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  • Young Gun of Wine... Murdoch Hill's talented Winemaker 04/08/2017

    One of the wineries we've been following closely is  Adelaide Hills winery, Murdoch Hill. And now their winemaker, Michael Downer, has been awarded the Young Gun of Wine Award for 2017.

    We were first introduced to Murdoch Hill wines via a street party in Adelaide a couple of years ago. The wines were impressive and we got to chatting to Andrew Downer, marketing guru at Murdoch Hill and Michael's brother. One thing led to another and a few weeks later we were up in 'the shed' with a group of friends trying their spectacular drops plus barrel samples and chatting all things wine with the brothers. 

    After tying the award for 'Winemakers Choice' in 2015 and winning it outright in 2016, the next logical step was obviously to win the big one...

    Young Gun of Wine in 2017.

    Now we're happy to be ranging our favourites from their list and to be sharing the goodness that is Murdoch Hill with our winelovers! We love these wines and they are highly regarded by the guys from The Wine Front, who we source most of our reviews from, as well as the public with many of the 2016 wines already SOLD OUT! 

    You'll find links to the wines in our store below and please pop us an email if you'd like to know more. 

    From left to right we have the Murdoch Hill Chardonnay, Murdoch Hill Pinot Noir, Murdoch Hill Cronberry Syrah and Murdoch Hill The Tilbury Chardonnay. Click on the picture to go straight to the Wine Store!

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  • The Cabernets 14/02/2017

    It's time to take a look at The Cabernets... Six amazing Cabernets from the two greatest Cabernet regions in Australia ~ Margaret River and the Coonawarra!

     

    Cape Mentelle Trinders Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

    Margaret River

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    This is a gorgeous Margaret River red from one of our favourite wineries, containing a delicious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The Trinders is made in the style of a Bordeaux wine and delivers great Margaret River fruit and grip. We keep a couple of Trinders in the cellar to see how it develops and have also enjoyed a few bottles recently at BBQs with friends. Served with a marinated, butterflied lamb and rocket salad it was a great match.

     

    Moss Wood Amy's Cabernet Blend

    Margaret River

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    The Amy's is a magnificent wine produced by the Mugford family in Margaret River. From the moment you open the bottle it is all Moss Wood class at a very affordable price. With a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot, the Amy's is another fantastic example of the Bordeaux-style wines that have made Margaret River famous. I'm feeling inspired just thinking about it... how many hours until I can pour a glass?

     

    Woodlands Cabernet Franc Merlot

    Margaret River

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    We were so excited when we discovered this wine and the other gems being produced by Woodlands in Margaret River. In fact we've become slightly obsessed! The Cabernet Franc here is blended with Merlot and just a drop of Malbec - perfection. With both the Woodlands Cab Sav Merlot and their Cab Franc Merlot drinking magnificently, it’s hard to choose between the two. Mrs WP is a massive Cab Franc fan and has stocked the cellar with this one. Luckily at such ridiculously great value for this calibre of wine, you can try both and decide for yourself!

     

    Majella Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

    Coonawarra

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    Mmmm Majella. This wine is an icon. A 100% Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon which is loved by both critics and wine lovers all over. If you can resist the temptation to drink it immediately, you'll be rewarded for your patience, with cellaring recommended for 10-15 years. But if you can't wait (we completely understand!) then just decant it at breakfast and enjoy it with dinner. Bon Appetit!

     

    Zema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

    Coonawarra

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    Wine is meant to be classy and we love the Zema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon for just that reason. It's been called "neat, tidy, well flavoured and well mannered." What a find. It's full of juicy fruit, Coonawarra class and is drinking beautifully. The Zema is 100% estate grown Cab Sav, hand-picked and released with several years of bottle age. Fabulous.

     

    Leconfield Cabernet Sauvignon

    Coonawarra

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    One of our key rules when it comes to wine is "Drink what you like". Just like art, different wines appeal to different people and this is one we quite like. It has those classic Coonawarra Cab Sav ripe fruits, some  grip and a bold personality. Plus a splash of Cab Franc! A great dinner companion. 

     

    All of these delicious Cabernet wines are available in the Wine Store

    If you have a favourite Cabernet that isn't in the store, send us an email or fill in our contact form to let us know... we love hearing about new wines!


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  • Time to order the bubbles... 13/11/2016

    It's almost Christmas... and you know what that means

    *Champagne ~ Sparkling White ~ Sparkling Red*

    Here are our picks for Christmas 2016

    2016.11.13 Bubbles For Christmas

     

    Arras Elite is Australia's best Sparkling Wine, hands down. Made by the King of Australian Sparkling, Mr Ed Carr from premium Tasmanian grapes. Arras is our favourite Australian bubbles and the perfect party pop. New to Wine Please and Australia in fact, is the gorgeous Arbeaumont Champagne. Just as delicious as it is pretty, this is a classic French Champagne in stunning art deco dress. It's made to celebrate with fun, frivolity and friends this festive season! 

