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Masters of Malbec

Posted by David on 12th Apr 2018

Did you know it’s World Malbec Day on the 17th April? Malbec might be familiar to most as one of the six red grapes used in red Bordeaux blends - the other five being Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and rarely Carmenere. Grown in the right place, Malbec is capable of making some great wine in its own right. The traditional home of Malbec is Cahors in France, one of the country’s oldest vineyard areas and part of the larger South West wine region. Appellation rules allo
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Malbec Matches

Posted by David on 12th Apr 2018

Malbec's intensity is a great match for thick slices of juicy rare beef fillet and traditional roast lamb rack with rosemary. Matching with mint is super good too so lamb with mint jelly is luscious. Richer, gamier poultry like turkey also suits.Malbec and blue cheese is a match made in heaven and even melted swiss cheese on rye is a treat with a sip or two. Or three.Mushrooms with Malbec are great - risotto, roasted, ragu - all perfect. And you should try stuffed roast capsicum with this wine.&
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Viva la Vouvray

Posted by David on 22nd Mar 2018

Vouvray is a staple at my place and if you like whites, it should be at yours too. I love its contradictory nature - aromatic and light, yet when left to open up, it gains weight and texture. It’s an appealing combination. Built in the early 1500s, Château d'Azay-le-Rideau stone is locally quarried limestone. Vouvray is a wine, a town and a region located in the stunning Loire Valley, which since 2000 has been a UNESCO World heritage site. The town of Vouvray sits about 10km east of
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Dry Vouvray Food Matches

Posted by David on 22nd Mar 2018

Dry Vouvray is a delicious match for vegetables and salads and an especially good match with goats cheese, so try it with any combination of these. A favourite of mine is broadbean, pea and asparagus with goats cheese or beetroot and cheese. Yum.  It's also perfect with white fish, and soufflé. Not that I would attempt a soufflé at home but nice to remember this match next time you're at the bistro on the corner.
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The Lion and the Hunter

Posted by David on 15th Mar 2018

The Hunter Valley is so hot and humid that it might seem a strange place to grow grapes. But as leading wine journo Jamie Goode points out “the Hunter makes some of Australia’s most interesting, mid-bodied, elegant and ageworthy expressions of Shiraz.” The Oxford Companion to Wine describes Hunter Shiraz as “extremely distinctive, moderately tannic and long lived wines with earth and tar overtone, sometimes described as having the aroma of a sweaty saddle after a hard day’s ride. At 20-30 yea
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