The Oenophile's Australian Wine Bucket List

The Oenophile's Australian Wine Bucket List

In one of our previous blogs, we focused on a worldwide wine lover’s bucket list, but there’s so much to do in Australia when it comes to wine-related activities that we thought we’d hone in and explore a few here. Australia has so many acclaimed wine regions, and some of...

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Explore the Wineries of the World by Bike Tour Part 2

Explore the Wineries of the World by Bike Tour Part 2

In our last blog we explored the best bike tours of wine country around the world. Vineyards are often situated in the most beautiful corners of the world, with incredibly breathtaking landscapes surrounding – rolling hills and soaring mountains, pristine lakes, lush forests, quaint bucolic countryside… The unique environmental factors...

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Explore the Wineries of the World by Bike Tour Part 1

Explore the Wineries of the World by Bike Tour Part 1

Bike tours are a fantastic way to see cities or natural areas, get fresh air and exercise and relish being in the outdoors. You can ride along with the wind in your hair, not a care in the world. There are some beautiful parts of the world to explore by...

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JUST A FEW OF AUSTRALIA’S UNIQUE WINE REGIONS

JUST A FEW OF AUSTRALIA’S UNIQUE WINE REGIONS

Australia is a vast country with a varying array of climates, and as a result, there are a variety of prolific wines coming from our diverse selection of wine regions. Here are a selection of Australia’s most well-known wine regions. THE YARRA VALLEY Close to Melbourne’s east, the Yarra Valley...

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CHAMPAGNE GLASS

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CHAMPAGNE GLASS

From the elegantly squat and shallow, bowl-like coupe glasses of the 1920s reminiscent of The Great Gatsby and Boardwalk Empire, to the skinny flute of today and the wine lover’s favourite champagne tulip, the champagne glass has cemented itself as an icon of luxury and style. It has a rich...

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WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WINE FACTS

WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WINE FACTS

Wine has been around for eons, and has been used for ceremonies, celebrations, and simply just to wind down after a hard day at work. With such a lengthy presence in history and society, there are bound to be more than a few interesting facts surrounding this widely celebrated beverage....

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A SELECTION OF WINE TERMS FOR YOUR NEXT DINNER PARTY

A SELECTION OF WINE TERMS FOR YOUR NEXT DINNER PARTY

Sometimes, wine terminology can seem like a different language (some of the words actually are!), but when used correctly, you will be able to present as the most seasoned sommelier at any dinner party. CRU Of course, we wanted to start with a term that’s part of our name and...

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Fabulous Christmas Food & Wine Parings

Fabulous Christmas Food & Wine Parings

Christmas simply isn’t Christmas without enjoying your favourite festive meal washed down with a delicious wine or a cold beer. For those of you that wish to take the art of pairing your wines with your lunch or dinner a little more seriously, I have developed a quick reference guide...

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How to choose the right wine for a gift

How to choose the right wine for a gift

Wine is a great idea for a gift, but how to choose the right one? Everyone has different tastes, but here are a few pointers on things to consider if you have an event where you are considering bringing a bottle of wine for a host. What is the event?...

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8 Must-Have Gifts Every Wine-Lover Needs

8 Must-Have Gifts Every Wine-Lover Needs

Know a wine-lover in your life? Or maybe you’re ready to ditch the goon bag for a more sophisticated wine experience? Either way, there is quite a complex toolkit to amass in order to achieve true wine connoisseurship. But don’t fret – we’ve got you covered. Our checklist below outlines...

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The Best Ways to Store and Serve Champagne this Festive Season

The Best Ways to Store and Serve Champagne this Festive Season

We all enjoy a festive glass or three of our favourite Champagne at this time of year, and it's always nice to have one chilled in the fridge ready to drink when bubbly o’clock arrives. Well, as it turns out, we shouldn't be keeping Champagne in the fridge for prolonged...

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Why Varietal-Specific Wine Glasses Make a Difference

Why Varietal-Specific Wine Glasses Make a Difference

If you’re in the market to buy new glassware, you may have encountered a vast variety of styles and shapes from which to choose. In fact, the choices are so numerous that you’re probably wondering whether you need a wine glass for every type of wine you drink. The short...

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What is the optimal temperature to serve your wine this summer?

What is the optimal temperature to serve your wine this summer?

When it comes to serving and enjoying your favourite bottle of wine this summer, make sure that it is presented at its optimal temperature to ensure it is enjoyed as the wine maker intended. Too hot (like summer room temperature) and the wine’s alcohol will be emphasised, leaving it flat...

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The Best Way to Chill Wine, Science Fiction or Not!

The Best Way to Chill Wine, Science Fiction or Not!

If you delve around certain corners of the Internet, you’ll find all sorts of tricks for speeding up the wine-chilling process. One theory prescribes wrapping a bottle of wine in a wet towel before popping it in the freezer. Another hypothesis is that bottles will chill more quickly stored horizontally...

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Wine Q&A - The Top 26 Wine Questions Answered

Wine Q&A - The Top 26 Wine Questions Answered

As wine becomes a more popular choice of drink for many Australians, there’s no doubt it can become confusing. The most common questions however, tend to be about wine in general, and the answer to some of these questions are surprisingly simple. Let’s take a look at the answers to...

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The Best Wines for Springtime Drinking This Year

The Best Wines for Springtime Drinking This Year

Spring has sprung, and summery days are on the horizon. It’s the perfect time to start stowing away those full-bodied and unctuous reds you invested in over winter, and start stocking your wine fridge with light, refreshing drops that make for the perfect accompaniment to extended dusks and breezy evenings.  ...

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How to remove wine stains: A guide

How to remove wine stains: A guide

We all love drinking wine, but let’s face it, spilling it all over yourself or the furniture is everyone’s worst nightmare. This is easy to do, especially after you may have had a few and are having too much of a good time! Notorious for being a tough stain to...

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