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Wine Of The Month Club Adds Value

The Wine Of The Month Club Australia has lowered prices and increased the average recommended retail price range per bottle of wine members receive.

McGuigan Wines

McGuigan Wines

First change:
“We’ve finally been able to drop Australia Posts shipping charges from $9.95 per month to a low $6.95,” said Anne from Gift Of The Month Clubs.

Second change:
The Wine Of The Month Club frequently asked questions page previously stated the average recommended retail price range per bottle of wine members could expect to receive was between $15 and $25. But things have changed since the first wine club of its kind started in 2013.

We have been able to increase the average recommended retail price  (per bottle of wine members receive) from $15 to $25 to $25 to $35.said Anne.

So for a monthly membership cost of $29.95 per month plus postage and handling the Wine Of The Month Club offers gift givers, gift recipients and corporate gift members a terrific deal.

“We’re buying more wine than when we started so we can negotiate better deals with vineyards and suppliers and pass the value on to members”, said Max, Head Wine Selector - Wine Of The Month Club.

Salute!

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Wine Of The Month

Winter has arrived in Australia and the weather has turned cold in Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart; with Brisbane, Perth and even Adelaide and Canberra still enjoying some warmer days. So we thought it was time to find a nice winter red wine to match the temperature around the country for this months Wine Of The Month Club.

2013 Cellar Exclusive Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Cellar Exclusive Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

We started looking at a number of wines and decided to narrow our search to a particular region. So Max said, “Why don’t we try the Margaret River in Western Australia? They’ve got around 150 wineries and make fantastic reds.”

The Margaret River has earned a well deserved reputation as one of the most famous wine growing regions in the world; built on what many believe are perfect conditions for premium wine making. For example there’s lots of Chardonnay award winners, Semillon Blancs, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, blends and more to choose from.

So when Max talks we listen. And not just because he’s the oldest, or as some would suggest has drank the most but because he usually knows what one needs to know about wine. And so we narrowed our search to Margaret River red wines and blends famous for their dense and fruit flavours, multi layered complexities and cellaring quality and selected Capel Vale wines, one of Margaret Rivers oldest wine makers.

Capel Vale Western Australia

Capel Vale Western Australia

Capel Vale has earned its reputation as a pioneer in the Western Australian wine industry after being one of the first to plant vines in 1974. And in 1979 built their first wine making facility and produced their first vintage in 1980.

Capel Vale has remained a family owned and operated wine business and in 2007 Peter and Elizabeth Pratten passed the Chief Executive Office role to Simon Pratten. However both Peter and Elizabeth are reported to be still active in the business aka ”wine making lifestyle” from vineyard to bottle.

So what did we select for this months Wine Of The Month from Capel Vale wines?
Drum role..The Capel Vale 2013 Cellar Exclusive Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon. RRP $32.95 on the Capel Vale website.

For more information about Capel Vale wine and this months Wine Of The Month selection go to the Capel Vale website.

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Can You Pronounce Moet?

But first, who can remember Kim from the Kath and Kim show ordering a car-de-nay? It was pretty funny! But unfortunately rings true and even regular wine drinkers may not know the correct way to pronounce the below wines when ordering at restaurants.

Trump Wine List

Trump Wine List

So we decided to post the following wine pronounciation guide for casual wine drinkers wanting to learn some basics about the correct way to pronounce their favourite and most popular wine varieties. Note: Some of the below pronounciations may vary depending on international interpretations. Eg, Merlot in Australia is pronounced mer-loh but in France is pronounced mare-loh.

Ok here we go and you can test yourself by awarding one point for every corrent pronounciation. Maximum points, 17.

Brut
Pronounced broot

Cabernet Sauvignon
Pronounced cab-er-nay-saw-vee-nyon

Chardonnay
Pronounced shar-doh-nay

Chianti
Pronounced key-AHN-tee

Hermitage
Pronounced er-mee-tahj

Merlot
Pronounced mer-loh

Moet
Pronounced moh-ett

Pinot Blanc
Pronounced pee-noh-blahnk

Pinot Grigio
Pronounced pee-noh-GREE-joe

Pinot Gris
Pronounced pee-noh-gree

Pinot Noir
Pronounced pee-noh-nwahr

Riesling
Pronounced REESE-ling

Sangiovese
Pronounced san-joe-VAE-sae

Sauvignon Blanc
Pronounced saw-vee-nyon-blahnk

Semillon
Pronounced seh-mee-yohn

Spumante
Pronounced spoo-MAHN-tay

Viognier
Pronounced vee-oh-nyay

How did you go? Well if you’re like most of us you probably didn’t get 100% of the above wine names correct; but that’s okay  especially in Australia where we’re a bit more relaxed than perhaps the French would be.

TIP: if you find yourself stuck in a restaurant trying to figure out how to pronounce the name of a wine in front of people you would prefer not too; simply excuse yourself from the table, ask a waiter and return to the table with new found cofindence.

Salute!

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Penfolds Selected for The Wine Of The Month Club

Penfolds is a famous Australian wine producer that was founded in Adelaide in 1844 by Christopher Rawson Penfold, who had migrated to Australia from England with his wife Mary Penfold.

Penfolds wine

Penfolds wine

Many of Australia’s wines have become known internationally, but with only a relatively short 200 year history are quite new compared with world wine making history dating back 7000 years across Europe, China and the Middle East. However there is no clear birthplace for winemaking recorded and is as much legend as fact in the ancient world.

In Australia, Penfolds is famous in Australia and across the world for their Grange wine along with a small selection of Penfolds wines ranging from a Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz Cabernet red wine varieties to a Chardonnay white wine.

The Penfolds winery started just eight years after the foundation of South Australia and has played a prominent role in Australian winemaking. And is another great Australian success story.

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