A perfect French drop with your Autumn casserole


Domaine de l’Olivette 2013

This French organic wine is a perfect accompaniment for your autumn or winter casseroles. I can sure praise this wine as it went so well with the Coq Au Vine I cooked this past Saturday, one more recipe I will be sharing with you very soon. This nice drop is made with a blend of Merlot, Syrah and Grenache in a 16th-century Chateau, you almost feel quite grand when you drink it. The wine is smooth, well balanced  and exhibits black fruit notes like raspberry and blackberry with a hint of spice.

Where can you buy this wine?


152 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000

Ph: (02) 9264 3022


A Barossa Riesling that’s pretty left of centre


I love good wines and enjoy the challenge in pairing wines with the recipes I make. One area I need to do more work on this year is to blog the wines that are often a hit with my dishes.

On this occasion, I was encouraged by a local wine aficionado to try the 2015 Il Chicco, a Riesling from Shobbrook wines. He loves this wine so much that he was heading back to the Oakbarrel this week for a few more bottles and convinced me to do the same.

He was right the wine was quite a hit last night with the simple tomato sauce based pasta and king prawns. Like a true Riesling, it’s high in acidity and aromatic, but it’s quite left of centre for a Riesling as winemaker Tom Shobbrook blended a seven-year-old sherry, the result is stunning. Tom follows traditional European methods and the wine’s natural state sure comes through with its striking oxidative flavours. In addition to its aromas, you have the freshness from this young wine that makes it a perfect match for shellfish.

Where to find this wine?


152 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000

Ph: (02) 9264 3022



A Glamorous Spanish King!

El glam
A funky drop with a touch of glamour! This is a smooth 100% Garnacha (Grenache) from the vast land Castilla y Leon, Spain. Only 600 bottles were produced in 2013, so be quick to grab one while it lasts. The grapes came from the Peñafiel high country of Ribera del Duero and Sierra del Gredos west of Madrid. It’s unwooded without wild yeast fermentation and filtration. It’s very light but full bodied with striking strawberry aromas. Continue reading

A blessed drop on Sunday – La Comedia, Montsant 2011

La comedia wine

This full bodied drop is from one of the sub-regions in Spain, actually from COMUNIDAD AUTÓNOMA DE CATALUÑA where you will find close to 250 wineries. Tarragona is in the northern part of Spain and Montstat (sacred mountain) sits just west of Tarragona, off the Mediterranean coastline. It is possible the Ancient Greeks planted the vines followed by the Romans who produced the wines. The region also produced much of the alter wine for Christian ceremonies and continues to export church wines. La Comedia Continue reading

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