Wine Tales

Look at the video and see some facts  about wine.

Phillip Island Boutique Tours (www.diannesventuretours.com.au  / http://www.exceptionalphillipislandtours.com.au), offer wine tours from Phillip Island, Victoria

Journey on Phillip Island – series 3

We have now left Newhaven and driven passed the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory where you find scruptious chocolate to endulge in. Close by is the entrance to Churchill Island. Churchill Island is home to a Heritage Farm and walks around the Island close to internationally recognised wetlands. Enjoy beautiful views, food from the cafe, Cape Barren geese, water fowl, swans, pelicans, maybe a hedghog and every month there is a farmers market.

After driving passed Churchill Island, we turn down the Cape Woolamai Beach road and head to this beautiful surf beach, with amazing views and a coastal walk. This surf beach is recognised as a National Surfing Reserve and the beach is patrolled in the summer. If you like walking there is an approximate two hour walk around the Cape, where you will admire the fantastic coastal views, the Pinnacles and maybe wallabies in the wild. In the whale season you may even be lucky to catch a glimps of a whale. The Cape is home to the largest colony of Short- tailed shearwaters on the Island. You will find cafes and shops at the entrance to Cape Woolamai and at the surf club.

Journey on Phillip Island – series 2

After leaving the fishing village of San Remo we drive over the bridge and arrive at Newhaven. Newhaven is home to the Yacht Squadron with boat launching facilities, jetties and beaches to explore. There is a small shopping complex with cafes, newsagency and shops, on the jetty there is the Saltwater Cafe, see pelicans enjoying the fish scraps from the fisherman and there is accommodation and a caravan park in Newhaven. On our way to Cape Woolamai we pass the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory and the entrance to Churchill Island.

A journey exploring Phillip Island in Victoria – series 1

Phillip Island is one and half hours drive south-east of Melbourne and Phillip Island boasts breathtaking beauty with rugged coastlines, idyllic beaches including nationally recognised surfing reserves and native wildlife encounters. With a number of scenic villages to discover, family activities across San Remo and the entire Island, there is certainly a lot to experience. You can welcome home the Little Penguins when they arrive home at dusk, visit the sleepy koalas in their natural habitat, enjoy a cruise to see the playful seals, or you can enjoy a day at a beautiful surf beach or relax and enjoy our local wine at one of the wineries on the Island. There is so much to do and when visiting the Island you will create a lifetime of holiday memories

Your journey will be covering a number of videos displaying this beautiful Island. The first video is when you arrive at San Remo and this is where the bridge connecting the mainland to the Island is located. San Remo is a fishing village and is the home of the largest shark fishing fleet. You can watch the fisherman unloading their catch and then taste it yourself with the fish and chips from the San Remo Fishermans Co-operative, or you can charter a fishing boat to catch your own. At 12 noon daily, you can watch the pelicans being fed. The village has an array of gift shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels, plus quality accommodation and caravan parks.

Cosy Cape Cod Cottage for Sale in Newhaven, Phillip Island, Victoria

Located in a quiet street in the seaside village of Newhaven is this perfectly presented two storey five bedroom family home that offers a warm and inviting feel and it sure will impress you. Cute design with character featuring cathedral ceilings and Dorma windows. On a large 765m2 block of land with dual access, plenty of room to store your boat, camper trailer or caravan.

Features include:
Lower level of this character filled home offers:
– A light filled cosy open plan living, dining and kitchen opening out to a good size outdoor balcony.
– New modern kitchen with neutral Caesar stone bench tops, Smeg large stainless steel stove with 5 gas burners and an electric oven, dishwasher and large pantry
– Lounge area includes cathedral ceiling, a wood fire heater, reverse cycle air conditioning, ceiling fan and a gas connection for a gas heater.
– New carpet throughout the living area
– Family bathroom with a bath, bedroom with ensuite, ceiling fan and carpeted, laundry and separate third toilet
– Quaint sitting room at the back of the home or the fifth bedroom with built in cupboards
– A large undercover outdoor entertaining area with wind down blinds.

Upper Level offers:
– Three bedrooms, one with a large ensuite, vaulted ceiling, Dorma window, reverse cycle air conditioner, ceiling fan and a Juliet balcony on which to view the amazing sunsets.
– One bedroom at the moment is an office and this has a study nook with a ceiling fan, cathedral ceiling and Dorma window.
– All bedrooms have built in robes and carpeted

Other Features:
– Concrete drive from the front of the home entering to a two-car covered car port and a large double garage. Perfect for a workshop.
– Lovely gardens in the front and back and fully fenced at the back.
– Brush box fencing hides the two garden sheds and wood shed and the boxed vegetable garden
– Double gates at the rear for dual access to easily store your boat, caravan or trailer with a power outlet close by.
– Single gate entrance from back

Newhaven has many great attributes, and everything is in walking distance including San Remo and the beaches are wonderful for walking. Enjoy a life of convenience with cafes, shops, beach, marina and yacht squadron, park and school all within walking distance.

