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Wine of the Month: Shaw + Smith Shiraz 2012

I have now tasted this wine several times and looking back on each note, I now realise that each one has the word impressive in it.  To my mind it is a benchmark for elegance in Australian Shiraz.

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It's Friday! ... ... And here is your #wine #instaquote of the week. Have a great weekend! Need wine inspiration, drop by Winemuse.com.au.
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The cow says it all! Moo-ey Christmas to you. Let him brighten your day....
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Buona notte! (Good Night!) from Florence, Italy. Enjoy the amazing Florence Night !!!
#travel #florence #italy #placestoseebeforeyoudie #placestoseeinitaly #night #nightphotography #explore #triptern 
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It’s Friday!! ….

And this week, we have a smart looking red with change from a tenner, a smooth Hungerford Hill chardie and a very special Pizzini Wines treat indeed.

Have a great weekend everyone and if you want some Friday inspiration, visit Friday Drinks Club. 
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Karlu Karlu
Northern Territory, Australia

The Devils Marbles are known as Karlu Karlu in all four local Aboriginal languages (Warumungu, Kaytetye, Alyawarra and Warlpiri people. )

One of the main Dreaming stories for the area which can be told to the public relates to how Karlu Karlu was made. This tradition tells of 'Arrange', the Devil Man, who came from a hill nearby and travelled through the area. Whilst walking along, Arrange made a hair-string belt (a kind of traditional adornment, worn only by initiated men). As he was twirling the hair to make strings, he dropped clusters of hair on the ground.

The clusters turned into the big red boulders at Karlu Karlu that have become so famous today. On his way back to his hill, Arrange spat on the ground. His spit turned into the granite boulders in the central part of the reserve. Arrange finally returned to his place of origin, a hill called 'Ayleparrarntenhe' where he remains today

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Wine of the Month:  +Tahbilk Winery  2013 Marsanne

Tahbilk have several version of Marsanne and this is the one that will win your heart. A little known fact is that Tahbilk claim to have the largest, single holding of the variety in the world. It certainly has a long history with the Rhone grape with plantings dating back to 1927 and you can buy wines made from that particular planting under their ‘1927 Vines’ label, or buy this fresh faced version.

This 2013 vintage is looking remarkably prettywith spicy floral notes to the sun ripened pear and zesty lime held together with some minerality.  In the mouth, the floral notes become distinctly rose-like.

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One decadent night … look what escaped the cellar!

Are you a wine hoarder too? I have recently realised that I am but there are no wine horror stories here…. Just two clarets and a Jimmy…

and a night spent with good friends…

This year has been our year for letting wine escape from our cellar. We have found that we were squirrelling away our wines and not appreciating them as we intended when we purchased them a decade or so ago. And so, we are beginning to rectify this and here are some we shared with friends this month.  Friends, incidentally, that we also have not appreciated enough lately.

So this is what we got out - A Yarra Yering No. 1,    +Wolf Blass Black Label and a Chateaux Poujeaux. And interesting mix - all with 14 - 15 years on them.  The reviews are up.

Get out something to share from your cellar this week and enjoy.
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Curries and wine .. what to drink with your next curry...
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It's beginning to look a lot like... our 23rd Annual Holiday Open House! Okay, maybe that's not how it goes, but we sure are in the spirit around here with decorations galore and artists and crafters setting up for this weekend's festival! Be sure to stop by to enjoy the festivities tomorrow and Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm, and save BIG with our BOGO case sale! #23rdHOH
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