    Bringing a bit of blush to the bubbles party are the Chandon Rose and Majella Sparkling Shiraz. The Chandon is a gorgeous pink and the perfect tipple for any occasion. Serve with canapes or dessert - it's up to you. Our favourite Sparkling Shiraz and the quintessential Australian summertime sparkles has to be this wine from Majella. It's so delicious and made for enjoying on a typically hot aussie Christmas Day... or any other day really! 

    And finally, the classics for those really special occasions. Our Champagne breakfast on Christmas Day is always Moet & Chandon or Pol Roger (or both if we have been really good). These bubbles are both popular with Champagne lovers and everyone has their favourite. Whilst Moet is the world's most recognised Champagne... we secretly fancy Pol just a tiny bit more. 

     

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  • Six on the Sixth - Edition #1 22/10/2015

    6 On The 6th

     

    The year is racing away and believe it or not, crazy season is about to begin! So we've decided to keep it super simple and tell you about our "Six on the Sixth" to make your wine shopping easy. Now I know it is not the sixth today... Mrs WP has had a busy few weeks travelling interstate and tasting all of these gorgeous wines and didn'tm anage to update the blog on time! 

    These are six premium wines, all absolutely delicious and selected by us, at $50 below RRP

    Arras 

    Firstly, the stunning Tasmanian bubbles from House of Arras. This has quickly become on of our favourite sparklings and has a cult following in the industry. Made by Ed Carr who is a lovely guy and a genius winemaker. We think Arras is on a par with the top Champagne houses in France, delivering a delicious fine sparkle which is perfect for all occasions. If you need any reassurance, just look at the smiles on your guests faces as they take their first sip. 

    Vasse Felix Chardonnay

    Vasse Felix is a beautiful winery and has a simply amazing restaurant, above the cellar door and overlooking the vines. Their Heytesbury Chardonnay is the flagship, however this is absolutely divine and brilliant value for money given its pedigree. Pop on your over-sized sunnies, order a bottle of Chardy and a little something from the restaurant and let it be known that you are having a marvellous time down South darlings. 

    Pierro LTC Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

    Pierro is one of our favourite wineries in Margaret River and in fact the world. The cellar door is gorgeous and quaint and the wine is delicious. The Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blend is classic Margaret River and Pierro’s LTC is definitely at the upper end of the scale in terms of fabulousness. Make sure this has a few minutes out of the fridge before serving to really blossom. And serve it with a fancy seafood dish for maximum effect. Love.

    Riposte The Sabre Pinot Noir

    Only 'The Best Pinot Noir in Australia' right here ladies and gentlemen. Delicious, winning awards all over the place and with a cool name like 'The Sabre' - this wine has the trifecta. And we love that it is made by a small family team in the Adelaide Hills determined to produce fine wines with an authentic brand. 

    Catena Malbec

    Winner of the inaugural Wine Please steak night and Malbec taste-off. The Catena has undergone rigorous tasting by the team and we have fallen deeply in love. If you love Malbec skip straight to the food recommendation.  In fact, your steak is probably already on the BBQ. If you’re not a fan of Malbec then don’t expect a Barossa Shiraz, be open to the more understated and savoury flavours… and you’ll have a new BBQ companion.

    Bethany Shiraz

    We’ve had the pleasure of enjoying Bethany Shiraz for many years, with a few bottles being tucked away in Dad’s cellar. More recently we’ve been to visit their cellar door and seriously enjoyed the wines on offer. Classic Barossa Shiraz which is perfect by the fire in winter, shared at a BBQ or given as a gift to lovers of this iconic wine region. 

     

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  • Six on the Sixth - Edition #2 11/11/2015

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    Wine (much like this time of year) can be a little overwhelming! So we've decided to simplify things... Here are six delicious drops hand-picked by us and ready to be shipped to your door. 

    Welcome to Edition #2 of 'Six on the Sixth'

    Grosset Alea Riesling

    The Alea is the sweet little sister of the famous Polish Hill from Grosset. Perfectly balanced and off-dry, she's the girl you want to take out for date night in China Town. We love this Clare classic with spicy dishes and first enjoyed a bottle (or two) with an anniversary dinner at Mr Wong. Pour yourself a glass at your favourite Asian restaurant (only slightly chilled - not too cold) and bring on the spice!

    Brokenwood Semillon

    Hunter Semillon doesn't get any better than the wines made by Brokenwood. Like Grosset and Riesling, Brokenwood is the Queen of a Semillons. This is their entry level drop but is rated as Outstanding by those in the know. Perfect with seafood on a sunny day... it's Spring in a bottle.

