Bring on the wines of Summer!

Looking for something out of the ordinary..Love learning more about the wine, you are drinking? Want to know how to choose better wines? The Winemusing Sessions are now on sale. Summer does not mean that you have to abandon red wines. It doesn't mean you have to stick...

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...

Blind Ambition

Blind Ambition is a film about four Zimbabwean sommeliers competing to be the world’s best. A story of determination and resilience.

Natural wines – 5 wines that you should be drinking.

Natural wines are popular around the world. Here are five to enjoy now. review by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

Nero d’Avola – Why you should be drinking Nero d’Avola!

Nero d’Avola is Sicily’s main red grape variety. It is deeply coloured with cherry, plums and liquorice. By Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

I always thought that wine was a ‘natural’ product ….

There has been a lot of discussion in recent years about wine and how ‘natural’ it really is.  After all, according to Wine Australia, ‘Wine means the product of the complete or partial fermentation of fresh grapes, or a mixture of that product and products...
Chandon Garden Spritz – Australian innovation in the UK

Chandon Garden Spritz – Australian innovation in the UK

Chandon Garden Spritz has now arrived in the UK and is bound to be the hot drink for Summer 2022!  It captures the current excitement around Aperol Spritz cocktails that continues to be just as popular this summer as it was last. Well, if the number pubs and...

Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Syrah

Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Syrah

Who makes it? Craggy Range have been steadily putting little known New Zealand wine region, Gimblett Gravels, on the world stage over the past decade or more. This Craggy Range Syrah is an excellent example of why winelovers are sitting up and taking notice. I poured...

Boekenhootskloof The Chocolate Block

Boekenhootskloof The Chocolate Block

Who makes it? The Chocolate Block is one of the wines that Boekenhoutskloof produces. Incidentally, Boekenhoutskloof is itself a very well known wine brand from Franschhoek, South Africa. It was established in 1993 by a group of partners, one of which was Marc Kent...

Bring on the wines of Summer!

Bring on the wines of Summer!

Looking for something out of the ordinary..Love learning more about the wine, you are drinking? Want to know how to choose better wines? The Winemusing Sessions are now on sale. Summer does not mean that you have to abandon red wines. It doesn't mean you have to stick...

Vigneti del Vulture Pipoli Basilicata Greco-Fiano IGP

Vigneti del Vulture Pipoli Basilicata Greco-Fiano IGP

Who makes it? Vigneti del Vulture was previously a cooperative that is now privately owned. It is now owned by the Fantini Group along with a slew of other wine labels and wineries across Italy. This wine proves that not all wines from Vulture is boldly red. Vulture...

Tahbilk Marsanne

Tahbilk Marsanne

Who makes it? Tahbilk is one of the star wineries of Central Victoria, specifically Nagambie Lakes. Today it produces not just this Marsanne, but also some very smart Shiraz and a wide range of other grape varieties. It was established in 1860 and the Purbrick family...

Chateau Vaudois Cuvée Marie

Chateau Vaudois Cuvée Marie

Who makes it? Chateau Vaudois is one of Provence’s family winemaking estates.  Chateau Vaudois overlooks the Mediterranean and sits on the hills of Maures. It was planted in 2000 so it is still hitting its stride and Vieilles Vignes (‘Old Vines’) appears on...

Taylors / Wakefield Promised Land Chardonnay

Taylors / Wakefield Promised Land Chardonnay

Who makes it? Taylors Promised Land is a very savvy wine range made by the Taylor family. The family is one of Australia’s first families of wine and well known for quality wines at very good value prices. This Chardonnay is just one of the Promised Land range that...

Paracombe A Trio of Pinot NV sparkling

Paracombe A Trio of Pinot NV sparkling

Who makes it? Paracombe is the label of the passionate Drogemuller family in the Adelaide Hills sitting high above Adelaide in Australia’s South. It is also the name of the nearby town. Paracombe Wines has a wide range of wine including a wonderfully fragrant white...

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...

Chandon Argentina Brut NV

Chandon Argentina Brut NV

Who makes it? Chandon is the umbrella brand that Champagne house Moet & Chandon uses for their international sparkling wines. You will find a wide range of fizz from Australia (since 1986), USA (since 1973), Brazil (since 1973), now India and China. This is from...

Chateau Tours des Gendres ‘La Gloire de mon Père’

Chateau Tours des Gendres ‘La Gloire de mon Père’

Who makes it? Chateau Tours des Gendres is a family run vineyard that was re-planted in 1984. Bergerac is one of those French regions that tend to be sold mostly domestically within France with only limited wines available outside France. This wine is a good one to...

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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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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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