Posts Tagged ‘shiraz’

Food Porn (Things I ate recently, in Lieu of a real post)

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

greek yoghurt with choc muesli and berries

Aldi Greek youghurt and frozen berries with Monster choc-lish muesli.

monster schocolish muesli

A really subtle sprinkling of dark chocolate in this (gifted) muesli, along with the usual seeds, oats and sultanas :) I’m been rekindling my muesli and greek yoghurt love with this!

fish and salad\

Various types of fish and salads.

Workers club callamari

$10 calamari from the Toronto Workers Club.

maccas lamb wrap for good friday

Maccas. On Good Friday.

garlic chili prawns

Garlic chili prawns :)

schnitty with mushroom sauce

Chicken schnitzel from The Meat Shed in Toronto with mushroom sauce.

hello fresh feta stuffed chicken breast

Feta and spinach stuffed chicken breast from my Hello Fresh. I actually have a few free intro boxes to gift to whoever wants them….. get in touch?

halls valley shiraz

All washed down with this Halls Valley Shiraz that I got for a steal!

I also have a freezer full of Lite n Easy mini meals, perfect for nights I come home at 10pm and can’t face cooking and know that toast isn’t always the answer.

I hope you’re eating well!

Want to try some Amazing Wines? Try Hunter Valley Uncorked @ Balmoral this Sunday!

Friday, October 9th, 2015

I had the VERY fortunate experience of heading to a trade and media tasting of award-winning Hunter Valley wines last week, and WOW they are amazing.

Hunter Valley Shiraz

Among the tastes to savour, there were many 2014 Shiraz on offer – such as the Pepper Tree and the Brokenwood Kats & Dogs Shiraz, and the 2015 Semillons from wineries such as McLeish, First Creek and Brian Ridge would be AMAZING this summer (all coming out in the next few weeks at the cellar door). And, I’ve never had “Vermentino” before, but wow, lovely variety that, like Temperanillo (Thanks to Audrey Wilkinson) works well in the heat of the Hunter.

Hunter valley winesmakers

I am so keen to head up to McLeish, Tyrell’s and Bimbadgen to reconnect with the winemakers who enlightened me so much on the night, and to of course try more of their wares with a friend!

Hunter Valley Uncorked

If you’re in Sydney this weekend, try to get out to Hunter Valley Uncorked at Balmoral Beach Esplanade, Mosman.

Hunter Valley Whites

You can immerse yourself in the Hunter Valley way of life and unearth the tastes, sights and stories of the beautiful wine soaked haven. wander through the myriad of stalls and sample gourmet delights, or just sit back in the sunshine and enjoy the free entertainment amongst a exquisite fusion of wine, food and good company. Indulge in a delectable ‘picnic lunch plate’ by Hunter Valley restaurants from $15 per plate. Fresh lemonade, coffee and gelato are also available.

Hunter Valley Reds

A $10 souvenir wine glass is your key to enjoying wine at the event. Or own your very own piece of specialist glassware, a signature Hunter Valley Riedel wine glass, for only $15 available exclusively to event visitors. Entry is free!

FREE SHUTTLE BUSES operating approximately every 15 minutes from Mosman and Spit Junction to Balmoral Beach during the hours of the event (11am-5pm, last drinks 4:45pm)

Hunter Valley 2014 Shiraz

The wineries on show are:
Allandale Wines, Bimbadgen Wines, Briar Ridge Wines, Brokenwood Wines, De Iuliis Wines, Eagles Rest Wines, First Creek Wines, Glandore Estate, Hungerford Hill Wines, James Estate Wines, McLeish Estate Wines, Mount Pleasant, Oakvale Wines, Pepper Tree Wines, Peterson House, Ridge View, Saddler’s Creek Wines, Tallavera Grove, Tulloch Wines, Tyrrells Wines, Wynwood Estate. Yum!

Friday Drinks – I Drink Naked (and you can too, with a $50 voucher to spend at Naked Wines!)

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Have you heard of Naked Wines yet? It’s this genius idea of crowd-funding boutique wine makers right here in Australia that produces some AMAZING results.

Naked Wines is a customer-funded wine business. The customers are called “Angels” and each month you send $40 their way to be invested in winemakers’ direct costs such as vines, barrels, cellaring space, bottles and labels and in return you get that $40 credit to spend on wines, but at a drastically reduced wholesale price! There are even bonus bottles that show up in your cart for free!

A couple of my favourites are

Butterfly effect Shiraz
The Butterfly Effect Shiraz ($9 for Angels)

and

The Mechanic
The Mechanic (Angel price $9)

Both of which keep me coming back for more!

Want to try Naked Wines with a $50 discount voucher? Simply use this link (https://www.nakedwines.com.au/invite/fiona-moore.htm) to go to Naked Wines and get picking!

Friday Drinks – Some Warming Reds

Friday, May 29th, 2015

neve Marlborough pinot noir from aldi

First up we have a $7 Aldi wine – a 2013 Neve Pinot Noir from the Marlborough region of NZ. This goes down VERY well for a $7 bottle from the second best area for Pinot in NZ (I love me a Central Otago wine, but they start from $30). Definitely a good table wine and won’t be sneezed at if you bring a bottle (or two, at that price) to my dinner party!

obikwa south africa shiraz 2013

Second, we have a go-to of mine when it’s 2-for-1 (ie two for $10) at First Choice Liquor – the South African Obikwa Shiraz. You’ll find it right near, and looking a lot like, the Yellow Tail Shiraz with its yellow native creature on it, and it drinks well with a movie and cheese.

What are you drinking tonight?

Assorted Shiraz

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Who wants to see the Shiraz I’ve been drinking? You? Yay!!!

Zilzie Shiraz

First up we have a 2012 Zilzie, picked up on a 2-for-1 deal at First Choice Liquor, normally $11/bottle. Very easy to drink, not too heavy table wine :)

Rooks lane shiraz

This Rook’s Lane 2013 was in a mix dozen of reds I got from WineMarket.com.au via a Groupon deal. It has a cool bird on the label! He looks mean. And tough. Like a shiraz drinker! :p

Crackerjack shiraz

Also from that box, the Crackerjack shiraz. This one also looks serious. A woody.

Malindi Vintners

Malindi Vitners from the Clare Valley. Pretty much can’t go wrong with the Clare Valley, though my go-to from that region is a dry Riesling :)

Eaglehawk Wolf Blass Shiraz

For years I was scared of drinking Wolf Blass. The story goes, I was on a lunch cruise on the Tuggerah Lakes with my boyfriend, and a bottle of Wolf Blass sparkling white was included. They mustn’t have washed out glasses properly, because the wine tasted soapy, and I couldn’t detatch that from the thought of Wolf Blass. But, I’ve moved on. And this Eaglahawk was delish!

CR01 Clean Skin from Dan Murphy's

And Ol’ faithful. The “Clean Skins” CR01 Shiraz from Dan Murphy’s / BWS. Not the DM04. The DM04 is cheaper, and you do notice the 50c difference on a $4.99 bottle :p