Not your usual European wines!

There is so much more to European wines to discover.... Wines from countries that many drinkers have forgotten about or countries rarely thought about as offerring high quality wines, or just some country’s wines now becoming available in the UK..... Prepare to be...

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Why you should be drinking more Penedès wine!

Penedès wines have been on the wine trade radars for some time as ‘one to watch’. Particularly over the past 10 years. Undoubtedly, the continued rise in popularity in Spanish wine has meant that winelovers expect more variety from the country. Certainly more than...

Xarel-lo : The grape with the X factor & why we love it!

Xarel-lo is a white wine grape from Catalunya, Spain. Particularly from Penedes. By Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

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...

What are low alcohol wines? Are they any good?

What are low alcohol or zero alcohol wines? Find out more and what to look for. Wine review by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

Colome El Arenal Malbec 

Colome El Arenal Malbec 

Who makes it?  Colome El Arenal Malbec is a high altitude red from the Upper Calchaquí Valleys in Argentina’s Salta region.  Colome has a very long history dating back to 1831. The Hess family are the current custodians of some of the oldest vines still...

Briar Ridge Albarino 

Briar Ridge Albarino 

Who makes it?  Briar Ridge Albarino is a small batch wine from a well loved Hunter Valley winery. Briar Ridge is one of those wineries in the Hunter that has an immensely strong cellar door club of wine lovers. Obviously, Briar Ridge is well known for their Hunter...

Genista The SG Shiraz Grenache 

Genista The SG Shiraz Grenache 

Who makes it?  Genista The SG is a classic Barossa red. However, the label ‘The SG’, is not for Shiraz Grenache. It is for Sarah Gregory, who is one of the duo behind the brand with Lloyd Broom.  While the brand is new, the vineyards are not. One in...

Not your usual European wines!

Not your usual European wines!

There is so much more to European wines to discover.... Wines from countries that many drinkers have forgotten about or countries rarely thought about as offerring high quality wines, or just some country’s wines now becoming available in the UK..... Prepare to be...

Cloudy Bay Peloras Sparkling Wine 

Cloudy Bay Peloras Sparkling Wine 

Who makes it?  Cloudy Bay Peloras is probably one of New Zealand’s most famous sparkling wines. It has been going from strength to strength since its first vintage in 1987. And why not? Since the 2000s, LVMH has been Cloudy Bay’s current owners. They are, of...

Pierro LTC 

Pierro LTC 

Who makes it? Pierro LTC is the ‘Little Touch of Chardonnay white wine blend. It is a classic Bordeaux Blanc blend with some Chardonnay. This makes it a Bordeaux meets Burgundy wine! Of course, red or white, the Margaret River does Bordeaux blends very well. Pierro is...

Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Shiraz

Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Shiraz

Who makes it? Yalumba The Signature is one of the iconic red wines from the Hill-Smith portfolio. It became part of Australia’s vinous history from its first vintage in 1962.  There has been 57 people who have added their penmanship to the label ever since....

Wirra Wirra Church Block

Wirra Wirra Church Block

Who makes it? Wirra Wirra Church Block is an Australian classic. Mention Wirra Wirra to wine lovers throughout the world, and this is probably the wine that they will think of.  This was the first Wirra Wirra wine made by the late Greg Trott. That was back in 1972....

Sattlerhof Trockenbeerenauslese Sauvignon Blanc

Sattlerhof Trockenbeerenauslese Sauvignon Blanc

Who makes it? Sattlerhof Trockenbeerenauslese Sauvignon Blanc is a rich and unctuous dessert style made from this hugely popular grape. The Sattler family have been making wine on their Austrian wine estate since 1887. Weingut Sattlerhof is very close to the Slovenian...

Taylors / Wakefield Jaraman Shiraz

Taylors / Wakefield Jaraman Shiraz

Who makes it? Jaraman Shiraz is one of the Jaraman tier of wines from Taylors. This tier of wine has expanded considerably in the past decade. It is still one that represents a very easy choice of value driven quality.  Taylors is still a family run...

Pierro LTCf 

Pierro LTCf 

Who makes it? Pierro LTCf is the ‘Little Touch of Cabernet Franc’ red blend. Being from Australia’s Margaret River region, it is unsurprising that this is a Cabernet Sauvignon led Bordeaux blend. The Margaret River does Bordeaux blends very well. Pierro is the label...

Paul Chollet Cuvee Manon Crémant de Bourgogne

Paul Chollet Cuvee Manon Crémant de Bourgogne

Who makes it? Paul Chollet Cuvee Manon is an eponymous wine named after Manon, the winemaker. The family have been making Crémant de Bourgogne for over two decades. These crémants are produced using the same methods as the famed wines from the neighbouring region of...

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Not your usual European wines!

Not your usual European wines!

There is so much more to European wines to discover.... Wines from countries that many drinkers have forgotten about or countries rarely thought about as offerring high quality wines, or just some country’s wines now becoming available in the UK..... Prepare to be...

Winemusing Session: New World Wines only

Winemusing Session: New World Wines only

Discovering Wines from the New World! Wines from South Africa, Australia, the Americas, New Zealand and other places exotic... The wines from outside of Europe are often considered to be the most innovative and exciting wines. Are they really though? Come along and...

Summer wines – rosé edition!

Summer wines – rosé edition!

Let the rosé pour.... Rosé from around the world to get you in the mood for summer! Whether it is a rosé, rosado, or rosato. From the palest salmon to the deepest pink, almost red. This is where we explore the fresh bunch of pinks. What are you waiting for? Here are a...

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Why you should be drinking more Penedès wine!

Why you should be drinking more Penedès wine!

Penedès wines have been on the wine trade radars for some time as ‘one to watch’. Particularly over the past 10 years. Undoubtedly, the continued rise in popularity in Spanish wine has meant that winelovers expect more variety from the country. Certainly more than...

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Xarel-lo : The grape with the X factor & why we love it!

Xarel-lo : The grape with the X factor & why we love it!

Xarel-lo is a Penedès icon. One of the grape varieties to look out for in the coming years is the Spanish white wine grape  Xarel-lo. It is certainly not a new grape. However, it is one that has been little known as a solo act. Cava lovers may know it as one...

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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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Winery Spotlight: Fincas de Azabache

Winery Spotlight: Fincas de Azabache

There is always something happening in Rioja  .... Source: Fincas de Azabache Source: Fincas de Azabache And Fincas de Azabache is one winery to watch.....  Those new happenings makes it such an interesting region for winelovers to revisit time and time again....

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Yalumba – all the land around

Yalumba – all the land around

Yalumba - the history The Hill Smith family have been making wine at Yalumba since their first vintage in 1854.  When Samuel Smith planted the first grapes in 1849, he was already a savvy entrepreneur but it was a stint chasing Bendigo gold that helped fund...

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Cote Bonneville Chardonnay

Cote Bonneville Chardonnay

Who makes it? Cote Bonneville is a family 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 Vineyard...

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Tenute Olbios Lupus in Fabula Superiore

Tenute Olbios Lupus in Fabula Superiore

Who makes it? Tenute Olbios is owned by Daniela Pinna and her husband David. The wines are grown and made on the island of Sardegna. And the Lupus in Fabula Superiore is a Vementino di Gallura DOCG wine. Unsurprisingly, it is a white wine made from Vermentino which is...

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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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