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Tasting Shiraz blind – Penfolds Grange Shiraz Wine Challenge

Ever tasted wine blind? No I don’t mean blind drunk…cmon, it’s all about responsible drinking. I’m talking about tasting wine without knowing where it comes from.

Quite often many people associate the quality of a wine with the price tag. What you really should be doing is letting your taste buds do the talking, not your wallet.

You may recall in a previous post that I was off to a Shiraz wine tasting night. That Shiraz wine tasting night was in fact a Shiraz challenge, which was held at Armadale cellars – a quaint wine cellar nestled in inner Melbourne.

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Armthat adale Cellars

This challenge does what the name suggests, and challenges your taste buds to pick the correct Shiraz wine label you’re tasting. The best bit, a Penfolds Grange was hidden in the mix for you to try and pick!

The challenge was hosted by Phil, the founder and owner of Armadale cellars. Phil’s energy and enthusiastic approach to wine was infectious. He took all of the superior snob out of wine and made it something that everyone could relate to.

Before starting the challenge, Phil stated that it was like a ‘Miss Universe of Shiraz’ – all great, fabulous and unique wines, with one standout winner. Phil set us the challenge to nominate at the end which Shiraz would make our top three ‘Miss Universe of Shiraz’.

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To kick the night off, each of the 20 guests were greeted with a glass of sparkling Shiraz. Phil then put the challenge to us early and requested for us to guess where the sparkling Shiraz hailed from. Knowing that Victoria is strong in the sparkling Shiraz game, I called out ‘The Grampians’ as the region. ‘Correct!’. Phil revealed that the sparkling Shiraz hailed from Best Wines. It was a brilliant sparkling Shiraz, smooth, crisp and not overly sweet. It now tops my fave sparkling Shiraz’s.

Click here to see my top sparkling Shiraz in Australia – ‘Hello Sparkling, hello Shiraz, hello Sparkling Shiraz’

Question – What is the plural word for Shiraz? As Jane from Fabulous Wine Ladies Society puts it, it’s ‘Shirazeses’

Let the challenge begin

In front of me sat 12 wine glasses filled with tastings of Shiraz. Alongside the glasses was a list of the wines in alphabetical order that ranged in price from $60 to $100, right up to $850 – the price of the Penfolds Grange.

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Glass after glass, after glass!

Before we got into the challenge, Phil took us through some key things to look out for when tasting, including the climate where each wine hailed from.

With each different climate, the flavours and aromas of the wine change.

  • Cool climate wines exhibit characteristics of red berry, white pepper and herbal notes
  • Warm climate wines exhibit characteristics of blue fruits like blueberries, ripe red berries, black pepper and herbal notes.
  • Hot climate wines exhibit characteristics of darker berries such as black currents, black fruits, plum, licorice, black pepper and olives.

Alongside these flavours also comes secondary flavours, such as oak characteristics, where younger wines can tend to take on a more oak flavour.

After we had a good understanding what to be on the look out for, the tastings began.

The wines were randomly placed, and were not in any order of price or region. This made the challenge even more interesting and exciting. What we did know, however,  was that the grange was hidden in the last set of the 4 tasting glasses.

I must admit, while I’m not blessed with the finest palette, I am training the taste buds to be more receptive. This involves tasting many different wine varietals that hail from different climates, and regions. By tasting an array of different wines, the taste buds become more attuned to picking up on different flavours of fruits, spices, and other fun flavours like licorice, toffee and mint. Alongside picking up on flavours of a wine, the colour is also another key factor of knowing where a wine hails from; a lighter colour indicates a cool climate region, while a deeper colour indicates a warmer region.

After a lot of analysing wine colour, sniffing aromas, and sipping each wine, you will be pleased to know that out of the first 8 wines, I managed to get 3 right.

Much wine, very hard!

Bring on the Penfolds Grange

When it came to tasting the last 4 glasses, it was known that the grange was sitting amongst them. Going through and taking quick sips, I could instantly taste that glass #3 held the almighty grange.

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Lucky number three in the fourth row!

It tasted like a very well-aged and matured wine. Vanillian notes made it smooth on the palate, and didn’t leave an acidic after taste in your mouth. While it was pleasant to drink, it didn’t rock my world. In fact, there were other wines in the tasting that rocked my world. My top three in the ‘Miss Universe of Shiraz’ were:

  1. Paradgim Hill Col’s Block 2013 (Cool climate Shiraz)
  2. Hently Farm The Beast 2014 (Hot climate Shiraz)
  3. Bendigo Pondolowie (Warm-Hot climate Shiraz)

The result

In the end, I ended up getting 7 out of 12 correct! That’s a pass in a teachers book!