    Tamar Ridge Pinot Noir

    Winner of the inaugural Wine Please Tasmanian Pinot Noir blind tasting and one of our favourite wines. The famous Tamar Ridge in Tasmania is the perfect place the grow the fruit to make delicious Pinot Noir wines. Whilst some Pinots can be very expensive... this particular drop provides excellent value for money. And it's really delicious with lots of different foods, in particular those delicious duck pancakes with Hoi Sin sauce. Nom Nom.  

    Chapel Hill Shiraz

    We love this wine and whenever we invite friends to try it they do too. It's no movie star with celebrity appeal but more like the girl next door who turns out to be a total babe. We like this wine and their beautiful winery so much that we got married at Chapel Hill so we (and our friends) could drink it all night long. Enough said.

    Turners Crossing Shiraz Viognier

    Shiraz Viognier is bang on trend and we think that Turners Crossing have a really delicious and unique example of this blend. This wine was literally delivered to our dinner table to try and has been a regular visitor even since. A smart wine. A conversation starter. And one of our top 10 wine discoveries for 2014. A great wine to take to a dinner party or to enjoy at your own little party!

    Zema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

    Wine is meant to be classy and we love the Zema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon for just that reason. It's been called "neat, tidy, well flavoured and well mannered". What a find.The Zema is estate grown, hand-picked and released with several years of bottle age. Ridiculously drinkable.

     

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  • Beef Bourguignon - I love cooking with wine... 23/06/2015

    Beef Bourguignon (also known as Beef Burgundy) is traditionally a peasant meal originating in the Burgundy region of France. It's undoubtedly one of the most delicious meals you can cook with wine and a perfect warming dinner for Winter. It's also a super easy recipe meaning you can sit down and enjoy a vino with your dinner party before serving (we hate missing out on all the fun).  You can enjoy French, New Zealand or Australian Pinot Noir both in and with this amazing dish. So here is our favourite recipe and a few perfect wine matches to from the Wine Store...

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     Beef Bourguignon

    You will need some extra wine for this recipe (to go in the food) and the original recipe calls for Pinot Noir. As this variety is more expensive here than the village wine in Burgundy, we will permit any decent light red wine to be used.

    Ingredients:

    1kg beef chuck steak, cut into cubes

    Plain flour for dusting beef

    100g pancetta or streaky bacon, finely chopped

    1 brown onion, peeled and finely diced

    12 eschalots, peeled but not sliced

    2 garlic cloves, crushed

    small bunch of fresh thyme

    2-3 bay leaves

    400mL red wine

    600mL beef stock (Campbell's beef consomme is the best)

    250g small swiss brown mushrooms, quartered

     Method

    1. Dust the beef in the flour and brown in batches

    2. Set beef aside and use same pan to fry onion, pancetta, garlic, thyme and bay leaves

    3. Once lightly browned add the beef and wine to the pan and bring to the boil

    4. Add the stock and return to the boil before lowering the heat again

    5. Simmer covered for one hour

    6. Add the mushrooms and eschalots and simmer uncovered for a further 30 minutes

    Serve with green beans, creamy mash and a bottle of Pinot Noir!

    Here are a few Pinot Noirs that we love!

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  • Introducing... 14/10/2014

    "Hentley Farm"

    Australia's Winery of the Year

    Hentley Farm Wines

    Hentley Farm was one of the first wineries we spoke to when launching Wine Please and boy are we glad they said yes! We have loved their wines since your very first sip. They are the hottest Australian winery according to us... and now Mr James Halliday too. If you haven't heard about this spectacular label and their award winning, single estate wines then you really need to catch up.

    This boutique winery is set in Seppeltsfield and makes a number of gorgeous wines from their 150 acre block. And this year they have been announced as Mr Halliday's 'Winery of the Year for 2015' catapulting them to the top of the hot list. Our customers have been snapping up their wines all year and it's clear to see (and taste) why. 

    All of their wines are delicious but we have a few favourites. In particular we think that their Hentley Farm Shiraz at $25 per bottle is fantastic value. The little brother to 'The Beast' is a mouthful of fruity, smooth, Barossa Shiraz that you will love. 

    The Stray Mongrel GSZ, an award-winning blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Zinfandel is also  just $25 and also divine. A classic Barossa Grenache / Shiraz blend with Zinfandel. Chocolate, earth, fruit and spice. It's developing a cult following! 

     

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  • An Amazing Deal from Penfolds + Vintec Wine Cabinets 03/07/2014

    Vintec Competition Strip

    Penfolds and Vintec are teaming up this month to give you the opportunity to get your hands on a fantastic temperature controlled Wine Cabinet for only $200 plus $55 delivery. To qualify for the deal, all you have to do is purchase 6 bottles of Penfolds Bin or Luxury wines from the Wine Please Store.

