It’s Shiraz, but not as you know it! #shirazweek #wine

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I often hear people say “I love Australian Shiraz” but what does that actually mean? There must be a common style of Shiraz that brings people to say what seems to me to be a very general statement even though it is a positive one. Continue reading

What is an orange wine? And why is it such a great match with Korean food?

Who knew matching Korean food with wine could be so challenging!  It is; but with the right knowledge, you’ll be throwing back orange wines like a Korean pop star (disclaimer: unfortunately I don’t know any famous Korean people, other than Kim Jung Un of course, but I’m sure he doesn’t drink alcohol).

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The crunchy nature of this cucumber kimchi with fresh nashi and perilla was a perfect foil to the textural feel found in this Brash Higgins Amphora Zibibbo.

 

If you’re in Melbourne, you’re in for a treat. The upcoming Melbourne Food and Wine Festival will be taking one of Australia’s hotter than hot wine makers, the darling of every sommelier worth his salt, Brad Hickey of Brash Higgins, and matching his wines with the current epicentre of Korean Food in Australia, Sydney’s Moon Park. Continue reading

Happy 50th birthday – Australia’s best cask (box) wines revealed

Go on – admit it.  At some point, we’ve all hugged the life out of a cheap box of goon and regretted it the next day.  Regardless of that hangover – the humble cask holds a proud place in our nation’s history, it has been the training wheels for many of us who’ve gone on to become wine lovers. Including me.

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The introduction of the cask wine saw an explosion of wine consumption in Australia

Tuesday 24 February 2015 will see this brilliant Aussie invention honoured with a 50th birthday party in the posh Sydney suburb of Vaucluse. The Wine Wankers have started the party early however, by tasting our way through 20 of the nation’s most premium cask wines.  We wanted to know; has the quality of cask wine improved, and if so – what is Australia’s best cask wine?  But before we get to the results – let’s get some background info out of the way, really quickly in bullet points!

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A day out at the tennis with good wine, food and people!

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I was lucky enough to be invited to the Australian Open Tennis in Melbourne recently as a guest of Jacob’s Creek. Although the evening tennis was a great way to finish off the experience, the day actually started early when we all met up around midday for a special lunch where we got to sample some great wine from Stoneleigh out of Marlborough in New Zealand. Continue reading

How to match sweet wines with desserts

The most important rule to remember when matching wine and desserts is that a sweeter wine is always better.  Wine that doesn’t have ample sugar levels will invariably taste thin and tart.

Botrytis affected wines fit the bill nicely. Late harvest wines generally aren’t as sweet as their Botrytis cousins, but still offer excellent matching with lighter desserts.

Another wine you should consider is a Moscato.  This fruity sweet semi-sparkling white wine is low in alcohol (around 5 per cent) and is heaven when drunk with fresh fruit and other light fruity desserts.

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The ‘Chocolate’ – a crisp dark chocolate sphere filled with macerated cherries in cherry curd

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The best sweet wines in Australia, or the world?

Now I know what it feels like to be Honey Boo Boo.

The things we do for our readers! When Conrad and I tackled 15 bottles of sweet wine, 6 desserts and a cheese platter in one siting, well, let’s just say it was the adult equivalent Honey Boo Boo necking five Red Bulls laced with tequila and five shots of espressos; quickly followed by a Mountain Dew chaser!  Eeek! Stop the room spinning!

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Today we’re celebrating all things sweet by road testing the current trophy winning wines from the International Sweet Wine Challenge.  It’s a tough job, but we were up for the diabetes-inducing challenge.  Unfortunately Neal was unable to join us, he was skiing in Japan, drinking sake and eating wasabi flavoured Kit Kats (true story!). Continue reading

Party in Pinot Town! … (Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration 2015 #COPNC15)

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I’m tired. I’m sore. I’m in awe.

Queenstown, in the bottom centre of the south island of NZ, is known to us Aussies as the party town. It’s where we love to go to ski, if we can afford it, but you never just ski in Party Town. For the wine lover it is also Pinot Town, being the largest centre near the Central Otago wine region. Party Town / Pinot Town… what lay ahead of me? Continue reading