Christmas is in the air … but what is for dinner?

Christmas dinner needs some careful wine planning. Choose from Champagne to Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse).

The Corkscrew. The demise of a weapon of mass consumption!

The corkscrew, waiter’s friend, wine opener. Are they still needed? They still make great gifts. review by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

Beaujolais! It is not at all new-vo {new though…. }

Ok… that was a very poor joke. But it is all a gam’, ay? Beaujolais! It is no laughing matter really. I have been very keen to turn my attention to it after noticing that it was gaining popularity amongst wine experts.  There were even articles written...

Pizzini – A tavola!

Pizzini A tavola! In my travels through the King Valley, Northern Victoria, I ventured across a winery that piqued my interest on many levels.  Not only was it located in an old tobacco processing shed set against picturesque mountains. Not only did it have great...

Spice up your wine life! Wine tasting at home…

Wine tastings at home can add more fun to your get togethers. Here are some tips. Wine reviews by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse).

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 –...
Christmas is in the air … but what is for dinner?

Christmas is in the air … but what is for dinner?

Food friendly wines... what is for Christmas! Often there is difficulty in matching a wine to the many yuletide flavours. The traditional dishes of glazed ham on the bone, roast turkey with all the trimmings followed by rich rich pudding with brandy butter. Or the...

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier

Who makes it? Clonakilla, being one of the first vineyards planted, is an integral part of the modern era of Canberran vinous history. After John Kirk planted his vineyards in 1971, he then released the first wine for sale in the Murrumbateman region in 1976....

Billecart-Salmon NV Brut Rosé

Billecart-Salmon NV Brut Rosé

Who makes it? Billecart-Salmon Champagne is still a family owned Champagne house. It all started in 1818, with the marriage of Nicolas Francois Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon. And thus began the business. A seventh generation Billecart is now working in the family...

The Corkscrew. The demise of a weapon of mass consumption!

The Corkscrew. The demise of a weapon of mass consumption!

Time to be honest, when was the last time you used a corkscrew? A while if you are choosing wines from the rich pickings of wines from Australia, New Zealand and USA. Or from wines purchased mostly with your weekly supermarket shop. Own up! The last time you touched a...

Henschke Johann’s Garden Grenache Mataro Shiraz

Henschke Johann’s Garden Grenache Mataro Shiraz

Who makes it? The Henschke family are passionate custodians of their vineyards and are renown advocates for biodynamic vineyard management and, needless to say, all of their vineyards being grown sustainably.  Stephen and Prue Henschke are part of the pioneering...

Philip Shaw The Conductor Merlot

Philip Shaw The Conductor Merlot

Who makes it? Philip Shaw has a very stylish cellar door on the outskirts of Orange, New South Wales. He has some of the highest vineyards in Australia, despite being so close to Sydney. The Koomooloo vineyards sit around 900m altitude and there Philip Shaw has...

Rediscovering Beaujolais

Rediscovering Beaujolais

If you need some inspiration to start your journey discovering Beaujolais, here are some to consider! If you want to know more about Beaujolais, please click here to read Beaujolais! It is not at all new-vo {new though…. }. Jean-Marc Burgaud Beaujolais Villages...

Sigurd Chenin Blanc

Sigurd Chenin Blanc

Who makes it? Sigurd is the passion of a young Australian winemaker, Dan Graham. Dan was a 2021 finalist in the Australian awards the ‘Young Guns of Wine’. He is a specialist in minimal intervention wines. This Chenin Blanc is just one of a wide range of reds, whites...

Taylors  Pinot Noir Chardonnay Non-Vintage

Taylors Pinot Noir Chardonnay Non-Vintage

Taylors Pinot Noir Chardonnay Non-Vintage has become a staple on many wine shelves. However, Taylors have recently added some sparkle to their range with new packaging. Taylor's have captured the essence of summer fizz in the dry lemon, stonefruit and bread depths....

Roebuck Estates Blanc de Noirs

Roebuck Estates Blanc de Noirs

Who makes it? Roebuck Estates draw their grapes from their vineyards across West Sussex to the south of London. This particular Blanc de Noirs is created from grapes from their Roman Villa vineyard close to Petworth, one hour to the south west of the edge of London....

Four Reds from Delille Cellars

Four Reds from Delille Cellars

Since 1992, the team from Delille Cellars has been forging the estate’s reputation with a focus on wines making the best of Bordeaux and Rhone grape varieties. The four founders are Charles and Greg Lill, Jay Soloff and winemaker Chris Upchurch. Together they have...

Beaujolais! It is not at all new-vo {new though…. }

Beaujolais! It is not at all new-vo {new though…. }

Ok… that was a very poor joke. But it is all a gam’, ay? Beaujolais! It is no laughing matter really. I have been very keen to turn my attention to it after noticing that it was gaining popularity amongst wine experts.  There were even articles written...

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Beaujolais! It is not at all new-vo {new though…. }

Beaujolais! It is not at all new-vo {new though…. }

Ok… that was a very poor joke. But it is all a gam’, ay? Beaujolais! It is no laughing matter really. I have been very keen to turn my attention to it after noticing that it was gaining popularity amongst wine experts.  There were even articles written...

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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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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:

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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