Christmas is in the air … but what is for dinner?

Christmas dinner needs some careful wine planning. Choose from Champagne to Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse).

The Corkscrew. The demise of a weapon of mass consumption!

The corkscrew, waiter’s friend, wine opener. Are they still needed? They still make great gifts. review by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

Beaujolais! It is not at all new-vo {new though…. }

Ok… that was a very poor joke. But it is all a gam’, ay? Beaujolais! It is no laughing matter really. I have been very keen to turn my attention to it after noticing that it was gaining popularity amongst wine experts.  There were even articles written...

Pizzini – A tavola!

Pizzini A tavola! In my travels through the King Valley, Northern Victoria, I ventured across a winery that piqued my interest on many levels.  Not only was it located in an old tobacco processing shed set against picturesque mountains. Not only did it have great...

Spice up your wine life! Wine tasting at home…

Wine tastings at home can add more fun to your get togethers. Here are some tips. Wine reviews by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse).

English sparkling wines that you need to taste!

There are now many excellent English sparkling wines to choose from! In your search for great bubbles, don’t miss out on the opportunity to taste some of the elegant English sparkling wines that are becoming easier to find. I have reviewed a number in the past –...
Sons of Eden Freya Riesling

Sons of Eden Freya Riesling

Who makes it? Sons of Eden is the wine label owned by Corey Ryan and Simon Cowham who make impeccable wines from the Barossa. Of course, the Barossa zone encompasses not just the warm and famous Barossa Valley, but also the cool, higher altitude Eden Valley. These...

Pirie Tasmanian NV Sparkling Wine

Pirie Tasmanian NV Sparkling Wine

Who makes it? Andrew Pirie is one of pioneering winemakers in Tasmania, Australias island state. He started selling this Sparkling wine in 1999, while still owning the estates Pipers Brook Vineyars and Ninth Island. In 2010, Brown Brothers from Victoria on Australia’s...

Help! I am going Plumm crazy ….

Anyone who has been travelling with me around the wineries will know that I am a glassware fiend. I just love my glassware! For instance, I have never been as excited (by glass accoutrements) as I was when I discovered that I could combine my passions for Champagne,...

Domaine des Tourelles Cuvee Pierre Brun

Domaine des Tourelles Cuvee Pierre Brun

Who makes it? Domaine des Tourelles, from Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, in now in the co-custodianship of Faouzzi Issa. This wine is named after the previous owner, Pierre Brun who was the grandson of Frenchman Francois-Eugene Brun. Francois- Eugene Brun established Domaine...

Pizzini – A tavola!

Pizzini – A tavola!

Pizzini A tavola! In my travels through the King Valley, Northern Victoria, I ventured across a winery that piqued my interest on many levels.  Not only was it located in an old tobacco processing shed set against picturesque mountains. Not only did it have great...

Reyneke Organic Chenin Blanc

Reyneke Organic Chenin Blanc

Who makes it? Reyneke is a family run estate in South Africa’s famous, and beautiful, Stellenbosch region. The estate is currently under the custodianship of Johan Reyneke. Since the 90s, under his care, the estate has been converted to organic and biodynamic...

Cote Bonneville Chardonnay

Cote Bonneville Chardonnay

Who makes it? Cote Bonneville is a family run winery in the Yakima Valley, Washington State. The Shiels family expanded the vineyard back in the early 1990s when they purchased it and daughter, Kerry Shiels, is now the winemaker. The oldest block in their DuBrul...

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...

Spice up your wine life!  Wine tasting at home…

Spice up your wine life! Wine tasting at home…

Have your nights in with friends fallen into the same old dull routine? Maybe that routine is stuck in the Sauvignon Blanc or Shiraz rut, when you busting to try something new. You can always spice things up by hosting your own style of wine tasting event. It is so...

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...

Louis Pommery England Brut NV

Louis Pommery England Brut NV

Who makes it? Louis Pommery is an English fizz with a difference. That being an English fizz from a famous Champagne house. Louis Pommery is the brand used by Champagne great Vranken Pommery for their sparkling wines from outside of France. There is this...

Northstar Winery Merlot

Northstar Winery Merlot

Who makes it? Northstar Winery is owned by Chateau Ste Michelle, the team has gained the reputation for their passion for merlot from Walla Walla and Columbia Valley. Of course, one of the things you need to remember with labelling here is that a wine only has to have...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Gavin Monery making wines in the heart of London!

Gavin Monery making wines in the heart of London!

Just released on WinemusingTV... The latest in the WinemusingTV Winemaker Series: Gavin Monery from Vagabond Wines - Part one and two. Gavin Monery is an Australian winemaker who has who honed his skills with Cullen Wines. He has also done vintages with the likes of...

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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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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...

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