The next Winemusing Session is open! Mediterranean wines…

Winemusing Sessions are a series of online wine courses and tastings so you can drink better wine. Run 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).

The Winesave PRO experiment

Winesave PRO is an argon gas canister that delivers the gas directly to the bottle, reveiwed by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse).

Winesave PRO – does it actually save wine?

Winesave PRO is an argon gas canister that delivers the gas to preserve your wine, reveiwed by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse).

Three great winter warmers … Reds for the chilly season

When you are looking for red wine winter warmers look no further than these red wines . Reviews by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

Kylie Minogue Rosé

Kylie Minogue Rosé

Who makes it? Kylie Minogue rosé is part of the collection made by Benchmark Drinks who are making a name for themselves distributing some celebrity brands. Celebrities from all walks of life including: Ian Botham, Graham Norton and Sarah Jessica Parker. Since the...

Mirabeau Pure Rosé AOP Côtes de Provence

Mirabeau Pure Rosé AOP Côtes de Provence

Who makes it? Mirabeau Pure is just one of the Provencal wine offerings from the Cronk family. The range now includes at least six Provence rose wines, including the addition of the oak matured La Reserve. Plus a wonderfully floral rose based gin. They also have...

The next Winemusing Session is open! Mediterranean wines…

The next Winemusing Session is open! Mediterranean wines…

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT!!! Please click here to add your name to the event mailing list. Love learning more about the wine, you are drinking? Want to know how to choose better wines? The Winemusing Sessions first LIVE event is now on sale. Dreaming of summers on the...

Apothic Red

Apothic Red

Who makes it? Apothic Red caused a stir when the Gallo family launched it nearly 10 years ago. It is smooth, rich with vanilla oak…. And it falls into the medium sweet realm of wine. Something, quite unusual for a red wine on the international stage. However, the...

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

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...

Charles Melton Rose of Virginia

Charles Melton Rose of Virginia

Who makes it? Charlie Melton is a dab hand and specialises in making Rhone styled wine with a definite South Australian drawl from Barossa shiraz and grenache, sourcing grapes from his own, and nearby, old vine vineyards. The ‘Rose of Virginia’ is a rosé...

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

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

Italy has an incredible diversity of wines to offer. No wonder with the huge number of native grape varieties they have to choose from. There is something for everyone and in particular for red wine lovers. Of course, some of the better known Italian red wine regions...

Terre di Faiano Nero d’Avola

Terre di Faiano Nero d’Avola

Who makes it? Terre di Faiano Nero d’Avola is an organic wine from the south Italian specialist Orion Wines. There is also a Puglian primitivo in the range. Of course, Sicilian wine lovers will know that Nero d’Avola is a much loved Sicilian black grape.  It...

Yalumba Organic Viognier

Yalumba Organic Viognier

Who makes it? Yalumba Organic Viognier is part of Viognier story from the Hill-Smith portfolio. Yalumba have proven themselves as the Australian specialists of this Condrieu grape. For over 35 years, Robert Hill-Smith and his passionate team have honed their...

Pasqua Romeo & Juliet Wall ‘PassionSentimento’ Bianco

Pasqua Romeo & Juliet Wall ‘PassionSentimento’ Bianco

Who makes it? Pasqua Romeo & Juliet Wall is produced by Pasqua Vigneti e Cantine which was founded in 1925. From there, this family led operation has gone from strength to strength. They now produce wines from Prosecco, Soave to Amarone in the North...

Piccini Strapazzamento Rosso Toscana

Piccini Strapazzamento Rosso Toscana

Who makes it? Piccini is a Castellani brand. The Castellani family own a large number of vineyards in Tuscany and make an impressive range of wines. Villa Piccini is focused on red wines, and in particular Sangiovese based wines, including a Chianti Classico. This one...

CVNE  Barrel Fermented Rioja Blanca

CVNE Barrel Fermented Rioja Blanca

Who makes it? CVNE Barrel Fermented is a white Rioja made by one of Rioja’s pioneer wine companies. A company that now includes wines under Imperial, Vina Real, Contino and Monopole. White Rioja is usually overshadowed by the red wines of that esteemed Spanish wine...

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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...
Featured Posts:
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...

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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:

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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Nikkal Rose – doing it for Breast Cancer

Nikkal Rose – doing it for Breast Cancer

Yarra based winemaker, Kate Goodman is the force behind Goodman wines and the Nikkal Wine range. She is also a winemaker for Penley Estate after chalking up time making wine in some of the other well known wineries in Australia. However, just in time for summer this...

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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...

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