COVID-19 Update

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COVID-19 UPDATE (30 May 2020) The great news is that our fabulous Canberra Wineries will be up and running again as of this weekend – there are various restrictions of course but the great news is you can get out and about and talk to our amazing winemakers and try some top tipples again. Just give them a buzz before … Read More

Elouise CalabriaCOVID-19 Update

What we drank last night – Chalk Hill 2019 Tempranillo Grenache

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Another week without the bars, pubs and wineries means another order from Jim Murphy’s Market Cellars – strictly research of course. This week I ordered a few local Canberra favourites along with a some random bottles from the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. I like to keep my options open and while I tend towards cooler climate drops these … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we drank last night – Chalk Hill 2019 Tempranillo Grenache

What we drank last night – Clonakilla 2008 Riesling

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Hello again wine lovers! As we are now social distancing and isolating and all that other fun stuff, Scott and I thought we would get organised and bring our wine blog back to life! It gives us a great excuse to try lots of different wines (like we need one!) and also to support our local restaurants. Scott was in … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we drank last night – Clonakilla 2008 Riesling

What we drank last night – Cooks Lot 2013 Chardonnay

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It’s been a year since I visited Orange and tonight we’re opening Cooks Lot 2013 Chardonnay which was one of the acquisitions from this trip. Orange wine makers talk about elevation as an important factor in grape growing and while it isn’t the only region in Australia that puts forward elevation as one of the elements of the ‘terroir’, it is … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we drank last night – Cooks Lot 2013 Chardonnay

Wine tour recap – 16 January 2016

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Yesterday day I had the privilege of hosting two birthday groups for a combined wine tour around Murrumbateman.  I say privilege for two reasons.  Firstly, one group was a close friend of my brother and their laughter and rosy cheeks indicated they had a good time.  Secondly, the quality of wine in the district has come so far in a … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWine tour recap – 16 January 2016

What we drank last night – Clonakilla 2013 O’Riada Shiraz

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Wine was almost an afterthought tonight due to the fact my favourite roast lamb dish was on the menu.  I had bashed up some rosemary, thyme and garlic and rubbed it all over the lamb, leaving it to marinade for 5-6 hrs.  Pinot Noir is a go to with lamb dishes but I thought I’d match it with Clonakilla’s 2013 … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we drank last night – Clonakilla 2013 O’Riada Shiraz

What we drank last night – Summerhill Road 2015 Riesling

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Some months ago, I visited Summerhill Road Vineyard, just off Bungendore Road.  Elle and I are always on the lookout for new wineries to visit and we thought we’d check out what these guys have to offer. Originally owned by Nicolaas (Nico) and wife Shawn Duynhoven, there has been vines growing on this site since 1998 when it produced wine … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we drank last night – Summerhill Road 2015 Riesling

What we drank last night – Riebke 2014 Shiraz

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I popped in to a local wine shop with the idea of bagging a big, full-bodied, fruit-driven red.  I spotted The Riebke 2014 Shiraz from Teusner in the Barossa Valley.  I chose this wine with no pre conceived ideas.  I haven’t tried wines from this vintner before.  The Teusner story is one I can relate to.  Kym Teusner and Mick … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we drank last night – Riebke 2014 Shiraz

How did we end up so far South?

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A little while back now, Elle and I contemplated an overdue holiday. We considered the merits of re- living some of our European jaunts. “Let`s go to Croatia via London,” I shouted. “Awesome,” responded Elle with the gusto of a sleep deprived mum. As the months rolled on and sleep seemed a distant memory, these intrepid travellers revised our travel … Read More

Elouise CalabriaHow did we end up so far South?

What we drank last night – Knappstein 2014 Riesling

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I chose tonight’s wine knowing what was on the dinner menu. Smoked salmon fish cakes were being served up so I picked a Riesling as this wine is generally higher in acidity which will cut nicely through the oiliness of the salmon. Riesling used to be my ‘go to wine’ as far as white wine is concerned, however over the … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we drank last night – Knappstein 2014 Riesling