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McLaren Vale - Five to the power of One

October 22, 2014

At only 45 mins drive from the centre of Adelaide the McLaren Vale is not only a world renowned wine region boasting some of Australia’s finest Shriaz, Cabernet Savignon and Chardonnay, it is also very convenient! The wonderful rolling foothills, ocean view and fabulous community atmosphere of region is the culmination of five subregions (McLaren Flat, Willunga, Seaview, Blewitt Springs and Sellicks Foothills).  This diversity of terrior means that a significant amount of variety is displayed within the wines and should you be lucky enough to visit some of the eighty eight cellar doors which now dot the region, you will be able taste this for yourself. It was farming however, not grapes, which first identified the Vale as a...

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How to host an awesome wine tasting 3 of 3....

September 28, 2014

We've done the why, the how much and the what....now if we look at the what food? What foods (if any) should serve with it, and why?   This can be simple or complex depending on whether or not it is a focus for your event. It is important not to let the food overpower the wine, but if you are looking for more than cheese and crackers the simplest and most effective way is to consider the wine from a country and region perspective first of all. Cheese is the perennial favourite, as is charcuterie which both work for the same reasons because the fatty proteins in the cheese or meat work to lubricate the mouth and tongue against...

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