Posts tagged 'Tasmania'

  • 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 #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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  • 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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  • 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...

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     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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  • 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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