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
I love how social media celebrates wine days and today is a biggie, it’s Cabernet Day! Being a wine lover, any excuse to focus on drinking wine is a good excuse. Not that I actually really need one but a day like Cabernet Day is as good an excuse as it gets. Other equally good excuses include birthdays, anniversaries, Wine Wednesday, friends over, getting home from work, needing to make room for more wine, just because. Continue reading
Earlier this year Ben and I attended a Qantas epiQure wine night and our favourite wine of the evening was the 2011 Rosabrook Single Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. We got talking to Amy of the Calneggia family who owns the winery and after giving her our verdict, and telling her that we loved wine with a bit of age, she said that she would send us a few different vintages of the Cabernet to try. And true to her word, 3 vintages of Cabernet arrived on my doorstep along with a Chardonnay and a Tempranillo and all of these were from their prestigious Single Vineyard Estate range. Continue reading
The Lovedale Long lunch pops up on the wine aficionados calendar around May here in the NSW Hunter region. Run over a weekend it really is a long lunch and one that showcases some fantastic wineries. I have been keen to get up here an experience it first hand for some time now.
My wife and I turned up looking for couple of days of great wines and food across the seven wineries that are part of the experience. What we got was a whole lot more than we were expecting.
This morning when I logged into WordPress I saw a little trophy icon up on the message bar and, of course, I clicked to find out what it was for. Who wouldn’t be curious as to why they earned a trophy? And it was a little system generated “Happy Anniversary!” Awwww, what a pleasant computer program! Continue reading
Over the last couple of months there have been a few “most influential wine people on the Internet” type lists circulated. They’ve all been quite good indicators of wine related influence on the net, within the scope of what qualifies to make each list of course. I’ll briefly go over two of these… Continue reading
They say the first step is acknowledging you have a problem. If you are not sure whether you have one, read on, for our 10 signs that you may have a wine buying problem. Our extensive research (mostly practical) indicates that if you score 5 or more out of 10, you are in trouble :)
We must admit that we get almost the same thrill from finding a wine treasure/bargain as we do drinking it; then there is the problem of how many to get. At least 3. One now, one at peak age and one to see how long it will last. Maybe 6, oh it’s the same freight for 12. So 12. Continue reading