Six Fascinating Facts About Barossa Valley & Wine

Tom Lloyd
What do you know about the area that has become synonymous with Australian wine, and how it came to be so well-known?
As it turns out, the heritage of the Barossa Valley is as rich as its Shiraz.
Continue reading to learn more about the Barossa Valley and its world-class wines.

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Merlot Wine Tasting and Food Pairing Guide

Tom Lloyd

Merlot is one of the most versatile wines available. It's dry and fruity, and it doesn't get overpowered by intense tastes in food.
However, it is not so durable or strong in tannins that it needs something ultra-rich for balance. It's one of those wines that goes along with a wide range of foods.

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4 Elegant Date Night Wines for Less Than $40 a Bottle

Tom Lloyd

If you're considering a wine date, you're always looking ahead.
It is not only beautifully chic and sophisticated to indulge a glass of wine in, but it is usually less expensive than running up a bar tab.

And, let's be honest, there's nothing more pleasant than enjoying a bottle of wine.

Regardless of your date's wine knowledge, the following nine wines are indescribably seductive.
They are appealing to almost all wine enthusiasts.

Since we're talking about Australian wine that's available in your region, this list is divided into wine styles and varieties.


Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio

Whatever you name it, Australian Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are vibrant, food-friendly wines that have piqued the interest of wine lovers and producers alike. Despite their separate names, Pinot Grigio and Gris are both made from the same grape variety. The Italian name is Pinot Grigio, and the French name is Pinot Gris. There are no style guidelines in Australia, so these wines can range from fresh and elegant to rich and full-flavored.

But one thing is certain: the outcomes are still spectacular. 

Popular Pinot Grigio at CBTD:


Australian Shiraz

Shiraz, Australia's most common grape varietal, is full-bodied with high alcohol and vivid berry and plum aromas and flavors on the nose and palate.
Australia's hot summers and cold winters bring depth and structure to the wine, making it a global favorite. Shiraz is characterized as robust, spicy, and with a slightly sweet finish.
When drinking this varietal, you can also get a velvety and somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. 

Popular Shiraz at CBTD:

Cabernet Sauvignon

Bordeaux is Cabernet Sauvignon's birthplace. However, Australia has had great success growing it, especially in the Coonawarra and Margaret River regions. These Cabs combine the dark, rich fruit that Cab is known for with mint and eucalyptus flavors. With climates similar to those of Bordeaux, France, Australia has found success in producing Cabernet Sauvignon wines, especially those from Coonawarra in the south and Margaret River in the west. Australia's Cabs lack the richness and alcohol content of Napa Valley Cabs, as well as the nuanced complexity of the finest Bordeauxs. They do, though, have a lovely mix of citrus, acidity, and tannin. After a few years of aging, these wines are delightful with all of these components in balance. 

Popular Cabernet Sauvignon at CBTD:

Australian Merlot

Australian Merlot is famous for its roundness and soft expression; its mixture of berry and vibrant plum-like flavors, as well as its silky mid palate, appeals to those looking for something less dominant than a pure Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz. Merlot is a fine red wine for white wine drinkers due to its smooth feel.

Popular Merlot at CBTD:


That concludes the collection! Try it out on your next date and let us know how it goes.

If anybody else has ideas for their favorite super-sexy wine, please share them in the comments section below!

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What Effects Do Wine Labels Have on Us?

Tom Lloyd
When you're getting started in the world of wine, trying to find a new varietal or bottle to try can be exasperating. Starting with what you know, comparing premiums and offers, and then marking gawk before you discover something is the normal method...

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The 5 Best White Wines for 2021

Tom Lloyd
From a distance, the unsuspecting wine drinker may make the assumption that people who drink only red wine have all the fun.But red wine just can’t cope with the “fun” aspect that comes with drinking a fabulous white.

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Why Australian Wine Is Better Than You Think

Tom Lloyd
The first thing that comes to mind when it comes to wines is France. Or is that it? For a long time, French wines have dominated the wine market, but recently new game players, in particular Australia wine, have changed their scores.

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Top 6 Best-Value Bottles You Can Buy at Cheaper Buy The Dozen Right Now!

Tom Lloyd
Wine lovers, we hear you! Readers also told us how difficult it was during the pandemic to discover new wines. Some are in short supply, as there are so several restaurants closed.

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Our Top 5 White Wines for Spring 2020

Tom Lloyd
With spring in the air, light and refreshing wines are the perfect choice. Whether you want to sip them outdoors with friends or gather around the table with family, the harmony of the season begs for beautiful white wines that are sure to please your palate.

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Top 3 Australian Wines for Fall 2017.

Mansel Milne

With autumn steadily taking hold, replacing the recently refreshing green pastures with colorful swirls of fallen leaves - we often find ourselves pondering, if we eat seasonally, should we not drink seasonally as well? A lovely idea, and one that is very sound, especially so when it comes to wines. In today’s writing, we would like to introduce you, our dear reader, to some of the finest selection of wines in reds, whites and sparkling wines that are simply the best fit for the current season.

First off let’s cover the reds. For many people, even without knowing the specifics of what is a “summer wine” and what is a “fall wine,” many instinctually settle with white wine and roses while the warmer weather takes hold, but as soon as the autumn breezes sweep in and we find ourselves digging our old sweaters out of their summertime storage - many of us lean towards the fine lineup of robust red wines. Now let’s ponder a minute - why the reds? Many popular red wines (Pinot Noirs, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignons, Cabernet Merlots and the list goes on) are often medium to full bodied and have a range of rich yet delicate flavors that simply pair well with autumn fare. Our selection among all of Australia’s red wine’s for this fall season is none other than the 2012 Stockman Cabernet Sauvignon hailing from one of the most highly-rated wineries in South Australia. This illustrious red is made from the finest handpicked parcels of grapes to show bright fruit characteristic and a hint of dark chocolate with a lovely perfumed lift on the bouquet.

While red wines are amazing and often easily paired with a meal of any occasion - autumn often calls for us to bring about our inner chef and look towards a fine season of cookery coupled with soft and hard cheeses, roasted white meats, poached or slow-cooked platters, and who could ever forget the amazing selection of seafood. And what goes better with all these gastronomical wonders than a fine bottle of Pinot Gris? Well, this season we have just the right bottle for you - The Basket Case 2014 Pinot Gris. Do you miss Spring already? This wine brings hints of white florals, honeysuckle and rose petals that leap out of the bottle, delightfully integrated with freshly cut pear, white peach, and nectarines.  And there is nothing to help you daydream of nature waking up after a long winter than palate flooded with a refreshing and lively balance of ripe fleshy stone fruit and baked apple. The fresh fruit sweetness is coupled with a complex layer of creaminess that results in a long elegant lingering finish.

Now you might be thinking “Well, those both sound nice, but I’m looking for … you know, something different, something new.” Worry not, we have a special treat for all of you adventurous souls out there across the globe. This fall, one of our favorite Australian wine retailers are holding a special promotion, aptly named - My Mystery Dozen. The concept is simple, the amazing specialists over at Cheaper Buy The Dozen will put together a special dozen bottles, catered to you. This selection consists of a tasteful mixture of hand-picked unique reds and whites that go perfectly with any seasonal fare demands and can satisfy even the most curious drive for new flavors and new experiences this Fall.

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