Posts tagged 'French Wine'

  • 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. 

     

    For all of our sparkling picks... visit the Wine Store now

     


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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...

    Beef Bourguignon Banner

     

     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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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