    A temperature controlled wine cabinet is a must have piece of kit for anyone who loves wine. With Australia's harsh climate, it is often hard to find a place to store the beautiful wines we are patiently putting away for a rainy day. To have the chance to get a quality Vintec Wine Cabinet at such an amazing price, is an opportunity not to be missed - plus you will already have 6 bottles of Penfolds to put in there straight away!

    Don't wait till the last minute on this one - it will be popular!

    Here are 3 of the Penfolds Bin range that we are loving...

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     Penfolds Bin 9

    A stunning 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from the South Australian wine region only $29.95

    Penfolds Bin 128

    One of the best vintages ever for this delicious 2012 Coonawarra Shiraz at just $34.95

    Penfolds Bin 138

    A luscious blend of 2012 Barossa Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro only $34.95

     

     

    Simply place an order through Wine Please for 6 of the above wines (as a straight 6 or mixed 6) before the end of July 2014. Log onto www.penfolds.com and follow the instructions to log your claim along with proof of purchase. Purchase of the wine cabinet is made directly through Penfolds.

    Please refer to www.penfolds.com for full offer details. Wine Please are responsible for the retail sale of the wine only and bear no responsibility for the promotional offer. We will send you the full promo instructions when you order your delicious Penfolds Bin Wines through www.wineplease.com.au
     

    It's time to start dreaming about how you will fill your wine cabinet!

    Love.Wine.Life
    Mr & Mrs WP

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  • Our day on the Barossa Valley Cheese and Wine Trail 02/05/2014

    Barossa Valley Cheese Co

    It was a beautiful sunny day just before the chill kicked in and we decided we would head up to the Barossa Valley to spend a day on a Barossa cheese and wine trail. Our first stop was the The Barossa Valley Cheese Co to pick up their trail map and some delicious supplies for the day. The map is fantastic, with four trails of wineries to choose from in North, South, East and West directions. The cheese pack is a functional little cooler bag bursting with four cheeses, a cheese knife, crackers and even a gorgeous little cheeseboard. Once we had our map and cheese we set off to find our first winery of the day.

     

    Barossa Trail Winery Logos

    We decided not to stick to any one trail as all of the wineries are really close together and we had a few that we particularly wanted to visit. These were; Two Hands Wines, Seppeltsfield, Langmeil and Peter Lehmann Wines.

    At each of the wineries the Barossa Valley Cheese Co have chosen a wine and then carefully selected a cheese which perfectly complements that wine. And they have done a fantastic job creating flavour matches which are surprising and delicious.

     At Two Hands Wines the Brilliant Disguise Moscato was a slightly sweet and spritzy wine, matched with a Vache Curd - a cow's milk curd that is subtle, creamy and soft. It was a  very morish match we didn't expect and a fantastic start to the day. If you're a Moscato drinker definitely try a subtle curd with your tipple next time - it's amazing!

    Our next stop was the Seppeltsfield winery where we were recommended to sample the Solero DP38 Rich Rare Venerable, which is a medium 'sherry', matched with the Cheddar. We are major sherry fans and this was an absolutely wicked pairing. There was definitely no DP38 left after the tasting and we almost ate the entire piece of cheddar! 

    Two Hands and Seppeltsfield Trail

    Langmeil is one of our all time favourite wineries and we sell lots of gorgeous Langmeil wines here at Wine Please. It was such a great experience to spend some time at the cellar door, perched up at the tasting bar with our little cheese board and cheese. The chosen wine was the High Road Chardonnay matched with a creamy Camembert. Needless to say that was not the last wine we tried there, with the 2012 Valley Floor Shiraz just released (it's amazing!) and a number of aged Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignons open just by chance... we love our job!

    The final stop was Peter Lehmann Wines where there are so many wines to try. We started with the cheese and wine match and then moved on to try more of their wines. Our favourites were the Peter Lehmann H&V Chardonnay and H&V Sauvignon Blanc which were promptly added to our range here at Wine Please. To top off our day the Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz was also available for tasting and was the perfect end to a fun day on the trail. 

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    This was a really fun way to structure a trip around the Barossa and it was a fantastic talking point as we popped our cheeseboard up on the tasting bench and enjoyed a little cheese with our wines. I can't believe we didn't think to do it before really. The wineries love it too and give you 'extra' sized tastings of the wines that are matched with the cheese. We found the service at all of the wineries to be exceptional and they definitely took extra special care of us because we were on the trail. We highly recommend the Barossa Valley Cheese Co cheese and wine trail to anyone who loves visiting cellar doors, drinking wine and eating cheese. Which is everyone we know!

