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Our friends at Drayton’s generously sent us some wine in line with our samples policy. They took our tongue in cheek suggestion, that they send 2 of everything to avoid bottle variation, literally; thanks guys.
We were not entirely familiar with Drayton’s wine, although we are very au fait with the Hunter Valley region given its proximity to Sydney and its cracking semillon and shiraz. Drayton’s have been in the wine industry since the mid 19th century, so they should know what they’re doing with such a long string of vintages under their belt.
To make the tasting more interesting we chose 10 wines from their line up and conducted it blind, achieved by putting a paper bag over the wine bottles so we were in the dark as to what was what. Getting the paper bags from the wine retailer was not easy, Continue reading →
A strange thing happened yesterday, well actually, it happened just over 6 months ago when we started this blog. As The WIne Wankers becomes more “known” (that feels a bit weird to write) people often ask how this whole caper came together. If you’ve read my very first blog post (click here) you’d know that we sincerely kicked all this off on a whim with no other intention than to blog about our wine stories. And if you’ve read Neal’s recent post here, you’d know that our namesake is rather ironic. Continue reading →
Recently I was treated to a dinner at lovely little cafe in Sydney. Now normally I do not associate cafes with fine food nor fine wine, but this one was a little different. The place goes by the name of Cafe Sydney and boasts and evening that far surpasses its moniker.
Whilst the food here is renowned as being great, it was really the wine I was interested in and herein lies the challenge, how do you manage wine selection with a party of over a dozen?
There is the obligatory starting order of a red and white for the table, and thank god the dreaded Chardonnay didn’t get a look in. Don’t get me wrong I know there are great chardys out there…somewhere…possibly, but to pick a chardy you really need to know your chardy lest you end up with the obligatory unoaked horse wee that ends up adorning so many tables and footpaths outside so many hens nights. Continue reading →
It might come as a surprise to many people, as it did to us, that there are so many wine regions in our lucky country. Most people are able to name about half a dozen (think Barossa Valley, Margaret River, Hunter Valley etc) which lead us to consider that there are a lot of regions that make great wines that need some uncovering.
It seems only reasonable therefore that the Wine Wankers review as many as we can in an effort to spread the word on our wonderful wine (it’s work, really it is). We will do these posts over a period of time, peppered in between our regular content. Continue reading →
Our regular readers would have cottoned on to the fact that our blog is lashed in irony. We are really the anti wine wanker brigade, and consistent with our Australian sense of humor it only seemed right to call ourselves what we are not.
For those not exposed to Australian humor we do have a tendency to give everyone a nickname, and often that name has somewhere in its derivation a meaning that is the opposite to reality. Here are some examples;
Tiny – often reserved for massive men.
Stretch – used for people unusually short.
Bluey – exclusively for those with red hair.
Happy – someone with a dour taciturn disposition. Continue reading →
Late last week I picked up the wines I’d recently won at auction and I just had to open one up on Friday night. I don’t always drink old wines, I love young vibrant wine too, but I’m going through a phase and, for me, that’s what my wine drinking is all about. Each phase I go through opens my mind to a deeper experience with wine, so for now my posts will be weighted towards an aged wine experience.