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.
Gorgeous Wine and Champagne Gifts feat. Emma Kate Co.
Our gorgeous wine and champagne gifts now come with the option of a beautiful copper foiled gift box, adorned with hand-lettering
by Emma Kate Co.
Sometimes you just see a statement and think YES! that is exactly what I'm trying to say. The beautiful mind that is Emma Kate Co. is one of those girls aka' brands that always seems to be putting out into the world just what we need. So when we met serendipitously though a friend, it just felt so right to propose a collaboration.
And so here we are... beautiful white gift boxes with shiny on-trend copper hand-letting by Emma Kate Co., the perfect gift to send your heartfelt message. Whether it's a thank you, a congratulations or wishing a couple of lovers happily ever after - we've got just the right gift for you.
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!
Time to order the bubbles...
It's almost Christmas... and you know what that means
*Champagne ~ Sparkling White ~ Sparkling Red*
Here are our picks for Christmas 2016
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
Why Have a Wine Gift Registry?
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
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.
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
Beef Bourguignon - I love cooking with wine...
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...
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.
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
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!
A Fabulous Wine Wedding Registry
Create the Perfect Wine Wedding Registry
Did you know that you can create a wine wedding registry with Wine Please with just a few simple clicks? It's free and easy to set up and works just like any other online gift registry. All you need to do is select a range of beautiful wines as well some gorgeous glassware and your guests can visit our site to buy you the perfect wedding gift.
Here's what Kathryn and Mark had to say about their Wine Please wedding registry:
"Thanks for all of your help! All of the wine arrived safe and sound and we are very pleased with the service offered by Wine Please. Most of our guests purchased gifts through the wine registry which was great - no lugging presents home from the reception! They've all said that the website was easy to use and thought it was a great idea. We would have no hesitation in using Wine Please again for gifts etc and in recommending it to others. Thanks again for the fabulous service and the wine! Our wine rack is now full to overflowing ... hooray!
Kind regards, Kathryn and Mark”
Take a look at our sample registry or go straight to creating your list, it's easy to get started and you can edit your registry as often as you like leading up to the big day. What are you waiting for? We think waking up the day after your wedding with a cellar full of your favourite wines is the best way to start a marriage!
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Cheers, Mr & Mrs WP
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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!