Monthly Archives: May 2014

Top Ten Times to Tip the Bottle and have a glass of wine

The weekend is here! To celebrate, I’ve poured myself a glass of wine.  I’ve also put together a list of my top ten best times to have a wine. Here it goes, in no particular order..

 

1. Birthdays

Pop the champagne bottle, this calls for a celebration.
Birthday’s are the perfect way to celebrate either your own birthday, or a friends’ birthday with a nice cold glass of bubbly to get the party started.

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2. Eating

Pairing a good wine with good food makes me one happy girl. Not only does it make the wine taste better, but it also makes the food taste better.

My favourite cuisines – Vietnamese, Italian, and any type of Dessert. Yum!

dessert wine

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Outdoors

Having a picnic or a BBQ in the sun is already relaxing enough as it is. Add a vino in to the mix, and needless to say, I become a sloth.

sloth

 

 

 

 

 

4. After work

Nothing speaks to me better than kicking up the heels after a long day at work, and relaxing with a glass of red in hand on the couch.

lounge wine

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Catch up with friends

Having a group of girlfriends who are also vino lovers means a good goss sesh over a great bottle of wine. Wine for the soul, with my soul sisters.

girlfriends drinking

 

 

 

 

 

6. At the races

While a glass of wine can cost you a months worth of salary at the races, it would be criminal not to enjoy a glass when dressed up to the nine’s. The key here though is to keep it classy ladies and gents.

 

race day

 

 

 

 

 

 7. A plane flight

Those long haul flights can be a killer. After squeezing in all the movies I can watch…”ahhh twister and jumanji” (reference from The Castle!), a glass or two or three of red will send me right to sleep.

plane wine

 

 

 

 

 

8. At the movies

While they are few, far and in between, a cinema that stocks wine is one of the best things since sliced bread. Lesson to learn here though, is to stick to just one glass to avoid those annoying toilet breaks – you don’t want to be ‘that’ person who whispers in your ear throughout the movie ‘What did I miss?’ ‘So who’s that guy?’ ‘Why are they doing that?’

 

cinema wine

 

 

 

 

 

9. Karaoke

To loosen up the vocal chords, a glass of wine is the perfect choice to go from feeling like I have gaffa tape over my mouth to sounding like Beyonce, complete with all the moves.

bridget jones wine

 

 

 

 

10. New Years

Pop the Champagne bottle and pour me a glass of bubbly – what a great way to kick start the new year. Tip that bottle a little more please.

new year champagne

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needless to say, there are many other times a glass of wine goes down a treat. Let me know your best moment.

 

Until next time winos,

Cheers.

 

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Cooking with Brown Brothers Prosecco

Would you like some wine scones?

Wine scones? Now that sounds like my kind of afternoon tea!

Next time you’re having afternoon tea, try out this recipe. It will be sure to give your afternoon delight, that extra delight it deserves.

Typically to make a great scone, the secret ingredient is lemonade. This is what gives a scone that extra fluffiness and sweetness that makes passing up a scone hard to resist. For this scone recipe, rather than using lemonade, it uses Prosecco – Brown Brothers Prosecco.BrownBrothersProsecco

Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine variety. While its sparkling cousin Champagne is fermented in oak barrels, and can only be named Champagne if it comes from the Champagne region; Prosecco is fermented in stainless steel tanks, and can only be named Prosecco if it uses the Prosecco grape.

With my bottle of Prosecco lined up along side the other ingredients, I couldn’t resist but tip the bottle and enjoy a glass while baking. The taste – Fruity and smooth, with a dry finish. Delish!

 

Ingredients required:

600g Self-raising flour

120g Caster sugar

250ml Brown Brothers Prosecco

250ml Double Cream

1 tsp salt

Milk for brushing

Extra four for dusting.

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Sift flour, sugar and salt in to a bowl.

Combine the Prosecco with the double cream and add to the dry ingredients.

Gently mix and kneed until the mix has come together.

Roll out on a lightly floured surface until 1.5cm thick, and cut in to 5cm round discs.

Place on lined tray 2cm apart.

Brush tops with a little milk and place in oven for 14 minutes.

 

Super easy, and quick to make.

Serve up warm with some jam and cream, and a glass of Prosecco on the side of course, and I can guarantee the troops will be happy.

scones_wine_prosecco

 

Until next time winos,

Cheers.

 

 

*Recipe credit to Brown Brothers Epicurean

 

 

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A sommelier wine review

When someone recommends a good wine I’m always intrigued to try it; the same goes with a good book or movie.  Recently I was recommended a documentary to watch about wine. While this particular documentary did not feature the sweet narrating sounds of David Attenborough, it did however feature a lot of wine.

 

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The documentary is called SOMM.

 

SOMM, short for Sommelier, follows the journey of 4 mates on their quest to gain  ‘Master Sommelier’ status from the Court of Master Sommeliers; the most prestigious status a wine expert can receive in the world of wine.

 

So what is a Sommelier? These are the guys who you would normally see in a fancy restaurant. They’re the ones who can match a wine perfectly with food, and understand cellar rotation and optimum serving temperature of wine. They are also the ones who work with chefs in putting together the wine list for a restaurant. These guys are extremely well educated in wine, and know everything there is to know about wine, and I mean everything – from the grape variety, to country of origin, to the history of wine making and new techniques in the industry.

 

To gain Master Sommelier status, it requires extensive study, exams, training, plenty of wine consuming and, at the end, a final examination from the Court of Master Sommeliers. The course itself can take years, with the final exam being known as one of the toughest exams in the world …and here I was thinking my year 10 maths exam was the toughest in the world.

 

Currently, there are just over 215 Master Sommeliers in the world. With this status only having been around for 40 years, that equates to roughly 5 being awarded each year – yep, I can do math. Once this status is achieved, the doors really do open up for you in terms of job opportunities, career prospects, and bigger salaries.

 

Wine Glasses

SOMM is an amazing insight in to what it takes to become a Master Sommelier. The knowledge these guys have about wine is mind blowing. Their innate ability to pin point every single tasting note of a wine almost makes them sound like ‘Rain Man’.  Not only can they describe a wine perfectly, but they can even pin point the variety, the country of origin, the region it hails from, and get this…even the year of the wine. CRAZZY! With a talent like that, they would be an awesome friend to have around when buying a ‘clean skin’ wine.  Towards the end of the documentary, I was completely drawn in and even found myself cheering on for the four mates to pass their test, just like I would at a footy match – not really, but I was close! So do they pass? You will just have to watch it for yourself to find out.

 

So in the words of Molly Meldrum, do yourself a favour, go out and watch it.

 

 

Until next time winos,

 

Cheers.

 

 
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