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Easter Red Wine & Lamb Guide

Easter Red Wine & Lamb Guide

Across the world, lamb is one of the most popular symbols at this time of year. So make sure your wine game is on point this Easter when you tuck into some at the dinner table.

Margaret River Chocolate & Wine Pairing

Margaret River Chocolate & Wine Pairing

Like hands and gloves, Bey and Jay, oysters and Champagne, chocolate and wine make a fine pairing. Not only does Liquor Barons support local wine and beer producers in bringing their wines to the people, but where possible, we get behind our fellow West Australians in any capacity that we can.  Read on for our TOP 3 chocolate and wine pairings featuring local wine and chocolate producers…

Women in WA Liquor: Virginia Willcock - Chief winemaker, Vasse Felix

Women in WA Liquor: Virginia Willcock - Chief winemaker, Vasse Felix

“I've never wanted to be a great female winemaker, only a great winemaker. Male or female, it's the same world.” We caught up with WA's real wine MVP - Virginia Willcock in recognition of International Women's Day.

Tips from the Expert: Ray Jordan on WA's Wine History

Tips from the Expert: Ray Jordan on WA's Wine History

Take a journey back through time to the foundations of WA's many award-winning wine regions. Explore local regions including Margaret River, the Great Southern, Swan Valley and other locations' rich histories and traditions around wine with one of WA's best-known wine writers.

New Year New You: Wine Whiz

New Year New You: Wine Whiz

It’s a brand new year and time once again to reinvent yourself. Perhaps you’re more concerned this year with upping your booze game than you are cutting back on all those meat pies... This week, we explore how to become a Wine Whiz.

Losing Weight

Losing Weight

Our resident wine guru Rod Properjohn explores a growing trend in the Barossa Valley where winemakers are beginning to create lighter style Shiraz in an area traditionally renowned for the biggest and boldest. Check out his two lighter style Shiraz picks from Barossa which feature in our Summer On the Vine. 

The Only Guide You'll Need For The Big Race

The Only Guide You'll Need For The Big Race

This stallion from Reims will be carrying the polish from one of the most experienced champagne stables in the world. A race day favourite and arguably the most widely recognised of all the bottles out of the gate this Tuesday...Our resident expert punter has selected his personal picks in champagne, prosecco and other sparklers  taking to the field at Flemington for the race which stops the nation this Tuesday. Which will you back for a win?

Tassie pinot... what's not to love?

Heading home on the ferry after a day spent at MONA

Heading home on the ferry after a day spent at MONA

I’ve never met a Tassie pinot I haven’t loved.  Tasmania was the focus of conversation las night, and it reminded me how much love I have for Tassie wines, but more specifically – Tassie pinot.  Pristine like the breeze off the Derwent, uncomplicated like the people and full of pleasure like the countryside and scenery.

Typically, Tasmanian Pinot is not the cheapest pinot in Australia, however in my books, it has the most reliable flavour profile – an unmistakeable ‘Tassie’ character.  The following two wines from the great 2015 vintage are absolute standouts, for different reasons. 

2015 Devil’s Corner Pinot Noir, Tamar Valley

“Hard to go past this for value for money.  Bright summer strawberries, silky mouthfeel and enough spice on the backend to maintain interest all the way to the end of the bottle.  Packed with raspberry, pomegranate, red currant, ripe December cherries and hints of blood plum.  This is a juicy, drink now style pinot: reliable, delicious and incredible value for money.  Typically retails for around $20 and 92 points.”

2015 Dalrymple Pinot Noir, Pipers Brook

“If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting winemaker Pete Caldwell, you’ll know what I mean when I say, ‘Dalrymple is a bloody happy experience’.  Pete has an almost permanent smile (perhaps due to his great job – who knows) on his open face, and is one of the most approachable, intelligent and humorous winemakers in the industry.  This wine is created from a blend of three different vineyard regions: the Dalrymple own vineyard in Pipers Brook, Coal River Valley and one parcel from a grower in the Upper Derwent Valley.   This approach allows for each of these site terroirs to contribute complexity and nuance to the final blend.  The wine is redolent with ripe black cherry, blood plum, fresh raspberry, crushed black pepper, hints of clove and aniseed, and suggestions of Christmas spice… cinnamon perhaps.  Like all the Dalrymple pinots, this is a step up in complexity, body, structure and will comfortably cellar, if an aged pinot is more your jam.  95 points, and around $40.  Well worth it.”