Hi I’m Mrs Wine Please, a friend of Sonia’s and a lover of all things wine.
My job is to sample and source amazing wines and so I’m here to share with you some of my current favourites.
With Spring finally having arrived it’s time to think about what wines we’ll be enjoying with dinner on the deck, sunning ourselves by the pool and at our picnics in the park over the coming months. I’ve chosen a sparkles (of course!) two delicious white wines and two perfect red wines for the warmer months. I think these are the 5 Wines You Should Be Drinking This Summer – we certainly will be! And when we sit back and share a glass of wine we know you’ll be joining us too via #soniastylinghappyhour. Cheers!
1. Sparkling Wine
Sparkles! My all time favourite wine is actually Champagne and this particularly amazing Arras Brut Elite NV ($32.95) Sparkling Wine from Australia. Arras is made by the king of Australian bubbles Mr Ed Carr who is a lovely guy and a genius wine maker. Ed found the perfect vineyards in Tasmania, reminiscent of those in the Champagne region of France, and has used his wealth of experience to create Australia’s best sparkling. I cannot recommend Arras highly enough. This is the kind of Sparkles that you can enjoy on any occasion, even if it is just Friday!
Stella Bella Chardonnay ($31.95) is divine. Now, there is definitely some oak along with gorgeous fresh stone fruits, but it’s not over the top. If you’re saying ‘ick I hate wooded Chardonnay’ and you’re over 25 then it is time to pull up your big girl panties (or boy panties) and meet my girl Stella. A premium Margaret River wine without the premium price tag! Try it with smoked chicken salad, brie and dried fruit or Sunday roast pork with all the trimmings. $31.95
3. Sauvignon Blanc
Keeping the dream alive for team Sav Blanc is the Greywacke Wild Sauvignon Blanc ($31.95). You would have noticed that Sav Blanc has fallen out of favour recently, but this Wild lady is special. Made with natural ferment it’s all nashi pears and orange blossom with the classic Marlborough zing to finish. Spring is here and this is the perfect wine to kick off an afternoon in the sun!
4. Pinot Noir
The textbook red wine to take when you’re heading out to dinner at an Asian restaurant is the Tamar Ridge Pinot Noir ($28.95). I can pick this wine almost anywhere, as proven when Mr WP made me ‘guess the wine in the brown paper bag’ at our favourite noodle place on Gouger Street. It’s so fruity on the nose and matches that with a big burst of cherries and strawberries on the palate. A Pinot for everyone, not just Pinot fans.
I have been raving about this delicious wine to anyone who will listen – Sons of Eden is my not so little secret. The Sons of Eden Kennedy GSM ($21.95) was the first Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre blend that I really fell for and I still love it. It’s like fruity chocolatey wine loveliness with a medium body and some tannins so it’s not at all drippy. Just seriously yummy. A staple ingredient in Mrs WP’s wine pantry.
Bonus Pick: Barbera
Part of my job is to try lots of Australian and international wines each month to work out which ones I think are worth raving about. It’s a tough job but of course I love it. This wine is universally adored. Just one sip and everyone at the tasting bench is looking at each other thinking, hello are you drinking what I’m drinking? A bargain, delicious and dangerously drinkable. Her name is Lavignone Barbera d’Asti ($19.95) which can be a bit tricky so I just call her Barb, she loves it.
Which of these picks will you be drinking this Summer?
What’s your all time favourite wine?
Mrs WP is a lover of all things wine who has chosen to pursue her passion and drink wine for a living! Hello, the perfect job. Hailing from Margaret River and being married to Mr Wine Please, a South Australian, gives Mrs WP access to all of Australia’s best wineries. She also sources delicious international wines through her business Wine Please! Mrs WP’s favourite tipple is Champagne, closely followed by Grenache and Gamay. If there’s anything you’d like to know about wine you’ll find her at www.wineplease.com.au or drop her an email at [email protected]