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Phil's Naughty Chorizo

Everything Phil does is naughty - especially in the kitchen...

Grenache Table 2014

A simple premise, a simple plan...To break bread, share a glass and have a good old chin wag with some great people.

Why Decant?

Decanting can be useful for a couple of reasons. Firstly it allows older red wines to be separated from any sediment that may have developed in bottle. I find the easiest way to do this is by standing the bottle up for a day or so before drinking- to allow sediment to settle to the bottom of the bottle; opening and then pouring the wine slowly and smoothly into a jug, or glass decanter. As soon as you see sediment coming out of the

Hunter Valley, NSW

Most notable for being the first major wine region in Australia, the Hunter Valley had vines planted as early as 1789. The authorities at the time encouraged wine production, thinking that folks overindulging wine was preferable to filling up on strong spirits. Responsible Drinking back in the 1700's!

Cork vs Screw Cap

Debate rages currently over the merits and pitfalls of various wine closures. Cork has the longest tradition of usage and the best examples are considered a very good option for long-term wine storage. Cork, at its best and free from taint will allow a wine to age gracefully for up to 25 years. Unfortunately, not all corks are alike, some will fail earlier than this time. The application process can also sometimes result in damage to the exter