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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 →
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.
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.
When it comes to being a Wine Wanker there’s no one else more qualified than our new member Drew. Neal and I have known Drew for well on a decade and Drew has been good friends with Neal’s wife for a lot longer than that. He has told me that his fondest memory of Neal was at a wedding when Neal got a little tipsy and thought it was a good idea to hug an oversized egg shaped lamp! From that moment he knew they were going to be good drinking buddies. He says he draws the line at hugging lamps, but that’s nothing compared to some of the stuff Drew hugs!. Continue reading →
We still have our training wheels on when it comes to wine tasting, not because we don’t know what we’re on about, but because our wine tastings invariably become wine drinking sessions. We promise to work on this. We promise to start spitting out perfectly good wine. We promise … oh who are we kidding.
A challenge associated with being sent wine samples is that you have to open and taste them in a timely manner. The wineries that send samples typically do so with current vintage wine, and are generally predisposed to actually selling some of it so they can eek out a living. So in that vein we organised a wine tasting and invited a couple of fellow vino enthusiasts to join us. Continue reading →
Reams are written about matching food and wine and while most of these tomes are written with good intentions, the information given is often fairly general, i.e. drink with seafood. Wine labels are also, by necessity, equally broad regarding the food matches for the given vino. Now this is all great if you are a seasoned cook/chef with recipes at your disposal, however most of us are not. On contemplating this for some time we thought it would be interesting to be specific, bringing together a recipe that is reasonably simple and affordable, with a wine that is quite accessible. Continue reading →