An old friend returns – Chardonnay is back

leanne / May 19th, 2011

Chardonnay is back. Not that it ever went away but for several years consumers became tired of the big oaky styles produced by many wineries and simply moved away to other wines.

The good news is that the days of  “anything but Chardonnay” are gone, with winemakers embracing a different style of Chardonnay where less is more.

Join us on the 26th May as we celebrate the 2nd International Chardonnay Day. This is a great way to jump on board and talk about the virtues of this wonderful variety via twitter. And even if you aren’t into social media, why not use it as an excuse to get some friends over to share a few interesting wines.

If twitter is your thing, don’t forget to use the hashtag #Chardonnay. For more information visit our webpage or Rick Bakas webpage to see how you can become involved in spreading the love.


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Cheese and Rosé, a Perfect Match

leanne / May 2nd, 2011

When you think of cheese, do you think of pairing it with a Rosé?

During the 2011 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival,  our very own Richard Thomas  was involved with ‘ The Perfect Match’ masterclass which was all about wine and cheese combos. Richard (renowned cheesemaker as well as De Bortoli  in-house Affineur) and Will Studd (from Calendar Cheese) selected a range of hard-pressed cheeses for pairing with wine. One in particular was a Cabot’s fine traditional cloth-bound Cheddar from the USA, from the state of Vermont.

Ralph Kyte-Powell (wine writer) and Kathleen Quealy (Mornington Peninsula winemaker) chose the De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate Grown Rosé as a likely perfect match with this cheese. As Richard said “This wine is quite dry, therefore inherently indifferent to many cheese styles but I found the tie-up pleasantly refreshing. Nice work Kath and Ralph…..oh, and Cabots of course”.

As we head into winter, a group based halfway around the world, are also celebrating the charm and versatility of Rosé. RAP (Rosé Avengers and Producers) are celebrating their coming summer months with a big ‘Pink Out’ on the 10th May.

Like our very own Rosé Revolution here in Australia it is all about enjoying the flavours of savoury dry Rosé, invariably a good choice whether you want to drink it on its own, or with a meal….or even with cheese.



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