Just over the bridge on Phillip island, Newhaven’s proximity to nearby townships such as San Remo, Cape Woolamai and Wonthaggi. Newhaven is only a 60-minute drive to the edge of Melbourne’s south east. This home is perfect for the family, retirees, investors or anyone looking for that sea change. Perfect for that coastal escape.

Please contact Dianne Ray on +61 408 034 080 or eamila dianne@dianneray1@gmail.com

to arrange an appointment to view the property or enquire about the property.

Characteristics in Wine Tasting

Article was sourced from Google Search Wine Folly

By understanding the 5 basics characteristics below you’ll have a better chance of choosing great wines.

The best way to learn about your taste is to learn to classify wines by their fundamental traits and then pick which traits you like best.
Basic characteristics - traits of wine by Wine Folly

Basic Wine Characteristics

  1. Sweetness
  2. Acidity
  3. Tannin
  4. Alcohol
  5. Body

To understand the basic characteristics of wine it’s important to learn how to taste wine. Learning to identify wine characteristics helps to identify what you like about a wine.

  1. Sweetness – How sweet or dry (not sweet) is the wine?

Our human perception of sweet starts at the tip of our tongue. Often, the very first impression of a wine is its level of sweetness.

To taste sweetness, focus your attention on the taste buds on the tip of your tongue. Are your taste buds tingling?–an indicator of sweetness. Believe it or not, many dry wines can have a hint of sweetness to make them more full-bodied.

If you find a wine you like has residual sugar, you may enjoy a hint (or a lot!) of sweetness in your wine.

How to Taste Sweetness in Wine

  • Tingling sensation on the tip of your tongue.
  • Slight oily sensation in the middle of your tongue that lingers.
  • Wine has a higher viscosity; wine tears on side of glass slowly. (also an indicator of high ABV)
  • Dry red wines such as cabernet sauvignon often have up to 0.9 g/L of residual sugar .
  • A bone-dry wine can often be confused with a wine with high tannin.

2. Acidity – How tart is the wine?

Acidity in food and drink tastes tart and zesty. Tasting acidity is also sometimes confused with alcohol.

Wines with higher acidity feel lighter-bodied because they come across as “spritzy.” If you prefer a wine that is more rich, you enjoy slightly less acidity.

Acidity Characteristics

  • Tingling sensation that focuses on the front and sides of your tongue. Feels like pop rocks.
  • If you rub your tongue to the roof of your mouth it feels gravelly.
  • Your mouth feels wet, like you bit into an apple.

3. Tannin – How astringent or bitter is the wine?

Tannin is often confused with Level of Dryness because tannin dries out your mouth!

What is exactly wine tannin?  Tannin in wine is the presence of phenolic compounds that add bitterness to a wine.

Phenolics are found in the skins and seeds of wine grapes and can also be added to a wine with the use of aging in wood (oak). So how does tannin taste? Imagine putting a used black tea bag on your tongue. A wet tea bag is practically pure tannin that is bitter and has a drying sensation.

Tannin tastes herbaceous and is often described as astringent. While all of these descriptors sound very negative, tannin adds balance, complexity, structure and makes a wine last longer.

How Does a High Tannin Wine Taste?

  • Tastes bitter on the front inside of your mouth and along the side of your tongue.
  • Tannin makes your tongue dry out.
  • After you swallow you feel a lingering bitter/dry feeling in your mouth.
  • Tannin can often be confused with the term “dry” because it dries your mouth out.

4. Alcohol – How much does the wine warm your throat?

The average glass of wine contains around 11–13% alcohol. That said, wine ranges from as little as 5.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) to as much as around 20% ABV.

We interpret alcohol using many different taste receptors which is why it can taste bitter, sweet, spicy, and oily all at once. Your genetics actually plays a role in how bitter or sweet alcohol tastes.

Regardless, we can all sense alcohol towards the backs of our mouths in our throats as a warming sensation. Experts at tasting wine can guesstimate the level within 0.2%!

Alcohol Characteristics

  • Wines with higher alcohol tend to taste bolder and more oily
  • Wines with lower alcohol tend to taste lighter-bodied
  • Most wines range between 11–13% ABV

white wine and dark brown wine in a glass to show light and full bodied wines

5. Body: Light to Full-Bodied.

Are you in the mood for a light, medium or full-bodied wine? Body is the result of many factors – from wine variety, where it’s from, vintage, alcohol level and how it’s made. Body is a snapshot of the overall impression of a wine. You can improve your skill by paying attention to where and when it’s present.

Wine Characteristcs Conclusions

Wine characteristics help identify and relate different wines to each other. Since over 250,000 different wines are released every year around the world, it’s helpful to think about wine characteristics in terms of the varietal and where they’re from. What’s next?