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

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 – 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

What we’re drinking tonight – Yarra Valley Chardonnay

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours, Chardonnay, Wine

While our focus is on Canberra wine tours, we don’t want to limit ourselves to just drinking Canberra wine (as good as it is!) and tonight’s wine is from the southern part of the Yarra Valley in Victoria which is the higher bit of the valley. Hoddles Creek have been operating since the late 90s.  The farm has been in … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we’re drinking tonight – Yarra Valley Chardonnay

What we’re drinking – an out of towner

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours, Sauvignon, Wine

Tonight we’ve decided to drink an ‘out of towner’. Hanwood Estate 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from McWilliam’s. My wife Elouise used to live just down the road from McWilliams and my father-in-law still does. Having grown grapes on his farm for 40 or so years, I’d say he’s probably sold grapes to these guys as well. These two (Elle & Pat) … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we’re drinking – an out of towner

Canberra wine tour – The idea…

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours, Wine

Like many good ideas, our plan to start Vines & Wines came about over a glass of wine –in fact, many glasses of wine. At the risk of sounding like complete show offs, we were cycling through vineyards on a wine tour just outside of Vienna, ironically led by an Australian guy from Bankstown, when we thought – hey, we … Read More

Elouise CalabriaCanberra wine tour – The idea…