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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.

 

Google Ranks The Wine Of The Month Club Number One

Google Australia has ranked the Wine Of The Month Club number one for the following popular search terms:

Wine of the month
Wine of the month club
Wine of the month club Australia
and more

“We were the first to start the Wine Of The Month Club in Australia so it’s great to be recognized by Google Australia for all of the hard work and lots of fun along the way”, said Max from Gift Of The Month Clubs.

This months Wine of the month is a French wine. A cabernet sauvignon from the Foncalieu vineyard winery in France. ”Red wine is favorite among the Wine Of The Month Club members but we mix it up with white wine and sparking wine as well from boutique vineyards across Australia and International wines too,” said Max

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Give someone a membership to the
Wine Of The Month Club
where members receive a different bottle
of wine from boutique wineries across Australia
and the world every month for
3, 6 or 12 months

 

Worried About Online Shipping Deadlines for Christmas Gifts? We’ve Got You Covered

Australian shoppers are using the convenience of online shopping for Christmas gifts more and more. But if you leave it too late, like now, your Christmas gift wont arrive because of online shipping deadlines. So how can you have your cake and eat it too?

No Christmas Shipping Deadlines Here

No Christmas Shipping Deadlines Here

I know. Give someone a membership to a Gift Of The Month Club where you can create a free E-gift Card and send it direct to your gift recipient or enter your email address instead to print and or forward  at a later time.

And then the magic continues. Because every month your gift recipient will receive a different pack of craft beer, wine, coffee, florist designed flowers and more for the duration of their membership.

Gift Of The Month Clubs
It’s the gift that keeps on giving when other online gifts run out of time for Christmas!

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!

Looking for a unique Christmas 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. It’s the gift that keeps on giving when other gifts are gone and forgotten.

 

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.

Looking for a gift or corporate gift idea?
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Wine Of The Month Club