In the past I’ve never been a huge red wine fan, but now it’s my go-to drink in winter. There’s nothing I like more than cosying up by the fireplace, cradling a glass of full-bodied red or matching it with a delicious dinner feast (or a gooey baked triple cream brie which I will give you the details for later in the blog).
Earlier in the year I was introduced to Wine Selectors, Australia’s largest independent wine delivery subscription company who have access to more than 3,000 wines from over 500 boutique cellar doors around Australia. All plans are customised accordingly so all you need to do is tell them which varieties you like and how often you would like to receive them. It’s like a wine-inspired mystery box.
Does anyone else love surprises in the mail as much as I do, especially if wine is involved? I have tried mixed dozens before at bottle shops and other wine delivery services but they have been a bit hit and miss. Each wine sold by Wine Selectors has been blind tasted by an expert Tasting Panel and must receive a Bronze Medal score (15.5 out of 20) or higher to be featured on their website. Featuring winemakers, wine show judges and wine educators, the Wine Selectors Tasting Panel has over 140 years of collective experience, which is why Wine Selectors puts a 100% quality guarantee behind every wine.
WHAT IS THE REDVOLUTION?
Last weekend I had the pleasure of sampling Wine Selectors’ latest partnership with Australia’s First Families of Wines (AFFW) which was formed in 2009 by some of Australia’s oldest family-owned, multi-generational wine businesses. This collective has over 48 generations of families and 1,320 years of collective winemaking experience that has helped to shape Australia’s wine history. The 11 wine families are: Brown Brothers, Campbells, d’Arenberg, Henschke, Howard Park, Jim Barry, McWilliam’s, Tahbilk, Taylors, Tyrrell’s and Yalumba. Together, Australia’s First Families of Wine have started a ‘Redvolution’ – putting a fresh spin on Australia’s favourite red varieties. To celebrate their exciting contribution to the evolving red wine landscape, Wine Selectors asked them to present a wine that represents their take on innovation and how they are driving the future of red wine in Australia.
The REDvolution dozen is delivered in beautiful bespoke packaging and features 12 exciting red wines from some of the most respected family-owned wineries including Trophy and Gold medal-winning McWilliam’s Petite Sirah, Gold medal-winning Jim Barry Shiraz, Brown Brothers Limited Release Malbec and more. You also receive a bonus booklet that gives you an overview of the wineries and wines featured in the pack, and each wine’s tasting note (perfect for wine nerds like me). This dozen is exclusive to Wine Selectors so you won’t see this collection of wines anywhere else!
I have the tendency to stick to particular varieties of wine so the REDvolution is a great way to try different varieties and blends including Shiraz, Tempranillo, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and more to challenge your palate. For example, the medium-bodied 2018 Shiraz Pinot Noir from Tyrell’s in the Hunter Valley and the red fruit driven Malbec 2018 from Brown Brothers which is really versatile with food.
Here’s a recipe for a gooey baked brie with is the perfect pair for this Brown Brother’s Malbec or other red wines in this dozen.
- 1 wheel of Brie (double or triple cream)
- 1 garlic clove, finely sliced
- Sprigs of rosemary or thyme
- Drizzle of honey
- Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
- Take the brie out of its packaging and place on the top of a baking tray. Score the top with a sharp knife and push sprigs of rosemary and garlic in the indents.
- Drizzle with olive oil and honey .
- Bake for 10 - 15 minutes.Serve immediately with a glass of red and bread and crackers.
BE PART OF THE REDVOLUTION!
joined the REDvolution and you should too. This exclusive dozen featuring a red wine from each of the families is yours to enjoy today!