Posts tagged 'Margaret River'

  • 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

    Cape -Mentelle -Trinders
    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

    Moss -Wood -Amys -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

    Margaret River

    Woodlands _Cabernet _Franc
    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

    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!


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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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  • 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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  • 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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