If you are having a Summer Christmas and the sun is shining on the ocean, river, lake or possibly in your garden. The following wines are filled with character - and ideal pairing with summer festive cuisine. Ranging from toasting with good friends, pairing with crayfish to salmon, cold ham, turkey, pork or lamb and also with berry desserts and gelato. All of these wines are ready to be shared and enjoyed over the coming festive season - cheers.
A vibrant Prosecco + NV Champagne + Sauvignon Blanc + Riesling + Pinot Gris.
A classic style Rosé + Vermentino + Chablis + Pinot Noir and an engaging Shiraz.
A stunning ready now Cabernet Sauvignon and candy for adults - 'Late Harvest' Riesling.
Wine always tastes better when served from the right glass and at the ideal temperature.

 

Recently I tasted the following selection of currently available Rosé wines - crafted to be a perfect pairing with; sushi, sashimi, prawns, scallops, salmon, tuna and varied vegetarian cuisine. Here are a few brief words to describe my first impressions and the essence of each wine. A versatile range ready to be shared and enjoyed over the coming summer months.
Mr Mick Rosé 2017 + De Bortoli 'La Bohème' Rosé 2017.
Rua 'Central Otago' Rosé 2017 + Chapel Hill Rosé 2017.
Santa Margherita Rosé Brut NV + Drappier Rosé de Saignée Brut NV.
Wine always tastes better when served from the right glass and at the ideal temperature.

 

During wine tastings, trade classes, formal chef dinners and even during casual situations. I regularly get asked what is the difference or differences between this grape or this wine. It could be a grape varietal which they have never heard of or tasted or a new winery or label.

So the following series - and yes there are going to be a few. Is going to look at what are the differences between a Syrah and Shiraz. Describing the typical flavour profile characteristics, highlighting 2 drinking now examples and then suggesting a few food pairing ideas for you to try for yourself, the next time you have a bbq, dinner or evening out.
In plain and simple terms - Syrah and Shiraz are both the same grape varietal (originally).

 

During tastings, wine classes, formal dinners and during casual occasions - I regularly get asked what is the difference or difference between this grape or this wine. It could be a grape varietal which they have never heard of or tasted or a new winery or label.

But the following series - and yes there are going to be a few. Is going to look at what is the difference between a ‘lighter style’ Pinot Noir and a ‘fuller style’ Pinot Noir. Describing the typical primary flavours and palate characteristics from winemaking choices, highlighting 2 drinking now examples - and then suggesting food pairing ideas for you to try out next time you have a bbq, dinner party and evening out.