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Once the challenge had finished, we were served up delicious lamb pies with a side salad from local baker Phillipas.

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For a hard earned thirst…

For anyone who loves their Shiraz, or is simply wanting to develop their skills and knowledge in wine, this is a fantastic way to do it. It’s challenging and fun, and the Armadale Cellars crew make you feel very welcomed.

Not only do they do Shiraz wine tasting challenges, but they also do a Champagne wine tasting challenge. In this challenge, they hide a glass of Dom Perignon in the mix. Now this is one sparkly wine challenge that I’d love to try!


Until next time winos,




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Let them drink wine… “hang on, how many calories is in that?”

How was your New Years? Mine was great! Lots of good food, good wine, and good company.

In fact, I probably had a little too much good food and good wine.

Most see the start of the new year as a time to shape up and shed those few kilos stacked on from the Christmas celebrations in December. Myself included!

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Even Barbie can get carried away over the festive season!

While few of you are still kicking back and enjoying the good life, many of us are putting ourselves on a calorie restricted diet and exercise regime. Wine is one of those items that really packs a punch (or grape punch!) when it comes to calories.

Whenever I’m trying to watch my calorie intake I like to compare things to junk food, as it helps me avoid consuming it if I think I’m consuming a piece of junk food.

To put wine into perspective, here’s an overview of what you’re potentially consuming if wine was a piece of junk food.

Fine print to note – Comparisons are purely subjective and depends on how much you pour in your glass. These measures are based on a standard pour.

Red wine = 125 calories

1 quarter of a Big Mac burgerNew Phototastic CollageThink about it, consuming 4 glasses of red wine you might as well just eat a Big Mac!

White wine = 121 calories

Half a McDonald’s cheeseburger

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Consuming a whole bottle of white stacks up to be 3 cheeseburgers!

Sparkling wine = 84 calories

1 Freddo frog

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Let’s admit it, you never stop at one glass of sparkling. Am I right?!

Fortified wine = 165 calories

1 cherry ripe

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While you think that some of these beverages are relatively okay calorie wise, once you add on top of this the meal you’re eating with your wine, or the cheese and chacturie board coupled on the side, a Big Mac burger all of a sudden becomes a mountain of Big Macs!!

The lesson here is to not eat and just drink wine. After all wasn’t it Marie Antoinette that said ‘let them drink wine’?

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Happy calorie counting January!

Until next time winos


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How much would you pay for a bottle of wine?

It was announced a couple of weeks ago that Penfolds had released an exclusive range of their Grange wine, complete with a price tag of $3,000.

How much?!

Yep. You read it right. $3,000!

Penfolds have blended three of their best Shiraz vintages, the 2008, the 2012, and the 2014 into one wine called ‘g3’, and there’s only 1,200 bottles of them in the world.

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So what makes Penfolds so special and gets people excited like Christmas day?

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Here’s why:

Penfolds winery is one of Australia’s oldest wineries, located in the Barossa Valley in South Australia. Established in 1844, the winery originally produced sherry and fortified wines. After many generations and 100 years later, the winery shifted focus and started to produce ‘table wine’. In the 1950’s Max Schubert, Penfolds chief winemaker at the time, went on a trip to Bordeaux to learn the art of making quality wine. Upon his return, Max ended up producing what we now know today as ‘Grange Hermitage’.

Fact – Hermitage is basically another word for Shiraz or Syrah. The Grange Hermitage is made mostly from Shiraz, with a hint of Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Max Schubert the wine master!

Funnily enough, when Max had started producing Grange Hermitage, Penfolds management  and critics slammed it saying that it was rubbish. He was even banished from making it! Despite the knock down, Max continued to make Grange Hermitage in secret. Years later, Penfolds management decided to taste the original wine made back in 1955. After years of it being in storage, it turned out that it was a tasty one and Penfolds went on to reinstate the making of it!  This first vintage went on to win many awards and gold medals. Go Max!

Today, Penfolds Grange Hermitage has gained global recognition and is considered the most premium wine in the world.

What’s the g3 taste like?

