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Get to know your Italian grapes!

Italy is home to over 1000 grape varieties so it would be impossible to profile them all here. Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Primitivo make some of Italy’s best-loved tipples, and if you are unfamiliar with the wines of this lovely country, then these are a good place to start.

Sangiovese –

This beautiful grape makes medium bodied high […]

By |February 16th, 2016|Categories: Countries of the world, Food and wine, Grape Zone|Tags: , , , , , , |

Celebrate International Chardonnay Day!

The critics agree: “Chardonnay is unquestionably the world’s finest dry white wine” (Scotland on Sunday) … “unbeatable” (The Observer) … “one of the world’s greatest grape varieties” (The Times). So get ready to celebrate International Chardonnay Day this Saturday in fine style.

Rediscover Chardonnay
Chardonnay’s had a bit of a bad rep over the past few years. […]

Warm up with winter whites

Brrrr … the temperatures have dropped, so here’s your winter wines survival kit … but with a difference.

Lighter side of winter
Many people drink seasonally – red wines in winter, whites in summer; you know the story. I am not one of those people. For white wines are not only for hot sunny days. They can […]

Chill out with your reds

Throw out the rule book
“Forget the old ‘room temperature’ rule – some reds taste better out of the fridge” (Tim Atkin, Master of Wine). Serving slightly cold red wine isn’t blasphemy; it’s the perfect thing to drink on a balmy evening. And Australia’s predominantly warm, sunny climate, along with wide-ranging cuisine, is ideal for serving […]

A wine’s staying power

How long can you keep a wine?
Lately we’ve been fielding quite a few queries from customers on how long you can keep a wine – so let me share some views on that matter.

Tannins and acidity
Firstly, there are two reasons why the ageing ability of a red and a white wine differs. It’s the tannin, […]