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).

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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).

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

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Kate Goodman has released the Nikkal Rose limited edition Yarra Valley Merlot which will raise funds for Breast Cancer Network Australia.

Afternoon tea ideas – which wine to serve for tea?

A full English style afternoon tea is hard to beat. There are plenty of great wine afternoon tea ideas to make the occasion even more special.

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...

Jackson Estate Vintage Widow Pinot Noir

Jackson Estate Vintage Widow Pinot Noir

Who makes it? The Vintage Widow is one of Jackson Estate's Pinots. They have a wide range of wines, but they do have a focus on the Marlborough classics of sauvignon blanc and pinot noir. The Vintage Widows is a blend of named two vineyards – Gum Emperor and...

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...

Incanta Pinot Noir

Incanta Pinot Noir

Who makes it? Incanta Pinot Noir is a wine that once you have found it, you should buy more than a few. And with the price, you might be well able to afford to. It is also good to see Romanian wines appearing on our shelves. Apparently, these grapes have come from...

Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin

Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin

Who makes it? Four Pillars, a specialist gin producer in Australia, is the passion of founders Stuart Gregor, Matt Jones, and distiller Cameron MacKenzie. Now, I have been lucky enough in the past to have enjoyed Four Pillars as a palate refresher on occasion, back...

Duca di Castelmonte Sicilian Zibbibo

Duca di Castelmonte Sicilian Zibbibo

Who makes it? Duca di Castelmonte is a wine brand under the Marsala producer Pellegrino portfolio. They have a wide range of wines as a Sicilian specialist. This is a Lidl special, so I would get in and get it while you can find it. It will be superb for this summer....

Tomfoolery Young Blood Shiraz

Tomfoolery Young Blood Shiraz

Who makes it? From the information I can find, Tomfoolery Wines is family owned with Ben Chipman at the winemaking helm. Their wines are Barossan, meaning the grapes are either from the Barossa Valley or from the cooler climes of the Eden Valley. In the current range...

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