With the wine being so unique and rare, the only tasting that occurred was in Hong Kong at the Liang Yi private museum in Sheung Wan. Unfortunately I was unable to make it to  Hong Kong for the tasting, so here’s one review for you to read:

“There’s a depth and density to the rich black fruit that is a hallmark of Grange, with the fruit wrapped up in mature flavours of warm oak and damp earth and sweet leather, as well as youthful characters of dark spice and fine, firm, lingering tannins. In other words, you can see the contribution that each of the three vintages, 2008, 2012 and 2014, brings to the wine, but it all marries together seamlessly.” Max Allen, Australian Financial Review, 19th October 2017

Despite missing out on this g3 tasting opportunity, I will be tasting a Grange Hermitage soon at a Shiraz tasting night at Armadale Cellars in Melbourne, and I cannot wait!

Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to let you in on my opinion of this experience.


Until next time wino’s



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It’s time to celebrate some fabulous Australian ladies in wine – Olivers Taranga

Right about now, there’s an awards night happening in London to celebrate Australian women in wine http://womeninwineawards.com.au/

While I’m am all the way back here in Melbourne, Australia, I thought I would celebrate Australian women in wine my own way…

Let me introduce you to Olivers Taranga

I love wineries that have great stories behind them, whether it’s about the history or about the people behind the wine label.

Olivers Taranga is one of those wineries embedded with family history. The head winemaker behind Olivers Taranga is Corrina Wright. Corrina is joined by Brioni Oliver – vineyard, cellar door, and wine stock manager. Both Corrina and Brioni are part of the sixth generation at Olivers Taranga.

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Olivers Taranga was the feature winery at the last fabulous ladies wine society event in Melbourne at Lumé restaurant.

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Ladies getting fabulous at Lumé (Credit @fabulousladieswinesociety)

Olivers Taranga features a diverse range of wine varieties; varieties which are not all that common here in Australia just yet, like Vermentino, Fiano and a Rosé that’s made from Spanish grape variety Mencìa (pronounced “Men-thee-a”).

To kick start the evening we were treated to a unique sparkling wine  – A sparkling Fiano called ‘The Hunt for Mrs Oliver’.  I’ve never come across a sparkling Fiano before, as it’s traditionally made as a still white wine. ‘The Hunt for Mrs Oliver’ was fresh out of the barrel. So fresh in fact, that the Fabulous Ladies Wine Society were one of the first in the country to taste this amazing drop. It’s expected to be released later this year.

Fresh, light, bubbly, and acidic, its crisp finish made it a very easy drinking. Some may say too easy!

This sparkling wine is the first sparkling in the Olivers Taranga range. Corrina, being a lover of bubbly wine, had been wanting to introduce one in to the range for some time. She experimented by using the Fiano grape, turning it into a bubble using the Traditional Method. Voila! Success!

What’s the Traditional Method? It’s the Champagne wine making method of bottle fermenting, riddling and disgorging.

‘The Hunt for Mrs Oliver’ was born. The story behind the title and label came from their grandma, Marjorie Hunt. Marjorie was the matriarch of the family.  On the label you’ll see flowers and feathers, which symbolise the flowers and feathers she used to collect. It’s a wine that pays homage to the great lady herself.

Next on the tasting list was the Vermentino, an Italian variety. The Vermentino was light with loads of length, and a crisp finish – The perfect wine that can be paired with seafood.

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The wine lineup! (Credit @fabulousladieswinesociety)

Number three on the wine tasting list was the Fiano, the non-sparkling style. It was great to taste the Fiano without its bubbles, as it took on a different character; textured, nutty, with great acidity.

After we finished the whites, next came the pink! The Rosé.

This Rosé was made from Spanish grapes called Mencìa. I’d never heard of this variety before, so I was super keen to try it. In fact, Olivers Taranga are the first in Australia to be growing Mencìa grapes. After the vines were planted and the grapes were picked, Olivers Taranga decided to test it out by making a Rosé. Turns out it was a success, and it’s now into its 4th vintage!

What’s a vintage? Vintages are used to describe the year grapes are picked in from a vine.

The flavour of the Rosé was refreshing, just like munching into a watermelon on a hot summers day. After tasting the wine, it left me with a warming toffee-like finish in my mouth. Delicious!

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Those watermelon summer feels

Now it was time to move on to the reds! Here’s where the party is at! There is nothing better than sitting down with a glass of red, cosied up in front of a fire during Winter.

