Pizzini Round up 2022 – Part 2!

Pizzini produce some of Australia’s best expressions of Italian grape varieties. Wine reviews by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse).

Pizzini round up 2022 – Part 1!

Pizzini Whites round up. The current white wines from Australia’s King Valley producer Pizzini. Wine reviews by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

Bring on the wines of Summer!

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. Summer does not mean that you have to abandon red wines. It doesn't mean you have to stick...

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)

Paracombe A Trio of Pinot NV sparkling

Paracombe A Trio of Pinot NV sparkling

Who makes it? Paracombe is the label of the passionate Drogemuller family in the Adelaide Hills sitting high above Adelaide in Australia’s South. It is also the name of the nearby town. Paracombe Wines has a wide range of wine including a wonderfully fragrant white...

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...

Chandon Argentina Brut NV

Chandon Argentina Brut NV

Who makes it? Chandon is the umbrella brand that Champagne house Moet & Chandon uses for their international sparkling wines. You will find a wide range of fizz from Australia (since 1986), USA (since 1973), Brazil (since 1973), now India and China. This is from...

Chateau Tours des Gendres ‘La Gloire de mon Père’

Chateau Tours des Gendres ‘La Gloire de mon Père’

Who makes it? Chateau Tours des Gendres is a family run vineyard that was re-planted in 1984. Bergerac is one of those French regions that tend to be sold mostly domestically within France with only limited wines available outside France. This wine is a good one to...

Casa Freschi Ragazzi Nebbiolo

Casa Freschi Ragazzi Nebbiolo

Who makes it? Casa Freschi is the label of winemaker David Freschi started in the 1998. David turns the grapes from his family’s original vineyard planted in Australia’s Langhorne Creek. This vineyard was planted in the 1970s although David planted Nebbiolo in the...

Donnafugata Mille e una Notte

Donnafugata Mille e una Notte

Who makes it? Donnafugata is wine brand of the Rallo family. A family that has their history founded in the Marsala trade but Giacomo and Gabriella started Donnafugata in 1983. In 1995, the first vintage of Mille e una Notte was made. And the...

Payten & Jones VV Chardonnay

Payten & Jones VV Chardonnay

Who makes it? Payten & Jones is a partnership between two school friends, Behn Payten and Troy Jones. They make a wide range of wines, including some wines from Priorat, just the south of Spain. Those wines offer something a little different too. Some of those use...

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...

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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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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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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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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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