South African wines @ TW2 The Green

Looking for something out of the ordinary..Love learning more about the wine, you are drinking? Want to know how to choose better wines? The Winemusing Sessions are now on sale. Always expect the unexpected on these journeys. South African wine is not just about bold...

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...

Blind Ambition

Blind Ambition is a film about four Zimbabwean sommeliers competing to be the world’s best. A story of determination and resilience.

Natural wines – 5 wines that you should be drinking.

Natural wines are popular around the world. Here are five to enjoy now. review by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

Nero d’Avola – Why you should be drinking Nero d’Avola!

Nero d’Avola is Sicily’s main red grape variety. It is deeply coloured with cherry, plums and liquorice. By Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

I always thought that wine was a ‘natural’ product ….

There has been a lot of discussion in recent years about wine and how ‘natural’ it really is.  After all, according to Wine Australia, ‘Wine means the product of the complete or partial fermentation of fresh grapes, or a mixture of that product and products...
Zuccardi Q Tempranillo

Zuccardi Q Tempranillo

Who makes it? Zuccardi Q is a range of immediately drinkable wines from the Zuccardi family. One of Argentina’s well known and well respected wine families. The Q range contains a Malbec, a Cabernet Franc, a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon as well as this...

Blind Ambition

Blind Ambition

Blind Ambition. Not something that you associate with wine perhaps. Yet, welcome to The World Wine Blind Tasting Championships. And just what it means to four young men. If you liked Red Obsession, as I did, you will be pleased to know that some of the Australian...

Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon

Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon

Who makes it? Ringbolt Cabernet is one of the extensive, and very well made, portfolio from the Hill Smith family. The Hill Smith family is also the family behind the world famous Yalumba wine brand. This is one of those wines that tends to deliver year in and year...

Donnafugata Kabir Moscato di Pantelleria DOC

Donnafugata Kabir Moscato di Pantelleria DOC

Who makes it? Donnafugata is owned by the Rallo family who started the brand in 1983. No strangers to winemaking, the family have 160+ years experience making wines in Sicily. Historically as Marsala producers. It was only in 1989, however, that the family started to...

Natural wines – 5 wines that you should be drinking.

Natural wines – 5 wines that you should be drinking.

‘Natural wines’ is a rather broad term. What does it mean? The best I can describe it is a wine that has been made with the least amount of human interference.  This minimal human interference also may refer to the way the vineyard is looked after as well. Without a...

Cullen Amber 

Cullen Amber 

Who makes it? Cullen is easily recognised as one of Australia’s best wine producers. They were also an early adopter of biodynamic wine making, and not just in Australia. Furthermore, the Cullen family were one of the early families to plant vineyards and make wine in...

Winzer Krems Orange Gruner Veltliner

Winzer Krems Orange Gruner Veltliner

Who makes it? Winzer Krems is a large cooperative with over 900 winegrowers selling their grapes in Kremstal just the north of Wien (Vienna). They could well be considered a Gruner Veltliner specialist considering they make more than 10 versions. This wine is a little...

Nero d’Avola – Why you should be drinking Nero d’Avola!

Nero d’Avola – Why you should be drinking Nero d’Avola!

Syracuse, Sicily Nero d’Avola. Have you met the expressive Italian that continues to fill our wine glasses with its irresistible charm? It is a suave Sicilian from the South east. In fact, it takes its name from the township of Avola on the south eastern tip of...

Bruno Rocca Barbaresco Currà DOCG

Bruno Rocca Barbaresco Currà DOCG

Who makes it? Bruno Rocca is the current custodian of the Rocca family business. He made the decision in the 1970s to sell his own wine, rather than just being a grape seller. Currà is the name of the vineyards these particular Nebbiolo grapes are grown. It is a ‘cru’...

Delatite Estate MansField White

Delatite Estate MansField White

Who makes it Delatite has long been one of the benchmarks of small family run biodynamic wineries. The Ritchie family is also very well known for their white wines, particularly their Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris. Pinot Gris from around the area of...

I always thought that wine was a ‘natural’ product ….

I always thought that wine was a ‘natural’ product ….

There has been a lot of discussion in recent years about wine and how ‘natural’ it really is.  After all, according to Wine Australia, ‘Wine means the product of the complete or partial fermentation of fresh grapes, or a mixture of that product and products...

Gosset Grand Blanc de Blancs

Gosset Grand Blanc de Blancs

Who makes it? The Gosset Grand Blanc de Blancs Brut is made by the oldest of the Champagne houses. In fact, the house has been making fine Champagne since 1584. The Renaud Cointreau family now own this revered House. Gosset is not top of mind for most fizz lovers,...

Latest videos:

Winemaker Series: Colette Bonnet Champagne

click here to watch video click here to read about Colette Bonnet Champagne
Featured Posts:
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...

read more
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...

read more
Wineries:
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...

read more
Winery Spotlight: Getting to know Chiesa del Carmine Estate

Winery Spotlight: Getting to know Chiesa del Carmine Estate

Is there anything more evocative than enjoying the best of local Italian produce while taking in the view of vineyards and olives? I certainly find it hard to resist the allure at the best of times. It is even harder at Chiesa del Carmine. I can see why the Sinclair...

read more

Women in Wine:

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...

read more
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...

read more
Jane Eyre Wines Chenas

Jane Eyre Wines Chenas

Jane Eyre is one of the Australian winemakers who makes a range of wines that cross international borders. She now makes wines in Burgundy after vintages making wine at Cullen in Margaret River, Felton Road, Central Otago and Ata Rangi in Martinborough. This Jane Eyre...

read more