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Sangria Wines-A Peek into Some Facts

It is basically red wine with chopped fruits and may additionally contain brandy or orange juice. The word ‘Sangria’ is derived from a Spanish word ‘Sangre’ meaning blood which relates to the red colour of the drink.

Brandy is the most common ingredient in making Sangria, it can well be substituted with sparkling water or flavored liqueur.

Predecessor to Sangria

It has a predecessor called ‘Sangaree’ which originated in the Caribbean and was taken as both a hot and cold drink.

Where is Sangria popular?

It is quite a popular drink in Portugal, Spain, Greece and England.

Serving temperature for Sangria?

Sangria wines taste best when served at cold temperature.

How many calories are present in a glass of Sangria?

There are about 91 calories in an 8-ounce glass of Sangria. Out of the total, 40% is attributed to alcohol content present in it.

Sangria Food Pairing?

Makes excellent pairing with spicy food since the sweetness in Sangria complements the spicy in the dishes. Sangria pairs well with seafood. It goes well with cheese like Brie and as well with Manchego, Pepperjack and Roncal. Spanish people love having this drink with Paella – a rice dish of Spain.

Sangria Blanca

When one hears the word ‘Sangria’ automatically red wine comes to the mind. Sangria Blanca is a new phenomenon in the world of Sangria wines. As the name suggests, ‘Sangria Blanca’ is a Sangria made of white wine such as Jumilla, Rueda and Valdepenas.

Geographical Labeling Rules in Europe

In Europe, the drinks labelled solely as Sangria means that the Sangria is made in Spain and Portugal otherwise the drink is associated with the country where it’s made and is labelled accordingly. For e.g. German Sangria or Swedish Sangria.

Sangria Wine Brand Australia

The most popular brand selling Sangria Wine in Australia is Yellow Tail Sangria.

Wolf Blass Winery – A Name that Speaks Volumes

Wolfgang Franz Otto Blass was the founder of Wolf Blass wines. After obtaining his Master’s degree in Oenology, he spent some time in England to sharpen his skills in wine-blending and settled in Barossa Valley in 1961. After five years, the winery was established

Some interesting facts about winery

  • 1967 Grey Label Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz was the first wine to be named under Wolf Blass Label.
  • The two reasons which contributed to the eagle becoming the emblem present on most of Wolf Blass labels were – Eagle is the national emblem of Germany and country where Wolfgang Blass was born. Second, three-hectare Bilyara site was acquired in 1969 and ‘Bilyara’ is an aboriginal word for Eaglehawk.
  • A new Wolf Blass Winery was opened in 2001 estimated to be worth $30 million

Vineyard regions

Wolf Blass has vineyards in various wine-regions of Australia such as – Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Eden Valley, Langhorne Creek and McLaren Vale.

Important winemakers at Wolf Blass

John GlaetzerJohn Glaetzer was the first winemaker to be employed at Wolf Blass in 1970. He was escalated to the position of senior winemaker in 1974 and was responsible for producing some of the very popular wines for the winery.

Caroline DunnCaroline Dunn took the postion of red winemaker at Wolf Blass in 1997. She played a key role in the making of Platinum Label Shiraz and the Gold Label range. She became the first women to win Jimmy Watson Trophy for 1998 Black Label.

Chris Hatcher is currently the chief winemaker at Wolf Blass. Before joining Wolf Blass in 1987, he had worked with Simi Winery and Orlando and Kaiser Stuhl in Barossa Valley. ChrisHatcherFor first 10 years, he worked as senior winemaker in charge of Wolf Blass whites and sparklings. During that period, wines made under him won total of 39 trophies and 218 gold medals.

Major Wolf Blass Wine Labels

  • Wolf Blass White Label
  • Wolf Blass Gold Label
  • Wolf Blass Yellow Label
  • Wolf Blass Black Label
  • Wolf Blass Brown Label

Iconic wines from Wolf Blass

  • Wolf Blass Black Label
  • Platinum Label Barossa Shiraz

Awards and Recognition

  • Wolf Blass won Jimmy Watson Trophy for 3 consecutive years in 1974,1975 and 1976; once in 1999.
  • 1980 Black Label won the trophy for ‘Best Australian Red Wine’ at International Wine and Spirits Competition(IWSC) in 1984.
  • Wolf Blass won Robert Mondavi Trophy for Winemaker of the year at IWSC in 1992.
  • Wolfgang Blass won the Maurice O’Shea Award for his extraordinary contribution to the Australian wine industry over a span of 35 years.
  • Wolf Blass was named IWC International Red Winemaker of the Year in 2008.
  • IWSC International Winemaker of the Year, the Intervin Winery of the Year, IWC Red Winemaker of the year and CWSA Australian Wine Producer of the Year were some of the awards won by Wolf Blass in 2013.
  • Wolf Blass was for the third time awarded 2016 Red Winemaker of the Year at International Wine Challenge in London (previously in the year 2008 and 2013).



Logan Apple Tree Flat Shiraz Wine Review

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Logan Tree Flat Shiraz of 2014 vintage is a wine of crimson red colour and fruity aromas. The grapes of this wine were crushed and fermented for a 7 day period. After this process was over, half of the wine was matured for one year in French hogsheads of 5-8 years age. A hogshead is a large cask which contains about 238 litres of wine. The remaining half of fermented wine was matured in stainless steel container. The wine attained its character after filtering and before bottling.

