Red wine stain remover vs white wine

wine wankers chateau spill red wine stain removerI recently received some samples of Chateau Spill, a specially formulated red wine stain remover from the USA. These guys claim that their product will remove red wine spills and stains without leaving a “hangover” ie, residue mess. Apparently Wired Magazine have stated that Chateau Spill is “inarguably the best” at removing red wine stains. Continue reading

The top 10 reasons why McLaren Vale is Australia’s most exciting wine region

The Wine Wankers recently went to McLaren Vale in South Australia – and to say we were blown away by the wines we tasted is an understatement.  These are our top 10 reasons why we believe McLaren Vale is Australia’s most exciting wine region right at the moment.

McLaren vale, sweeping vines from samuels ridge winery

The sweeping views of McLaren Vale

1 – Because Uncle James said so….

James Halliday is one of the world’s most influential wine writers. He’s big, cuddly and has the world’s most awesome eyebrows – so us Wine Wankers like to refer to him as Uncle James.  You know he’ll never lead you astray, especially when it comes to good wines.  We begged James to talk to us Wankers, and he did….

“McLaren Vale has it all. The ever-changing scenery; the choice – indeed over-choice – of restaurants in wineries and in the towns; and the vignerons, rightly proud of their region and their wines, ever-welcoming visitors. McLaren Vale Grenache is its secret weapon, not merely Australia’s best, but every bit as good as that of the Rhône Valley. McLaren Vale Shiraz exudes its sense of place with its distinctive streak of dark chocolate, and the maritime climate underpins the controlled generosity of its Cabernet Sauvignon.”

Best regards, James650-James-Halliday-for-Rosie_648x365_2418171298-hero

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Vinexpo 2015 Diary – Day 5. Time for a detox

With guest Wine Wanker – Sarah Phillips

Wine Wankers, friends, ladies and gentlemen, stick a fork in it and call it done for Vinexpo 2015, the world’s largest wine show.  The final day of Vinexpo was a reflection of tired faces and battered bodies all round- with notably more exhibitors sitting through tastings. The spitting became more rare as the day progressed, as the crowd relaxed into the final hours of the spectacle.

Many thanks to the Vinexpo team for the hard yards, in particular the numerous staff on the front desks that were unfailingly helpful and accommodating. I hope you were rewarded with a bottomless glass of top shelf vino.

Until next time....

Until next time….

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Vinexpo 2015 Diary – Day 4. China strikes back against wine with Sprite

With guest Wine Wanker – Sarah Phillips

Quote of Vinexpo: “We’ve stopped adding Sprite to our wine, but you still add milk to your tea” Anita CHENG : Marketing Director of Domaine Franco Chinois citing Chinese and US cultural differences.

Boom – take that world!


We’re almost at the end of our Vinexpo 2015 journey together, however there are no signs of a wind down just yet – the world’s biggest wine show in Bordeaux seems to be just hitting it’s stride.

The sunshine seemed to bring out he crowds, along with a hustle and bustle atmosphere within the main room. This was most evident in the waiting list line up for the Gault & Millau l’ateliers, showcasing famous chefs and star sommeliers in action. A big lesson here for exhibitors is that people are by nature greedy (myself included), and want a little nosh to go with their wine (so much so that one visitor to the Rigal stand mistook the ‘terroir’ rocks on display for edible treats). Continue reading

Vinexpo 2015 Diary – Day 3. If you have a wine hangover, don’t walk the red carpet

With guest Wine Wanker – Sarah Phillips

We’re over half way through the world’s biggest wine show, Vinexpo 2015, and the pace seemed to have been taken up a notch today…or perhaps this was a reflection of a day started with Champagne.

Sadly, there were fewer red pants on display today, with a more conservative navy blue taking over, along with a sensible and comfy footwear selection.

I finally succumbed to the temptation, taking the red carpet across the lake to arrive at Vinexpo in style. Those who overindulged last night may not have enjoyed the experience however, as the gentle breeze had a swaying effect on the long pontoon- sea legs at the ready.

The floating red carpet - not advisable for those nursing a Vinexpo hangover

The floating red carpet – not advisable for those nursing a Vinexpo hangover

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Vinexpo 2015 Diary – Day 2. Red pants don’t stain

With guest Wine Wanker – Sarah Phillips

Well folks, as they say in the classics (or perhaps just the Four Seasons song) ‘Oh what a night’. I’ve dragged myself away from a rather swank soiree to report on the day that was; so let’s get down to business.

Happy to report that the red pant brigade were out in full force today- with members of both genders strutting all shades of ruby, maroon, scarlet and crimson without abandon. Gerard Basset, master of all things wine and sommelier like, gently explained to me that this is a purely tactical move, camouflaging any wine that happens to spill throughout tasting.

World Champion Sommelier and award-winning hotelier

Gerard Basset, World Champion Sommelier and award-winning hotelier

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Vinexpo 2015 Diary – Day 1. Yellow Wine from China

With guest Wine Wanker – Sarah Phillips

The world’s largest wine show, Vinexpo, is finally here and after a sleepy start, it’s a flurry of wine fuelled, star-studded activity.

By all reports the pre-Vinexpo Champagne was flowing particularly well in St.Emilion last night, contributing to a few sore heads going in to Day 1.  This, along with French love of a Sunday morning sleep-in, meant the day started off quite civilised (read no line for coffee). However, the pace was soon taken up a few notches as a giant media pack swept through the halls.

I was in the middle of a delicious mid-morning Champagne experience (1999 Bruno Paillard ‘Nec Plus Ultra’) when a pack of surly looking bodyguards headed our way. A storm of camera flashes followed, as staff and guests alike left their posts to get a glimpse. The ruckus? Le President himself of course, Francois Hollande, flanked by the much-adored mayor of Bordeaux, Alain Juppe (who, incidentally, has his eyes on the top spot- awkward small talk there I’m sure).

photo : Quentin Salinier

photo : Quentin Salinier

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