The Grenache was the first up on the red wine tasting list.

The Grenache, for Olivers Taranga, is more of a traditional variety. It’s one they feel works well with their philosophy of trying new things, but also sticking to well known structured wines like the Grenache. It had a slight oaky and pepperyiness to it, and was described as an easy pizza drinking wine. Hello! Any wine that’s teamed with pizza has my tick of approval.


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Wine – Tick!, Pizza – Tick! Happy Days

Next up there were two more traditional style of wines – the Shiraz variety. It was asked what would be the plural of Shiraz – which Jane, the Fabulous Ladies Wine Society host, aptly stated that it was ‘Shirazeses’. Try say that one!

A fun fact about Olivers Taranga: Their Shiraz grape also goes into making Penfolds Grange – a high quality red wine

To start off the Shiraz tastings we had the 2015 Olivers Taranga Shiraz, which was one of their newly released wines. Alongside the new released Shiraz was an older release; the 2013 Olivers Taranga HJ Reserve Shiraz. This wine took on a dark choc, rum and raisin flavour which was velvety and smooth – wow, sounds like I’ve just described a block of Cadbury rum and raisin. Yum!

And for the finalè, to cap off the night, we finished off with a 20 year old sticky fortified wine called The Banished.

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So much stickiness! The Banished

Again, a great story as to how this one came about – second generation brothers to the winery used to live the good life of drinking, smoking and gambling rather than working on the vineyard. As a result they were banished. Ruth Oliver, married to Archibald Oliver, took over the winery and was head winemaker. You go girl!

So there you have it, some fabulous ladies in wine, making great bottles for the rest of us all to enjoy. To all the ladies in wine out there, Cheers!


Until next time winos,


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Wine, Corks and Canvas – A fundraising event for the National Breast Cancer Foundation

I’m no Picasso, but put a glass of wine in my hand, with a paintbrush in another, and Picasso has some competition on his hands. Just sayin!

Corks and Canvas is an art studio located in Melbourne. As per the name of the studio, Corks and Canvas allows you to paint, while sipping on your favourite wine.

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Some encouragement before we paint

I went to Corks and Canvas as part of a fundraising event for the National Breast Cancer Foundation on Friday night, where all money raised went to this fabulous cause.

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Important paiting equipment

To kick-start the night, we filled our glasses with wine and took our seat in front of a blank canvas. We were shown the art piece that we would be painting for this evening, using acrylic paints – The iconic Brighton Beach Boxes, which looked bright, and fun to paint.

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The example of what we were going to be painting!

Our art teacher took us through each step in creating our masterpiece, starting with painting the sky, then the sand, and finally the water. From there, we then got our creative flair on, and painted our beach boxes. Throughout the night we took breaks to fill up our glasses, chat and mingle with others, and see how everyone elses masterpieces were developing. It was so much fun!

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I am ready to get my Picasso on!

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Step by Step, with wine in between

While painting is a relaxing activity, adding wine in to the mix makes for a super relaxing activity – almost as relaxing as a massage! At the end of the night, we all ended up with our masterpieces to take home! And best of all, we helped raise money for a great cause.

If you too want to get your creative flair on, you can! Corks and Canvas offers many classes which you can book in to at your own leisure. Check it out, and get your Picasso on!

If you’re looking to donate to this great cause, click here

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credit @corksandcanvas

Until next time winos,




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Battle of the old vs. new oak – wine terminology

Have you ever come across the wine terms ‘old oak’ and ‘new oak’? Many wineries will refer to this when they’re describing their wine: “this wine is 80% old oak, and 20% new oak”. So what does this all mean?

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Getting the low down on old and new oak at Cloudy Bay Winery NZ

‘Old oak’ and ‘new oak’ refer to the types of oak barrels being used to house the wine. When a winemaker uses percentages to describe the wine e.g. ‘80% old oak and 20% new oak’, it means 80% of the wine has been stored in old oak barrels (which have been used time and time again), while 20% of the wine has been stored in new oak barrels. Storing wine in old oak barrels tend to give off subtle oak characteristics, while new oak barrels enables the wine to exhibit a lot of characteristics of the oak.

A great way to think about old oak and new oak terminology is by using the humble teabag – When you use a new tea bag, you really get the full flavour of the tea leaves – this is like new oak. After having dunked the bag a few times, the tea bag only releases a small amount of flavour from the leaves – this is like old oak.


