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A night on the river with Vasse Felix

Last Wednesday I attended a night with Vasse Felix  – the wines and the winemaker, Mick Langridge. It was held at Mosmans in Peppermint Grove. Such a wonderful setting but pity the sun didn’t set a bit later so we could admire the view a bit more as we wined and…

Pay it forward for charity

On Thursday night I attended a wine tasting at Matilda Bay Restaurant that was raising money for a not for profit called ‘For the Animals.’ It was such a beautiful setting, overlooking the river and there were some fantastic wines available to taste and buy on the night. As we…

A New Mother’s Guide to Wine Tasting

Tasting wine and breast feeding can be a challenge but it's still possible. I'm fortunate enough to be able to experience the joys of motherhood and  still attend tastings. I'm only 7 weeks into motherhood but  I wouldn't change the lack of sleep, time, endless washing and nappy changing for…

New Release and Pre-release Plantagenet Wine Tasting

On Wednesday evening, I was lucky enough to attend the New Release and Pre-release Wine Tasting of Plantagenet Wines at the famous Lionel Samson Cellar in Fremantle. On a cold winter evening, tasting wine and eating delicious canapé among other like-minded individuals, I could think of no better well spent…

Perth Hills

Last Saturday I headed into the Perth Hills. I’m embarrassed to say that having lived here for 4 years, this was the first time I went to a winery in the area. I'll dwell no more on that but focus on how I spent a leisurely Saturday afternoon in the…

Long weekend in Margaret River

Two weeks ago, I headed down to Margaret River for the long weekend. It's always wonderful to have the extra day off work. And with the wonderful weather we had, well, I reckon we are spoilt living in Perth, if this is meant to be 'winter' in 2015. (more…)

Lamont’s Sunday Tapas 3rd May

I was really looking forward to Lamont's Sunday tapas today, on the 3rd where we were to try 9 different wines from Moss Wood. And I wasn't disappointed especially as Keith and Claire Mugford were pouring the wines, along with John. We started started with the Moss Wood Ribbon Vale…

Camping & visiting wineries over Easter

Over Easter I took a few extra days off work and explored the beauty that is the south west of WA on a family trip of camping and exploring. We drove down to Margaret River, then onto Denmark, across to Esperance and back to Perth stopping at Wave Rock on…

Ostler Tasting at Lamont’s

Just before Easter, I went to Lamont’s on Station Street for the Ostler tasting. It’s always a pleasure coming here for a tasting. There were five wines on tasting along with delicious canapés. Ostler  is located in the Waitaki Valley on the South Island of New Zealand. On their website,…

Whicher Ridge

On the same quest to find and taste wines from boutique wineries; I knew I had to go and visit Whicher Ridge. The winery is in just off the beaten track a little, which can be good and bad. Good simply because it means less people taste and buy these…

Windows Estate

On my quest to find and taste wines from boutique wineries; I came across Windows Estate. On the site, they describe themselves; "We are an artisanal grape to bottle wine producer focused on the sustainable production of exceptional wines that fully express the characters of our unique site and vintage.”…

Margaret River in March

Earlier this month I headed down to Margaret River with some friends. I love going to Margaret River, there’s plenty of wineries to explore and wines to taste. Plus there’s the beaches and surfing. I should also make my way out to the Swan Valley and Perth Hills more often…

Happy New Year

A new year/A New Year, well it's the start of something...well....'new.' It gives everyone a chance to start over and to re-assess the past year, to think about what the next year will bring and to plan what you'd like to achieve that year. I am grateful for my health…

Gourmet Escape Margaret River

I'm quite late in posting about the Gourmet Escape in Margaret River considering it's past Christmas and the event took place from the Friday 21st November and through to the 22nd and 23rd November- the latter two were the Gourmet Village. The fact that I'm a little tardy posting doesn't…

Picardy wine tasting at Lamont’s

I seem to refer to the story behind the label a lot. Why? Well, without a story, I feel a wine is well, just ‘wine’ and when I say ‘wine’ I mean an alcoholic beverage that you can appreciate for its aroma, taste, texture, depth and flavour. But without knowing…

What goes into a bottle

Making wine is very hands on and I mean literally ‘hands on.’  It doesn’t start in the cellar but in the vineyard. If the vines are not well cared for you cannot hope to make good wine. Good wine cannot come from poor grapes. The soil, the climate -  the…

Burgundy

This past winter I visited Burgundy which was fantastic. I spent 4 nights in Beaune and visited 4 domaines. As well as tasting wine, eating amazing brie, camembert and other French cheese, I sampled some of the local cuisine, visited markets and practiced my French. [caption id="attachment_1018" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Vineyards…

A visit to Épernay

Last month, I visited the well-known Champagne region in northern France, home to the famous sparkling wine of the world and the only place that you can refer to it as Champagne.  The vineyards encompass 3 main areas north east of Paris; Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and…

Dinners with winemakers

Since I started studying and learning about wine over 10 years ago, I’ve spent a day of picking at vintage time, a day of pruning and met numerous winemakers. I have a great deal of respect for winemakers, creating wine I see as an art. It’s not just what happens…

Tastings

If you want to develop your palate and taste a range of wines from around the world at a fraction of the price, I highly recommend attending as many tastings as you can. It's difficult while working but thankfully they're mainly all in the evening and on weekends and so…

Moss Wood

Earlier this week I attended the Moss Wood tasting at Wines of WA Education centre organised by Full Bottle. Since September last year Full Bottle has partnered with Wines of Western Australia which is only a good move going forward in the world of wine education! (more…)

Lamont’s Sunday Tapas 4th May

I'm looking forward to this Sunday's Lamont's Sunday tapas. We will be tasting: Salomon ‘Wachtberg’ Grüner Veltliner 2012 Bouchard Père & Fils Beaune 1er Cru Beaune du Château blanc 2010 Cherubino Pemberton Chardonnay 2012 Emilie Geantet Fixin Village Appellation Burgundy 2010 Domaine Baron Thénard Corton Clos Du Roi Grand Cru Burgundy 2009 The Yard…

William Fèvre

William Fèvre is a well-known producer of wines in Chablis and I was fortunate to be invited to taste a range of their wines last month at Lamont's. William Fèvre’s family had lived in the area for more than 250 years and in 1959 he produced the first vintage with 7…

Swimming to Rottnest

I love wine, I love learning about it, tasting it, discovering it and I am lucky to live near the vineyards of Margaret River and the Swan Valley. I attend as many tastings as I can and one day I will complete my Master of Wine. This is the highest…