Logan wines made a beginning in 1997 in NSW Central Ranges region, particularly, Orange and Mudgee. Pete and Hannah work round the clock in their vineyard to bring out amazing wines year after year. Read through their inspiring story here:


Wines for the first timers- How to make a beginning?

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Wines take a longer time to develop their taste than the other forms of liquor, such as beer or whisky. For this reason, the consumption of wines as a first choice for the first timers is not easy. If the first-timers are given choice of wines along with beer or whisky, it is most likely that they do not prefer the former to the latter. The reason is quick flavor and impact that other forms of liquor have on the person. Wines are a lot more subtler. So, how would wines be introduced to the newcomers?
At first, attempt shall be made to offer those wines which are most likely to be tasteful to the newcomers. Some of the options in this respect could be to make use of those wines that have strong and clear flavour and aroma. Rose wines, sweet dessert wines and fortified wines could be some of the options in this respect. Rose wines have smell that would be to the liking of people who are getting introduced to wines for the first time. Similarly, having sweet wines after the meals could mean inculcating the habit of having sweet wines. This can help slowly developing the taste of wines before moving to explore more and different types of wines.
There is a strong possibility that the wines which people are having might not be taken with the right food which would be able to express its character and style with great effect. Proper food pairing goes a long way in developing the taste of wine. Therefore, the first-timers shall take note of this fact and have the wine they are tasting with the right food. Else, they can reverse the choice and have that wine which goes well with the food that they love. There is enough literature on the internet to help them with the right food pairing.
Selection of first wine is important because it will set the mood for having wines again next time. If the selection is poor, then people might not want to have another try at wines. Therefore, seeking advice of friends who have similar tastes or researching for the right wine for the beginners as mentioned by wine critics are some of the ways to get hand on the right wines.

Yarran Wines – A Well Crafted Range of Wines

Yarran wines is a wine brand of Australia which derives its name from the Yarran region. It is noteworthy that this region is a part of the Riverina wine region of New South Wales and this is where this winery is also situated. Riverina is one of the most important wine regions of Australia. The winery has its history dating back to 1913, more than a century from today. It was established on the vineyards of Yenda region after clearing the Yarran trees. The people who first initiated this venture were Lorraine and John Brewer. Now, it is managed by their son Som Brewer who is also its winemaker. Yarran winery has quite an impressive range of wines.

Its four wine ranges are:

  1. Yarran- Yarran wine range is named after the Yarran tree which was found in abundance in this region of Riverina. Mostly, the white wine fruit is procured from this region and this enable creating exclusive varietals of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Moscato and Pinot Grigio. Red wine varietals under Yarran range are also produced but the fruit is essentially procured from other sub-regions. So, it does have Yarran Shiraz, Yarran Merlot and Yarran Cab Sauv wines.
  2. B- This wine range is named after the family surname of ‘Brewers’. This range is associated with the premium wines range. Yenda Chardonnay, Yenda Durif and Yenda Petite are some of its wines.leopardwood tree
  3. Leopardwood- This wine range of Yarran wines has been named after the native leopardwood tree that is known for its characteristic leopard skin like mottled bark. The fruit for this wine range comes from the Heathcote and Yenda wine regions.
  4. Brewers Droop- This is yet another exciting wine range from the winery. It is an aged tawny made from the juice of Shiraz, Durif and Cabernet grapes. This is a highly exclusive wine from the winery.

Many of its wines have been award winners. These have cemented its place as one of the better-known wineries of the Yenda sub-region of Riverina wine region.

What people look for in an online wine store?

Wines can be sold online in Australia. Since the government allows sale and purchase of wine online in Australia, many e-commerce companies have set up their online liquor retail shops which deliver wines to the buyers right at the place where they want. Due to a large number of players in this domain, it is important that these sites cater to the exact needs and wants of the buyers of wines. While there could be a specific business model on which the online wine store might be working, nevertheless it is pertinent that target market choices are kept in mind.

Since the online store is the retail shop, it has to be professionally designed. Look and feel shall be inviting to explore. And, this exploration shall lead to conversions. For making customer pay, the navigation has to be smooth, without any distortions and shall be completed in the minimal possible steps. The site shall load fast and shall open beautifully in mobile as well (meaning that it shall be responsive). The customers would either want a specific wine of their choice or they might not have anything specific in mind when they come. The pictures and images used on the site, especially about the wines shall be extremely clear so as to enable visitors form an opinion about these. These shall not be hazy. All efforts shall be done to procure the best possible images for the wine product. These shall be professionally shot and then suitably cleaned to bring out the best quality.

The next important thing people look for is the price of the wine. Even if you have a much better design and look and feel, you will fail to sell if the prices are not low. Therefore, to convert, the store must keep the prices of the wines competitive. This is not easy. Most of the wine stores having online presence sell the wines of other wineries. How much of price can be reduced depends on whether these are buying out wines from wholesalers or wineries or working on drop-ship model.

Online wine buyers also look whether making payments online on the store is okay to do or not. Generally, HTTPS certification is required. At the same time, the payment gateway channels of highly reputed firms further enhances confidence level of customers to make a purchase.

In order to ensure that they get the deliveries timely and in safe manner, they do check the timelines for the same. They also take into account the returns and refunds policies of the store in order to know whether returns will be accepted or not? If yes, then in what time period this return must be effected? Also, how does the company make refunds payment and whether there will be any charged for the same.

Deals and offers which are currently being provided are surely looked for so that they can get to save money or grab and enticing deal.

These are some essential points which need to be covered by an online wines store for its successful operations.