Thursday, 24 November 2016

Sweet Australian White Wine Varietals

Sweet wines can be compared to a magnet that draws juice or cola drinkers away from these liquids and lures them towards the world of wines. First time consumers of dessert wines should try out white wines lying on the sweeter side, as sweet white wines are considerably easier to find than sweet reds. People who tend to prefer sweet wines generally stay away from dry wines. Some of the best varieties of sweet Australian white wines

Riesling is a grape variety which is grown in most New World regions. It has the ability to be styled both as a red as well as a white wine. To craft a dessert Riesling wine, the grapes are picked very late with icewine or noble rot in order to enhance their sweetness. Sweet Rieslings generally showcase a higher acidic content and lower alcohol content, matching well with foods like soft cheese, fresh fruits, Thai food and bread pudding.

The Muscat grape variety is known by a number of names – Muscato, Moscato, Muscadel and Muscatel. This grape is used to manufacture a blissfully aromatic wine dessert wine that can either be styled as a sweet wine, or as a sweet semi sparkling (Moscato d’Asti). Being a food friendly wine, Moscato has managed to pull at the heartstrings of many wine lovers, pairing exceptionally well with Thai dishes, lightly spiced cuisines, creamy desserts, berries and souffles among many others.

Chenin Blanc
Initially originating in Loire Valley, the cultivation of Chenin Blanc grapes has spread to various winegrowing regions like Australia, Spain, South Africa and US. Highly acidic, this grape variety is usually harvested late in the year after it has been exposed to as much noble rot as possible. Chenin Blanc wines exhibit green apple aromas with a slight minerality or chalkiness leading to a palate filled with flavours of honey, nuts, chocolate and citrus. Spicy Asain dishes as well as Mexican cuisines are great food partners with sweet and savoury Chenin Blanc wines.

Sauternes is regarded as the King of sweet wines. Sauternes wines generally command respect and appreciation owing to their rich heritage and history, which is why they are often more expensive in comparison to similarly-styled sweet wines. A blend of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc grapes, this wine features acidity and chalkiness in addition to its vibrant apricot and honeycomb flavours. Serve Sauternes wines chilled with chocolate, moldy cheeses, fois gras and crème brulee.

Sauvignon Blanc

Although Sauvignon Blanc wines are generally dry and acidic, some producers in New Zealand and California are known to add residual sugar to their Sauvignon wines in order to enhance texture as well as introduce sweetness. Sav Blanc wines are known to exhibit lime, passion-fruit, kiwi, white peach and nectarine flavours that infuse with ripe aromas of gooseberry, celery, basil and wet concrete to provide a rich and cleansing mouth-feel. Pair New Zealand or Californian Sauvignon Blanc wines with mint, crab, sour cheeses or cucumber salads and they have the potential to be regarded as the best sweet Sauvignon Blanc wines in the world. 

Monday, 21 November 2016

Which Wines Age Well?

It is a very common belief globally that the wines of older age are better than the young ones. The belief is also that as the wines age, there is a markedly different taste and aroma imparted to it, which makes these wines more expensive than the younger ones. Many people still do not know what wines also have an expiry date and are required to be consumed within a prescribed period. 

Wines get better with aging. This argument is contended by many wine experts who believe that ageing does not necessarily make wines better. There could be a few exceptions to the rule but the fact is that the young wines from the present vineyards have high demand due to their lower prices. There is no significant difference in wine characteristics unless these age well and develop truly distinguishable characteristics over a period of time. Some Australian wines such as Penfolds Grange, Henschke Hill of Grace, Glaetzer Amon-Ra, Peter Lehmann Stonewell and others are well known for getting better with age. 

Rules to determine which wines shall be allowed to age are not known to people. If you do not have good knowledge of wines, you might end up consuming wines that age well in your next meal. On the other hand, the wine which shall be consumed young might end up in your refrigerator. So, how to know which wines shall be kept for aging?

Well, there are very few wines which shall be stored for aging purposes. A good thumb rule on finding these wines could be to check their prices per bottle. All those which are below a certain price range are required to be consumed young. This price range could vary from person to person. Some might prefer drinking less than $20 wines young while some others might prefer drinking $40 and below wines in next meal and keeping the pricier ones in refrigerators. So, it is the premium wines, red or white, which are generally considered good for storing for a longer time duration. However, another good idea would be to cross-check the precise wine quality using help of internet research and digging out information from books.We can help you in deciding these wines. Following are some of the wines that are good for aging:

Red Wine

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah / Shiraz

White Wine

  • Chardonnay
  • Riesling
  • Sauvignon Blanc / Semillion

Dessert Wine

  • Hungarian Tokaji / Tokay
  • Riesling
  • Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc
  • Portugese Vintage Port
  • Madeira

Sparkling Wine

  • Prestige Cuvee Champagne

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Locale Restaurant of De Bortoli Wines Yarra Valley Estate

De Bortoli is one of the foremost winemakers of Australia. Rooted to the ground and to its traditions, this First Family of Wine in Australia runs a restaurant in its Yarra Valley Estate vineyard. The restaurant has kept alive the famous dishes and cooking methods of Italy and brings the finest of Italian food to its guests. Called the Locale Restaurant, this provides all types of wines along with the delicious cuisines to the people. The restaurant is open only for lunch from 12 PM onwards from Thursday to Monday. However, it is open on Saturday both for lunch and dinner from 12 PM and 6 PM respectively. The restaurant has also won Gourmet Traveller Wine's Award for Best Cellar Door with food. The people who come here to enjoy the Italian and Australian delicacies also relish on the best Australian wine experiences. The food menu is quite elaborate and is divided into 3- a La Carte Menu, a Vegetarian Menu and a Children’s Menu. There is also a list of de bortoli wines which are offered to the guests along with the food. Quite interestingly and understandably so, the wines menu is more elaborate than any of the food menus. These are given below.

