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

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours

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 – Borrodell 2012 Chardonnay

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours

 A couple of weeks ago my wife, baby daughter and I travelled to Orange NSW, (not    Orange in Provence, France although I hope to get back there one day…) in search of  some tasty cool climate wine.  “It`s here on your door-step you muppet!”, spat the  Vino aficionado.  Well I know that and so do you but I do … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we drank last night – Borrodell 2012 Chardonnay

What we drank last night – Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours, Wine

It’s New Year’s Eve so of course we’re drinking champers, love Aussie sparkling but as we’re celebrating at home (while our nine month old sleeps soundly in her bed – god willing!), I decided to lash out on proper champagne. Moet & Chandon go back further than white settlement in Australia.  Claude Moet was the founder back in 1743 and … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we drank last night – Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut

What we drank last night – Eden Road The Long Road Chardonnay

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours, Chardonnay, Murrumbateman, Wine

As I flipped over the last page on my food and wine inspired calendar to December, I took a look at what looked like a delicious seafood pasta dish.  Nice and simple.  Combine baby octopus with lemon, rocket, olive oil and linguine.  Add a good glug of white wine and some chilli and you`ve got one cracking dish.  I ordered … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we drank last night – Eden Road The Long Road Chardonnay

What we drank last night – Eden Road 2013 Hilltops Syrah

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I have been meaning to open this wine for a while, it’s been sitting on our wine rack taunting me and while some may argue that a wine of this quality deserves a fancy meal, I think the posh burgers I cooked to go with it worked a treat. It would equally be a great match for something masterchefy but … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we drank last night – Eden Road 2013 Hilltops Syrah

Canberra wines – Tasting 101

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours, Wine

Just the thought of a wine tasting event sends my little heart aflutter, there’s something about seeing all those bottles of wine in one room, lined up just waiting for me to get my hands on them that sends a heady mix of excitement and anxiety through me – excitement about the wine obviously, and anxiety that I might not … Read More

Elouise CalabriaCanberra wines – Tasting 101

What we’re drinking tonight – Mount Majura Chardonnay

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours, Chardonnay, Wine

Tonight we`re quaffing a 2013 Chardonnay, compliments of Mount Majura Vineyard.  I first visited Mount Majura a few months ago on a rainy, cold afternoon where I soon warmed up in the comfort of a cellar door with amazing wines and friendly, knowledgeable staff. I smugly sipped my wine and tucked into duck pie, cheese and other local treats while … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we’re drinking tonight – Mount Majura Chardonnay

What we’re drinking tonight – Barton Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours

Tonight I`m enjoying Barton Estate’s Sauvignon Blanc 2012.  I expect it will work well with Elle`s Thai green curry.  Just a few facts about this grape variety if you will. Firstly, the origin of this grape variety is Bordeaux in France which has a similar climate to Canberra. Cold winters and hot summers make for happy grapes provided the vines … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we’re drinking tonight – Barton Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Oh so cool – the Murrumbateman Cool Climate Wine Show 2014

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours, Murrumbateman

Some wine shows just get it right. High quality tipples, knowledgeable and friendly staff, tasty snacks and no fuss or tedious measuring of the wine being poured. The Murrumbateman Cool Climate Wine Show is a gem. Walking in, I’m faced with row after row of bottles of goodness from all over Australia. Friendly stewards greet us and we’re encouraged to … Read More

Elouise CalabriaOh so cool – the Murrumbateman Cool Climate Wine Show 2014

What we’re drinking tonight – Eden Road 2012 Cab Sav

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours, Sauvignon, Wine

Following on from a nice cleansing ale up at my local boozer, I toddled home – pushing my little 6 month old daughter.  Tonight I`m going to open a bottle of Eden Road 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Gundagai).  I`ve visited this winery a few times now and I have enjoyed the visit each time. It’s well located for a Canberra wine … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we’re drinking tonight – Eden Road 2012 Cab Sav