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  • Elegant wines from Frankland Estate
    Elegance from the Outback - Frankland Estate
    Hunter Smith, one of the owners of Frankland Estate winery, stopped in New York at Bistango Restaurant recently to pour his wines at a media dinner. Throughout the meal, the affable Australian discussed the history and future directions of the...
  • Trader Joe's Block Wine
    Surprise in a box $10 party wine
    Throwing a party can get pretty expensive, especially when wine is in the picture. There are ways to avoid burning a hole in your wallet when having a party where wine is being served.The best way to save money and have plenty of wine at the same...
  • Tait's Ball Buster
    Tait’s Ball Buster shiraz blend, paired
    Cold weather begs for big and burly reds. Deep and brooding with just enough ripe fruit to remind us that spring and summer will come again. This winter begs for a wine like Tait’s “Ball Buster” and with a name like “Ball...
  • Five easy to find syrahs
    Five easy to find Syrahs under $25
    According to Eric Asimov, wine writer for the New York Times, "American don’t buy a lot of syrah: Too many of the wines seem generic, a blend of fruit and oak that may be vaguely pleasant but could come from anywhere and be made of any...
  • A Study of Australian Shiraz
    A Study of Australian Shiraz
    Syrah, called Shiraz in Australia and South Africa, calls its home the Northern Rhône in France. Plantings worldwide have increased enormously in the last twenty years and it is accepted as the most widely planted grape in Australia.How did it get...
  • Miss Vickie’s celebrates 25 years with “Wine and Chip” pairings
    Miss Vickie’s celebrates 25 years with “Wine and Chip” pairings
    Canada's favourite kettle-cooked potato chips, “Miss Vickie’s”, are celebrating their 25th anniversary by bringing together two of Canadians’ favourite snacks and drinks in a series of educational and fun “wine...
  • Cellars
    Syrah anyone?
    Surely, you have had a Shiraz or two…or a dozen. But then maybe you moved on to something more fashionable like Malbec or went back to your classic California Cabernet. Recently, Shiraz a.k.a. Syrah has become so uncool among winelovers...
  • Syrah Vines in Qupé's Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria California
    Three Sorts of Syrah
    Syrah (also known as Shiraz) has something of an image problem at the moment. From plunging sales of California Syrah, to a mind-boggling glut of Australian Shiraz that has seen some bottles fall below the price of Coke, to a general American...
  • Wines that Over-Deliver on Value #8 Cont’d: Nugan Estate
    Wines that Over-Deliver on Value #8 Cont’d: Nugan Estate
    Continuing on from our previous article about Nugan Estate and their amazing value wines, we can now tell you of the “3rd Generation” Chardonnay, Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon which we tasted with our lunch at Chicago Chophouse...
  • Jacob's Creek Reserve wines
    Finding the right Aussie wine that's an affordable luxury
    For a spirited, Christmas-laced evening, I recently picked up Jacob's Creek Reserve Shiraz, from the 2007 vintage. I had expected a big, ripe, fruit-bursting beauty that would be perfect to drink on its own that evening. Not what this wine is...
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    Mother Nature hits Wilmington, Delaware but experience it in a bottle
    So perhaps you are one of many individuals to have experienced a local earthquake. Then the following week you see another form of Mother’s Nature strength-hurricane Irene. Add a mixture of threats from tornados and you may have had the...
  • 06 Hewitson Mad Hatter Shiraz
    A mad shiraz party
    In the Alice books, The Mad Hatter explains that he and the March Hare are constantly drinking tea because he was accused of "killing time" by the queen of hearts, in retaliation, "time" stops working for the hatter, leaving...
  • Salted Caramel Gelato
    Review of Shiraz
    Do you have a wandering eye? Let me rephrase that; are you a person who likes to take in the scenery? Then how does a restaurant surrounded by water and filled with windows sound to you? Located at the IndianLakesresort in Bloomingdale, Shirazon...
  • Thorn-Clarke Shiraz Terra-Barossa '08
    Thorn-Clarke Shiraz Terra-Barossa '08; serious wine for serious wine drinkers...
    Half way around the world, depending on where you are in the world, someone's growing some grapes and producing really great wines. Big red, fruit forward wines. From this examiner's vantage point, Australia is doing fantastic Shiraz in...