A Guide to Our Competition Wines - Sparkling

As the Wine Guy here at Grapes & Lager, I recently put together a range of amazing wines to be a part of our social competition (enter here), and we’ve already had amazing responses from the community. I hand-selected each wine that is to be included in the prize, and they range from frothy, sparkling Bruts to smooth, red Shiraz’s. To find out more about the wines being given away in our competition - and which are valued at over $1100 - see the first of our 3-part series. Sparkling Wines I wanted to include sparkling wines that show how...

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Our White Wine Journey of Discovery for April 2015

Dear Wine Lovers, This Month’s White Wine Journey of Discovery takes us to Eastern Europe with two whites, one from a well known grape variety - the other not so. We then move back to Rheingau for GH Von Mumm’s next step up, on to north eastern Spain with new vintage of a wine you’ve already seen, then onto a white made from traditional sherry grapes, and finally a great Chardonnay from southern Victoria. As always Grapes & Lager is about discovery and offering our members something a little different. These wines are all in this month's tasters pack, which is designed...

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April 2015 Red Wine Tasters Pack

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...

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Cider - A Great Alternative to Beer

A lot of people are looking round for an alternative to beer and deciding that Cider is the Answer. And they are finding a lot of diversity, from traditional to sweet and fruity style, including premium, organic and imported varieties. Aussie girls in particular have found in cider their new favourite drink, as an alternative option to beer, with different tastes, mixed flavours and still with low alcohol and large serving-size. Unfortunately, a lot of companies are starting to abuse this trend by producing "industrialised” ciders with flavourings and added sugar to hide their defects. Traditional cider lovers have reacted to this,...

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Riesling - From Germany With Love

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. 

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