Sparkling reds & why you should be drinking of them!

Sparkling reds take on a unique accent in the hands of Australian winemakers. Delicious, cellarable & superb. Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

Two cheap reds from Sainsbury’s

Two Sainsbury’s reds for around a fiver and whether they are good drinking. Reviews by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse).

The Wine Journal… A new annual for Australian wine lovers

The Wine Journal is an annual collection of articles from Andrew Caillard MW & Angus Hughson. Review by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

Ten wines under £10 that you should be drinking!

Yes, there is such a thing as a wine that is too cheap! Hence, finding a wine that fits your budget can be a frustrating and, quite frankly, intimidating experience. You can stand at the shelves for what seems like forever and just not know where to start....

Albarino! Alvarinho! Why we love it!

Albarino or Alvarinho? Well, it depends on where you come from really it does. Same grape, different accent! Albarino in Spain and when it crosses the border into neighbouring Portugal, it likes to be called Alvarinho.  It is the star white wine grape...

Yes, you CAN chill red wines! Here are six you will love…

Chilled red wines are just right for summer drinking. Here are six that you will love. Reviews by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

Sparkling reds & why you should be drinking of them!

Sparkling reds & why you should be drinking of them!

Love bubbles? Love red wine? Did you know that you can have the best of both worlds with Australia's sparkling reds … Red bubbles? .... Still going strong! I am not talking about the many shades of ‘pink’ bubbles. Of course, I am not talking about the magic of making...

Two cheap reds from Sainsbury’s

Two cheap reds from Sainsbury’s

Want to know what Sainsbury's reds are good to go for around a fiver. Recently, I went on a shopping expedition to find out what I could buy from Sainsbury’s for around a fiver and here are two that I picked up. With the cost of living beginning to hit the prices on...

Muse Media: Porch.com Starting & Stocking a Wine Cellar

Muse Media: Porch.com Starting & Stocking a Wine Cellar

Catch my contribution to Porch recently about the conditions for cellaring wines in the link below. There are some great tips from around the world in that article. https://porch.com/advice/starting-stocking-wine-cellar-home-right Here is a handy hint though on...

The Wine Journal… A new annual for Australian wine lovers

The Wine Journal… A new annual for Australian wine lovers

The Wine Journal....Make way on that shelf, this new wine annual needs some space! The Wine Journal is a book that is not quite what you expect when you first open it. I am not talking about the quality of the information, with Andrew Caillard MW and Angus Hughson as...

Digby Leander Pink Brut

Digby Leander Pink Brut

Who makes it? Digby has been making wines in the UK since 2013. They source the grapes from South East England, particularly from Dorset, Kent, Sussex and Hampshire. England is a region that has been gaining accolades for its fine fizz now for over a decade. They are...

Turkey Flat Shiraz

Turkey Flat Shiraz

Who makes it? Turkey Flat is the name of Barossan estate planted in 1847 and owned by the 1860’s by the Schulz family. According to Christie Schulz, Shiraz vines planted there in 1847 are still producing wine and are some of the oldest in Australia. Due to Phylloxera...

Remy Ferbras Ventoux

Remy Ferbras Ventoux

Who makes it? Remy Ferbras Ventoux is a brand from Rhone producer Maison Grands Serres. Remy Ferbras was the producers first cellar master who retired back in the 1980s. This wine is from the region of Côtes du Ventoux AOC. Passionate cyclist winelovers may...

Ten wines under £10 that you should be drinking!

Ten wines under £10 that you should be drinking!

Yes, there is such a thing as a wine that is too cheap! Hence, finding a wine that fits your budget can be a frustrating and, quite frankly, intimidating experience. You can stand at the shelves for what seems like forever and just not know where to start....

El Goru 38 Barrels

El Goru 38 Barrels

Who makes it? El Goru is one of a series of wines made by a pair of passionate winemakers, Santos Ortiz and Ioana Paunescu who found their ideal place amongst some old vine Monastrell (aka Mourvedre). Those vines are just a few kilometres from Jumilla. That is now the...

Albarino! Alvarinho! Why we love it!

Albarino! Alvarinho! Why we love it!

Albarino or Alvarinho? Well, it depends on where you come from really it does. Same grape, different accent! Albarino in Spain and when it crosses the border into neighbouring Portugal, it likes to be called Alvarinho.  It is the star white wine grape...

Pazo Senorans Albarino

Pazo Senorans Albarino

Who makes it? Pazo Senorans is yet another Albarino specialist. For those unyet familiar with the grape, this is a Spanish/Portuguese native white grape variety. The grape Alvarinho is the Portguese version. Pazo Senorans has quite the range, including two spirits...

Bodegas del Palacio Albarino de Fefiñanes

Bodegas del Palacio Albarino de Fefiñanes

Who makes it? The makers of Albarino de Fefiñanes, Palacio of Fefiñanes, is one of the world's Albarino specialists.  It is therefore unsurprising that this is just one of four wines produced with this Spanish/Portuguese native white grape variety. Of...

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The Wine Journal… A new annual for Australian wine lovers

The Wine Journal… A new annual for Australian wine lovers

The Wine Journal....Make way on that shelf, this new wine annual needs some space! The Wine Journal is a book that is not quite what you expect when you first open it. I am not talking about the quality of the information, with Andrew Caillard MW and Angus Hughson as...

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Albarino! Alvarinho! Why we love it!

Albarino! Alvarinho! Why we love it!

Albarino or Alvarinho? Well, it depends on where you come from really it does. Same grape, different accent! Albarino in Spain and when it crosses the border into neighbouring Portugal, it likes to be called Alvarinho.  It is the star white wine grape...

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Yes, you CAN chill red wines! Here are six you will love…

Yes, you CAN chill red wines! Here are six you will love…

Meet the chilled red!.... I recently held a Masterclass on Wines for Summer. As part of that night, I featured red wines that you can chill during the heat of summer. That is right, chilled red! As well as making sure that everyone knew how to keep their red wines in...

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Wineries:
Tahbilk – A bottled history in Marsanne

Tahbilk – A bottled history in Marsanne

  The Tahbilk range of marsanne tells a rich story steeped in the pioneering spirit of Australian winemaking and the Purbrick family. Nowhere else in Australia, to my knowledge, has the breadth of choice of straight marsanne wine on offer. The first vines The...

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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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Women in Wine:

Cote Bonneville Chardonnay

Cote Bonneville Chardonnay

Who makes it? Cote Bonneville is a family run winery in the Yakima Valley, Washington State. The Shiels family expanded the vineyard back in the early 1990s when they purchased it and daughter, Kerry Shiels, is now the winemaker. The oldest block in their DuBrul...

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Jane Eyre Wines Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir

Jane Eyre Wines Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir

Who makes it? Jane Eyre is an Australian winemaker that also puts her stamp on French wine, including this Beaujolais wine from Chenas. She is now well known for her expertise in Pinot Noir after vintages at Cullen in Margaret River, Felton Road, Central Otago and Ata...

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Santa Julia Organic Torrontes

Santa Julia Organic Torrontes

Who makes it? Santa Julia is one of the Zuccardi family’s estates, with Julia Zuccardi at the head. The Torrontes grapes for this wines come from Mendoza vineyards at the foot of the Andes, from 600 metres above sea level. This simply means that the grapes are ripened...

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