Sparkling reds & why you should be drinking of them!

Sparkling reds take on a unique accent in the hands of Australian winemakers. Delicious, cellarable & superb. Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

Two cheap reds from Sainsbury’s

Two Sainsbury’s reds for around a fiver and whether they are good drinking. Reviews by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse).

The Wine Journal… A new annual for Australian wine lovers

The Wine Journal is an annual collection of articles from Andrew Caillard MW & Angus Hughson. Review by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

Ten wines under £10 that you should be drinking!

Yes, there is such a thing as a wine that is too cheap! Hence, finding a wine that fits your budget can be a frustrating and, quite frankly, intimidating experience. You can stand at the shelves for what seems like forever and just not know where to start....

Albarino! Alvarinho! Why we love it!

Albarino or Alvarinho? Well, it depends on where you come from really it does. Same grape, different accent! Albarino in Spain and when it crosses the border into neighbouring Portugal, it likes to be called Alvarinho.  It is the star white wine grape...

Yes, you CAN chill red wines! Here are six you will love…

Chilled red wines are just right for summer drinking. Here are six that you will love. Reviews by Lisa Johnston (thewinemuse)

Chateau Ksara Gris de Gris

Chateau Ksara Gris de Gris

Who makes it? Chateau Ksara has been making wine in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon since 1857. This is remarkable given the politics of making wine in Lebanon, but the Jesuit monks who planted the vineyards, and created one of Lebanon’s oldest wineries had great wine in...

d’Arenberg Peppermint Paddock

d’Arenberg Peppermint Paddock

Who makes it? D’Arenberg Peppermint Paddock is one of those wine that fits the very definition of ‘moreish’! It goes without saying that the Osborn family make quite a few wines that rate very highly on that scale. They do have a very wide and eclectic range of wines...

Yes, you CAN chill red wines! Here are six you will love…

Yes, you CAN chill red wines! Here are six you will love…

Meet the chilled red!.... I recently held a Masterclass on Wines for Summer. As part of that night, I featured red wines that you can chill during the heat of summer. That is right, chilled red! As well as making sure that everyone knew how to keep their red wines in...

Villa Blanche Piquepoul Noir

Villa Blanche Piquepoul Noir

Who makes it? Villa Blanche is one of the brands produced by Domaine Calmel & Joseph from the Languedoc.  Many of the wines under the Domaine’s name, are organically produced as well. The Villa Blanche range is not as yet. The range contains not just a...

Waitrose ‘Lost and Found’ Frappato

Waitrose ‘Lost and Found’ Frappato

Who makes it? Waitrose ‘Lost and Found’ Frappato is a Waitrose own label wine. Frappato is one of Sicily’s native red wine grapes. It is known for maker lighter bodied red wines. Of course, lovers of Cerasuolo di Vittoria may know it as a component of that wine when...

Pizzini Round up 2022 – Part 2!

Pizzini Round up 2022 – Part 2!

Two of the red grapes that Pizzini are well known for is Sangiovese and Nebbiolo. The family were amongst the first vineyards, after McLaren Vale’s Coriole, to plant Sangiovese in the 1980s.  To read more about the background of both the Pizzini family and their...

Louis Jadot Macon Rouge

Louis Jadot Macon Rouge

Who makes it? Louis Jadot is a Burgundy based producer with a long history on the world’s stage. It is a producer renowned for making high quality wines that happen to be quite affordable. Maconnais as a region also extends into Moulin-A-Vent, one of the well regarded...

Champagne Brimoncourt Brut Régence

Champagne Brimoncourt Brut Régence

Who makes it? Champagne Brimoncourt is still a relatively new Champagne maker with a history. You can read more about its history here in Brimoncourt, France's new Champagne House has its roots in history. However, the brand is one that is not ‘new’ but newly...

Pizzini round up 2022 – Part 1!

Pizzini round up 2022 – Part 1!

The Pizzini whites.... As usual, it was a pleasure to catch up with Natalie Pizzini this month to see some of Pizzini’s new vintages of whites and reds, some of their new additions and their striking new labelling. I can still remember visiting them for the...

Chandon Garden Spritz – Australian innovation in the UK

Chandon Garden Spritz – Australian innovation in the UK

Chandon Garden Spritz has now arrived in the UK and is bound to be the hot drink for Summer 2022!  It captures the current excitement around Aperol Spritz cocktails that continues to be just as popular this summer as it was last. Well, if the number pubs and...

Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Syrah

Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Syrah

Who makes it? Craggy Range have been steadily putting little known New Zealand wine region, Gimblett Gravels, on the world stage over the past decade or more. This Craggy Range Syrah is an excellent example of why winelovers are sitting up and taking notice. I poured...

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 Marc Kent...

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

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...

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English sparkling wines that you need to taste!

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 –...

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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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