A perfect place for relaxing and going out on a welcome break from routine, the Locale provides a perfect ambiance for wine and food lovers.
Vegetarian Menu

Locale Restaurant - De Bortoli Winery- Vegetarian Menu by justwines on Scribd

The Locale Restuarant- Wine List- De Bortoli Wines by justwines on Scribd

La Carte Menu at Lacale Restaurant- De Bortoli's by justwines on Scribd

Children s Menu- De Bortoli Wines by justwines on Scribd

Friday, 11 November 2016

Best White Wines of Australia

White wines are made from grapes which have hues of yellow and are not as thick skinned as the red grapes. People consume both red and white wines but it is also a fact that red wines are consumed more than the whites. People have their own preferences and staunch brand-loyalty, the white wines have their own fan-following. Some of the best white wines of Australia which people love to consume are both cheap and premium ones. While cheaper ones have mass consumption, expensive ones are consumed by niche segments. So, which of these white wine varietals are being sold the most?

The Top 25 White Wines for 2016

1. Shelter Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough
2. Peter Lehmann Founding Stone Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2013
3. See Saw Sauvignon Blanc Orange Region
4. Yallingup Wines Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Margaret River
5. Salmon Bay Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Margaret River
6. Miranda Summer Light Sauvignon Blanc 2013
7. De Bortoli Accomplice Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
8. Cathedral Rock Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Margaret River
9. Peter Lehmann Founding Stone Chardonnay 2013
10. Mcwilliams Hanwood Estate Chardonnay South Eastern Australia
11. Wild Wood Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Margaret River
12. Mcwilliams Inheritance Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015 New South Wales
13. Eva Moscato Sweet White 2014 Australia
14. McGuigan Bin 7000 Chardonnay 2012 Hunter Valley
15. Nut House Sauvignon Blanc 2015 South Australia
16. Heart to Heart Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Margaret River
17. Regal Manor Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Margaret River 
18. Table Talk Chardonnay Margaret River
19. Fay McGuigan Homestead Chardonnay Hunter Valley
20. Emmetts Crossing Reserve Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Margaret River
21. De Bortoli Accomplice Chardonnay 2015 Riverina
22. Queens Pinch Chardonnay 2012 Mudgee Australia
23. Emmetts Crossing Reserve Chardonnay Margaret River
24. Hastwell & Lightfoot Chardonnay 2014 McLaren Vale
25. Coldridge Estate Chardonnay 2013 Australia

Sunday, 6 November 2016

From Where to Buy Wines Online?

Online businesses have distinctive advantages over the traditional types of businesses. Besides the unlimited geographical reach for gaining customers, there is considerable saving of money towards capital and overhead expenses. For online wine businesses located in Australia, this provides an opportunity for customers to shop for their favorite wines without having to visit the physical stores. They have the flexibility to buy wines online at any time, from any place and get the deliveries right at their doorsteps. However, there are many different online businesses which are selling wines online. This makes it difficult for a buyer to decide on which online wine store to buy wine from. Here are some of the different types of online retailers and also listed are respective pros and cons for buying wines online from them.

The Wineries
Wineries are the businesses primarily engaged in the wine making process. There are more than 2400 wineries in Australia. A vast of majority of these wineries do not have an online presence of their own. Very few among these have a website, much less an e-commerce store. Therefore, these are not visible to the people who search for wines online and would buy wine online. Only some big wineries have an online store front for selling their products online.

The Marketplaces
Online marketplaces are the wines portals which may not necessarily be in the process of wine-making but have inventories from the wineries or the other wine retailers. These inventories are shown on the portals. These marketplaces specialize in online marketing and have the customer-base to effect sales online. These are beneficial for all those wineries who are not yet prominent brand names. These platforms give them an equal footing to the famous brands.

Discount Sites

Other type of sites which provide one-stop shop for all deals and discounts are the coupons or discounts sites which are helpful for visitors who are looking to buy wines online at discounts. They do not have to visit numerous other sites of wineries or marketplaces to find the right deals but can use these discount sites to know about the latest deals being offered. 

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Why Price Shall Not Be the Only Consideration to Buy Wines Online in Australia?

There is no denying the fact that price does play an important part in determining the buying behaviour of people. This is more so when the shopping is being done online since there is a no scope for negotiations. The prices are mentioned clearly on the websites. So, if a person does not like the prices, he or she moves on the next marketplace. This situation is different from the face to face interactions of conventional buying behaviour where a customer is more inclined to buy from a particular retailer even at a higher price due to the associated comfort level. However, buying wines online is different in that there is easy movement from one site to another. And, price is surely an important element to keep the customer on your site. Lower prices do keep attract people and make them buy online. But, it is also a fact that all marketplaces might not be able to sell at similar competitive prices due to any number of reasons. So, shall you, as a customer, always buy from the provider whose prices are the lowest?
If prices of wines on an online store are low, it does not always mean that service being provided is of top level. It has often been seen that the low prices are often because of cost cutting which affects service delivery. For customers, it means that the wine delivery would not be on time or there could be undercutting in packaging expenses putting the wine bottles at risk. Similarly, there could be lapses in service delivery and, sometimes, sufficient infrastructure and resources are not assigned to customer service. These aspects of the wine selling at cheap prices is often overlooked by the customers. Therefore, whenever you decide to buy Australian wines online, it is pertinent to look into the reputation of the company and ascertain the quality of service delivery.

So, prices shall not be the only consideration for any online wine shopper. You might spend a little more and develop a fantastic relationship with wine sellers which can produce help you avail great deals which others do not have access to.