Wine… It pairs perfectly with Christmas (2014)

wine wankers funny christmas wine image 1 It’s been almost a year since I posted the original “Wine… It pairs perfectly with Christmas” so after seeing loads of Christmas related wine and drinks images on our social media I thought I’d post a version for 2014. It’s a week out from the big day so it gives everyone a bit of time to absorb these images and to maybe get a smile or two out of them in the lead-up. Continue reading

The wonderful world of social media #wine

The Wine Wankers as we appear on Instagram (click for more detail)

The Wine Wankers as we appear on Instagram (click for a more detailed image)

It’s only been just over a year since we were encouraged by other bloggers to venture out into the wild world of Twitter. A brave move it was. We had no idea what we were in for. Initially it just seemed crazy. We couldn’t get our heads around it all and after a couple of weeks we almost threw in the towel. Lucky we didn’t give up because we’ve now got almost 120,000 people following us on Twitter. It’s still crazy but social media #wine works for us! Continue reading

10 things you hate about wine service in restaurants and bars

It was a simple question: what do you hate most about buying wine in restaurants and bars.  We posed the question on our Facebook page (go on, give us a like!), and we were inundated with responses.  Here’s your top 10, with Wine Wanker Drew’s interpretation (he used to work as a wine waiter – so he should know!).

Wines by the glass that have been opened for days

The problem with wines by the glass – the unpopular wines don’t sell all that often.  Meaning the flavours can become dulled or are oxidised and off.  Ask your waiter when was the bottle open.  It it was open more than 24 hours ago – ask for a fresh bottle.

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Another fun collection of wine chalkboards and signs

As a follow-on from A fun collection of wine chalkboards, here is an updated collection sourced from our recent tweets and Instagram posts.  We would love to credit the originators of these but sadly this has mostly been lost through time unless marked somewhere on the image.

Enjoy!

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10 Reasons Wine is better than Beer

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Craft beer – for those that have not seen it :)

Over at the Wine Wanker’s head office we are very committed to promoting the virtues of wine, but we don’t often criticise the alternatives. This blog therefore corrects this glaring omission from our line-up of posts, and demonstrates the superiority of wine over it’s poorer cousin beer. Why beer? Well in Australia anyway (Downunder for our American friends), it is the most consumed alcoholic beverage, and as such some ground needs to be made up by the wine fraternity to correct this travesty.

We have a craft beer revolution going on here at present and it has been interesting watching beer swillers becoming refined craft beer nerds. Conrad and Neal recently went to a craft beer brewery that has sprung up in Enmore and it was hilarious watching this cultural shift. Deadset there were beer wankers everywhere. Good idea for a blog name; Beer Wankers. Continue reading

Canberra – the Australian wine region you need to know

As Australia’s capital, Canberra may have a high proportion of public servants and politicians, but when it comes to food and wine, it is anything but boring. Thanks to top class Australian wineries as Clonakilla (Shiraz Viognier) and Helm (Premium Riesling), our nation’s capital has justifiably taken its place alongside Australia’s best growing regions for wine. But two wineries does not a region make, as the Wine Wankers recently discovered when we visited Australia’s Capital of Wine.

Wine has been produced in Canberra for more than 160 years, but it’s only in the past 40 years the region has truly shined. If cool climate, food friendly styles are what you crave, you’ve come to the right place. Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and of course Shiraz Viognier blends all shine.

Yes – Canberra wine is exciting.

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Rediscovering Merlot

A scene from the movie "Sideways"

Merlot hate?   A scene from the movie “Sideways”

Poor Merlot!

With just one line “I’m not drinking any f*cking Merlot!” the movie “Sideways” is believed to have delivered a decent hiding to the fine producers of wine made from this noble grape.  For some strange reason a lot of wine consumers took this line as meaning that Merlot was now uncool and not really all that good after all.

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