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The Five S’s of Wine Tasting

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Start by observing the wine’s colour.

Red wine: Is it maroon, purple, ruby, garnet, red or even brownish?

White wine: Is it clear, straw-like, golden, light green, pale yellow, orange or brown?

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Swirl

Give it a little swirl. The swirling action helps aerate the wine, producing an oxidizing effect that helps enhance the wine’s flavour and natural aroma.

Smell

To get a good impression of your wine’s aroma, gently swirl your glass and then take a quick whiff to gain a first impression.

Do you smell Oak, Berry, Flowers, Vanilla, Mineral, Honey or Citrus?

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The Rosé Revolution – Pink is the new Black!

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Have you noticed the friends that once told you that Rosé wines were too sweet, too soft or not real wine… are now drinking them? What about the super popular ‘Yes Way Rosé’ Instagram account, now trending in anything pink… or the highly successful ‘Real Men Drink Rosé’ marketing program.

So if you haven’t already worked it out, let me tell you; Rosé wines are ‘So In’ right now and they are not going anywhere! Real, Smart, Wine-Wankers, Grown Men and Women of the world are now onto this trend and its time you joined in.

Why should I drink Rosé you ask? It’s the least disappointing wine you will enjoy, simple, and crisp, whilst delivering structure, acid and prettiness. You really can’t go wrong with this wine. It comes in so many styles and this alone seems to be where people go wrong, by not picking the best Rosé to suit their palate.

You need to know what you’re buying; do you want sweet or dry? I’m going to share a few simple tips to ensure you pick the right drop;

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Christmas Wine Hangover – Preparation Time!

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Preparing for a big night on wine is like preparing for a triathlon. You need to ensure your body is prepared for the onslaught you are about to put it though. Warm ups consist of eating right, vitamin intake and water consumption.

Vitamin B is the key

Ever wondered why you keep running to the toilet when you start drinking? Alcohol is a diuretic, from your first fatal pee, to what feels like the 1000’s after, you are losing important vitamins. Start taking vitamin B tablets 24 hours before your big event, the day of and the morning after for best results.

Get a good meal into you

Ditch your diet, because a grilled Salmon or chicken salad will not prepare your body to absorb the large amounts of alcohol you plan on drinking. Think pizza, pasta, chicken parma or a tasty burger. A large meal won’t take your hangover away but it will slow down the speed that your body absorbs the alcohol and keep you going longer. After all you don’t want to be known as that person that can’t hold their liquor!

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The Story of Tahbilk

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The story of Tahbilk is one of innovation, entrepreneurship, survival and extraordinary continuity; one rarely witnessed in Australia’s wine history.

Looking back at Tahbilk’s colourful history, the winery has certainly achieved a level of success and stature that render many envious; the largest single planting and some of the oldest Marsanne vines in the world, its iconic 1860 shiraz block also amongst the oldest in the world, five generations of family ownership and the oldest family owned winery in the State of Victoria.

Tahbilk is located in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria. The property comprises some 1,214 hectares of rich river flats with frontage on the spectacular Goulburn River. Tahbilk has been identified as one of only six wine growing regions in the world where the mesoclimate is dramatically influenced by the inland water mass resulting in a cooler than expected climate and this, coupled with the unique red sandy loam soil which is high in ferric-oxide, has extremely positive effects on the quality of the grapes produced.

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Winemaker of the Year, Peter Fraser!

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What is the difference between a good wine maker and a great one..? Before getting to know Peter Fraser I couldn’t tell you the answer to this question. But after talking to the 2016 Winemaker of the year I can easily tell you what makes this winemaker, worthy of such recognition.

It starts with his intimate knowledge of viticulture, the attention to detail in every aspect of the vineyard, his passion for traditional wine making methods, openness to trying new things and thorough knowledge of every aspect of the winery from the vineyard to the buyer.

Finally, Peter has heart, a true love for wine and the endless pursuit to create great wines!

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How Many Bubbles are in your Sparkling Wine and Champagne?

