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Biodynamic & Organic Wines, What Are They ?

Hello everyone! Today we’re talking about an interesting trend in the wine business, biodynamic and organic wines. We’re sure you’ve heard the terms before, but what are they? The answer is a bit trickier than you might think. Many people are unsure about where one stops and the other starts, but there are indeed some […]

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Australia, And Its Bubbly Red Wine

Although wine grapes arrived in Australia with the first settlers, and have European roots, it’s hard to argue that the country has created its own wine styles.   Australia makes a mean Pinot Noir, Hearty Shiraz, Elegant Chardonnay and everything in between, but so do many other countries.   There’s one Australian wine style, though, […]

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5 Things That Make You a Foodie

Food·ie, /ˈfo͞odē/ a person with a particular interest in food; a gourmet.   What makes ‘foodies’ different from the rest of us? I mean, food is important for all of us, we all eat several times a day, but for foodies, food takes another meaning.   What might be just breakfast for an average person […]

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How Long Does Sparkling Wine & Champagne Last After Opening? 

During many private winery tours in Yarra Valley, we’ve had the chance to hear some of the best winemakers answer many questions. Amongst them, one was interesting enough to share with you today.   How Long Does Sparkling Wine Last After Opening?   There’s a widespread belief that placing a small spoon, handle downwards, inside […]

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Wine Corks & Screw Tops

There wouldn’t be any wine if it weren’t for wine corks and screw tops. Although discarded soon after popping open a bottle of wine, wine stoppers matter in more ways you can imagine.   Here are ten things you didn’t know about wine corks and screw tops because they deserve some recognition. And don’t forget, […]

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Yarra Valley Wine versus French Wine, Who Wins?

The Yarra Valley is one of the most respected wine regions in Australia; you’ll find it in Victoria, just 25 km north of Melbourne. Wine here is world class, as grape growers and winemakers are some of the most passionate and better prepared in the industry.   As with any other New World wine region, […]

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How to Make Mulled Wine at Home ?

With winter’s cold winds come the memories of get-togethers by the fire, family, baked treats, and of course, mulled wine.   The flavours and aromas of cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg but also peppercorns and cardamom, raisins, apples and citrus rind are comforting and heart-warming. They can turn something delicious, like wine, into something extraordinary. […]

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How do they make Fortified Wine?

Winemakers create extraordinary fortified wines around the world. Port, Madeira, Sherry and Marsala are undoubtedly the most famous, but Australia makes some excellent fortified wines, too, our beloved stickies!   Fortified wines are part of Australian wine history, which makes them basically part of the country’s history. OK, we haven’t been very nice to our national […]

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The 6 Best Things to have on a Charcuterie Board

There’s nothing more comforting than a conversation over a bottle of Yarra Valleys wine and a charcuterie board.   Picture arriving at your boutique Yarra Valley Overnight Stay with that special someone, to find a gorgeous display of savoury goodies in a custom charcuterie board. That’s special right there.   Well, you can replicate the […]

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Where to Stay in the Yarra Valley, The Best Overnight Retreat for Wine Lovers

We all need a break from time to time. Perhaps you’ve been working too hard, maybe there’s a special someone’s birthday coming up, or you need to replenish yourself with some fresh air. For all these, the answer is a lovely overnight retreat in the Yarra Valley wine county.   The Yarra Valley, just under […]

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