During wine tastings, trade classes, formal chef dinners and even during casual situations. I regularly get asked what is the difference or differences between this grape or this wine. It could be a grape varietal which they have never heard of or tasted or a new winery or label.

So the following series - and yes there are going to be a few. Is going to look at what are the differences between a Syrah and Shiraz. Describing the typical flavour profile characteristics, highlighting 2 drinking now examples and then suggesting a few food pairing ideas for you to try for yourself, the next time you have a bbq, dinner or evening out.
In plain and simple terms - Syrah and Shiraz are both the same grape varietal (originally).

 

During wine tastings, trade classes, formal chef dinners and even during casual situations. I regularly get asked what is the difference or differences between this grape or this wine. It could be a grape varietal which they have never heard of or tasted or a new winery or label.

So the following series - and yes there are going to be a few. Is going to look at what are the differences between an 'Unoaked', 'Oak Aged' and a 'Barrel Fermented' Chardonnay. Describing the typical flavour profile characteristics, highlighting 2 drinking now examples and then suggesting a few food pairing ideas for you to try for yourself, the next time you have a bbq, dinner or evening out.

 

If you are in the southern hemisphere with the summer sun shining on the ocean, river, lake or possibly in your garden. The following wines are filled with character - and ideal pairing with summer festive cuisine. Ranging from toasting with good friends, pairing with crayfish to salmon, cold ham, turkey, pork or lamb and also with berry desserts and gelato ice-cream. All of these wines are ready to be shared and enjoyed over the coming festive season - cheers
Vintage Prosecco + NV Champagne + Sauvignon Blanc + Riesling + Pinot Gris.
Rosé + Chenin Blanc + Oaked Chardonnay + Pinot Noir + Grenache.
Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and a classic style 'Botrytis' Semillon.
Wine always tastes better when served from the right glass and at the ideal temperature.

 

If you are in the northern hemisphere with winter snow on the hills or possibly in your garden. The following wines are filled with character - and an ideal pairing with winter festive cuisine. Ranging from toasting to good friends, pairing with trout to salmon, glazed ham and seasoned turkey to wild game and also with a rich, fruit & nut Xmas pudding. All of these wines are ready to be shared and enjoyed over the coming festive season - cheers.
Vintage Franciacorta + NV Champagne + Pouilly-Fumé + Rioja Rosé + Alsace Pinot Blanc.
1Er Cru Chablis + Cru Beaujolais + Single Clos Pinot Noir + Single Vineyard Rhône Syrah.
Brunello di Montalcino + Haut-Médoc Cabernet and a classic style 10yr Old Tawny Port.
Wine always tastes better when served from the right glass and at the ideal temperature.