BIRCHGROVE Hey guys, the wine guy here! I’ve recently gone through the latest vintages of the Birchgrove wines, and I am still amazed at the great value for money this winery produces - even though I can’t tell you who it is. Here’s the facts: It’s an Australian-owned, 3rd generation winery, in the region of Murray Darling. It’s highly rated at 4.5 Stars (it’s not 5 stars, but it’s close because up until the last 5 years or so most of their wines were $15.00 and under). And what you probably don’t know is that this range of wines for...Read More
Grapes & Lager – White Tasters Pack Tasting Notes Hi Everyone, It’s Sean The Wine Guy here, and it’s that time again! Our June Taster’s Packs have been put together, and are ready to arrive on your doorstep in late June. This month three of the Wines came from 'Viva La France’. Having tasted these in the past 2 months, they’re a real treat for subscribers of this month’s Taster’s Pack. For our first French wine we take our tastebuds to a small hamlet near Bordeaux for their take on an excellent Savvy. Then we head to higher elevations 'and old...Read More
Grapes & Lager – Red Tasters Pack Tasting Notes Greetings wine lovers! It’s Sean The Wine Guy here, and it’s that time again - our June Taster’s Packs have been put together and are ready to arrive on your doorstep in late June. To give you fair warning, I’m going to be jumping around the world here in a single paragraph! My love affair with Poggio Anima continues this time with a Sangiovese, then we head back to ‘Oz’ for a new vintage with one of our favourite producers for a classic Barossa Shiraz. Next we move on to Germany...Read More
Grapes & Lager – Red Tasters Pack Tasting Notes With this month's red tasters pack, we’re heading to the eastern block of Europe, then back to Australia to McLaren Vale for a fine Tempranillo, then check out a popular Italian red style, over to the Barossa for Cabernet Sauvignon (to Shiraz), and finally we need to bring out the chilli crab or mussels for an Aussie sparkling red. As always Grapes & Lager is about discovery and offering our members something a little different. These packs are designed for you to sit down with family and friends, read the tasting notes and...Read More
Those memories of drinking Black Tower Liebfraumilch in the late seventies have left an indelible mark on my drinking tastes that took several decades to shift. And thank goodness it did shift. For Riesling is now one of my favorite whites.
Because of our early drinking history, we are all pretty comfortable with the fact that the Riesling grape variety originated in the Rhine region of Germany.
With 900 years of History, Schloss Johannisberg is the oldest Riesling- Estate in the world, with its first documented vintage dated back 817 and since 1720 only Riesling is cultivated on its monopole vineyard. See Schloss Johannisberg 'Yellow Seal' QBA Riesling and Schloss Johannisberg 'Red Seal' Kabinett Riesling for a taste of history.Read More