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TYPES OF WHITE WINE GAINING POPULARITY
While Sauvingnon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio and Verdelho are the white wine varieties more commonly consumed around the Australian dinner table, some of the world's most popular whites are gaining popularity in Australia. Chenin Blac This wonderful grape hails from the Loire Valley in France. Chenin Blanc's high...
TYPES OF RED WINE GAINING POPULARITY
While perhaps lesser known in Australia, the following types of red are heroes in their countries of origin and are becoming increasingly popular in Australia. Tempranillo - Tempranillo is a black grape variety from the Rioja region of Spain, where it has traditionally been used to produce full-bodied wines. The...
A BRIEF HISTORY OF LIQUEURS
From the rich to the fruity, liqueurs come in a wide range of flavours, textures and qualities, and differ from spirits due to their usually sweet palate and lower alcohol content. Recipes for liqueurs have been found in Egyptian tombs and ancient Greek scrolls, but it is primarily the monks...
SPIRITS - THE DISTILLED BEVERAGE
A spirit is an alcoholic beverage that is distinguished by the distillation process, which was first developed as early as 1 A.D. Unlike the fermentation process that characterises wine and beer, distillation produces ethanol from the base ingredient, such grains, fruits or vegetables, without added sugar. Spirits are generally grouped...
FORTIFIED WINES
A fortified wine differs from other wines in that it is 'fortified' with additional alcohol during the production process. Fortified wines include Port, Marsala, Madeira and Sherry. Fortified wines have been produced in Australia for many years. In the Barossa Valley in South Australia, Grenache grapes have been used for...
WINE HISTORY AND PRODUCTION
Across the world, wine has been celebrated, and been an important part of celebrations, rituals and other social gatherings, for centuries. It first appeared around 4500BC in the Balkans, and became popular in Ancient Greece, Rome and Thrace. Today it is produced in many parts of the world, including Italy,...
Perfect Pairings - Lamb Ragu
Lamb and Wine - a Match Made in Heaven During the long winter months, we find ourselves dreaming of hibernating. All day long we dream of the magical evening hours, where we can escape out of the wind and rain and cold, rug up with our families on the couch...
Perfect Pairings - You, me & a cheeseboard
Cheese and Shiraz are a match made in Heaven; whether you’re planning a party or an after dinner treat, this delicious duo will enrich your evening. The reason this pair are so successful is because the high protein found in cheeses compliments the strong taste of Shiraz, enriching the flavors...

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