Domaine de Vedilhan 2018 Viognier – France

Domaine de Vedilhan 2018 Viognier - FranceFor Bastille Day yesterday we decided to crack into this Domaine de Vedilhan 2018 Viognier from the Langudeoc region in the South of France. I received this as a sample from the folks at Good Pair Days and knew it’d be the perfect accompaniment to my big pot of French Onion Soup and Cheesy Toasts that I was making for dinner. Continue reading

La Ruchette Doree 2017 Rosé – France

La Ruchette Doree 2017 Rose - France

Have you heard the news? The Wine Gallery is now known as Good Pair Days. The company has a whole new look plus a wider variety of wines to choose from for #thetcwineclub! I couldn’t resist picking this Southern Rhone Valley (France) La Ruchette Doree 2017 Rosé for this month’s 3-pack. Continue reading

Domaine Santa Duc Les Plans 2015 Vin De Pays De Vaucluse

Santa Duc Les Plans 2015 Vin De Pays De Vaucluse

#winning It’s great when you pull a bottle out and your mother-in-law who doesn’t really drink enjoys it! This TC Wine Club bottle comes from the Rhône Valley in France and the Santa Duc domaine can be found in the famed town of Gigondas.

This producer uses local indigenous yeasts, low-yielding vines, small-batch methods, and minimal chemical intervention with an emphasis on respect for the fruit and land. Continue reading

Dominique Piron Beaujolais Villages 2016 Gamay

Have you tried a wine made from the Gamay grape before? It’s Pinot Noir’s cousin and it grows primarily in a region in France called Beaujolais (next to the wine region of Burgundy).

Dominique Piron Beaujolais Villages 2016 GamayThis Gamay #sample from The Wine Gallery is produced by the Dominique Piron estate which has ancestry dating back to the early 16th century??
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My Top 4 Champagnes of 2013!

If I could only choose one drink to drink the rest of my life it would have to be Champagne. Those shimmering bubbles of happiness are just so darn good that I just can’t say no. Champagne is my heaven however you’ll also see me sipping on everything from Spanish Cava to Italian Prosecco and to various sparkling wines (aka fizzy bubbly) – I can’t get enough!

Quick Fact: Champagne is the sparkling wine made in the Champagne region in France, all other sparkling wines from around the world officially cannot be called Champagne because they are not from the Champagne region in France.

Here are my top 4 Champagnes for 2013:

1. Krug Grande Cuvee
This is heaven in a bottle, truly. It may be $200 a bottle but by god if you ever get the chance – try it. It’ll change your complete outlook on life. The mousse (mouthfeel of the bubbles) is sooo smooth and light as air with flavours of elegance, luxury and beauty enticing every taste bud. Click here to read my full Krug Grande Cuvee tasting note.

2. Billecart-Salmon NV Brut Réserve
This is sex in a glass. It is so seductive and alluring – guys take note as I’m sure if you give a girl a glass of this she’ll be putty in your hands! An impeccably made Champagne at an affordable price, you can normally pick it up for around $60 on special. Click here to read my full Billecart-Salmon NV Brut Réserve tasting note.

3. Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV
I was given a bottle of LR from the Perth Champagne Club and decided to crack it on Christmas Day. The mouthfeel on this Champas is truly delightful – so smooth and silky yet bubbly and exciting at the same time. Mr. Spittoon has even declared that this needs to be our new go-to NV Champagne! Click here to read my full Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV tasting note.

4. Veuve Clicquot ‘Yellow-Label’ NV Brut
This will always be one of my favourite NV Brut Champagnes. To me it has so many memories whether it was sipping out of the bottle with my uni flatmates on the way to a friends 21st birthday many years ago or sipping on a glass at the VC Champagne house in Reims, France a couple of years ago. Click here to read my full Veuve Clicquot ‘Yellow-Label’ NV Brut tasting note.

I have managed to try a fair few different Champagnes and sparkling wines this year, click on the links below to read my tasting notes.

Champagne:

Italian Sparkling Wine:

Spanish Sparkling Wine:

Swan Valley Sparkling Wine:

Other Australia Sparkling Wine:

New Zealand Sparkling Wine:

Other Sparkling Wine: