Posts tagged 'McLaren Vale'

  • Why Have a Wine Gift Registry? 22/10/2015

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    We get asked all the time where we came up with the idea for Wine Please so I thought it was time to share the story...

    Chapter 1:   The idea came about when we were still dating... you should note here that only crazy people date and launch businesses together! Anyway, we were enjoying a lovely mini-break together when we started talking about what we wanted out of life. Luckily, we had similar ideas including; we both wanted to be self-employed, work with our passions and travel A LOT. A little later that day Mr WP mentioned his idea for a wine gift registry and we realised that this actually ticked all of the boxes...  After careful consideration (and a bottle of Shiraz) it was agreed that we'd go into business together and work our little butts off to make the idea of Wine Please come to life...

    The initial idea was just for a wine gift registry which we thought would sound something like...

    "Wine Please is a beautifully styled website where couples can create their dream wine list as a wedding registry, providing guests with a simple way to purchase the perfect gift and a unique alternative to a traditional gift registry. It is the perfect way to begin your happily ever after for a pair of wine lovers."

    Chapter 2:   It took one year to build the website, working full time and co-ordinating the construction of a complex website from scratch was in hindsight completely crazy. It was probably better that we had no idea what we were in for before we started! I still have all of the notes and drafts and sketches of the design and will keep these as precious memories. And then, of course we didn't just stick to the plan and added a Wine Store, Gift Shop and Wine Club. Of course we did.  However, against all odds we survived and even better than that...

    by the time www.wineplease.com.au was ready to launch we were ENGAGED!

    It was perfect timing and meant that we were the first couple to create a wine wedding registry. Here's a sneak peek at ours... #flashback

    Our Registry

     

    Chapter 3:   Our wedding was one of the most amazing weekends of our lives. It was great fun and such an incredible experience to be able to spend time with our friends and family who had come from around Australia and across the world. As we all love wine and our wedding was in the McLaren Vale everyone made a weekend of it, visiting the wineries and fabulous restaurants in the lead up to the wedding. It was a gorgeous time of year with the vines abundant with stunning bright green leaves which meant the region and the venue were gorgeous backdrops for our wedding.

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    We stayed with our bridal party and family on-site at The Retreat at Chapel Hill where both the ceremony and reception were held which was beautiful. Adrian and I were able to have drinks with everyone and a long table dinner the night before. Then we woke up together and had a great day enjoying the glorious view of the vines whilst we were getting ready for the afternoon ahead!

    Our friends and family loved he website and the fact that they didn’t have to travel with presents. Everyone knows that we’re extremely passionate about wine and said they loved that any wine they chose from our list would be perfect. Of course now get excited about catching up with our beautiful family and friends and opening the delicious wine they bought. It gives us a chance to share our enjoyment of their gift and the memories of the fun wedding weekend we had with them.

     So there you have it... the story of Wine Please

    Mr & Mrs WP

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  • Six on the Sixth - Edition #2 11/11/2015

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    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. 

    Welcome to Edition #2 of 'Six on the Sixth'

    Grosset Alea Riesling

    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!

    Brokenwood Semillon

    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.

    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.  

    Chapel Hill Shiraz

    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.

    Turners Crossing Shiraz Viognier

    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!

    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.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 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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  • An Amazing Deal from Penfolds + Vintec Wine Cabinets 03/07/2014

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    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...

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     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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  • Red, white, sparkling or fabulous? 21/03/2014

    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.

     

    The Retreat 

     

    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.

     

    Kir Royale

    Kir Royale

    (single glass)

    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.

     

    Sangria 2

    Red Sangria

    (6-8 glasses)

    1 bottle of Tempranillo

    100mL Brandy

    500mL Lemonade

    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! 

    Cheers!

     Mr & Mrs WPWedding Pic Edited


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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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