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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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  • 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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  • Welcome to Wine Please 27/10/2013

    We're a brand new website dedicated to all things wine and in particular wine gifts. We have stunning wines from around the world, beautiful glassware and accessories - whether you're looking to treat yourself or send a gift to someone special you will find what you're looking for here.

    We are a unique wedding and celebration registry too where you can create a gift registry and then proudly direct your guests to our beautiful website to purchase your wedding or birthday gifts.

    In addition to our gifts and gift registries we have a Wine Store, Wine Club and our blog Love.Wine.Life which you have obviously found! Here we will post articles on the wineries, events and adventures that form our wine-loving life. 

    If you love wine, drinking wine, visiting wineries and giving wine gifts then you're just like us! And we look forward to seeing you here over the coming months and years. Don't hesitate to drop us an email or tweet if you have any ideas or questions, we'd love to hear from you.  

    Your new wino friends

    Mr and Mrs WP

    Here we are on a tour of Margaret River in W.A. (possibly towards the end of the day) sourcing some of our delicious wines!

    Mr and Mrs WP Stella Bella 

     


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