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..

Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz 2006

Coming from the oldest of Mount Langi Ghiran’s vines, this wine was given the royal treatment.  Not only did the grapes come from low yield vines giving it intense fruit concentration,  but it was hand picked in 5 to 6 passes to select the best fruit as it ripened...

Tscharke Girl Talk Savagnin 2009

Not only did the 2009 vintage represent a change in the official identity of the grape varietal, it also represented a tweak in winemaking for Girl Talk.  It still has the concentrated ripe nose.  This time, of pear, tropical fruit with lighter lychee scent with some...

Tscharke Girl Talk Albarino 2008

This is the last vintage to be labelled as Albarino (as the varietal has since been identified as Savagnin) and shows refreshing citrus character and after 5 months on lees, some creaminess on the palate.  The fragrant nose starts like someone has just squeezed a...

Churchview The Bartondale 2007 Marsanne

Marsanne is another up and coming grape varietal in Australia and one that should be in everyone’s cellar as it just gets better and better. This Marsanne from the Margaret River is the colour of pale straw and smacks you with a chorus of Honey Honey – whup whup...

Protero Gumeracha Viognier 2007

Viognier is increasingly popular in Australia and this is a good one from the Adelaide Hills near Gumeracha, no less.  Pale gold with spicy apricot nose are typical varietal features of Viognier and this wine is true to form. As is the fuller body weight and flavour...

Philip Shaw Pink Billy Saignee 2008

With only a touch of pink, the makers of Pink Billy call the colour ‘nude’ referring to the ‘show girl’ personality that the team have bestowed on this rosé. Perhaps this is true, because frankly if I had to flit around Orange, some of Australia’s coolest climate...

Leconfield 2008 Merlot

The grapes for this Merlot have come from Coonawarra vines up to 35 years old producing a wine with richness and ripeness.   This wine certainly does not lack fruit as can be attested to by the vibrancy of its colour and the density of the characters.   The nose is a...

Audrey Wilkinson 2008 Rose

A bright ruby in the glass with distinct salmon hints, this rose has the delicate aroma of strawberry. It is a wine that will go perfectly with the warm afternoon sunshine having a crisp acid and the cherry and strawberry fruit are offset by some savouriness coming...

Audrey Wilkinson 2001 Museum Release Semillon

(2007 Release) This wine is a great way to try an aged Semillon without having to do the cellaring yourself.  For a wine with 8 years under the belt it is certainly showing itself true to its Hunter Valley heritage – still a pale straw colour, with delicate apple, the...

Leconfield 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Leconfield Cabernet Sauvignon should be a mainstay in any Cabernet lover’s cellar particularly at this price. Regarded as a flagship in the Leconfield range, this wine includes fruit sourced from vines from the original planting in 1974. Paul Gordon’s winemaking...

Winter Summer Drinking

The temperature has tipped 25 degrees by lunch and still climbing today bringing on a more summery air. While it is still officially Winter in Sydney, after spending seven years in the UK this weather brings to mind Pimms and Wimbeldon. Definitely time to break out...

Lindemans 2006 Limestone Ridge Shiraz Cabernet

The colour of this wine is very a dense brilliant ruby purple mirroring the density of the fruit on the palate and nose.  The flavours are classic Coonawarra Shiraz Cabernet - berry, pepper, vanilla spice and toast.  On the finish the wine is warm, firm and long....

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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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