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[28 Jun 2008|06:56pm]

littlemissicey
I am thinking seeing as its winter and the weather has been pretty shit etc that we could all use a nice cheery civilised wine and cheese evening sometime soon...what do you all think??
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Welcome! [11 Jul 2007|01:27pm]

littlemissicey
[ mood | geeky ]

Welcome Denerose!

Well we've just been joined by the ever lovely Saphron :)
It has also been remarkably quiet in here which is not good but we're all to blame for that one ;P Lets see if we can pick it up a bit for Saphron! :D

James, Val and I have been thinking of a wine_wank members (and partners) only wine and cheese evening but we still have to work out the logisitcs and well everything but once the weekends calm down a bit (its seems everyone has their birthdays between now and September) we'll get it sorted.

Just to get things people talking in here lets do what James suggested in the last post and tell everyone about the last wine you drank - a small reveiw if you have the time would be great. In fact - lets not leave it at wine, lets just review any recent alcohol that you have partaken of and tell the group your thoughts :D

I'm not gonna do mine straight away - will have to have a think and make sure that James doesn't want to do the same one because 9 times out of 10 we share alcohol...ahhhh coupledom.
Either do them as an answer to this post or preferably share them as a new post :)

Cheers
xox

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Bored at work [12 Apr 2007|12:26pm]

inquisitor_jc
[ mood | bored ]

Right so it's been REAL quiet round here recently so here's something to stir it up a bit:

I want you all - yes everyone - to comment to this post with the last wine they drunk and what they thought about it!

Doesn't need to be big, wanky or a review or anything just what that last one was and what ya thought about it

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[14 Mar 2007|11:16am]

littlemissicey
Its been awfully quiet in here lately.....and I dont have anything worthwhile to say, goddamn it, someone post something! ;P
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[04 Mar 2007|02:06am]

littlemissicey
In other news.....the article that Val and James wrote about our excursion to Martinborough (James posted it here on the 13 of Feb) was published in last weeks Craccum...if you haven't already seen it you should try hunt down a copy and have a look! :)
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Welcome! [04 Mar 2007|02:03am]

littlemissicey
Welcome visko4ka!!
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[13 Feb 2007|01:42pm]

inquisitor_jc
[ mood | Study ]

Hey guys this is the article for Craccum Val and I wrote about our trip to Martinborough
Some of it is made up, some of it isn’t....
And most of the credit has to go to Val; it is his masterful use of English that made this work. I've also left out the photos you saw them all on the massive post I did with them all afew weeks ago.

A Journey of DiscoveryCollapse )

Oh yeah we are also going to be doing weekly wine reviews as well which will mostly focus on one wine style a week so hopefully a lot more will be coming into this commy in the near future!

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Wine Question [12 Jan 2007|05:52pm]

antioxidote
Okay I mainly drink red and know nothing about white wine so I thought I would present my uneducated question to the community...

How long does White Wine generally stay good for after opening it? and if i'm just cooking with it rather than drinking it could it be alright for longer?

Gonna get my fettucini on tonight
Cheers
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[11 Jan 2007|10:43pm]

inquisitor_jc
[ mood | tired ]




Taltarni, Brut Taché, 2004 $19.90

So yeah ok this review is a little late considering the methode season has just passed us, but with all this hot weather some of you might be venturing off to any number of out doors type things where a lovely little sparkling might go down well. So here is James's pick of the bunch, Taltarni meaning red earth in aboriginal is one of the better sparkling makers from across the Tasman sea. The grapes for this one are sourced from both Victoria and Tasmania (strangely Tasmania makes very good sparkling....) but what makes this methode so good is the Taché production method. Taché meaning "stained" refers to the old-not-much-used-anymore-cause-people-suck method of adding a small amount of red wine liqueur to the mix. This is what produces the very light pink "stain" and means the Taché is often confused for a sparkling rose'...which is it not.

So how does the thing taste? well starting off the straight Brut(e) by Taltarni is a very dry style of methode and as that is the base it is reflected in the Taché. But the whole thing is lightened by this lovely raspberry maybe even a hint of strawberry flavour from the added liqueur which gives your tongue this curious sweet yet dry feeling. That is precisely what makes this wine great, its sweet and enjoyable but still dry enough to not make anything too sickly, also the dryness means you keep pouring more and as our Xbox couch panel quickly found it goes straight to your head. In fact we quickly voted this the number one first date drink (not to be confused with first party meeting drink which is normally the most potent thing you can find).

