Thursday, September 28, 2006


Mourvedre is a grape variety with a few aliases. It was once known in Australia as Mataro, and you can still find a few wines with that name on the label. In Spain where it is very widely grown it is called Morastell. In Australia we now use the name Mourvedre as it is called in the Rhone region in France.

Most Aussie drinkers probably only know it if the are curious enough to ask what the M stands for in GSM, but it is a fairly common variety. In fact there are about 100 Aussie wineries using it.

See Mourvedre

Monday, September 25, 2006

From rags to riches - Epicure Article on Arneis

This morning's Age Epicure has an article by Felicity Carter about that wonderful Italian grape variety Arneis.

From rags to riches - Epicure - Entertainment -

About two dozen Australian wineries are using Arneis, so there are some about that you may like to try.

Vinodiversity's Arneis article

Chimichurri sauce for beef asado

The Argentinian wine scene is dominated by Malbec, and the national dish is beef steak cooked on the local barbecue the Asado. All you need to make this combination complete is a fiery local sauce to go on the steak, and you can use an Australian Malbec to go with it.

Chimichurri sauce for beef asado

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Duck Ragu Recipe

Tannat is a wonderful rustic grape variety from the South Western Region of France. The wines are typically strongly flavoured and high in acid and tanning. Pairing Tannat with food is best achieved by going for a hearty dish.

Symphonia vineyards in Victoria's King Valley make a fine Tannat wine and winemaker Sam Miranda has agreed to share his recipe for Duck Ragu which he believe is the perfect match for Symphonia Tannat

Duck Ragu Recipe

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


Tempranillo in Australia is a work in progress. Virtually all of the vines are young and winemakers are just learning how to best extract the nuances from this exciting variety, but there are plenty of good wines for you to try. The Vinodiversity database now includes more than 110 wineries using this wonderful Spanish variety.

More about Tempranillo

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Veal a la American

Winemakers have started to contribute some recipes for the new wine food pairing book. O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards have suggested a veal dish as an ideal accompaniment to their Chambourcin.

Veal a la American

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Rabbit Saltimbocca to accompany Pinot Gris

A food pairing idea for Pinot gris:

Justin Harris from Moorilla Estate in Tassie has suggested a wonderful Rabbit dish to accompany Pinot Gris. Check it out.
Rabbit Saltimbocca to accompany Pinot Gris

Monday, September 11, 2006

Aldinga Bay Wine Offer from Vinodiversity Wine Club

With Spring in the air the entertaining end of the year is with us. You might need to think about getting a bottle or two in, just to top up the cellar with something different.

Aldinga Bay and Vinodiversity have three offers for you, a mixed dozen, an all reds dozen and an all whites dozen.

The red wines are Barbera, Sangiovese and Petit verdot, and the whites are Vermentino, Viognier and Verdelho.

You'll be surprised at the price of these fine wines!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Rutherglen wine region

September's Victorian Wine Showcase featured the North eastern Victorian wine region, and Rutherglen was a prominent among them. It is a delightful mix of old wineries dating back to the Gold Era of the Nineteenth Century to modern classy outfits. Ther are some beutiful wines coming out of this region.

See what vinodiversity says

Vinodiversity's view of the Rutherglen wine region


Friday, September 01, 2006

What is your favourite wine food combination?

What is your favourite wine food combination? I reckon fresh, home-made tapenade and a cool glass of Grenache rose is hard to beat. Or a crunchy fennel salad with a glass of Arneis.

Do you have a suggestion to share? Follow the link below and you may get a few minutes of fame on the Vinodiversity website.

Wine and Food Matching