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...

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 –...

Five reasons why you should drink ‘Pet Nat’ wines!

Are you drinking Pet Nat wines? Pet Nats, or ‘pétillant naturel’ wines are sparkling wine made using the ancestral method or méthode ancestrale.  These are categorised as natural wines as they are often made with very little intervention, and they are...

Bring on the rosé! Five rosés that are not just for Summer ….

Rose wines are a great choice at any time of year. For reviews of rosé wines from around the world by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

What are ‘Pet Nat’ wines? Should you be drinking them?

The sediment in an undisgorged bottle of sparkling wine. A ‘Pet Nat’ wine is one with natural petillance or ‘pétillant naturel’. Simply put, it is a wine with bubbles!  More specifically, it is a sparkling wine made using the ancestral method or méthode...

The Italian Red Revival … Part 1 { It is not all cut and dried}

Italian red wines are very popular with many exciting appassimento and ripasso wines. Wine reviews by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse).

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sons of Eden Freya Riesling

Sons of Eden Freya Riesling

Who makes it? Sons of Eden is the wine label owned by Corey Ryan and Simon Cowham who make impeccable wines from the Barossa. Of course, the Barossa zone encompasses not just the warm and famous Barossa Valley, but also the cool, higher altitude Eden Valley. These...

Pirie Tasmanian NV Sparkling Wine

Pirie Tasmanian NV Sparkling Wine

Who makes it? Andrew Pirie is one of pioneering winemakers in Tasmania, Australias island state. He started selling this Sparkling wine in 1999, while still owning the estates Pipers Brook Vineyars and Ninth Island. In 2010, Brown Brothers from Victoria on Australia’s...

Domaine des Tourelles Cuvee Pierre Brun

Domaine des Tourelles Cuvee Pierre Brun

Who makes it? Domaine des Tourelles, from Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, in now in the co-custodianship of Faouzzi Issa. This wine is named after the previous owner, Pierre Brun who was the grandson of Frenchman Francois-Eugene Brun. Francois- Eugene Brun established Domaine...

Reyneke Organic Chenin Blanc

Reyneke Organic Chenin Blanc

Who makes it? Reyneke is a family run estate in South Africa’s famous, and beautiful, Stellenbosch region. The estate is currently under the custodianship of Johan Reyneke. Since the 90s, under his care, the estate has been converted to organic and biodynamic...

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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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 –...

read more
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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