New Wines for 2024!

Want to find out all the new & exciting wine trends for 2024... Some of what is new is old! Very very old. Some of newest wine styles are some of the oldest styles in the world. Some others are previously undiscovered gems. Some are holiday favourites that have...

Why you should be drinking more Penedès wine!

Penedès wines have been on the wine trade radars for some time as ‘one to watch’. Particularly over the past 10 years. Undoubtedly, the continued rise in popularity in Spanish wine has meant that winelovers expect more variety from the country. Certainly more than...

Winemusing on Substack

Winemusing on Substack is a new service with exclusive content delivered right to your inbox. By Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

Xarel-lo : The grape with the X factor & why we love it!

Xarel-lo is a white wine grape from Catalunya, Spain. Particularly from Penedes. By Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

Tahbilk – A bottled history in Marsanne

  The Tahbilk range of marsanne tells a rich story steeped in the pioneering spirit of Australian winemaking and the Purbrick family. Nowhere else in Australia, to my knowledge, has the breadth of choice of straight marsanne wine on offer. The first vines The...

What are low alcohol wines? Are they any good?

What are low alcohol or zero alcohol wines? Find out more and what to look for. Wine review by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

Tahbilk – A bottled history in Marsanne

Tahbilk – A bottled history in Marsanne

  The Tahbilk range of marsanne tells a rich story steeped in the pioneering spirit of Australian winemaking and the Purbrick family. Nowhere else in Australia, to my knowledge, has the breadth of choice of straight marsanne wine on offer. The first vines The...

Chateau du Cedre Cahors Extra Libre 

Chateau du Cedre Cahors Extra Libre 

Who makes it? Chateau du Cedre is a family wine estate in Cahors, France. Their first vineyards were planted in 1958, with the first wine made by the family being the 1973 vintage. The family at the time were also lavender farmers and distilled their own lavender oil....

What are low alcohol wines? Are they any good?

What are low alcohol wines? Are they any good?

For a few years now, the market for zero alcohol wine has been growing. The selection in the wine aisles of supermarkets is booming and off licenses now have a selection as well. Not just in the UK, but all across the world. I saw a good sized selection in both France...

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...

Freixenet Elyssia Pinot Noir Cava

Freixenet Elyssia Pinot Noir Cava

Who makes it? Freixenet Elyssia is one of the wines in that range of cavas, a style of wine that Freixenet is very well known for. There is a more traditional white sparking wine which contains some Chardonnay and Pinot noir with the native Spanish white grapes. This...

Boekenhootskloof The Chocolate Block

Boekenhootskloof The Chocolate Block

Who makes it? The Chocolate Block is one of the wines that Boekenhoutskloof produces. Incidentally, Boekenhoutskloof is itself a very well known wine brand from Franschhoek, South Africa. It was established in 1993 by a group of partners, one of which was...

Two Alcohol Free from French Bloom

Two Alcohol Free from French Bloom

French Bloom is an organic ‘alcohol free’ wine based producer. Like Oddbird, French Bloom was created by women who have created the brand only producing alcohol free drink based on wine. Although Oddbird wines are purely grape products. French Bloom is not.  To read...

Llopart Clos del Fòssils

Llopart Clos del Fòssils

Who makes it? Llopart Clos del Fòssils is one of the numerous unquestionably interesting finds amongst the Llopart family wines. The family have a very long history in making sparkling wines in Penedés region, dating from 1887. Solidifying their passion...

El Coto Rosado

El Coto Rosado

Who makes it? El Coto Rosado is one of the wines offered by this brand which is part of the Baron de Ley portfolio. The range is ever growing and also includes an organic wine and a semidulce white made from Viura and Chardonnay. How do they make it? A rosado such as...

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV Champagne AOC

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV Champagne AOC

Who makes it? Perrier Jouet Grand Brut is the typical access wine for this fine Champagne house. It is a Champagne House that most fizz lovers will recognise from the Belle Epoque wine. The iconic Champagne in the ‘flower’ bottle. The design with Japanese anemone...

Is all wine Vegan?

Is all wine Vegan?

Vegan wine? Surely all wine is vegan? Vegetarian? It is a question that is not as obvious as you would expect. What about organic wine? Is it vegan? Simply put, a vegan wine is one made without the use of animal products in the winemaking process. There are some...

Oddbird 0.0%

Oddbird 0.0%

There has been a clear focus for the past few years to produce low or zero alcohol wines. It is quite hard to navigate this category of wine as the quality is very varied. And some of these wines command prices that are higher than well made wines that contain...

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Food & Wine matching Session!

Food & Wine matching Session!

THE ART OF MATCHING WINE WITH FOOD! It is all up to taste! Have you ever wondered which wines go well with certain dishes... and why? Should you drink red with with dessert? What about white wine with red meat? And that incredibly difficult to match, chilli? Wonder no...

Not your usual European wines!

Not your usual European wines!

There is so much more to European wines to discover.... Wines from countries that many drinkers have forgotten about or countries rarely thought about as offerring high quality wines, or just some country’s wines now becoming available in the UK..... Prepare to be...

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What are low alcohol wines? Are they any good?

What are low alcohol wines? Are they any good?

For a few years now, the market for zero alcohol wine has been growing. The selection in the wine aisles of supermarkets is booming and off licenses now have a selection as well. Not just in the UK, but all across the world. I saw a good sized selection in both France...

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Is all wine Vegan?

Is all wine Vegan?

Vegan wine? Surely all wine is vegan? Vegetarian? It is a question that is not as obvious as you would expect. What about organic wine? Is it vegan? Simply put, a vegan wine is one made without the use of animal products in the winemaking process. There are some...

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Fine fizz {Champagne} that should be in your glass…

Fine fizz {Champagne} that should be in your glass…

Champagne bring it on, I say!  However, amongst the large name Champagne houses, it can seem rather hard to find a choice that is ‘not your usual’ candidates. If you find yourself reaching for the usual selection, why not try these? And don’t just limit your...

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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:

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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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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