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)

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.

The Winesave PRO experiment

The Winesave PRO experiment

My Winesave PRO home experiment. What is Winesave? I wrote about it here on 'Winesave PRO - does it actually save wine?'. I used an inexpensive (read ‘the cheapest’) white wine from my Lidl shop to do this experiment. A fresh and feisty white, Conde Noble, A drop of...

Winesave PRO – does it actually save wine?

Winesave PRO – does it actually save wine?

I have heard this happens often. You want to open that bottle of wine, but you only want one or two glasses. So you might weigh up whether or not to indulge or to leave it? You see, I just open it.  If there is any left, I use a vacuum pump in hope to preserve it...

Le Grand Chai Bordeaux AOC

Le Grand Chai Bordeaux AOC

Who makes it? Le Grand Chai has an Australian connection with stablemate, RedHeads. They are winemakers sourcing grapes from contract growers. The grapes for this everyday level Bordeaux blend is from Cotes de Bourg.  How they make it? This is a smooth amalgam of...

Chapel Down Flint Dry White

Chapel Down Flint Dry White

Who makes it? Flint Dry is a white blend from Chapel Down is one of the UK’s best known wine producers and offers a very wide range of wines from the South East corner of England. They produce not just the expected sparkling wines, and quite the variety too. Chapel...

Three great winter warmers … Reds for the chilly season

Three great winter warmers … Reds for the chilly season

The Winter nights are cold. And dark. The need for a warm, hearty meal is ever present in our minds. And as the richness and heartiness of our meals grow in winter, so too does the richness and robustness of our wines. It is not hard to see why. Red wines have the...

Dandelion Vineyards Lion’s Tooth Shiraz Riesling

Dandelion Vineyards Lion’s Tooth Shiraz Riesling

Who makes it? Elena Brooks is the winemaker and also one of the co-owners of Dandelion Vineyards. Another one of the partners is Elena’s husband Zar Brooks, previously of Zontes Footstep. Over the past decade, Dandelion has quickly established their reputation for...

Muga Rosado Rioja DOC

Muga Rosado Rioja DOC

Who makes it? Bodega Muga is a family run winery in Spain’s famous region, Rioja.  Since it was established in 1932, it is one of the names that have become synonymous with Spain’s most famous region. Particularly for their well regarded Prado Enea. Notably,...

Bread and Butter Chardonnay

Bread and Butter Chardonnay

Who makes it? Bread and Butter wines are part of the large WX Brands, which also includes stable mates such as Chronic Cellars, Tangent and Baileyana. These Bread and Butter wines are suit those wine drinkers who love particularly fruity, plump and bold wines. This...

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...

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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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Get your nominations in for Women in Wine Awards!

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