One more note, for some strange reason Tonie hated this wine and couldn't drink it....so be warned you too might hate it, but I doubt it :)

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[08 Jan 2007|12:03pm]

inquisitor_jc
[ mood | happy ]

Hello my friends

I hope your last weeks have been filled with much wine consumption, this being the times of excess and all...
I have to apologise for the lack of wankery recently we shall get cracking soon I hope

BUT i have to inform you all that this month is the wine sale at old Glengarry and we actually have some very good deals - especially in the $10 red region

So come on by old 250 Dominion  road or Ponsonby and I'm sure we will be able to get something nice for you!

ta ta and happy wanking

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[23 Dec 2006|11:38am]

jinx_victim
Good morning, my sweets.

I hear "wine" and I think of you. So, I thought I should inform you that my aunt's art gallery does occasional wine tastings. 

Yes, free wine!

She also has coffee tastings and art shows.

As we speak, I am sitting a mere eight metres from a bottle of free bubbly and many many glasses.

Check out my journal if you're at all interested, and I can add you to the mailing list.
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[30 Nov 2006|12:53am]

inquisitor_jc
[ mood | disappointed ]


Nga Waka Three Paddles, 06 Riesling, roughtly $17 a bottle

Ok so the Three Paddles brand is Nga Waka's second tier label, which basically means all their wines that aren’t worth $40 get put out at a much better price. Its a great wee system for places like Nga Waka who only make high quality low yield wines to get them out to the public.

I have to firstly mention a wine both Val and I really need to review for you all, its the 04 Pinot Nior that was put out under the Three Paddles label and is simply beautiful and only $20, come into the store try it, you'll love it

But onto the Riesling, after the success of the above mentioned Pinot we were expecting great things - this didn't happen.
Basically the Riesling is a little sweet, a little fruity, a little dry, the three things a Riesling can excel at but this one chooses to be a fence sitter. Really it just doesn’t DO anything, yeah its easy to drink, yeah its highly inoffensive but man what’s the point? the pallet quite simply is a little too hollow, like the colour of the wine the whole thing is a little too 'green'. Something might happen to this wine with a little age but I doubt it...it just doesn’t seem to have that Riesling backbone that you would expect nay that you want when picking this style of wine...you’d be much better off either going for a Pinot Gris if you want only suggestions of flavour or a more full bodied Riesling, especially at $17 they should be doing more with it. Shame

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[29 Nov 2006|09:31am]

evilgrin
Has anyone tasted Nevis Bluff Central Otago wines www.nevisbluff.co.nz ? ... I work with a shareholder who is offering $20 dollars off per bottle of thier 2003 pinot (the 2004 won awards apparently).
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my new favourite wine [28 Nov 2006|08:23pm]

moi_aikaterina
[ mood | cheerful ]

for summer picnics is Viognier 2006 by Coopers Creek!

Discovered it by doing a bit of tasting a few weekends ago at the Coopers Creek Winery out in Huapai. Nice place out there, and you can purchase a cheese platter and a bottle or two and have a very nice time in their garden.

Anyway, back to the wine. I think it costs about $19 at the vineyard although I note that if you buy it over Coopers website it is $23. The website says "Colour:Very pale in the glass at bottling, but we expect that this wine will pick up pale gold tints with time. Massive tears on the glass indicate a wine of considerable body and richness.
Bouquet:Very typical Viognier aromas of peach and apricot blossom and ripe stonefruit.
Palate:This is a big rich wine. Like all good Viognier, the palate is very broad and very long. There is a strong core of fruit sweetness running all the way through the wine."
I say: it tastes nice and fruity and is good chilled. And you are supposed to drink it young. (insert inappropriate joke here) All in all, a refreshing way to get boozed on summery day. We've drunk 4 bottles of the stuff over the past two weeks and they've all been good.
Ole!

http://www.cooperscreek.co.nz/index.php

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Welcome! [27 Nov 2006|03:12pm]

littlemissicey
I see we have a new member (well watcher...welcome auntiepeach!!!
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[12 Nov 2006|01:03pm]

inquisitor_jc
[ mood | cheerful ]

I'm praying for a rain in California
So the grapes can
grow and they can make more wine
And
when they ask who's the fool in the corner, crying
I'll say, little old wine drinker, me.


And on that note I'm off to work...big alcohol fuelled post coming soon

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[30 Oct 2006|08:06pm]

littlemissicey
People in this community will be pleased to know that I got my mark back for my Wine Journal assessment:

98.5%

Yay!