     

    Bon Voyage!

    Mr & Mrs WP


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  • Happy Mother's Day 23/04/2014

    We're not sure about your Mum, but we know that our Mums love the odd glass of vino, or two. And almost anything that comes wrapped in tissue paper with a bow on it. So this year we're wrapping up extra Champagne and a few special wines for Mother's Day. 

    Delivered to their door (or yours for hand delivery), wrapped in tissue paper, snug in a glossy white gift box with a beautiful hand-tied ribbon and a personal gift card... we're pretty sure this is the kind of present that immediately elevates you to favourite child status

     

    Here are our picks for Mother's Day 2014...

    Champagne ~

    Wine Please Champagne Gifts

    It's a fact: Mums love bubbles... Choose from the world-famous French Champagnes

    Moet & Chandon   

    only $68.95 inc wrapping

    or

    Pol Roger 

    only $81.95 inc wrapping

     (our Mum's favourite)

     

    ~ Chardonnay ~

    Voyager -Estate -Chardonnay -Wine -Gift

     

     A beautiful Chardonnay from the stunning Voyager Estate in Margaret River 

     Voyager Estate Chardonnay   

     only $55.95 inc wrapping

     

    ~ The Beauty ~

    Hentley -Farm -The -Beauty -Shiraz

     or head to the Wine Store and send Mum one of our favourite bottles....

    "The Beauty" by Hentley Farm

     only $54.95

    and select our gorgeous Gift Wrapping for $9.95 at checkout

     

    We hope you have a fabulous Mother's Day 

    Cheers!

     

    Mr & Mrs WP

     

     

     


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  • The world's most prized wine 02/04/2014

    Pinot Noir

    pronounced Pin-no-nwah

    If you’re a typical Australian red wine drinker you’re probably accustomed to ‘big reds’ such as our fabulous Barossa Shiraz, Coonawarra Cab Sav and Margaret River Cab Merlot blends. It can be difficult then to see the appeal of the Pinot Noir. What is this pansy wine…? It’s light red, almost translucent and when you sniff and taste the Pinot it may be quite subtle. In fact, when sniffing and tasting Pinot Noir you might even have to put some thought into it! Goodness. But little did you know that Pinot Noir is the most highly prized wine in the world. And it’s about time we explored this intriguing variety!

    Earlier in the year we went to the Stonier Pinot event in Sydney and fell even further in love with this fragrant and lively wine than we already were. Once you've tried a Pinot or two it is easy to pick up on the familiar characteristics such as strawberry, vanilla, roses, cherry, cola, licorice or cloves. Don’t rush it, let the wine sit in your mouth for a second and have a think about it. Here's our favourite Pinot Noirs from the Wine Store

     Pinot Noir Bottles

    Stonier - Mornington Peninsula Victoria, Riposte – Adelaide Hills S.A., Kayena Tamar Ridge – Tasmania,

    Cloudy Bay – Marlborough New Zealand, Freycinet – Freycinet Tasmania.

     

    Pinot Noir is best suited to cold climate growing conditions, with the Burgundy region in France being the most famous Pinot Noir region in the world. We have included the world famous producer  Faiveley in our Store. They create delicious Pinots - a great opportunity to treat yourself to a mouth-watering Burgundy.

    In addition, we make some gorgeous Pinots like the ones above in our very own state of Victoria, the Great Southern region in Western Australia and the wine regions of Tasmania. Across the pond in New Zealand where it is a even cooler still they make lots of Pinots in the Marlborough and Central Otago wine regions which you would have definitely seen on restaurant wine lists.

    Pinot Noir Grapes

    One of the most fabulous qualities of Pinot Noir is that is so amazingly versatile with food. While the ‘big reds’ can completely overpower lots of dishes, Pinot Noir doesn’t overwhelm your tastebuds. It is fantastic with Asian dishes, duck or chicken and roast pork. A great red to enjoy with spicy food without feeling as though you may burst into flames. In fact, if you’re at a restaurant and everyone is ordering something different to eat, Pinot Noir is the perfect wine to pick from the wine list as it will go with almost everything.

    Autumn is the perfect time to try Pinot or to stock up your wine rack. We have picked only the best for the Wine Store with the delicious Tamar Ridge winning our Wine Club blind tasting against some much pricier Pinots. That is one fantastic drop and a regular dinner date in the WP household.

    Cheers

    Mr & Mrs WP


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  • Red, white, sparkling or fabulous? 21/03/2014

    Fabulous Cocktails for a Wine Lovers Wedding

    This summer in the McLaren Vale we had the pleasure of hosting a big party, also known as our wedding! Naturally, one of our top priorities was to make sure we served fabulous drinks and in particular, quality wines. The Retreat at Chapel Hill, known for it's delicious McLaren Vale Shiraz, was the perfect vineyard venue with a beautiful terrace, great wines and lots of space for dancing.

