Italy’s Answer To The Perfect Pizza Pairing!

Australia, For The Foodies, Italy, Reds


For quite a while now I’ve heard Aussie’s banging on about sparkling Shiraz. For those of you who’ve never tried it, I do mean Shiraz, the red wine grape that makes all those massive Rhône classics under the French name Syrah. Not sure why I picked out France in particular, it makes huge wines all over the world. In Australia though, they’ve been messing around with bubbles and struck upon liquid gold!

Wine Australia’s One Day Wine School

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At the minute there’s a lot of push to change the thinking about certain wine regions. For example, somewhere like Bordeaux wants you to know they can do good bulk brands as we’ve seen with Mouton Cadet. On the flip side, somewhere like Australia wants you to know that they do fantastic premium wine, and they’re not just the big brand wonders that we all have in our heads.

#NWTW Week 48: What We Thought of GSM Week

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This week was a week learning all about concentration. One of the reasons I’m enjoying doing all this is I get to learn all about the wines I’m drinking each week. But then one of the snags is when you’re drinking and eating at the end of the week, you do have to concentrate a bit about what you’re doing. I think I messed that up this weekend.

#NWTW Week 48: Getting Those Buggers Ripe

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week 48 desert

Grape growers are completely stuck in their choice of grapes. Each grape has a climate it loves. If you’ve got the climate, you grow the grape, if not, you don’t. Simple as that!

#NWTW Week 48: GSM from Down Under (Part Two)

Australia, New Wine This Week, Reds

flags - australia

I think one thing that we’ve all been chuffed with so far this year is that if one week we do a crowd pleaser, we’ll follow it up with one than might be a bit of the opposite. Well this week it’s the other way round, we’re following up the controversial (but hopefully eye opening) Pinot Grigio week, with a trip down under to try what has become one the New World’s premium blends, GSM.

#NWTW Week 35: What We Thought of Aussie Shiraz

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week 35 the food

First and foremost, I’m really chuffed with myself for the patience this week. I sat there and let the stew cook on a low heat for 5 hours. It smelt awesome, and along side my first effort of mashed potatoes in the Bimbi, the food couldn’t be anything but awesome!

#NWTW Week 35: What I’m Eating With My Aussie Shiraz

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week 35 oxtail stew

Pretty easy one this. This wine is big, it’s bold, and it packs a big old punch of seasoning in the palate. Sounds like a load of waffle? Well I just mean it’s likely to be pretty peppery on the taste and it’ll be high alcohol and fat bodied in the mouth.

#NWTW Week 35: The big brash Aussie!

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week 35 koala

Shiraz is one of those grapes that takes on the climate more than most. It’s spiritual home, as with many grapes going round these days in the “international varieties” is France, in particular the Rhone Valley, but back in the 1830s (or something along those lines) some bright bugger took it out to Australia, and the rest is, well, quite literally history!

#NWTW Week 35: My Nemesis, But I’ve No Idea Why?!

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week 35 sitting an exam

About 6 months or so ago I sat my WSET Level 3 exam. For anyone who’s sat it, you’ll know that first up is the tasting bit, then the multiple choice, followed up by the short answers bit. Then you leg it out of the exam room before anyone else finishes because you don’t want to sit through the “what did you put for this?” crap that always happens at the end of exams.