Have you ever been made to feel silly by a wine snob? It pains me to see the effects of this in cellar door where people dismiss their instincts and say “oh I don’t know much about wine, just pour me your best”, because what I think is our best might not be to your taste. There’s no right or wrong way to enjoy wine and if you like it, you like it, regardless of what others think.
One of the great things about our culture is that we are a nation of foodies. We love that feeling of contentment, familiarity and companionship from sharing good food, wine and banter with family and friends. We’re spoilt for choice here in Australia, and there’s something to suit everyone’s palate or preferences. I would love to see more confidence in people who enjoy wine but perhaps aren’t that involved in it. I’m not okay with the idea that a wine fanatic knows more than others and should be revered as the keeper of all wine knowledge.
After a tough day recently, I said to my husband and mum, ‘I’m looking forward to heading home and enjoying a chilled glass of textural Riesling”. There was a pause and they burst out laughing and called me a “wine snob”. It’s now a meme for us where anytime we’re feeling a bit stressed, we declare loudly that it’s time for a “textural Riesling’’.
Wine should be fun and without prejudice. So next time you’re a bit unsure about what to choose from the menu or feel intimidated by a wine buff, know that you are in good company and that the majority of Australians know what they like, and like what they drink, because at the end of the day, it’s really just delicious crushed grapes in a glass.
Cheers, Natasha Killeen
Shiraz Durif 2016
Rich fruit from 60% Shiraz, and mouth-filling tannins and structure from 40% Durif. A popular Rutherglen blend with lots of flavour. Cellar up to 5 years.Buy Online
The Prince Reserva 2016
A complex and savoury blend of five Portuguese varieties, with plenty of fruit to enjoy young as well as great structure to cellar for up to 10 years.Buy Online
A soft and juicy wine created to be enjoyed young and fresh with an antipasto platter, grilled meats or fresh pasta. Cellar up to 3 years.Buy Online
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On our website you can find the pictured ‘Topaque Treacle Tart’ recipe which includes our smooth, honeyed Rutherglen Topaque. With a consistency of pumpkin pie and flavours of caramel and almonds, it’s an easy one if you love baking.
You can also find a blog post titled “Fortifieds Demystified” that aims to clear up some of the biggest misconceptions about fortifieds. For example, the word ‘port’ isn’t a synonym for all fortified wine, and there are nuances in cellaring and consumption depending if the wine is barrel aged or bottle aged. We also give ideas on how to enjoy fortifieds in warmer weather and some great food pairings.
Planning on a getaway to Rutherglen? Nearly every state has a public holiday this spring. Give S&K a call on (02) 6032 9457 if you would like to plan a picnic or join the Seasonal Food Foray.
- Monday 25th Sep: Family & Community Day, ACT. Queen’s Birthday, WA.
- Friday 29th Sep: Grand Final Weekend, VIC.
- Monday 2nd Oct: Labour Day, ACT, SA, NSW. Queen’s Birthday, QLD.
- Tuesday 7th Nov: Melbourne Cup, VIC.
Quinta Quarterly PDF
Download our Spring Quinta Quarterly with our price list and order form. If you are Quinta Club member, please contact us by Friday the 15th of September to make any changes to your pack. All orders made at the same time of the Quinta Pack will be posted freight free.