I know what you’re thinking; “what a great analogy”…or “all this wine talk, I need a vino!” Am I right?!  Either way, you’re welcomes 🙂

Until next time winos,


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Penny’s Hill – Fabulous Ladies Wine Society wine night

Let me introduce you to a magnificent winery – Penny’s Hill. I was introduced to Penny’s Hill at the Fabulous Ladies Wine Society event, in Melbourne at Lumè restaurant.  Read about my last Fabulous Ladies Wine Society event here.

Me with a few fabulous ladies @fabulousladieswinesociety

About Penny’s Hill

Penny’s Hill is based in McLaren Vale, South Australia.

The winery first began when Tony Parkinson, who was running a successful advertising agency, moved out of the city and down to McLaren Vale, where he bought 80 acres of land. It was on this land where the first vine was planted in 1991. Fast forward to today, and the winery now operates across two vineyards, and also sources grapes from a range of others.

The name Penny’s Hill was decided upon after deliberating over a long list of potential names. The name ended up being, quite simply, the name of the hill where the vines are located.

One of the really striking aspects of Penny’s Hill is the big red dot on the bottle, which is part of the winery’s branding. Ever seen those big red dots stuck on artwork in galleries to tell people it’s sold? That’s where the big red dot came from! It’s the perfect branding for this award-winning wine – each bottle a work of art, and easily recognisable from a mile away in a wine shop.

Award winning wines

Did you notice that? not just ‘award winning wine’, but ‘award winning wines’.

This is a world-class winery, having won three world awards! Go Penny’s Hill!


  • 2015 Malpas Road Merlot – Winner, Best Australian Red in Show
    Mundus Vini, Germany, 2017
  • 2014 Footprint Shiraz – Winner, Best Australian Red in Show
    Mundus Vini, Germany, 2016
  • 2014 Edwards Road Cabernet – The World’s Best Cabernet
    Concours International des Cabernets, France, 2016

The Fabulous Ladies Wine Society night

On the night of the Fabulous Ladies Wine Society event, the Fabulous Lady herself from Penny’s Hill, Alexia Roberts ‘Lexie’ took us through a selection of wines. Lexi’s background in wine is impressive, having worked at Wirra Wirra, Maxwell Wines, and now Penny’s Hill –  she’s no stranger to good wine.


Lexi @fabulousladieswinesociety


Served up with a stellar selection of wines from Penny’s Hill, matched with delicious dishes on the night, here are my three favourites.

The favourites:

The grapes that made up this wine came from the original vineyard planted, which are grown on an elevated area hit with a cool sea breeze. The wine contains 35% new French oak, and was an absolute delight to drink. Structural and delicate, with fine tannins, it’s no wonder this wine earned itself the ‘Worlds Best Cabernet’.

This wine was another one that originated from the original vineyard, this time from the valley floor, where the soil is clay.
When it comes to picking, Merlot is one of those tricky grapes that can become quite ‘jammy’ if it’s not picked at the right time. With the small window of opportunity for picking, Penny’s Hill applied a minimal intervention method to making this Merlot. Read about what minimal intervention wines are all about here!

The results – a soft well-rounded Merlot, with strong berry notes. It’s one of those wines that pairs well with food, particularly lamb.

This wine comes from a much higher elevated vineyard in McLaren Vale, and grows in a much cooler climate. The vineyard’s soil is sandy, embedded with rock. With bright red fruits, there’s a spicy and savoury feel to the wine. With 40% new oak, it’s intense and structural, with long length. This little beauty can be cellared up to 10 years.

Celebrating those award winning wines!

So there you have it winos! If you’re ever in a wine shop, be sure to look out for the big red dot! Or alternatively, go direct to the winery for stocking up on wines that have earned their place on the world wine stage, just like I did.

Until next time winos,


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Marlborough Wine and Food Festival – a tick off the bucket list

You’ve probably been wondering where I’ve been – is she still drinking wine? did she win Tattslotto and disappear to an island?


Did she really win tattslotto??

The answer to that is yes, I most certainly have been drinking wine. While I didn’t win Tattslotto, I did disappear to an island…an island called New Zealand.

It happened. After two years in the waiting, I finally attended the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival with my fellow wino friend, who is a massive fan of the Sauvignon Blanc. But not just any Ol Sauvignon Blanc fan, she’s a fan of the Sauvignon Blanc hailing from the Marlborough region.


