You can now buy Coravin at Wine Please!
Have you ever looked at a bottle of wine and thought... I'd love a glass of this but I don't think we will get through the whole bottle tonight. Or even thought, this wine would be great with our entree but won't go with the main. Or, perhaps you want to have a glass of something nice by yourself - but not a whole bottle. You open something different and it's great, but not the wine you really wanted. Good news... now you can enjoy a glass of any wine at any time, from any bottle, without compromising the rest. Introducing the Coravin Wine System to Wine Please.
The CORAVIN™ Wine System gives you the freedom to pour and enjoy a glass of wine from any bottle at any time. By inserting a medical grade needle through the cork and injecting 99.9% pure argon gas, the bottle is pressurized and wine is being pushed out. When finished, the needle is pulled out and the cork reseals due to its elasticity, no air has gone into the bottle and the remaining wine can be preserved and continue to age. The Coravin™ Model Two is the best-in-class tool that protects your wine from oxidation using Coravin™ proprietary technology that leaves the cork in place while the wine flows.
There are two Coravin options at Wine Please, including the Coravin Model Two and a Coravin Model Two Intro Bundle which provides excellent value.
We think this is an amazing asset for your cellar and will make your wine collecting experience so much more exciting. Not to mention save precious wine from being wasted. A fantastic gift or personal investment and available now in the Wine Store.
Introducing... Zalto Glassware
We are now so delighted to be able to offer the incredible Zalto “Denk-Art” wine glasses and decanters.
This is an amazing new range of mouth-blown Austrian glasses and decanters of a quality we have never before encountered. The remarkably beautiful Zalto glasses are made from lead-free crystal which results in a surreal lightness and a surprising durability. They rarely cloud despite repeated dishwasher usage and they are very flexible (the secret to their surprising strength). Dishwasher safe and strong = a win in our books!
These are not simply objects d’art to be admired from a distance but are also very functional glasses that can be used every day.
Which is a must for us!
From the moment you pick up a Zalto glass, the beauty, the finesse and the balance of the glass in the hand speaks of the quality of the craftsmanship and the lead-free crystal from which they are made. They are wonderful glasses to taste from as they were designed specifically for this purpose by Austrian wine expert Hans Denk, who started with a vision to produce the ultimate wine tasting glasses.
When designing the glasses Denk came upon the idea of utilising the same angles of the tilt of earth’s axis which resulted in a range of glasses that were not only strikingly original to look at but also allowed a very wide bowl width. This in turn enables the optimum surface space for a particular style of wine. The angular shape of the glasses also means that if a Zalto glass is knocked over, it tends to hit the strongest part of the glass first. A genius move if you ask us!
Jancis Robinson: “... my current favourite glasses have taken me into a whole new territory of sensual pleasure. Zalto glasses…are hand-blown, do not contain lead oxide so do not get cloudy, and combine an angular bowl shape with the thinnest glass I have yet come across.”
In December 2009 Stern magazine of Germany, conducted the most comprehensive and independent testing thus far of the world’s finest wine stemware. They invited the majority of the world’s quality glassware producers to submit their finest glasses and to join the professional judging panel. This subsequently included key representatives from all the glassware producers including George Riedel himself. The testing was in ‘blind’ conditions with judges both blindfolded and wearing gloves. The whole exercise was overseen by a high magistrate that had taken time from the bench to ensure the proceedings were fair and balanced. The judges tasted three wines out of 10 different glasses and the results were conclusive; Zalto glasses came first in all three wine style categories.
We recommend these beautiful glasses, carafes and decanters to you without reservation. They are certainly the finest glassware that we have encountered.
Young Gun of Wine... Murdoch Hill's talented Winemaker
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Six on the Sixth - Edition #1
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!
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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It's always the perfect occasion to... send a wine gift
Sending a bottle of beautiful gift-wrapped champagne or premium wine has never been so simple or so classy!
It's nearly Christmas time...
not to mention weddingseason, party season and thank you gift time.
Which gift does everyone love... Wine Please!
Our exquisite gift wrapping is the most beautiful way to send a bottle of Champagne or a fancy wine gift to your friends, family or clients. A bottle of French bubbles or a delicious wine gift is wrapped in tissue paper and sent in our stunning glossy white gift box with a hand-tied ribbon and your very own personal gift card.
