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Salute to International Wine Day!

Salute to International wine day!

Shiraz Mataro

Shiraz Mataro

Wine has been around for as many years as one can count and it’s that time of year again to raise your glass to International Wine Day. Salute!

Here’s some even better news. There are a number of health benefits to drinking a glass or two of wine. For example, moderate wine drinkers will lower their chance of liver disease, type two diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, and various forms of cancer. A wine or two has also been known to reduce bad cholesterol or LDL and increases good cholesterol  known as HDL.

Plus a glass of wine won’t add much to your waist line either with approximately 100 calories only, plus wine is fat and cholesterol free.

So what kind of wine should you choose to drink? Well if you are new to drinking wine, here are some tips to make you look like you know what you are talking about, including what to drink and eat to to increase your overall experience.

Note: There are many varieties of wine to choose from and here are eight of the main varieties.

Riesling

Riesling is a white grape from Germany. Bet you didn’t know that!? Pair a glass of riesling with turkey or hot food and dance the night away.

Pinot Gris

Pinot Gris is also another white wine you will enjoy. It comes from France and has a semi sweet taste which makes it very easy to drink for most people. Enjoy a Pinot Gris with a salad or mild cheese.

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is a very popular variety of white wine. It’s a white wine with a bit of honeydew and melon flavors mixed with a hint of mint, if you want to sound cool of course. Drink a Sauvignon Blanc wine with fish and white meat. For example, a sauvignon blanc goes great  with fish and chips!

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a dry white variety as well. The lemon flavor compliments seafood varieties like crab and shrimp and soft cheeses like triple cream brie. And is one of Australia’s most popular wine varieties.

Pinot Noir

Now to the red wines, and let’s start with a little berry picking shall we. Pinot Noir, a light-to-medium red wine, often tastes like cherry and cranberry, but it can have a hint of black raspberry cola depending on the region. Enjoy a glass of Pinot Noir with veal, duck and cheese like gruyere cheese.

Zinfandel

Feeling fruity? Zinfandel is a wine full of exotic fruit flavors. This medium-red wine goes well with chicken, Thai food and cheddar cheese. Try it some day, you wont be disappointed.

Syrah

Syrah tastes of blueberry, plum, tobacco, black pepper and more and has been selected in the Wine Of The Month Club, but don’t let the complexity of the flavour scare you, Syrah is a red wine that plays well with lamb, beef, and white cheddar. A great winter wine or enjoy it any time of the year.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied red wine variety. It tastes of black cherry, baking spices, black currant and cedar. Pair this drink with some smoked meats and aged cheddar to properly enjoy. A great colder weather wine, but you can enjoy it at any time of the year.

Now that you know a few tips on pairing your wines, have a great  National Wine Day!

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Looking for a gift?
Give someone a membership to the
Wine Of The Month Club
where members receive a different bottle of
boutique wine from vineyards around Australia
and the world.

 

Best Wine Club

Are you searching for the best wine club in Australia?

Try the Wine Of The Month Club where members receive a different bottle of boutique wine (or two bottles of wine in the Double Up club) every month for three, six or twelve months!

Best Wine Club

Best Wine Club

Best Wine Club

The Wine Of The Month Club was originally started overseas and is now in Australia thanks to Gift Of The Month Clubs.

“The Wine Of The Month Club started as a unique corporate gift to reward and thank people and quickly evolved in other clubs. Some of the best clubs in Australia include the Wine Of The Month Club, Wine Double Up Club and more,” said Peter from Gift Of The Month Clubs.

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Are you looking for a gift?
Give someone a membership to the best wine club in Australia!
Wine Of The Month Club

 

Wine Clubs Online

Are you searching for the best wine clubs online?

Wine Clubs Online

Wine Clubs Online

Wine Of The Month Club
The original wine of the month club in Australia.
It’s a wine subscription club where members receive a different bottle of boutique wine every month for 3, 6 or 12 months!

“A wine club membership is a great gift idea”, says Max from the Wine Of The Month Club

Wine Club Australia

What is the best wine club in Australia?

“The best wine club in Australia depends a lot on what you are looking for in a wine club,” says Samantha from the Wine Of The Month Club.

Wine Club Australia

Wine Club Australia

For example, if you are looking for a wine club in Australia to buy cases of wine for personal consumption, there are a few wine clubs to choose from. For example Cellar Masters has a wine club in Australia with different plans made to suit member needs.

But if you are looking for a surprise wine of the month delivered to your home or office, you really cant go past the Wine Of The Month Club where members receive a different bottle of boutique wine from vineyards around and Australia and the world for 3, 6 or 12 months. And it makes a wonderful gift.

“The Wine Of The Month Club is also one of the best wine gifts in Australia,” said Sam.

But what is the quality of the wine  like at the Wine Of The Month Club?

“We select wines with recommended retail prices of between $20 and $35 per bottle from boutique wineries members may or may not have purchased from before. So the quality of our wine club is excellent.”

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Are you looking for the best wine club in Australia?
Join the Wine Of The Month Club
where members receive a different bottle of boutique wine
every month! It’s the wine club in Australia that keeps on giving when other wine gifts are gone and forgotten

Wine Of The Month Club News for Fathers Day

Members of the Wine Of The Month Club will this month receive a bottle of Tempranillo Graciano Mataro from Ducks in a row Winemakers, Mclaren Vale, South Australia.

“It’s a Spanish inspired red wine made from three different grape varieties that all compliment one another.”

