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What is the difference between Cognac & Brandy?

January 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Is Cognac just the same as brandy? The literal definition of brandy is: any distilled spirit that is made from fruit juice (apples, pears, grapes). And yes, Cognac is also a distilled spirit made from fruit juice (so it actually is a type of brandy), however its the regulations around the making of the Cognac […]

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Tempranillo [temp-rah-nee-yo]

January 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

TEMPRANILLO. [Pronounced: temp-rah-nee-yo] A Spanish grape varietal, generally producing wine with slightly savoury characteristics. While Spanish versions usually reflect more leather, cherries and earthiness, Australian winemaking and terroir tends to product more fruit-driven examples with black cherry and blueberries driving the palate. Medium bodied and with decent (but not usually overwhelming) tannins, it could be […]

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Meet the maker… Mike Farmilo

December 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Meet the maker… Mike Farmilo, McLaren Vale SA. Mike Farmilo is the un-sung hero behind both Monterra Wines and Colab & Bloom, the funky McLaren Vale brand he and his business partner, Norm Doole established in 2015. Indeed, Mike Farmilo has flown under the vinous radar for four decades despite an extensive career that began at […]

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Inside Australia’s Wine Awards: Agricultural Wine Shows

December 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Peter Bourne. The origins of the Australian wine show system date back to the early 19th century, when they were a small part of the agricultural shows set up to improve the breed – be it cattle, sheep, wheat, wool or wine. The Sydney Royal Wine Show has been running since 1826 and is […]

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Summertime…

November 28, 2019 | 1 Comment

– With Peter Bourne The warmer weather of our summer months lures us out of our wintery shells into the dazzling sunshine – and the heat. Cool flavours are what we seek – be it food or drinks. When it comes to food, the duo of Australia’s abundance of seafood and our incredible array of […]

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The Aperol Spritz

November 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

The story of the Spritz… If you go pretty much anywhere in Northern Italy in summer, at about 11am you can walk past a cafe and see the splash of vibrant orange Aperol Spritz’s starting to emerge. From lunchtime onwards the splash turns to a sea of spritz filled glasses. The aperitif is being quaffed […]

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Meet neighbours Hobbs and Chris Ringland

November 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

We would like to introduce you to winemaking legend Chris Ringland’s long-time neighbours and friends: the Hobbs family. The Hobbs story began in 1998 when winemakers Greg & Allison Hobbs had their neighbour (and outstanding winemaker!!) Chris Ringland make their first few vintages. The Hobb’s vineyard is situated at the top of the Barossa Ranges, […]

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The actual difference between single-malt & blended Scotch whiskey

October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Did you know that while whiskey is one of the world’s most common alcoholic drinks, it originates from one of the world’s smallest regions? True ‘Scotch Whiskey’ refers only to a whiskey made in Scotland, and even there, to claim that title it must have been aged for a minimum of three years in oak! […]

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Region Insight: Clare Valley

October 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

HOME OF AUSTRALIA’S PREMIUM RIESLING Located some 100km north of the Barossa and 140km north of Adelaide, this region produces some of Australia’s premium Riesling. The fruit produced here makes delicious wines with great depth and intensity. Elevation is one of the factors that make Clare such a prime region for grape growing – particularly […]

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Comparing your Shiraz’s

October 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

While many wine drinkers make their wine selection simply based upon a preferred variety (a nice pinot noir over a merlot for example) they can sometimes be quite surprised by the results in the bottle. And why should we find this unusual? While all wine labels must clearly state the variety, vineyard & vintage, they […]

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