New Wine This Week 59 – Hunter Valley Was Beyond Me!

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59 Sad Face

I’ve put it off long enough. It’s time to confess. I didn’t get a chance to try any Hunter Valley Semillon this weekend! I looked high and low and simply could not find a bottle anywhere near where I lived.

New Wine This Week 59 – Cheeky Chicken Pie

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59 - Chicken Pie

This week’s food match came from actually just glancing at the website when I was looking at all the options for the week. Spirited Wines always add the idea of what to eat with your bottle of wine, and for their Glenguin Estate Old Broke Block Semillon, which is the only one I’ll be tasting this weekend, they reckon chicken pie!

New Wine This Week 59 – Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining

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59 - Clouds

As I was saying yesterday, the Hunter Valley is just a couple of hours drive north of Sydney, on the Eastern Coast of Australia. I visited Sydney a few years back when my sister lived over there. I was like a little ginger puddle, my life it was hot! With all that heat you’d reckon that they’d grow and produce big fat red wines like from the hottest bits of the Mediterranean, not subtle dry white wines!

New Wine This Week 59 – H is for…Time To Vote!

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So it seems that H wasn’t the easiest one for us all. We’ve got the quota of five, but only just. Nice thing is that we’ve got plenty of variety to have a go at, so get voting for what we’re going to do next week.

Normal voting rules apply, one vote each and we’ll close it in a few days.  I’ve got 5 options for you to have a go at, a pretty diverse bunch they are too!  What do you all fancy doing?

New Wine This Week 58 – The Verdict on Gigondas Week

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Ok boys and girls, I’m afraid I’m going to have to start doing some more serious tasting notes. I’ve got to get into the swing of it before my tasting exams, so I’m going to use this blog to start writing some serious notes. But don’t worry, they’ll have a translation with them! Let’s kick off with Gigondas…

New Wine This Week 58 – Grenache, the Silent Assassin

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58 - silent assassin

Amongst all the famous “international” grape varieties, I reckon Grenache is one of the least talked about. Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ve all heard of them. Grenache is that grape that they dabble with in Spain and the South of France a bit, right?

New Wine This Week 58 – What and Where is Gigondas?

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58 - Delboy

“Chateauneuf Du Pape!” Anyone who’s ever watched Only Fools and Horses will have heard Delboy shouting this one out when something’s not gone great for him and his brother Rodney. Such is the fame of the AOC, it even made it into Delboy’s script! It’s definitely the most famous in the Southern Rhône.