     

    The Retreat 

     

    To get the party started we wanted to serve wine-based cocktails in addition to the usual 'red, white or sparkling' on offer. After many evenings of dedicated "research" we decided on two simple cocktails, which would be eye-catching, delicious and easy to serve during the busy reception. 

    Firstly, we decided to mix up the usual sparkling by alternating every third glass with a Kir Royale. This is the classic blend of Creme de Cassis and Champagne or Sparkling Wine.  Not only does the Kir Royale taste divine, but it's also a stunning violet colour, sparking conversations and smiles across the terrace.

     

    Kir Royale

    Kir Royale

    (single glass)

    10mL of Creme de Cassis 

    90mL of Champagne (or sparkling white wine if you like)

     

    To maximise the summer wedding vibe we also served a Red Sangria instead of red wine before sunset. Although it was unseasonably cool and a little bit sprinkly, the Red Sangria was fabulous. Chapel Hill's Tempranillo was the perfect base for the Sangria, as the variety used in the traditional Spanish Rioja and Sangria recipes. We also decided to serve the Tempranillo along with the Shiraz after sunset, with lots of happy guests loving the lighter red option.

     

    Sangria 2

    Red Sangria

    (6-8 glasses)

    1 bottle of Tempranillo

    100mL Brandy

    500mL Lemonade

    4 oranges and 2 lemons peeled and diced

    2 apples core removed and diced (not peeled)

    2 peaches sliced (when in season)

    Garnish with berries or pomegranate seeds


    With 'Signature Cocktails' trending in wedding planning blogs across the globe, the Kir Royale and Red Sangria were definitely an understated splash of colour for a summer vineyard wedding ... and boy did they get the party started! 

    Cheers!

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  • Big Bold Beautiful: Barossa Shiraz 13/03/2014

    The Barossa Shiraz Wine Club was sort of like the biggest Christmas present under the tree for us. We slowly opened a few others first, such as the Coonawarra Cab Sav and the Margaret River Chardonnay... prolonging the excitement of the most anticipated Wine Club ever. Finally it was time to get together and blind-taste everyone's favourite representation of Australia's most famous variety... the mighty Barossa Shiraz!

     

    Shiraz Grapes

     

    Barossa is the 'spiritual home' of Shiraz according to many reports, a variety which is known as Syrah in other parts of the world. The Barossa interpretation is famously full-bodied, powerful and renowned for intense flavours including berries, chocolate, coffee and black pepper. The Barossa region has some of the oldest vines in the world and a formalised Vine Charter to preserve and promote the vines of this very special wine region. 

    Mr WP along with most other members of the Wine Club on this occasion were South Australians, with a long-term love affair with Barossa Shiraz. Mrs WP and one other Wine Club member were from Margaret River and the Bellarine, not locals but winos with a serious crush on this infamous variety. 

     

    Wine Club Barossa Shiraz

     

    We attend various formal 'industry' tastings but relish Wine Club with our friends as a place where we can taste and chat about the wines and then merrily eat a delicious meal prepared by the hosts. As per Wine Club rules, everyone brought a bottle and the complex and entertaining kitchen ritual of labelling, pouring and serving the wines was conducted in order to make sure nobody knew which wine belonged to who. Various lengthly email discussions had taken place during the weeks preceding regarding price ranges, specific sub-regions etc. and it was agreed that bottles $30-$50 retail would be included with no sub-region rules. 

    A seriously fun, and seriously serious tasting took place prior to the BBQ lunch and everyone scored the wines in order of preference. The votes were tallied and after some heckling (this is a fun club and yes, we are all mates) a winner was finally announced... 

    Winner: Grant Burge Filsell

     Filsell

    This is a spectacular Barossa Old Vine Shiraz and winner of the inaugural Wine Please Barossa Shiraz blind tasting. The Filsell has been named "The World's Greatest Shiraz" by Winestate Magazine. It is smooth, fruity and dark - drinking superbly now and for the next 10 years. We all agreed that this is a special occasion wine without the price tag, meaning we can enjoy it more often and afford to put a few bottles in the cellar to age.

    There was further (and much louder) heckling when it was discovered that the McLaren Vale Shiraz that some distracted members had brought in had come second. Although one person had announced during the blind tasting that the wine tasted nothing like a Barossa Shiraz - well spotted! 

    The BBQ was also delicious and it was a superb way to spend a Sunday afternoon with friends.

    The Grant Burge Filsell is in store and will star along with the Stella Bella Chardonnay and the Majella Cab Sav in our winners 6 pack which you can purchase by joining our E-List on the homepage here.