Choose from one of our 'Ready to Ship' wine gifts and write your personal message at the checkout. Or if you are looking for something different and don’t need it shipped today, you can send a wine gift directly from our Wine Store. We are more than happy to help you choose the perfect wine or organise lots of gifts for clients in silly season - just contact us to arrange something special.
Wine Please is the simple way to send the perfect gift. Impress with a delicious and classy wine gift to suit any occasion!
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!
An Amazing Deal from Penfolds + Vintec Wine Cabinets
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...
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!
Mr & Mrs WP
Our day on the Barossa Valley Cheese and Wine Trail
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.
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!
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.
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!
Mr & Mrs WP
Happy Mother's Day
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...
It's a fact: Mums love bubbles... Choose from the world-famous French Champagnes
Moet & Chandon
only $68.95 inc wrapping
only $81.95 inc wrapping
(our Mum's favourite)
A beautiful Chardonnay from the stunning Voyager Estate in Margaret River
Voyager Estate Chardonnay
only $55.95 inc wrapping
~ The Beauty ~
or head to the Wine Store and send Mum one of our favourite bottles....
"The Beauty" by Hentley Farm
and select our gorgeous Gift Wrapping for $9.95 at checkout
We hope you have a fabulous Mother's Day
Mr & Mrs WP
The world's most prized wine
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
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.
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.
Mr & Mrs WP
Red, white, sparkling or fabulous?
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.
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.
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.
1 bottle of Tempranillo
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!
Mr & Mrs WP
Big Bold Beautiful: Barossa Shiraz
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!
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.
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...
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.
Mr & Mrs WP
To Speak with a Plumm in your mouth
Fancy but not full-of-it wine glasses
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 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
A Delicious Recipe with Wine
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.
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
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
A Day in the Barossa
One of the best parts of our jobs as Mr and Mrs WP is travelling to taste wines. We get to see the beautiful vineyards, meet the makers of our amazing wines and chat to the people at the cellar door. Our first 'Wine Tour' follows in the footsteps of the trip we took just a few weeks ago around the Barossa Valley in South Australia. It was a fantastic day and we managed to squeeze in 5 awesome wineries. It was the beginning of the new season and the bud burst was so cool to see.
If you're headed to the Barossa we've included a map and the details of the wineries we visited below. We have also included the details of a few other great Barossa cellar doors nearby which you should visit if you have time.
We started the day at Kellermeister (A) who make delicious wines including a mouth-watering Black Sash Shiraz, a Rascally Rabbit Rose and a delicious Eiswein (ice wine) which we have since featured in our store. Delicious.
We then continued down the road to Rockford (B) who have a gorgeous rustic cellar door and some amazing wines which they sell direct to visitors. Our third stop was at Artisans of Barossa (C) which you really have to see to believe. It's a shared cellar door for 7 different wineries in the Barossa with a fantastic cafe overlooking the vines. We feature the wines from Teusner and Sons of Eden on our list which are absolutely yum.
The afternoon was spent at Hentley Farm (D) where Danny and the team have a stunning cellar door and an award-winning restaurant. We sat in the gorgeous lounge room and tasted the range of wines being produced by this boutique, single-estate winery. The Beauty and The Beast are absolute knockouts and we can't get enough of their Cab Sav and Shiraz as the BBQ season kicks off.
Our final stop was at Yalumba (E) where we tasted a range of Viognier wines with the Virgilius really tickling our fancy. Straight to the store! Yalumba also do a range of magnificent reds including arguably the best Cabernet/Shiraz blend in Australia, the Signature, which is one of Mr WPs favourite wines of all time.
An epic day of wine tasting and a great result for us with a bunch of delicious wines to add to the Wine Store.
Total Distance: 50km
Travel Time: 1 hour (excluding stops)
Kellermeister - http://kellermeister.com.au/
Artisans of Barossa - http://www.artisansofbarossa.com/
Hentley Farm - http://www.hentleyfarm.com.au/
Yalumba - http://www.yalumba.com/
If you have time also visit:
Henshcke - http://henschke.com.au/
Grant Burge Wines - http://www.grantburgewines.com.au/
Torbreck - http://www.torbreck.com/
We love cellar door trips and we hope you enjoy your time in the Barossa!
Welcome to Wine Please
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.
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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!