Winery Spotlight: Getting to know Rathfinny Estate

Rathfinny Wine Estate is one of England’s newest cellar doors set in the Sussex South Downs. There’s a great range of English Sparkling wines.

Zero Dosage Champagnes: Are they better? Why choose them?

If you are a lover of Champagne, then you will have noticed the range of  zero dosage and extra brut styles of bubbles is growing. Slowly, but steadily. What are they? Can you tell the difference? And we are talking zero added sugar, NOT zero...

Bacchus: An English wine story ….

Bacchus is a grape that has come to my mind as one of England’s exciting white wine grapes. I first came across it in the early 2000’s when I started adding the occasional English wine to my repertoire. It wasn’t that hard to find by the mid 2000’s. There was at least...

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...

Would you buy wine from Amazon? You should give it a go.

There is a good range on Amazon wine that means that it is a good alternative to buy wine. Fine wine, Champagne, Prosecco and more..

Dowie Doole – the Moxie from McLaren Vale

Image: Winemaker Chris Thomas of Dowie Doole circa 2011 (photo by thewinemuse) While I am always keen to try new regions of the world, there is always a sense of discovery when I get to taste the latest from the McLaren Vale in Australia's south. Therefore, I couldn't...
Rag & Bone Riesling

Rag & Bone Riesling

Rag & Bone Riesling is produced by the Smalltown Vineyards (ex-Magpie Estate) which is a collaborative partnership between Rolf Binder and UK wine retailer, Noel Young. Rolf and his sister, Crista Deans, are better known in Australia for the highly acclaimed...

Vidal Fleury Côtes du Rhône Rosé

Vidal Fleury Côtes du Rhône Rosé

This is a spicy rosé from the Côtes du Rhône from Vidal Fleury, a historic Rhone producer. True to form, the rosé is a blend of typical red trio of grape varieties of the Southern Rhône – Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache. Each variety has been vinified separately and then...

Baron M Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé

Baron M Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé

I have found myself buying another bottle of Baron Maxime (or Baron M for short) as I walked past it at Costco this week. For the price, I felt it was just rude not to. The Baron Maxime and the Château de Beaupré ranges are part of the group of labels made by Baron...

Lumari Catarratto Insolia

Lumari Catarratto Insolia

Lumari is produced by the Columba Bianca co-operative which is one of the largest co-operatives in Sicily. Therefore, it is fitting that they use their expertise in the island’s specialty grapes to introduce their particular Sicilian expression to the world. Both of...

Hunter’s MiruMiru NV Sparkling Rosé

Hunter’s MiruMiru NV Sparkling Rosé

MiruMiru is Moari for 'bubbles'! Behind this rather unassuming looking label, the MiruMiru is one of New Zealand’s finest sparkling Rosés made by Jane Hunter. The MiruMiru range delivers exactly what it promises on that label.  It literally means ‘bubbles’ in...

Get your nominations in for Women in Wine Awards!

Get your nominations in for Women in Wine Awards!

The Australian Women in Wine awards are now taking nominations! This is the sixth year for the awards and I look forward to seeing the nominees and winners every year. Although, it is now from afar. Nominations open 4th August and close on 29th September. There are...

Diamantopetra Vidiano Assyrtiko 2018

Diamantopetra Vidiano Assyrtiko 2018

Diamantopetra is a very fresh Greek blend from the Diamantakis family featuring the iconic Assyrtiko sharing the limelight equally with Vidiano. Vidiano will be a white grape that will become increasingly important in Greece. Just as its acreage is also increasing....

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...

Jane Eyre Wines Chenas

Jane Eyre Wines Chenas

Jane Eyre is one of the Australian winemakers who makes a range of wines that cross international borders. She now makes wines in Burgundy after vintages making wine at Cullen in Margaret River, Felton Road, Central Otago and Ata Rangi in Martinborough. This Jane Eyre...

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...

Champagne Ayala Brut Nature

Champagne Ayala Brut Nature

As a Champagne house, Ayala is a relatively small one even though it is now owned by the Bollinger family. However, from the time the house was first started by Edmund de Ayala in the mid 1800s, it has been known for producing Champagnes on the drier side....

Philipponat Royale Réserve Non Dosé Champagne

Philipponat Royale Réserve Non Dosé Champagne

Philipponat is one of the original families of Champagne and they are one of a small handful that have a commercially available zero dosage Champagne. The ‘Non Dosé’ on this label simply indicates no additional sugar was added to this Champagne after it was disgorged....

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Exploring Bordeaux – the city behind the wine

Bordeaux is not just all about the wine & chateaux ….. Bordeaux is probably one of the best known wine regions in the world, so it is little surprise that it has become a popular wine tourist destination. You can choose to fully immerse yourself in the region by...
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Gadget review: Kelvin K2 Wine Monitor

Gadget review: Kelvin K2 Wine Monitor

There is a new wine gadget on the market vying for your attention....   According to their website, ‘The Kelvin K2 Smart wine thermometer has been designed to demystify the process of enjoying your wine with its best possible flavour.’ It does this by giving you...

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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...

read more
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...

read more
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Ferraris Sant’Eufemia Ruchè di Castagole 2017

Ferraris Sant’Eufemia Ruchè di Castagole 2017

This is a surprising wine in many ways. Firstly, the Ruchè grape is one of those obscure Northern Italian grape varieties that are very localised to one region. This time it is a region spread across seven communes. According to ilruche.it, it is grown on just 150...

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