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Review, Wine

The women behind Wine Unplugged & Pacha Mama – the wine label with no barriers!

It’s no surprise that the brains (and hands) behind one of our all time favourite wine labels – Pacha Mama, are two fabulous female winemakers, who set out to create stylish and highly individual wines that leave you wanting more. At Sunday Wine Co, we absolutely love their passion and philosophy for wine, so this month we’re shining some light on the dynamic wine duo and one of their four projects together –  Pacha Mama! Much like the Incan goddess herself, this label brings fruit to the vine and joy to the world!

(Image sourced via Wed Shed)

Now based in the picturesque Yarra Valley, the centre of Victoria’s wine country, Nina and Callie had wine running through their veins, with both lady’s fathers working within the industry. However, it wasn’t until the two crossed paths in 2009 – rather unexpectedly given their varied backgrounds; Nina had studied Microbiology (which she loved!) and was working as winemaker for Catalina Sounds in Marlborough, New Zealand. Callie, a Psychology and Criminology graduate turned Qualified Chef, who had a serious love for wine, was working in restaurants when she realised that “[while] you may be creating something magical, you don’t get the joy of sharing it when you’re tucked away in a kitchen.” The grape seed was planted when Nina was working with Callie’s Dad – The pair met and hit it off. Pacha Mama was born!

(Image sourced via Wed Shed)

The two source fruit from their favourite wine regions throughout Victoria from talented, meticulous growers whose number one priority is to nurture the fruit. The two believe believe this showcases that variety is best and “having no barriers to what we can produce, other than our imaginations!” is the secret to their Pacha Mama magic. The girls are passionate about producing wine that takes them back to their past but also represents where they want to be in the future. As massive foodies, Callie and Nina create wines that are the perfect accompaniment to any meal, and that they themselves want to drink and share with their loved ones.

(Image via @WineUnplugged. Nina and Pacha Mama Chardonnay in the making.)

 

The girls mention that there is no such thing as a typical day for a winemaker – which is one of the most exciting things about the job, particularly around vintage time which definitely keeps them on their toes (lots of coffee required!). They say the best and most fun part about being a winemaker for your own small business is the ability to create something incredible from the humble grape, constantly learning and watching wine evolve over time. Nina and Callie are set to continue to produce wine that they’re immensely proud of and that they themselves simply enjoy drinking. We can’t wait to taste what else is in the works! Lastly, we thought we’d ask the duo two very important questions…

What is your ultimate wine philosophy? 

“You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Using great fruit, just like using fresh regional produce in cooking, is key to making quality wine.”

What are you drinking at the moment? And what do you drink it with?

“The just released 2016 Pacha Shiraz which is looking vibrant and juicy and goes perfectly with our favourite meal – chocolate!!

Thanks for chatting ladies! If you’re more a light red fan – Pacha Mama Pinot Noir is for you! A delicate, easy-going red that features in our ‘Light Reds’ pack. If bold whites are more your thing, you simply must try Pacha Mama Chardonnay – a punchy, floral white with body, available in our ‘If you love Chardonnay’ pack.

Sunday Wine Co x

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Easter, Review, Wine

Hunt for the perfect wine this Easter long weekend!

It’s that time of year again where it’s best to put all your eggs in one basket, Easter eggs we mean!  

Is it just us or was Christmas two seconds ago and now we’re at the tail end of March…? While hottie crotties have been available since the start of January (Coles, we’re looking at you!), the Easter long weekend is upon us and what better way to spend FOUR WHOLE DAYS off than treating yourself to the ultimate indulgences – chocolate, family time, the right amount of vitamin D and of course, vino to match it all!

(Image via @Anna.mac_)

So, to make your Easter Long weekend all the more enjoyable, we’ve put together the perfect tipples to enjoy this long weekend. We know you’ll be consuming an abundance of chocolate eggs on Easter Sunday morning, because there is no such thing as ‘balance’ on long weekends.

Preparing a seafood feast for your fam this Good Friday? To enhance the delicate mild flavours of delicious market sourced fish like sea bass or flathead tails – think fresh, crisp whites to marry with. Our recommendation? Our favourite Riverland local – Screaming Betty Vermentino by the Delinquenté boys (featuring in our ‘Fresh Whites’) or a casual, zesty Pacha Mama Riesling (featuring in our ‘If you love Riesling’ pack!). If fish and chips from your local is more the vibe, go for a crisp sparkling like our absolute favourite Kate Hill Sparking, to perfectly cut through the richness of batter.

So the Easter long weekend is all about the chocolate, right? Well not really, but if Easter Sunday is anything like ours, you’ll have chocolate eggs and Lindt gold bunnies in absolute abundance. We all know chocolate and wine goes down an absolute treat (pun intended), so what drop works best with what variety? Here’s our low-down!

White chocolate: we hear you, it’s not actually chocolate. You know the key ingredient, cocoa? That’s missing, so yeah, not chocolate. Anyway it’s out there, and best suited with fruity and delicate reds like our light Pacha Mama Pinot Noir (Featuring in our ‘Light Reds’).

