Posts tagged 'Riesling'

  • 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 #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! 

    Champagne Gift


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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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