Eight Popular Types of Red Wine

Penfolds wine

Penfolds wine

Shiraz or Syrah
Shiraz or as European vintners call it “Syrah” are two names used for the same variety of red wine.

Shiraz pairs wonderfully with various types of meat including steak, beef and winter stews.

Shiraz wine growing areas excel in Australia, California and Frances Rhone Valley.

Shiraz typically tastes like wild black fruit with overtones of black pepper spice and roasting meat with toffee notes if the wine was rested in oak barrels.

Shiraz is also known for providing a hearty and spicy red wine experience and can produce some of the worlds best and darkest red wines with amazing flavour.

Shiraz is a popular Wine Of The Month selection for the Wine Of The Month Club in Australia with different varities of Shiraz selected from boutique wineries across the world.

Merlot is pronounced Mare-lo and is known an easy to drink red wine. Which makes it a good choice for introducing red wine to new wine drinkers.

Merlot will pretty much pair with any food choice.

Successful Merlot wine growing areas range from the Bordeaux region in France, Italy, Romania, Chile, Australia, California and more. And is the fourth most grown grap variety in terms of coverage across the globe after sultanine blanche, airen blanc, and grenache noir.

A typical Merlot wine includes black cherry and plum flavours and smells with herbal flavours mixed.

Merlot is less tannic and less rough than Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cabernet Sauvignon
In France Cabernet Sauvignon is prononounced Ca-burr-nay so-veen-yaw and is known as one of the worlds most popular red wine varieties.

A glass of Cabernet Sauvignon is best served with simply prepared red meat and of course stews. Nuts can be a good compliment as well.

Cabernet Sauvignon is generally planted wherever red wine grapes grow and is responsible for producing some of the best red wine made in Australia, France, Italy and Chile.

It is a full bodied red wine in taste but firm and gripping when only young.

But with age a Cabernet Sauvignon will mature and the famous attributes of the wine will mellow and smooth to produce a fine red wine experience. But when a Cabernet Sauvignon is young it may over power some foods it is supposed to compliment.

Older before younger is a term to remember when selecting a Cabernet Sauvignon.


In France this type of red wine is pronounced Mal-bek.

It typically pairs well with all types of meat dishes and pairs particulary well with spicy food traditionally made in Indian and Mexican cooking.

Malbek’s origins are from the Bordeaux region of France.

It is also known for being grown and produced in Argentina and has become Argentinas most popular red wine amongst locals. It can also be found in Australia, Chile and cooler parts of California.

Malbec’s taste will vary considerably depending on where it was grown and how it was made. But in saying this it’s usually an easy drinking red wine variety tasting of plums, berries and spice.

Malbec is also blended with other wine varieties including cabernet sauvignon, merlot and more for producing Bordeaux styled wines.

Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is pronounced Pee-know na-wahr and is often referred to as one of the noblest red wine grapes. Plus it’s difficult to grow and produce and is rarely blended with other wines.

However Pinot Noir pairs well with grilled Salmon, chicken and lamb dishes as well as sushi.

Some of the more successful Pinot Noir districts include Bourgogne in France, Austria and New Zealand.

And whilst Pinot Noir is a red wine it is quite unlike a Cabernet Sauvignon in that it is soft and has a delicate freshness taste and is known for its cherry, plum and strawberry flavours. But it is difficult to define the Pinot Noir taste because what is produced by one wine growing region is often quite different to another.

Pronounced Zin-fan-dell.

Zinfandel is one of the worlds most versatile grapes for wine making and are used for a range of white wine and red wine varieties.

Zinfandel is only grown in California and pairs with a range of foods and has a zesty and pepper type berry flavour.

Pronounced San-gee-oh-ve-zee pairs wonderfully with Italian and other Mediterranean type dishes.

Sangiovese grapes produce the Chiantis from Italy’s Tuscany region and more recently a number of good red wines from California.

Sangiovese typically provides drinkers with a medium body taste of berry and plum fruit flavours.

Pronounced Bar-bear-a.

Barbera is similar to Merlot but not nearly as popular and matches well with a range of dishes including red sauce dishes typically found in Italy and Mediterranean cuisines.

The typical Barbera taste is one of black cherry and plum combined with a silky texture and wonderful acidity.

So there you have it. Eight red wine varieties to learn about and try. Enjoy!

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Celebrate World Champagne Day!

On October 26 Champagne drinkers and wineries around the world will celebrate World Champagne Day. And Australia will be among the first countries in the world to start celebrating with events held around the nation.



Choose between a wonderful Champagne dinner, Champagne getaway, Champagne and spa package; and to top things off why not indulge in a Gatsby themed event at Hamilton island.

So from the Champagne Of The Month Club we hope you have a wonderful World Champagne Day. Salute!


Sydney Craft Beer Week

Starts this Saturday 18 and runs through to the 26th of October. Meet micro brewery founders, drink the best craft beer and craft cider and enjoy a good old fashioned food and beer festival at pubs and venues around Sydney.

