosé

Vidal Fleury Côtes du Rhône Rosé

Who makes it? This is a spicy rosé from the Côtes du Rhône from Vidal Fleury, a historic Rhone producer. How they make it? True to form, the rosé is a blend of typical red trio of grape varieties of the Southern Rhône – Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache. Each variety has...

Baron M Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé

Baron M Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé

I have found myself buying another bottle of Baron Maxime (or Baron M for short) as I walked past it at Costco this week. For the price, I felt it was just rude not to. The Baron Maxime and the Château de Beaupré ranges are part of the group of labels made by Baron...

Lumari Catarratto Insolia

Lumari Catarratto Insolia

Lumari is produced by the Columba Bianca co-operative which is one of the largest co-operatives in Sicily. Therefore, it is fitting that they use their expertise in the island’s specialty grapes to introduce their particular Sicilian expression to the world. Both of...

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...

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...

Your summer is coming up rosé .. from the South of France!

Your summer is coming up rosé .. from the South of France!

More South of France rosés for you! If rosé is your thing, and pinks from the south of France in particular, here is a fresh bunch for your delectation. Another bonus is that they are all on the more affordable side. The Southern coastal regions of France seem to have...

Diamantopetra Vidiano Assyrtiko 2018

Diamantopetra Vidiano Assyrtiko 2018

Diamantopetra is a very fresh Greek blend from the Diamantakis family featuring the iconic Assyrtiko sharing the limelight equally with Vidiano. Vidiano will be a white grape that will become increasingly important in Greece. Just as its acreage is also increasing....

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...

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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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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...

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Cullen Mangan Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Cullen Mangan Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Cullen Mangan Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon from Margaret River is one of my favourite SBSs. The combination is as popular in Australia as it is in Bordeaux.  The Mangan Vineyard is a dry farmed, biodynamic vineyard by one of Australia’s great winemakers Vanya...

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