The Winemusing Sessions are now open!

Winemusing Sessions are a series of online wine courses and tastings so you can drink better wine. Run by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse).

Nikkal Rose – doing it for Breast Cancer

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.

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...
Jackson Estate Homestead Pinot Noir

Jackson Estate Homestead Pinot Noir

Who makes it? Jackson Estate wines have long been staples on our shelves and this particular pinot has been sourced from the historic property. A property overlooked by the namesake Homestead and is still farmed by the Jackson family. Pinot noir suits the Marlborough...

Guigal Cotes du Rhone

Guigal Cotes du Rhone

Who makes it? Guigal’s history is in the Cote Rotie in the Northern Rhone rather than down south in the Cotes du Rhone. Over time, Guigal has developed expertise in other Northern Rhone regions. And in this century, the family Guigal has continued their march further...

Domaine l’Aigueliere La Cote Rousse

Domaine l’Aigueliere La Cote Rousse

Who makes it? The La Cote Rousse is one of the sought after wines from the Montpeyroux sub-region of Larzac in the Languedoc. Domaine l’Aigueliere is owned and run by the Commeyras family in this scenic area just to the North of Montpellier. Here, like the reds of...

Domaine Begude Espirit Pinot Noir

Domaine Begude Espirit Pinot Noir

Who makes it? Domaine Begude has a gorgeous backdrop against the Pyrenees and the Corbieres near Limoux in South West France. Owners, Catherine and James Kinglake, took over custodianship of this organic wine estate in 2003. However, the vineyards on the gentle...

The Winemusing Sessions are now open!

The Winemusing Sessions are now open!

Love tasting wine? The Winemusing Sessions first event is now on sale just for the Richmond Upon Thames area. When: Thursday, 28th January 2021, 7.30 - 9 pmWhere: Your place (via Microsoft Teams)Booking: click here to book via eventbrite. The Winemusing Sessions are...

Muga Reserva Seleccion Especial

Muga Reserva Seleccion Especial

Bodega Muga is a family run winery in Rioja and is one of the names that have become synonymous with Spain’s most famous region. Particularly for their well regarded Prado Enea. Notably, Muga is known for only producing red Rioja wines at the Reserva or Gran Reserva...

Vasse Felix Filius Chardonnay

Vasse Felix Filius Chardonnay

Vasse Felix is one of the Margaret River’s first wine estates. Dr Tom Cullity planted the first of the estate’s vineyards in 1967 after recognising the region’s immense potential. The Holmes à Court family has owned the estate since 1987 and they have made the...

The Hedonist Shiraz 2018

The Hedonist Shiraz 2018

The Hedonist Shiraz offers many things to many people. It is made from grapes from biodynamic vineyards in McLaren Vale, a region known for its soft, juicy, immediately approachable shiraz. The Clappis family are committed to making their McLaren Vale fruit shine...

Morrisons The Best Priorat 2016

Morrisons The Best Priorat 2016

Sometimes it is important to remember that supermarkets own brand wines offer value to shoppers on a tight budget. Particularly, if the wine is from a well established wine country such as France, Italy or Spain. These supermarkets have equally well established...

Matsu El Viejo Toro DO 2018

Matsu El Viejo Toro DO 2018

Who makes it?  Matsu 'El Viejo' is one of Vintae’s label. Vintae is a family run wine business which also owns Hacienda Lopez de Haro and Bardos amongst others. El Viejo sports just as stylish a label like the other three in the line up. This one features a...

Bodega Classica Hacienda Lopez de Haro Blanco

Bodega Classica Hacienda Lopez de Haro Blanco

Hacienda Lopez de Haro is another of the Vintae brands from around Spain.  This time it is a Riojan white made from old Viura vines from vineyards around the area of San Vincente de la Sonsierra (Rioja Alta). Interestingly, this area has pre-historic wine...

Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay

Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay

Who makes it? Tolpuddle is the Tasmanian vineyard owned by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW. The dynamic duo behind the outstanding Shaw + Smith label from Australia’s Adelaide Hills launched this label in 2013. The story behind the Tolpuddle label started with a...

Latest videos:

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:

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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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...

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