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Ready for some great Savvy B!

Marlborough is THE home of the Sauvignon Blanc, due to producing the most notable wine from this grape. It’s quite a young region, with the grape variety only being introduced to the area in the 1970’s. The first Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted by Montana Wines, now know as Brancott Estate. So what better place to celebrate the Savvy B than at the estate itself, which was where the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival was held.

To get to Brancott Estate we travelled by bus from Blenhim, which was only about a 15 minute trip from the town centre. As soon as we got the the estate, we waited in line and watched the crowds roll in bus after bus. You could feel the excitement building.

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The start of the day. The crowds just got bigger!

As soon as we got in, we scanned the area looking for wineries that we knew, and wineries that we didn’t know, to add to the shortlist of ones to try. The tastings were setup where you could pay $3 for a few sips, or you could outlay $8-$10 for a full glass. This was a no brainer, pour me a full glass please!

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One of the first wineries, Cloudy Bay – Yes, it was a full glass 🙂

Following our first couple of sips (glasses) at Cloudy Bay and Giesen, we wandered over to the wine Masterclass where a Rosé and cheese matching class was about to get underway, with hosts Brian from Mahi wines, and Dan from Kaikoura Cheese.
Grabbing our seats we sat in front of a selection of 7 Rosés from select Marlborough wineries, along with 7 carefully selected cheeses to match. It was really interesting to try something that wasn’t Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region. An enjoyable spread of Rosé’s, which were very much like the classic French Rosé’s from the South of France –  light in colour, strawberry flavours, and a dry finish. Turns out the cool climate for growing this variety of wine is quite similar to the home of Rosé, France.

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The before shot

The clear favourite for me was from Mahi Pinot Noir 2016 Rosé, paired perfectly with a pecorino cheese with fennel pods. The Mahi Pinot Noir 2016 Rosé was a classic Rosé, with a medium to dry finish, with pronounced strawberry notes.

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Brian from Mahi wines! A brilliant winery, and a brilliant wine maker!

Following the Rosé Masterclass, we stumbled back out on to the grassed area to try even MORE wine! With so many wineries showcasing many different wines, here’s a list of the places we tried which were all standouts!

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Roaming water stations. How good is this?! Australia – take note.

In between the sips (glasses) of wine there was also an abundance of food on offer, from pork belly rolls, oysters, through to baked potatoes. I opted for a Brazilian burger. Delish! This provided some much needed energy after many wine tastings.

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Fuel for the Savvy B

As the day went on, the crowd became livelier, the band got louder, and the dance moves became smoother.  Some were even feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of wineries on site.

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When the day becomes too much a nap is needed!

As the day came to a close, it was time to make way to the busses to get bussed back in to town, where the party continued on at Scotch Wine Bar, in downtown Blenhim.


The after party location!

So that’s it, I can now finally tick the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival off the bucket list. If you’re planning to make a trip over to the region, I’d recommend planning it around the festival. It will give you a real taste of the region, and will certainly get you in to the spirit of being in the world famous home of the Savvy B!

Until next time winos,

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On Christmas Day my wine rack gave to me a magnum sized bottle of GH Mumm

Presents. Food. Wine. Wine. Wine..

The final wine in the advent wine calendar is a bottle of GH Mumm. The equivalent of 2 bottles, the magnum sized bottle provides enough bubbles to have with Christmas dinner, and then some.


I wonder what’s inside?!





The bottle of Mumm at the dinner table!


Merry Christmas All!!

Until next time winos,


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On the Twenty-fourth day of Chirstmas my wine rack gave to me a Tim Adams 20 Year Fine Old Tawny

Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, there was a bottle of Tim Adams 20 Year Fine Old Tawny.


An appropriate way to get you in the mood for Christmas is with a wine that tastes like Christmas!

The Tim Adams Fine Old Tawny is a 20 year old Tawny, and was made as close to the Portugal way as possible. You will notice that Port style wines that have been made outside of Portugal cannot be named Port. This is because Portugal have claimed the name Port, similar to how France has claimed Champagne.


Tawny Ports tend to have a nuttiness and caramel flavour to them, and are aged for around 3 years in barrels.

A great way to drink this Tawny is either on its own, or with a creamy blue cheese. The sweetness of the Tim Adams Tawny will really cut through the fat, and complement the cheese well.

Until next time winos,


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