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You’d be forgiven for thinking Slim Secrets boss, mother-of-three, and all-round go-getter Sharon Thurin is always in control, confident, an outright leader.
Every anniversary, Hobby Hampers boss Glenda Watts drinks the same type of wine with her husband. “Looking back on the night my husband proposed to me; after all the excitement – and me saying YES!! – we cracked open a bottle of good red wine to celebrate,” she recalls. “Unfortunately it was corked so we had to open a different bottle which was the Tyrells Rufus Stone Shiraz. It was, and still is such a lovely wine. “We always enjoy a bottle together on our [...]
Our mission this week was to find 10 rules of wine etiquette, whether it be how to drink it, how to present it, how to store it, how to order it? Here’s the list (as usual, with a little help from our social networking friends): 10. At a dinner party, if there is more than one type of wine (which there should be if guests have done the right thing), serve the lighter wine first. But in an informal environment, be sure to ask if [...]
When the grapes are ripe, they’re picked and crushed by skilled barefoot stompers until they (the grapes I mean) are mashed into a pulpy mass (the scientific term for which is `le miasma de rouge’), which is then fed to the pigs (no, no, the ones in the farmyard, not those in the traffic jam).
There’s nothing worse than a know-it-all, right? The problem with the wine industry is that it’s renowned for being full of them – people who use big words to make others feel inferior. But let’s not get carried away. The big words can help. They distinguish between the subtle flavours, aromas and texture of different wine types. And some of these so-called wine snobs do actually know what they’re talking about. So when does a “wine connoisseur” become a “wine wanker”, or as many would [...]
Finance and business wizard Mark Bouris has been heard on Sydney radio recently talking about his “man cave” where he gets away from the hectic lifestyle which now sees him operating finance company Yellow Brick Road. And it seems an important part of the cave is the wine cellar within. He’ll generally open a bottle after work or “any time after 11am on weekends”. No longer is it not manly or indeed trendy to talk about wines at home. Neither is it snobby or high-brow. [...]
Guest punter Melanie Gould reviews a Molly Morgan 2010 Viognier Technical lingo aside, “Yummy” is how I describe this wine. As a Sauvignon Blanc lover, I really enjoyed this 2010 Viognier from the Molly Morgan vineyard in the Hunter Valley north of Sydney. This is the sort of wine I enjoy in the warmer evenings or on a social lunch with friends. Drinking this wine reminds me of great times enjoyed with friends on a warm spring afternoon among a light fragrant breeze. It definitely [...]
Rest assured, it’s not easy getting a word in with entertainer of Fat Pizza fame Maria Venuti (AM, no less, for her fundraising efforts on behalf of medical research and other organisations). But we managed to delve into some of the vivacious entertainer’s drinking habits in the lead-up to the Sydney Wine and Food Fair on October 30. We found that when it comes to wine, Maria certainly has a “true blue” side, supporting wines from Mudgee. But look out gentlemen, she’s not shy and [...]
Guest punter Michael Ellis reviews the Marist Brothers’ 2010 Pinot Gris The Marist Pinot Gris arrived at my door just in time. I was moving house, so what better way to christen the new purchase with a bottle of the good grape and perhaps even elicit a special blessing or two from the man upstairs! This wine is from Mittagong in the Southern Highlands of NSW and made by Marist Brothers on their property ‘The Hermitage’. The scene was set as is tradition in my [...]