DUCKS IN a ROW WINEMAKERS

DUCKS IN a ROW Wine

“All of the grapes have been hand picked from a small batch fermented and basket pressed before being blended and matured in old hogsheads. The vibrancy of Graciano is integral to balance the low acidity of Tempranillo and the Mataro adds further depth, structure and savoury qualities. It’s a hedonistic glimpse of McLaren Vale.” Glenn James-Pritchard, winemaker.

James Halliday wine rating. 96 Points

Wine added to James Halliday 2014 Australian Wine Companion “Best of Other Reds and Blends”

“The colour is deep, the bouquet with strong black fruit aromas, and the seemingly inevitable touch of dark chocolate; a strong spice character runs through the palate, originally with red pepper, ageing into green pepper; outstanding tannin management is the key to an exceptionally good wine, one of the magic touches being a late decision to include the mataro in the blend, making it a complete wine.”

Salute!

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Are you looking for a Fathers Day Gift?
Give Dad a membership to the
Wine Of The Month Club where members
receive a different bottle of wine every
month for 3, 6 or 12 months! It’s the Fathers Day
gift that keeps on giving when other Fathers
Day gifts are gone and forgotten

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.

Wine Of The Month is Off

“Cancel the Wine order”

We started writing the blog for the June wine of the month club (see below),  but when we tasted the wine ordered for our members we decided to return it. Why? Well simply put, it was off! And whilst it would have been easier and cost a lot less to send it out regardless of the quality, we wouldn’t drink and so we dont want to send it to our members and gift recipients either! So we made a new order and replaced the below Aldgate Ridge Pinot Noir with a clean skin Cabernet Sauvignon (RRP $24.95 bottle from an award winning winery) we enjoyed drinking.

Below is the first draft of the June wine blog before we changed the wine.

The Aldgate Ridge winery in Adelaide Hills South Australia started as a small family owned vineyard in 1998 and whilst achieving success on various levels has made the decision to close their cellar doors.

Jill and Chris Whisson (Aldgate Ridge proprietors) ran their vineyard for more than 22 years specialising in 3 varieties of grapes producing the following wines.

Aldgate Ridge Pinot Noir

Aldgate Ridge Pinot Noir Rose

Aldgate Ridge Sauvignon Blanc

Aldgate Ridge Sparkling Pinot Noir

Aldgate Ridge Sparkling Pinot Noir / Chardonnay

Aldgate Ridge vineyard

Aldgate Ridge vineyard

The Aldgate Ridge wines were produced, aged and sold locally to restaurants, outlets, by mail order and direct through the vineyards cellar door.

So we decided to feature the Aldgate Ridge Pinot Noir for this months Wine Of The Month Club in memory of the vineyard. RRP $408 for a dozen bottles from a well known wine website.

We’re sorry to see the Aldgate Ridge winery close and we’ll say a toast in  memory.

 

The Wine Of The Month Club Moves Up to the Number 4 Spot at Google

Wine of the month clubs originally started in the United States as a new type of corporate gift to reward clients, staff and associates. It quickly became a popular corporate gift and evolved in to consumer markets as a new way of giving where members receive a different “gift of the month” within the club’s genre each month for the duration of their membership.

“We’re the founder of the first Wine of the month club in Australia using the United States model, and considering Google didn’t even rank us in the top ten until recently it’s wonderful to be recognised,” said Alison from Gift Of The Month Clubs.

Google has elevated the Wine Of The Month Club to number 4 in the organic search results for the term “wine of the month” after spending months on the second and third results pages. “It’s a wonderful gift so to speak from Google and we’ll try to reach number one.”

Have you been looking for a personal or corporate gift? Try the Wine Of The Month Club, where members receive a different bottle of premium wine every month from boutique wineries around Australia and the world.

Iced Wine Market Warming Up in Australia

Iced wine or ice wine was first launched in Australia in 1995 in the form of an Iced Riesling and was produced by Andrew Hood in Tasmania under the Wellington brand of wines.

It was marketed as a desert wine and quickly developed a small but loyal following and when the boutique winery was acquired by Frogmore Creek they starting producing a new version of Iced Riesling under a new label around 2004.

Ice wine grapes

Ice wine grapes

Following this, the Coal River Valley winery added an Iced Gewurztraminer in 2010 and 2011 to their dessert wine list. But the problem for iced wine in Australia is the climate isn’t cold enough to freeze the grapes on the vine, so Frogmore Creek started using a freezing technique known as cryo-extraction that relies on using grapes with a higher sugar content that are ripe and ready for wine making. This is because ripe grapes will have a higher sugar content than non ripe grapes. Plus ripe grapes will freeze a lot quicker and the juice will have a higher concentration of sweetness and flavour ready for production.

As with all new industries, products and wine varieties and styles there needs to be a pioneer and after proof of concept other wineries will follow. Redbox Wines from the Yarra Valley in Victoria Australia is one of these wineries and have produced an Ice Cabernet and Ice Riesling using a free reduction technique made for the process. And over on the west coast of Australia a winery in the Margaret River called Fraser Gallop Estate will soon release their first iced wine in the form of an Iced Pressed Chardonnay.

Iced wine is still in its early stages in Australia and wineries are testing the size of the market. So the story of ice wine in Australia is still in it’s early stages and if you haven’t tasted iced wine before it has an intense flavour you’ll be glad you added to your dessert wine list.

Looking for a wine gift? Try the Wine Of The Month Club where members receive a different bottle of premium wine every month for 3, 6 or 12 months!