Our loyal supporter from Newcastle.
Restaurateur Mark Prince & Lach workshopping some ideas in the Whitsundays.
Craft beer, handcrafted wine and now a craft Champagne from Charpentier.
FRUITY, FRESH, SUPPLE.....
Charpentier is a vineyard of character unique in the Marne Valley with 72 parcels spread over several « crus » in the Marne Valley around Charly sur Marne. The vineyard is dominated by the Pinot Meunier, along with vines planted with Chardonnay, which is a unique and unusual selection of grape varieties for the Marne Valley. This has of course an important influence on the aromatic expression of Charpentier Champagne. A beautifully hand crafted Champagne from a family who has been making champagne since 1855.
FOR MORE INFO CONTACT LACH ON 0419 714 612 OR Lach@lsb.net.au
Congratulations to the Grand View Hotel in Bowen for winning "Best Renovated Hotel" and "Best Pub" overall at the Queensland Hotel Awards.
Also to The Alliance Hotel on Spring Hill Brisbane winning "Best Food HoteL"
CALCAIRE has arrived (Picture: going to pick the Calcaire up from Tassie)
By DERWENT ESTATE Tasmania
Calcaire has arrived. What is Calcaire? Its a project that has been 4 years in the making.
In 2010 we decided we wanted to make the best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling we
possibly could. So we went the whole way. We took extra care at pruning, threw in extra
shoot thinning passes, we cut off 30% of the fruit, we leaf plucked to allow extra sunlight
penetration, we trimmed any green wings off every bunch at Veraison, careful hand
harvesting, hand sorted every bunch to remove anything that wasn't 100% perfect.
The Pinot Noir and Chardonnay matured in French Oak for 15 months before bottling and
maturation for 2 years in our naturally climate controlled strawbale warehouse. The Riesling
was bottled in Spring of 2011 and has spent 3 years waiting . . .
The result - our Super premium, Icon Calcaire range of Chardonay, Riesling and Pinot Nor
from the 2011 Vintage.
The Chardonnay has already excelled - scoring 97pts and winning BEST
CALCAIRE French for LIMESTONE
Shut The Gate
SOUTH ASUTRALIA Shut The Gate Wines is the latest wine adventure from the Clare Valley’s Rasa Fabian and Richard Woods. Their new range reflects their passion for small parcels of individual vineyard fruit that are distinctively regional wine styles.
The portfolio while Clare Valley centric also features “gypsy wines” from emerging premium regions. This new range highlights the purity of the famous Clare Valley Rieslings alongside the elegance and power of Clare Valley Shiraz.
Classic Italian varieties such as Sangiovese and Barbara provide savoury food friendly alternatives. Shut The Gate Wines are full of character, flavour and curiosity.
Gunslingin' Sam Kent is back from a great vintage at Derwent Estate Tassie and raving about the exceptional wines the team is crafting.
Thanks to the Derwent crew for looking after him and we're sure your lives will never be the same.
So we're all out and about with bottles open and ready for tasting.
If you're in the trade and would love to try these and other wines from our "quality only" portfolio please get in touch via our usual contact details or at email@example.com and we'll be in touch.
"250 Beers" The best Beer Blog in the Game.. Who the firkin hell is…Anna Webb? Leave a comment January 31, 2014 by 250 Beers
“What the firkin hell is this?” I hear you ask. Well, let me explain…
‘Who the firkin hell is…?’ is a weekly glimpse into the lives of individuals that work (some tirelessly) to bring the Brisbane public the very best in good beer. Some are brewers, some own/work in your favourite bar, some are retailers and some are brewery reps.
If you don’t know what a firkin is then the whole beer-related, play-on-words title will be lost on you right?! Fear not – click here for more information on firkins.
This week is week number 13 in the series – unlucky for some but not you because in the firkin hot seat is Anna Webb representing Mountain Goat…
What is your day job?
Beer Ambassador/Roadie for Mountain Goat Brewery and Lock Stock and Barrel Distributors.
How long have you been doing that for?
Full-time since March 2013, part-time a year or so longer.
What were you up to before that?
What was I not up to?! Hospitality industry veteran in everything from FOH & BOH to procurement consultant, nanny, make-up artist, business owner, door to door sales rep & manager…the list goes on.
What is the best part about your job?
So many positives, it’s hard to narrow it down. I work for (and with) truly amazing people, with an awesome product, in a creative industry, fantastic customers and every day is different. It’s just as awesome as you might think.
What was your ‘epiphany beer’? The beer that made you ‘turn your back on cack’?
I’m not actually sure if it was any specific beer but I went from drinking generic lagers and thinking beer was pretty ordinary to drinking ales and thinking “Wow! Flavour! Yum!”
Have you ever had a beer that has totally blown you away? If so, what was it?
I’m a bit of a fan of NZ beers at the moment and I have said before that I’d like to marry and have babies with 8 Wired ‘Hopwired’ Fresh Hopped IPA. That shit is just delicious.
What is your preferred style of beer and why?
It depends on the context…whether I’ve just finished strenuous exercise (ha!) or quietly indulging on the sofa debating the problems of the world with my best friends…every beer has a time and place.
If I gave you $100 in cash right now with the only proviso being that you had to spend it on beer, what would you indulge in?
