Champagne Vollereaux Brut Reserve

It’s safe to say Mr Spittoon and I had a brilliant Champagne Day. Once we knocked off work we got stuck into this bottle of Champagne Vollereaux Brut Reserved and wow we were both so impressed with it! A massive thank you to Tracey at The Wine Company for sending over this bottle for us to try and introducing us to this fabulous grower champagne.

Champagne Vollereaux Brut ReserveAnd by ‘grower champagne’ I mean Vollereaux produce their champagne from their own vineyards. That may sound completely normal, but in champagne it’s actually not that normal. The big champagne houses, which you probably all know the names of, actually buy their grapes from lots of grape growers throughout the champagne region rather than having their own vineyards.
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Wild Dog Estate 2011 Sparkling Gippsland

I’m a bubbles girl, there’s no doubt about that.

Wild Dog Estate 2011 Sparkling GippslandLast weekend Mr Spittoon and I went for brunch at the Wa-De-Lock Cellar Door Cafe in Stratford. The cafe stocks a number of local wines and beers which you can buy to take away. I spotted this Wild Dog 2011 Sparkling from West Gippsland for $30 and thought it’d be rude not to buy a bottle to try ;)

I had a good read of the back label on this bottle which said the vineyard (just south of Warragul) was established in 1982 and they have 11 different grape varieties in their vineyard! I did a bit of searching online about this but couldn’t find any further info, I’m intrigued. I’ll keep researching I think, but in the mean time here’s what I thought of this sparkling wine made from Pinot & Chardonnay…
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The Winery Of Good Hope 2017 Bush Vine Chenin Blanc

It’s safe to say I’m slowly making my way through the South African wines that The Wine Gallery has on offer. I picked this Winery Of Good Hope 2017 Chenin Blanc for The TC Wine Club as SA Chenin’s are pretty darn good!

And while we’re talking about Chenin, check out my Guide to drinking Chenin Blanc here on the blog.

The Winery Of Good Hope 2017 Bush Vine Chenin BlancIt’s one of South Africa’s stand out varieties and is also the most widely planted grape variety according to Wikipedia stats. This one comes from the Stellenbosch wine region which has been high on my wine travel bucket list for sometime now. And not just because of the wine either, do a Google Image search and you’ll see why.
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Irvine ‘The Estate’ Shiraz 2017 Eden Valley

Do you remember the days of ‘getting ready to go out’? I lived in university accommodation while I was studying my Bachelor of Communications over 10 years ago now and boy do I remember ‘getting ready to go out’. Basically it was drink as much as you can, as cheaply as you can and skip dinner.

Irvine 'The Estate' Shiraz 2017 Eden Valley

It’s safe to say my ‘getting ready to go out’ routine has changed. As in it’ll be a couple of nice glasses of wine before heading out for a nice dinner and in bed by 11pm. And to be honest, I love it that way!

We recently cracked this sample of the Irvine Wines 2017 ‘The Estate’ Shiraz from the Eden Valley and it was the perfect classy tipple to enjoy before going out on our weekly date night. Continue reading

Plan B! Tempranillo Rose 2017

I love the TC Wine Club! I know I’m a little biased but it’s just so delicious and such an exciting monthly event.

Plan B! Tempranillo Rose 2017

Did you know: The indentation in the bottom of a wine bottle is called a ‘punt’? Thanks for enlightening us in your latest Last Glass magazine The Wine Gallery!

This month I picked this Plan B! Wines 2017 Rosé which is made from Tempranillo grapes from WA’s Geographe wine region. Can you tell I’m missing the WA wine scene just a little? Continue reading