    Cheers

    Mr & Mrs WP

     


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  • To Speak with a Plumm in your mouth 06/12/2013

    Plumm Box      Fancy but not full-of-it wine glasses       Plumm Logo

    We are completely in love with the Plumm wine glass range. This Melbourne brand is the first Australian company to make varietal specific wine glasses - you know, the ones that match the type of wine you're drinking. And believe us, it really does improve the smell and flavour of your wine... but how many different shapes do you really need?

    We have the entire range of another brand of varietal specific glasses, but do you think we can ever find the 'perfect' one when we go to pour a wine? No. There are millions of them and they're in cupboards all over the house. There is no doubt that a wine tastes so much better out of the right glass, but could this process of finding the right glass whilst our guests wait patiently *thinking we're being total wine ponces* please be a little easier!

    Enter Plumm. We've fallen hard for these gorgeous glasses in their beautiful boxes and the fancy but not full-of-it brand personality. Oh and they're Aussie - yay!

    "To speak with a plum in your mouth indicates pomp, extravagance and class. To speak with a Plumm in your mouth means simplicity, elegance and glass."

    Plumm have worked tirelessly with wine makers, wine judges, sommeliers and wine writers to develop their gorgeous varietal specific glass shapes. And excitingly their research shows that 5 glass types are all you need! 

    Plumm Glassware

     

     - Plumm Glassware in the Wine Store -

     In their own words "Plumm crystal wine glasses are functional, practical and beautiful and represent great value for money. They are worthy of any special occasion, yet also allow the enjoyment of premium glassware on a daily basis"

    And that is what we're all about at Wine Please, great wine and great glassware as part of your everyday life.

     

    Cheers! Mr & Mrs WP

     


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  • A Delicious Recipe with Wine 04/12/2013

    It's a 'wine fact' that we cook better when there is a little bit of wine in the dish, and a little bit in our glass

    The other night, Mrs WP came across an old recipe for Moules Marinieres... a favourite dish discovered on holiday in France. There is always* some white wine in the house and a there happened to be some seafood in the fridge that needed to be cooked. One can't argue with this sort of fate, not even if calories are being counted pre-wedding.

    Moules Marinieres

    It turned out to be a slightly modified version- Seafood Marinieres we will call it - and it was absolutely delicious. So delicious that it would be completely unfair not to share the recipe with you. It's easy, it involves seafood and wine and it is bound to impress anyone who you might be willing to share it with! 

    Seafood Marinieres (for 2)

    (you can make it with just mussels and call it Moules Marinieres if you like)

    Gather the following:

    1 bottle** of white wine - we recommend Riesling

    1kg scrubbed and de-bearded mussels

    Any other white fish chopped into cubes, prawns or scallops that you have in the fridge

    50g butter cut into 2 x 25g pieces

    1/2 cup of cream

    2 brown shallots diced finely

    1 cup of fresh parsley chopped

    1 bay leaf

    1 sprig of thyme

    Freshly ground salt and pepper

    Crusty bread or freshly cooked spaghetti to serve

    And then...

    1) Pour yourself a glass of wine

    2) Heat 25g of butter in a large frying pan (one with a matching lid) and add the shallots, half of the parsley, the thyme, the bay leaf and a good cracking of salt and pepper as well as 100mL of the wine

    3) Cook the 'other' seafood until it is half way to being ready and then add the mussels and another 100mL of white wine

    4) Hold the lid on firmly and shake the pan vigorously making sure the liquid moves over all of the seafood

    5) Shop shaking the pan and have a sip of wine, that is the hard bit done.

    6) As the mussels open remove them from the pan along with the cooked seafood pieces, and place them straight into serving bowls

    7) Once you have removed all of the seafood, strain the pan juices and bits through a seive and put the liquid back into the pan.

    8) Bring the liquid to a simmer and add the other half of the parsley and remaining butter. Once the butter is melted, reduce the temperature and stir in the cream.

    9) Pour this delicious sauce over the seafood and serve immediately with a fresh glass of wine and some crusty bread or fresh spaghetti.

     In the words of Julia Childs... Bon Appetit!

      * Most of the time

    ** Sometimes you need 2 bottles of white wine***, depending on who you are sharing with

    *** Always drink responsibly


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  • Wine Club 17/11/2013

    Who's in your Wine Club?

    We're into drinking wine with our friends... 

     There are of course the Wine Clubs you join where you are sent fabulous wines frequently. Like ours here (shameless self-promotion). But what we want to talk about today is the casual get togethers with friends for the purpose of drinking wine. Not down the pub, second wine on the list, four glasses thanks... but actually making a point of bringing a good bottle and having a bit of chat about the wine whilst solving the world's problems and being generally hilarious etc. 

