South American wine @ TW2 The Green

Love learning more about the wine, you are drinking? Want to know how to choose better wines? The Winemusing Sessions second LIVE event is now on sale. Exploring the best from from South America! Bring a little spice back into your life! It is NOT just about Chile or...

Sharing the magic of Christmas … wine! Of course..

Wines that for Christmas should be crowd pleasing and should inspire the festive spirit. Wine recommendations by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse).

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...

Help! I am going Plumm crazy ….

Plumm glassware is an Australian Wine Glass range that offers style and easy use. Review by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

South American wine @  TW2 The Green

South American wine @ TW2 The Green

Love learning more about the wine, you are drinking? Want to know how to choose better wines? The Winemusing Sessions second LIVE event is now on sale. Exploring the best from from South America! Bring a little spice back into your life! It is NOT just about Chile or...

Bruno Rocca Barbaresco Currà DOCG

Bruno Rocca Barbaresco Currà DOCG

Who makes it? Bruno Rocca is the current custodian of the Rocca family business. He made the decision in the 1970s to sell his own wine, rather than just being a grape seller. Currà is the name of the vineyards these particular Nebbiolo grapes are grown. It is a ‘cru’...

Delatite Estate MansField White

Delatite Estate MansField White

Who makes it Delatite has long been one of the benchmarks of small family run biodynamic wineries. The Ritchie family is also very well known for their white wines, particularly their Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris. Pinot Gris from around the area of...

Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon

Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon

Who makes it? Ringbolt Cabernet is one of the extensive, and very well made, portfolio from the Hill Smith family. The Hill Smith family is also the family behind the world famous Yalumba wine brand. This is one of those wines that tends to deliver year in and year...

Gosset Grand Blanc de Blancs

Gosset Grand Blanc de Blancs

Who makes it? The Gosset Grand Blanc de Blancs Brut is made by the oldest of the Champagne houses. In fact, the house has been making fine Champagne since 1584. The Renaud Cointreau family now own this revered House. Gosset is not top of mind for most fizz lovers,...

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...

Sharing the magic of Christmas … wine! Of course..

Sharing the magic of Christmas … wine! Of course..

One of my joys at Christmas / New Year period is the opportunity to meet up with family & friends and share the year that was over a glass of wine. Around the Christmas tree. Over a casual meal just ‘catching up’. Or a raucous Christmas party. Getting the right...

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...

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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...

read more
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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