So far my assessment marks for that paper have been:

SOLA exam: 100%
Bar and Spirits: 97.5%
Wine Journal: 98.5%

Now all I need to do is pass the damn exam, this is what I need to know:

I have read the Julyan text from pages 21 to 31 on wine definitions, the grape and grape varieties and their basic attributes especially vitis viniferea. Grape make up like acids before and post fermentation. Malolactic fermentation. Where tannin comes from.

France.

I understand the wine hierarchy. I have looked at several wine labels in WH307 and completed the homework handouts on wine labels.
I know the 5 first growths of Bordeaux.

I know the basic geography of France where the 6 main regions I studies are in relation to each other. The main grapes and highest level a wine can achieve for each region studied.

I know the hierarchy of Alsace and answered the questions on Alsace front he wine journal. Pages 43 – 48 in Julyan

I know the hierarchy of Bordeaux and answered the questions on Bordeaux front he wine journal. Pages 48 to 52 Julyan

I know the hierarchy of Burgundy and answered the questions on Burgundy front he wine journal. Pages 53 – 57 Julyan

I know the hierarchy of Rhone and answered the questions on Rhone front he wine journal. Pages64 – 66 Julyan

I know the hierarchy of Loire and answered the questions on Loire front he wine journal. Pages 60 - 64 Julyan

I know the hierarchy of Champagne and answered the questions on Champagne front he wine journal. I know the key steps in Methode Traditionelle and Methode Champenoise production. I know 4 different methods to produce a sparkling wine. Julan pages 115 – 121.

Australia 1.

I have read Julyan pages 98- 102.

I know the label rules for Australian wines, the key wine regions and their grapes.

New Zealand 1.

I have read the Julyan text pages 110- 112. I have studies and learned the 10 wine region of New Zealand.

New Zealand 2. Wine Journal

I have completed the readings on New Zealand from the wine journal and understand there are key dates in New Zealand’s wine history, I know 4 key people who have had an impact on the New Zealand wine industry and answered the questions on page 8

I know 2 sub-regions for every major wine region of New Zealand.
I know the key white and red grapes grown in New Zealand from the statistics at www.nzwine.com

I have completed the statistics chart on page 10.

I can plot the 10 main wine regions of New Zealand on a map.

Australia 2. Wine Journal.

I know what a G.I. is by definition and what the key requirements are .

I know the sub-regions for New South Wales

I know the sub-regions for Western Australia

I know the sub-regions for Queensland

I know the sub-regions for Victoria

I know they sub-regions for South Australia – Including Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, Kangaroo Island and Coonawarra.
I know they sub-regions for Tasmania

I have read Cameron’s 2 essays on Old World and New World Wines and Stelvin Screw tops versus Natural Cork.

I have completed the reading on France pages 53 to 54.

I have read and understand the wine terms highlighted to me during class from pages 56 to 67.

I have read and understand the basic ideas underpinning wine and food pairing and wine list construction.

Hmmm - not too hard but its just all the remembering thats the bitch......

P.S I know there are spelling mistakes in what I need to know but I copied it straight from aut online and I really cant be bothered going through and changing them all!!!
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Welcome! [23 Oct 2006|12:41am]

littlemissicey
Welcome ohgr and teapot_fiasco!

Stop watching and join properly ;P
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A Pretentious Post [10 Oct 2006|06:50am]

inquisitor_jc
[ mood | grumpy ]

Ok I’m fucken sick of companies continued use of war propaganda in their advertisings

well more USING THE SAME FUCKEN ONES, I’m going to destroy the next "blah blah fat bitch needs you" or "blah Messiah wants you" sign, its sick that most people dont even know who the original person was in those pictures (Lord Kitchener) and not uncle Sam or any number of other corporate bloody icons.

Yes ok we all enjoy using old propaganda but please there is a whole world of it out there cant we just be a little more varied?

This weeks craccum cover is another prime example, featuring Rosie the Riverter with the caption "Fee increase fuck off" ITS JUST COMPLEATLY IRREVALENT getting women to work for the war industry has just nothing to do with fees increases for students, its not even a very good rallying image!!

please people end the abuse - just spend about 2min more on your google image searches and find some more original propaganda to rip off - its really not hard.

and just to end it here's something for antioxidote as I know he loves it
 
The Jewish spy is everywhere

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Welcome [03 Oct 2006|06:09pm]

littlemissicey
Welcome jinx_victim!
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