    We make a point of doing this weekly (in reality fortnightly) with our friends and it's SO.MUCH.FUN. There's a Lawyer in the group so there is an entire archive of rules which are amended weekly which I won't go in to, our general plan is this: 

    1) A specific variety from a specific region is nominated

    This usually occurs via work email earlier in the week i.e. Coonawarra Cab Sav.

    2) Everyone brings their bottle in a paper bag and takes the lid off themselves

    Krispy Kreme bags that you borrowed from the 7-Eleven on the way are perfectly acceptable just as long as nobody can see the wine label.

    Wine Club Blind Tasting

    3) The host pours a taste of each wine for each person 

    This can be tricky - you need lots of glasses but having the wines side by side to see, smell and taste is important. If you can't do this then pour very small amounts otherwise nobody is concentrating by the third wine.

    4) We try not to talk about the wine for a few minutes at the start whilst we look, smell, taste and list them from favourite to least favourite

    This is the only remotely serious part but it's quite important, otherwise someone says 'liquorice' and all you can smell is liquorice in all of the wines.

    5) We tally our votes and the winner is announced

    6) The host says which wine is from which bottle and everyone declares which is theirs

    7) General shenanigans

    The best part is that people always vote for different wines. Of course the wines have all been scored by various 'wine critics' but there seems to be little correlation between the 97 point wine winning and the 93 point wine not winning. It's awesome and just reinforces the fact that your opinion and whether you personally like a wine or not is truly the most important thing. 

    Here are the results of our Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Club:

    1st Majella 2009 

    This is mouth-watering. The whole table just goes mmmmmm when they taste this Majella goodness.

    2nd Balnaves 2010 

    A dark horse. Dark and delicious. An awesome surprise too.

    Equal 3rd = Yalumba Menzies 2006 and St Hugo 2012

    The age difference between the Menzies and the rest of the crowd really stood out. It's fantastic when someone brings a bottle of something they've been holding on to. A good friend!

    Coonawarra Cab Sav

     

    And most recently we all brought a bottle of Margaret River Chardonnay along. This was really interesting and showed us how different people really do prefer different types of Chardonnay. 

    An absolute standout, the winner was the Stella Bella Chardonnay 2010. This is going to be our wine of the summer. Ridiculously good value too. Second and third was the Voyager Chardonnay from 2009 and 2005 respectively. For the first time we had the same wine from different vintages, this is the beauty of a Wine Club where we really truly don't cheat and tell each other what we're bringing!! And third was the Devil's Lair 2012 Chardonnay which was probably served a bit cold and really improved as we were all chatting away. 

    Margaret River Chardonnay

    So... if you're getting together and drinking wine with your friends, we totally recommend the Majella and the Stella Bella. Oh, and that you get the fearless leader of your group to nominate a specific wine and try the blind tasting thing. It is really very very good fun.

    Mr and Mrs WP 

     


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  • Stonier International Pinot Noir Tasting (SIPNOT) 29/10/2013

    Wine Please were lucky enough to attend the fourteenth Stonier International Pinot Noir Tasting event in Sydney last night. The event was hosted by Stonier Wines at the MCA in Sydney and 'The Wine Man' himself, Peter Bourne, was the MC.

     The setting with Huon Hooke and Peter Bourne

    SIPNOT Room

     

    It was a fantastic event showcasing 12 of the world's finest Pinot Noir wines in a blind tasting. Each table consisted of 6- 8 people and a 'Wine Expert'. We were lucky enough to be seated next to our expert, Mr Ken Gargett, Wine Writer and great bloke.

    We were delighted by the peeps on our table who were from the Mornington Peninsula and soon discovered that every person and every table had completely different opinions on the wines. Everyone's opinion was valid - nobody was wrong and everyone was right -  which is exactly how we like to approach wine. 

    We were encouraged to taste in silence the six wines in each bracket and then discuss and rank the wines as a table. Ken opted for the voting system which meant that we didn't have to convince each other of the merits of each wine and could relax and chat about wine some more (in a totally non-wanky way). The wines were then discussed by representatives from a few tables followed by the panel including James Halliday AM, Huon Hooke and Mike Symons. 

    Bracket One at Table 5

    SIPNOT Bracket 1

     

    Our highlights for the night were the following wines:

    • 2011 Dawson & James Pinot Noir
    • 2011 Stonier KBS Vineyard Pinot Noir
    • 2010 Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle-Musigny, Les Sentiers
    • 2011 Mt Difficulty Long Gully Pinot Noir
    • 2010 Flowers Sea View Ridge Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
    • 2010 Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits St Georges, Les Pruliers
    • 2010 Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

     

    We can't wait for next year!

    Thanks to Ken Gargett, Stonier Wines and our new friends from Mornington Peninsula for a fabulous night.

     


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