Milk chocolate: Mmm Lindt gold bunnies. Does anyone else feel like they have these in the house for 6 months after? Milk chocolate is traditionally the go-to for Easter, and that smooth creamy taste matches perfectly with a sweeter red blend, like our Jericho GSM Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre.

Dark Chocolate – our total fave and ultimate vice! A delicious 70% or more cocoa is full of rich chocolate-y flavour, with a hint of bitterness, rather than that sickly sweet taste. Our recommendation? Any drop in our ‘Big Reds’ pack will suit just fine.

Whatever you eat, or how much, there is no judgement here. We love any excuse to indulge in a few of our favourite things! Have a safe Easter Long weekend girlfriend!

Sunday Wine Co x

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Review, Rosé, Wine

What we’re drinking this Spring Racing Season!

Yes Way Rosé!

Image credit: @tesseljay

So the flowers have well and truly blossomed, the wintery air has gone and the festive season is literally right around the corner (Thanks Myer for reminding us with your big Christmas trees). This means it’s official, Rosé all day season is here AKA The Spring Racing Carnival… and we’re not mad about it.

With the weather warming up, we’re feeling increasingly rosier and when it comes to warm-weather drinking and Spring Racing season in Melbourne, pink is definitely the new white.

Whether your heading trackside and hosting pre drinks, or simply throwing an afternoon BBQ together with your best friends on Melbourne Cup Day with a little healthy competition betting, Rosé is the perfect (and prettiest) drop this spring racing season. We want to share with you what we’ll be drinking (Rosé this way —>)

Image credit: @delinquentewineco

 

While some race goers may think Melbourne Cup Day is a great excuse to drink like a delinquent and end up with heels in hand by the end of the day, we’re much more refined than that. This season we’ll be sipping on a cheeky ‘Delinquente Wine Co  Pretty Boy Rosato’, from Riverland, South Australia.

Grown and produced by a younger generation wine maker, this pale pink drop is  modern, with sophisticated qualities, designed for easy drinking. Produced from harvested Nero D’Avola, the famous black grape from Sicily, this pretty boy smells oh so sweet but with the “swagger of Mick Jagger” says Winemaker Greg Grigoriou. Think hints of summer berries but crisp and dry. Its fun, bright, and bubbly making it the perfect Spring Racing season drink!

Image credit @journeywithjezriel

We’ve done all the hard work for you, Pretty Boy Rosato is part of our Rosé feature pack – “Perfect Pinks.” This gorgeous pack features crisp, fresh and summery wines, sourced from vineyards around Australia and Italy, delivered straight to your door!

SHOP PERFECT PINKS 

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Lifestyle, Review

A Mornington Peninsula jewel & why we’re loving Even Keel wine!

Photo credit: @sejalbavishi

Showcasing: Polperro by Even Keel 

Is there anything better than a Sunday drive to the casual and cool Mornington Peninsula with your best gal pal? Gazing at lush greenery and abundant vineyards, with a glass of vino in hand, is our kind of heaven.

Heading south of the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s CBD in Red Hill wine country,  you’ll find amongst a tranquil landscape, Polperro Winery. The property contains a cellar door, restaurant, and a cosy place to stay the weekend. This intimate space is interiors rich, full of rustic and moody tones, creating an earthy and inviting atmosphere inspired by the Even Keel wine label, which couples perfectly a locally sourced, seasonal menu.

Photo credit: Yellow Trace

Photo credit: Yellow Trace & @polperrowines

Even Keel Wine label and Polperro Winery owner, Sam Coverdale, has produced wines throughout Australia and internationally. His focus is on using sustainable and bio-dynamic practices and creating well-balanced wines that are easy-drinkers, with character and balance.

Sam believes that great wines are grown not made (wise words Sir!), and is passionate about creating elegant wines that continue to interest beyond the first glass, reflecting the wine region they’re made from.

Polperro Winery can be enjoyed no matter the season. During the winter months, we’ve enjoyed the cosy retreat for long lunches, a bottle of 2016 Mornington Peninsula pinot noir and the outdoor fire pits. As it heats up, we’re looking forward to balmy afternoons on the deck, a cheese board and a cheeky glass (or two) of 2016 sangiovese rosé.

Photo credit: @beaucomelli

The Even Keel by Polperro Rosé features in our Pretty Pinks (available in 6 & 12 packs) & rosé gift pack. This delicious drop is  handpicked, whole bunched pressed and gently made. Yay for rosé! This drop is made for summer drinking, a dry style with a hint of red berry fruits and rose, and a crisp refreshing finish. We suggest to pair it with a charcuterie plate, your best girlfriends, and a fine day. We recommend a Sunday drive to Polperro By Even Keel for an afternoon of vinos, quality service, gorgeous food & better company. We’ll cheers to that!

SHOP our perfect pinks below!