Craft Beer Week

Craft Beer Week

Sydney Craft Beer Week is getting bigger and better every year and is back in town in 2014 with a list of Sydney venues holding events with Australian and International micro breweries. And to start proceedings is Cavalier Brewing (the Beer Of The Month Club micro brewery for October) in collaboration with Young Henrys micro brewery in Newtown, Sydney – with an aptly named “Young Cavaliers” block party at the Newington hotel. “It’s like a craft beer rock and roll party”, said Heath from Cavalier Brewing. “And we cant wait to get back up amongst the Sydney craft beer scene again”.

Location: Newington Inn Hotel
Address: 292 – 294 Stanmore Road, Petersham 2049
Phone: 95683703

For more information about Sydney Craft Beer Week go to https://www.sydneycraftbeerweek.com/

Are you looking for an amazing Christmas gift for him?
Well look no further. Give him a membership to the Beer Of The Month Club! It’s a gift of the month club where members receive a different pack of craft beer every month for 3, 6, or 12 months! And  it’s the gift that keeps on giving when other gifts are gone and forgotten. Cheers,

Has Christmas Started?

I’ve always been one to buy Christmas gifts when I see them at any time of the year, but traditionally Christmas shopping didn’t used to start until December. But then retailers started advertising Christmas in November and now in the middle of October we just got what we think is our first Christmas gift for the Beer Of The Month Club! And the reason we think this is because our customer selected January as the first month to start for their gift recipient to receive their first craft beer delivery.

Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas Gift Ideas

So we’re wondering, has Christmas started?

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New Penfolds Grange Released in October

The latest Penfolds Grange wine is usually released annually in May but this year will be released again in October just in time for Christmas gifts.

Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

And the good news is experts predict the quality of the wine will not be affected in any way. “”A lot of commercial wine is consumed within 48 hours of purchase but that’s not always the case with premium and icon wines,” said James Halliday, a famous Australian wine critic. “People will drink them young and enjoy them this way because they’re top quality, but the wine will be better if they cellar them for another five to 10 years.”

But don’t get too worried about putting a Penfolds Grange wine in the cellar because the wine is considered one of the best red wine varities in the world,  and proudly Australian made. Plus a lot of the Penfolds Grange wines have already spent 5 years or more in the cellar before hitting the shelves.

But its not cheap wine because the latest Penfolds 2009 vintage is selling for around $785 per bottle and a Penfolds Bin 389 from 2011 around $80 per bottle.

So from everyone at the Wine Of The Month Club we hope the new Penfolds Grange launch dates will help an Australian wine icon continue with incredible success in Australia and around the world.

Are you looking for Christmas gift ideas?
Try buying someone a membership to the Wine Of The Month Club where members receive a different bottle of wine every month from boutique wineries across Australia and the world.

Oktoberfest News

Oktoberfest is famous for being the worlds largest fair. And has been celebrated in it’s birth place Munich, Germany for last 181 years over a 16 day period with more than 6 million people attending the event.

But’s it’s not just Germany celebrating Oktoberfest with beer loving nations such as Australia, United States and the UK amongst others joining in with  huge amounts of beer and food consumed. And in 2014 about 6.3 million visitors in Munich celebrated their annual beer festival by consuming a massive 6.5 million litres of beer – but down from the previous year of 7.7 million litres.

Oktoberfest beer

Oktoberfest beer

More Oktoberfest news reveals 7900 people were treated by the Bavarian Red Cross, with the majority being deemed minor injuries. “A little too much beer in a lot of cases”, said many of Oktoberfest beer festival party goers, with a reported 600 suffering from alcoholic poisoning – down from 629 the year before. Plus another 720 arrests were made during the event – but down from 759 the year before, so that’s at least heading in the right direction.

“The numbers are down, but this is because of the poor weather we got at the start of Oktoberfest”.

So in the spirit of Oktoberfest let’s all have a beer to celebrate – and dont forget to make it craft. – Cheers

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Australia’s Biggest Coffee Drinkers Revealed

Drum roll. It’s Adelaide! But wait, there’s more. Because this finding was found in an Adelaide news publication, so we’re thinking there might be a bit of biased reporting considering Melbourne is famous for being the coffee capital of Australia.


The article went on to claim 90 percent of South Australians drink coffee, beating New South Wales in second place with 87 percent and Victoria coming in third with 86 percent of people saying they drinking coffee.

Other coffee statistics released by Galaxy Research for Nespresso were collected from 1175 coffee drinkers who were asked how they usually order their coffee. And the results showed 42 percent ordered a strong or double shot and 15 percent requested their coffee not too hot. But again, is this telling the whole story because..”Latte is the most popular order and some people are now asking for Soy latte”, said a Melbourne barista at Southland Shopping centre. And in our opinion this would be hard to argue.

Additional research found 47 percent of people would not return to a café or restaurant if served a bad coffee. And we all know what that’s like! But personally I would give them another chance if there wasn’t much choice and in one situation I really liked the cafes apple muffins. Long story short, this morning they served a good coffee and the muffin was great.

Another interesting statistic found 87 percent of people viewed the ability to make a good cup of coffee at home as a sign of an excellent host. Plus 36 percent said it’s bad form to offer guests an instant coffee. So if you haven’t got a coffee machine it might be a good time to lash out if you host a party or two and while you’re at it grab a membership to the Coffee Of The Month Club.