Summer wines – rosé edition!

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE: Let the rosé pour.... Rosé from around the world to get you in the mood for summer! Whether it is a rosé, rosado, or rosato. From the palest salmon to the deepest pink, almost red. This is where we explore the fresh bunch of pinks. What...

V-v-v- Viognier!

Viognier, Condrieu in France's Northern Rhone wine region's, story is relatively recent. It is thanks to the New World and the search for new varieties to explore, the fragrant white grape, Viognier, was lifted out of obscurity. Being nearly extinct in your home...

Winemusing Session: New World Wines only

Discovering Wines from the New World! Wines from South Africa, Australia, the Americas, New Zealand and other places exotic... The wines from outside of Europe are often considered to be the most innovative and exciting wines. Are they really though? Come along and...

Winemusing on Substack

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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...

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)

Genista The SG Shiraz Grenache 

Genista The SG Shiraz Grenache 

Who makes it?  Genista The SG is a classic Barossa red. However, the label ‘The SG’, is not for Shiraz Grenache. It is for Sarah Gregory, who is one of the duo behind the brand with Lloyd Broom.  While the brand is new, the vineyards are not. One in...

Cloudy Bay Peloras Sparkling Wine 

Cloudy Bay Peloras Sparkling Wine 

Who makes it?  Cloudy Bay Peloras is probably one of New Zealand’s most famous sparkling wines. It has been going from strength to strength since its first vintage in 1987. And why not? Since the 2000s, LVMH has been Cloudy Bay’s current owners. They are, of...

Pierro LTC 

Pierro LTC 

Who makes it? Pierro LTC is the ‘Little Touch of Chardonnay white wine blend. It is a classic Bordeaux Blanc blend with some Chardonnay. This makes it a Bordeaux meets Burgundy wine! Of course, red or white, the Margaret River does Bordeaux blends very well. Pierro is...

Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Shiraz

Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Shiraz

Who makes it? Yalumba The Signature is one of the iconic red wines from the Hill-Smith portfolio. It became part of Australia’s vinous history from its first vintage in 1962.  There has been 57 people who have added their penmanship to the label ever since....

Wirra Wirra Church Block

Wirra Wirra Church Block

Who makes it? Wirra Wirra Church Block is an Australian classic. Mention Wirra Wirra to wine lovers throughout the world, and this is probably the wine that they will think of.  This was the first Wirra Wirra wine made by the late Greg Trott. That was back in 1972....

Sattlerhof Trockenbeerenauslese Sauvignon Blanc

Sattlerhof Trockenbeerenauslese Sauvignon Blanc

Who makes it? Sattlerhof Trockenbeerenauslese Sauvignon Blanc is a rich and unctuous dessert style made from this hugely popular grape. The Sattler family have been making wine on their Austrian wine estate since 1887. Weingut Sattlerhof is very close to the Slovenian...

Taylors / Wakefield Jaraman Shiraz

Taylors / Wakefield Jaraman Shiraz

Who makes it? Jaraman Shiraz is one of the Jaraman tier of wines from Taylors. This tier of wine has expanded considerably in the past decade. It is still one that represents a very easy choice of value driven quality.  Taylors is still a family run...

Pierro LTCf 

Pierro LTCf 

Who makes it? Pierro LTCf is the ‘Little Touch of Cabernet Franc’ red blend. Being from Australia’s Margaret River region, it is unsurprising that this is a Cabernet Sauvignon led Bordeaux blend. The Margaret River does Bordeaux blends very well. Pierro is the label...

Paul Chollet Cuvee Manon Crémant de Bourgogne

Paul Chollet Cuvee Manon Crémant de Bourgogne

Who makes it? Paul Chollet Cuvee Manon is an eponymous wine named after Manon, the winemaker. The family have been making Crémant de Bourgogne for over two decades. These crémants are produced using the same methods as the famed wines from the neighbouring region of...

Taylors / Wakefield Promised Land Chardonnay

Taylors / Wakefield Promised Land Chardonnay

Who makes it? Taylors Promised Land is a very savvy wine range made by the Taylor family. The family is one of Australia’s first families of wine and well known for quality wines at very good value prices. This Chardonnay is just one of the Promised Land...

Azevedo Alvarinho Vinho Verde Reserva

Azevedo Alvarinho Vinho Verde Reserva

Who makes it? Azevedo Alvarinho is one of the wines that is really putting Vinho Verde back into people’s wine glasses. Sure it is fresh and it is fruity, but it is also very elegantly poised. Azevedo is one of the Sogrape brands, known for the iconic Mateus,...

Albet I Noya El Corral Cremat Brut Classic Penedes

Albet I Noya El Corral Cremat Brut Classic Penedes

Who makes it? Albet i Noya El Corral Cremat certainly has star quality. Indeed, it is a trophy winning fizz. What makes it even more special however, is that the producer. The Albet family are organic wine grower pioneers. They were the first in the Penedès wine...

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Winemusing Session: New World Wines only

Discovering Wines from the New World! Wines from South Africa, Australia, the Americas, New Zealand and other places exotic... The wines from outside of Europe are often considered to be the most innovative and exciting wines. Are they really though? Come along and...

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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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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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