“Whilst I enjoy nothing more than a crisp cool Champagne, never have I looked at the bottle and wondered how many sweet little bubbles exist inside. After reading this article by bottlenotes.com, I will never look at my bottle of sparkling the same way…. Have a read and see if you feel the urgent need to open bottles and start counting?” Lynda Walsh Kennards Wine Cellaring BDM

A Champagne Cheers!How one scientist made our head hurt more than a Champagne hangover

Alright, wine nerds. We know you geeked out on the trivia in our August 10 Sip, “Do You Know Wine?” The factoid about the number of bubbles in a bottle of sparkling wine — about 44 million — particularly got your juices flowing. Yes, pun intended.

We got that tidbit from The California Wine Institute. They got it from Napa’s Domaine Chandon. It also appears in Wine Review Magazine, along with the slightly higher bubble count in a bottle of Champagne (49 million).

So, what’s the source? All sources seem to point to the research of scientist Bill Lembeck, who calculated the volume of CO2 in a 750 milliliter bottle of Champagne and divided that number by the volume of an average bubble.

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What Type of Stemware is Right for You?

There are a gazillion different types of wine glasses out on the market. So, what should you buy? Discover what glassware fits your wine drinking habits and what the best options are to build a proper wine glass set.

Check out this cool chart on the different types of wine glasses. Identify the different styles so that you can better decide what to buy based on your needs.

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The Difference Between Crystal and Glass Stemware

Crystal is glass with lead monoxide in it and, depending on what country you live in, can vary from 1% (in the US) to 30% (in Europe). Many glassware manufacturers also make lead-free crystal glassware with zinc and magnesium oxide which also refracts light. Using lead or lead-free crystal for wine glasses is popular for two reasons. For one, the minerals cause the glass to have light refraction which gives stemware a sparkle. Secondly, the inclusion of minerals in glass makes it sturdy enough to be spun very thin.

Regular glass doesn’t shine the same way as crystal but it is more affordable and also tends to be more durable.

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Storing Open Red Wine

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Why Open Red Wine Goes Bad

Oxygen turns red wine into vinegar. Thus the key is to reduce the amount of oxygen touching the surface when storing open red wine. There are a few methods used to prolong shelf life, all based on minimizing exposure to oxygen either by replacing or removing the oxygen or reducing the surface area of the wine. With the necessary TLC some red wines can be stored open for up to a week.

Basics After Opening

Re-cork the wine after every glass pour. Keep the open wine bottle out of light and stored under room temperature. In most cases a refrigerator goes a long way to keeping wine fresh longer; even red wines. When stored at colder temperatures the chemical processes slow down, including the process of oxidation that takes place when wine is exposed to oxygen. Wine stored by cork inside the fridge will stay relatively fresh for up to 3-5 days. This is a good start, but I think we can do better!

Freshness Tips

• For best results, store the wine upright to minimize surface area exposed to oxygen.

• Prevent dramatic temperature changes which can damage your wine, such as quickly going from cold to hot.

• You can warm up a red wine bottle in luke warm water. Be careful not to use hot water, it should only be slightly warmer than room temperature.

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World’s Weirdest Wines

Glasses are filled every day, all over the world, with natural elixirs made with some of the most unlikely ingredients, like pumpkins, lizards and tree sap. Each reflects what’s locally available and honored—its particular, and often peculiar, terroir—and they make wine tasting an adventure.

Snake Bile Wine (Ruou Mat Ran)

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As if Vietnamese snake wine—prepared by steeping a snake (preferably a venomous one) in rice wine—weren’t disconcerting enough, there’s snake bile wine. The forbidding drink is prepared by mixing rice wine with the greenish-black bile taken from the gallbladder of a freshly sliced cobra.

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World’s Oldest Wine and Beer Finally Drunk After 200 Years

wineWhat a find! Imagine sipping on champagne or downing a beer that is nearly two centuries old! That’s exactly what these experts did when divers found a ship wreck dating back to around the second quarter of the 19th century, with 168 bottles of champagne and an undisclosed amount of bottled beer on board.

This well preserved alcohol would have been the oldest in existence. Champagne expert Richard Juhlin explained that bottles kept at the bottom of the sea are better kept than in the finest wine cellars.

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