Posts tagged 'Barossa Valley'

  • Wines that Love a little Spice 03/11/2015

    With Summer just around the corner it's time to spice things up! Nothing beats a little chilli in a Thai Beef Salad or a Morroccan seasoning with kick on butterflied BBQ lamb. Some may say that finding a wine to suit can be a bit tricky but we have that all taken care of...

    It takes a luscious and aromatic wine to really handle the spice in a dish. Nothing too bold or too high in alcohol or tannins as that will only set your mouth on fire! Not literally but that is how it feels when you drink the wrong wine with spicy food.

    There are both whites and reds that are perfect for mixing with your Mexican, taking out to Thai, or serving with your best arrabiata, all you need to do is decide which wines you'd like to try.

    Here are our favourite wines that can handle a little heat in the kitchen!

    2015.11.10 Spice Things Up

     

    Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Prima Riesling 

    A beautiful delicate Riesling from the famous Pewsey Vale winemakers. The Prima (Donna) is a fabulous Riesling made in a semi-dry style with the grapes harvested earlier than the rest of the Rieslings. We can taste lots of exotic fruits which according to the winemaker include nectarine, lychee, peaches, white cherries and guava. The only thing that is for certain is that there never seems to be enough in the bottle! 

    Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier

    On a bright Spring day we arrived at Yalumba seeking a taste of their flagship Viognier. This fine wine has been given a very dramatic description by the winery... exotic, luscious, opulent, sexy, vivacious and vibrant! In our opinion they're completely correct - it's a seriously seductive white, The Virgilius definitely awoke our senses at the end of a long day of tasting.  It turns out that Yalumba's favourite Viognier is one of our favourites too.

    Bay of Fires Pinot Gris

    Pinot Gris is the 'it' wine right now and this Bay of Fires Pinot Gris is leading the way. Smooth is an understatement with gorgeous melon and peach flavours, wild ferment and a crisp acidity. Blah blah you say. Well then, listen when I say you won't be going back to your Marlborough Sav Blanc after trying this wine.  It's simply too delicious! The perfect wine for a relaxing afternoon in the sun.

    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.  

    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. 

    There are so many great wines to pair with your spicy dishes, make sure you email us at hello@wineplease.com.au if you want us to try your favourites!


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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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  • It's always the perfect occasion to... send a wine gift 21/10/2014

    Sending a bottle of beautiful gift-wrapped champagne or premium wine has never been so simple or so classy!

    Wine Please Champagne Gifts

    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! 

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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! 

     

    To see more Hentley Farm wines,

    head to the Wine Store now

     

     


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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...

    Penfolds -Bin -9-Cabernet -SauvignonPenfolds -Bin -128-ShirazPenfolds -Bin -138-SGM

     

     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. 

    Barossa -wine -and -cheese

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • A Day in the Barossa 03/11/2013

    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.

    Barossa-Valley-Vineyard

    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. 

    Barossa-Wine-Tour

    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)

    Details:

    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!


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