I’d take you out for a few drinks, Daz, for being so generous. Then we’d drink a selection of NZ beers and a Goat or two.
I have a large hoard of empty beer bottles and another of beer glassware. Do you have any beer-related vices?
I dabble but no, I have to say other than insisting on having my own beer fridge I’m pretty laid back about beer. I like to drink it.
In your opinion, where’s the best place to grab a decent beer in Brisbane?
Oh, man I can’t choose favourites. Sorry. Too many. That’s a great problem to have I guess. It’s exciting to see Brisbane is changing and between breweries, bars and bottle shops you can find a decent beer almost anywhere.
What is so good about it there?
Brisbane and greater QLD is finally opening it’s mind and taste buds to the idea of quality vs quantity. More and more young people are spending their money on high quality flavour instead of just getting shit-faced on fizzy, bitter water which is nice to see.
Bottles or cans?
Cans and kegs…not entirely different beasts really.
What are your hopes for the future of Brisbane’s craft beer industry?
I hope to see more women brewing beer, opening and running bars, and representing breweries. There is definitely an increase in women’s interest in drinking and talking about craft beer. Brisbane Chicks with Ales (CWA) being a perfect example but for some reason it still seems to be a largely male-dominated industry in Brisbane in terms of brewing, representing, and running craft beer-orientated venues.
This isn’t a job interview but where do you see yourself in five years time?
Married and pregnant to a delicious, little NZ IPA with little throw-backs running around in my vege patch. Failing that I’ll have my own business in healing wholefoods and be educating people about listening to what their body is telling them not what big corporations are telling them.
What would your response be if somebody stopped you in the street and asked you what your favourite beer blog is?
I’d respond with “Whoever had last given me $100 to spend on beer, I guess, because they must be awesome.”
Anna – thanks for taking part – I’ll catch you soon and we’ll spend that $100!
Next week will feature…I haven’t yet decided!
Previous ‘Who the firkin hell is…?’ appearances can be found by clicking here.
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Hope you all had a great time over the Xmas New Year and here's to a huge 2014.
Here's a couple of changes to our Portfolio that you need to know about..
MEDHURST WINES is our new Yarra Valley offering.. Toolangi move on
As you may be aware for unavoidable reasons we will no longer be distributing Toolangi Wines.
It’s been a great association with the Toolangi crew but we now move onto another superb vineyard from the Yarra, MEDHURST WINES.
MEDHURST have 15 hectares planted, quantities are limited but the passion and care that goes into the wines is boundless.
Matt Steel, the former chief winemaker at Domaine Chandon, has joined Medhurst to bring his extensive experience making the highest quality cool climate wines and ensure that the quality grown in the vineyard is expressed in the wines.
As well as each of the varieties grown – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz – Medhurst makes a Rosé from its low cropped Cabernet and Shiraz fruit.
The new state of the art winery has recently won the Victorian Architectural Award for commercial design. The winery features underground barrel storage and sits in harmony with it's hillside setting. A must visit next time you are in the Yarra.
This is quality.
I ahev just returned from Hobart and spent some time with the wonderful crew form Derwenet Estate.
This stuff is going to go nuts up here.. here's the rundown.
DERWENT ESTATE - Tasmania
Derwent Estate is on the north facing banks of the Derwent River, just 20kms from Hobart. Established in 1993, the Limestone based alluvial soils and the river setting provide a perfect micro-climate for the production of world class cool climate grapes and premium wine.
Family operated, with 3 generations of family members currently involved in the business. Planted on the historic Mt Nassau property which has been in the current owner’s family since 1913.
Planted to the ideally suited varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris, Derwent Estate are now in a position to bring you the finest cool climate wines in Tasmania.
The 2011 Pinot Noir has just picked up a Trophy and 2 Golds and there’s bound to be more to come.
STOP PRESS - 2012 Chardy has just picked up a GOLD! HAllaluelahhhhh!!!
but wait there's more!
SERAFINO’S BELLISSIMO FIANO – WINS GOLD - Winemaker Charles Whish says: “It’s easy to see why Fiano has become so sought after, and we’re excited to have made such a great example first up.
“The wine has a vibrant, bright fruit character with a rich, flavoursome palate that displays hints of honeysuckle and lemon citrus. It’s a brilliant food wine with plenty of freshness, good fruit weight and a really appealing texture.”
SENSI COLIZIONE PINOT NOIR – Sticking with Sensi Wines from Tuscany but moving on from their Villa Calappiano Pinot Noir and stepping up a class with this Colizione (Collection) Pinot Noir. It just gets better.
PAULETTS “C & E” RANGE – a Red (Cabernet blend) and White (Riesling) offering from Paulett Wines.
The Cause & The Effect.
From Paulett Wines “In the last 12 months alone we have donated over $8000 to local groups and anually we have donated over $10,000- to 'Bone Growth' the childrens cancer charity. Also the last two years we have participated in the 'Variety Bash', with Matt being on a team and in a car actively raising over $100,000- for their team. All achievements we are very proud of and wish to continue using the new product range C&E, see a cause & make an effect”.
We’ll be out in the trade making sure you get to try some of these exciting new wines.
Best for 14,
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