I know we are still in October but Christmas is a mere few weeks away and December is going roll around faster that you can say 'pass the wine'. I love Christmas but what I don't love is all the stress that comes along with it - empty bank accounts, crowded shopping centres and don't even get me started on the family feuds! But, all that aside, there are still things for us grown ups to get excited about when it comes to the festive season and topping that list are the Adult Advent Calendars. You know the ones I'm talking about - the ones that let you count down the days to Christmas with booze. Here are some of the best ones I've come across, do yourself a favour and treat yourself. You won't regret it - unless of course you drink them all on December 1st.
Today marks one year since I started this blog and published the very first post. Happy blogiversary to me! So, given that I love cocktails and prosecco - they are what I drink when I'm celebrating, I thought I'd pop together a collection of prosecco cocktail recipes that you can make in minutes, and probably drink within minutes too!
Half fill a champagne flute with chilled prosecco, top with chilled orange juice.
It doesn't get much simpler than that, cheers!
Add 15mls of Crème de Cassis to a champagne flute, top with chilled prosecco.
Optional: Garnish with a slice of lime. Enjoy!
I had heard of Naked Wines before, visited their website once or twice and even considered purchasing - but had not yet taken the plunge. Well that all changed last week when I was scrolling through my Facebook and a sponsored ad for Naked Wines popped up in my news feed. I clicked on it, filled out a little wine quiz and upon finishing was offered a $50 voucher off a case containing 6 pre-selected wines. There was an option for 6 whites, 6 reds or a mixed case of 3 whites & 3 reds - I chose the mixed. This offer was too good to refuse, I was in!
Well, this blog is call Wine After Whine, so I guess it's fitting for me to share my Wine List and my Whine List with you. My 'Wine List' being the wines I absolutely love and my 'Whine List' being the top things that really get my goat!
* Piper Heidsieck
Well this is pretty much my all time favourite champagne. I love it so much I named my first born after it!! Just kidding, she's named after the character from Charmed but that would have made a cool story. Even Marilyn Munroe loved Piper, once declaring 'I go to bed every night with Chanel No.5 behind my ears, and wake up every morning with a glass of Piper Heidsieck'. That sounds like perfection to me, but it's usually out of my budget, so she is reserved for very special occasions only.
* Bird In Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir
Funny story behind how I first came to try the Bird In Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir. I had Qantas Frequent Flyer points that were due to expire and because they were accumulated by shopping at Woolies, not actual travel, I didn't have many but still - I did not want them to go to waste. So it was straight to the wine section, I had enough points for one whole bottle. I pretty much favour anything sparkling over still when it comes to wine, life's better with bubbles I think, so I added the Bird In Hand to my cart, waited for it to arrive and after the first sip - it became one of my faves.
For us wine lovers who like to sample wines from all over our fabulous country but might not be skipping off to another state anytime soon, a wine club subscription might be the way to go. Surprise bottles of wine carefully selected by people who know their stuff turning up on your doorstep each month - ooh it's a wino's dream! But which one do you choose? There are so many out there.....
Fine wine and drinks merchant Magnum + Queens Wine offer a range of carefully-selected, quality wines from all over the globe, with a focus on small, sustainable, craft producers and in March, the Magnum + Queens Wine subscription pack will be Ladies of the Vine, celebrating leading female winemakers in line with International Women’s Day on 8 March.
Happy New Year wine lovers! What better way to start 2019 than with a giveaway? As you may have noticed I have started a small (very small at the moment) online store on the page. I'm so very excited to introduce you to the very first product. I obviously love wine and I love anything glittery and if any of you out there do too, then this product is for you.
Our Glitter Stemless Stainless Steel Wine Tumblers are an exciting addition to the site. Not only are they shatterproof - so perfect for parties, camping and travelling, but they are double insulated so they will keep your wine nice and cool for up to 10hrs. Of course you don't have to use them just for wine, but whatever beverage you choose. You can also fill them with a hot beverage during the wintertime and it will keep warm for up to 4hrs. Each cup also comes with a lid, not 100% spill proof however if you're tumbler does happen to topple over the lid will slow down any wine that tries to escape.
‘Tis the season to be merry, and we all know that good wine is a pivotal part of the perfect Christmas table.
“When you pair the right wine with your menu, it really heightens the flavours of both the food and the wine itself,” explains Christine Ricketts, Cellar Director at Australia’s leading direct to consumer wine retailer Cellarmasters.
Here, Christine shares her top tips for getting your festive flavours right.
The festive season is upon us and because we celebrate it in the heat of Summer, there's nothing like enjoying a cool cocktail or two to make Christmas a little merrier. While some may enjoy their festive beverages with a splash of alcohol, others may prefer theirs to be alcohol free so they can avoid a headache the following morning. Whatever your preference, here are some recipes you might like to try.....
Christmas is creeping closer and closer. If you haven't already started your Christmas shopping it's time to get cracking! I'm a last minute shopper. My family are pretty fuss free to buy for - wine, gift cards (in case they'd like to choose their own wine) and chocolate are usually my go to gifts to grab a couple of days before the big day. The kids presents I leave up to Santa - he's got that covered for me, right?
If you're considering gifting some amazing wine paired with delicious gourmet bites maybe a hamper is the way to go? I've found some gorgeous hampers that will delight any food and wine lover this Christmas, here are my top picks ….
Wining and whining my way through life.