If you love #wine, you’ll love what we’ve been drinking lately

Boy, are we a bunch of travelling Wine Wankers this year!  Conrad’s currently in Greece – so expect lots of beautiful wines from that part of the world over the next week, and Drew is preparing to fly to Texas in three weeks to taste their local wines.  Meanwhile, we’ve encountered stacks of delicious wines recently that we know you’re gonna love.  Check ’em out below.  And let us know in the comments what wines you’ve been drinking lately!

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The eagerly awaited @penfolds Grange from the dream 2012 vintage has finally been released and many wine critics have already rushed out and given it a perfect 100 point score. Does it get two thumbs up from me? Well…., no. Or at least – not yet. A true Grange doesn’t hit its stride until it’s at least 15-25 years old. This my friend, is a toddler on steroids; to drink it now would be akin to murder. You won’t enjoy it. Do yourself a favour and buy an infinitely more affordable Grange from a lesser vintage. Even top vintages like 91, 96 and 02 are offering great value. Just google Grange and auction house and you will be gobsmacked at what's available. When you buy a Grange that has already been through its important aging cycle, you can savour in its beauty immediately. You will be surprised at how much more affordable these Granges are in comparison. After all, who wants to wait 20 years to drink a wine in their cellar. Over the next few days I will be giving my verdict on the other Penfolds that have just been released – and there are some you definitely need to be on the lookout for. Post by Drew #winewankers #penfolds #penfoldsgrange #grange2012

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A new gin has hit the wine world – you heard correctly. As far as we know, this is the only Britaish produced gin to be made using spirit distilled from wine grapes (Australia has @fourpillarsgin, which we will be discussing in another post later). We discovered Foxhole Gin when we recently toured English Wine country. Using grapes from @bolneyestate ginmaker James Oag-Cooper says the grapes lend some amazing flavour profiles; that combines very well with a selection of classic botanicals including juniper, coriander, angelica root, orris root, liquorice root, bitter orange, fresh lemon zest, grapefruit zest and angelica seeds. Post by Drew #winewankers #wwenglandtrip #gin #winelover

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  1. Texas? Awesome. You’ve gotta let me know what you think of our great state!! I’m in Dallas, which is not near our wine region but if you’re coming this way please let me know. Also, if you need winery recommendations please let me know.


      • A few of my favorite wineries are Pedernales Cellars, Calais, Wedding Oak, Spicewood, and Duchman. If you are going to Austin I am going to connect you with Denise Clark and Matt McGinnis on Twitter. They both live in Austin, are totally fun, and are very involved in the TX wine and spirits industry. You will LOVE Austin! My daughter lives there. She goes to UT. We go there a lot. Lots of great food. Can’t wait to see you photos.


  2. Yes! Let us know for Texas. It’s a little far if you are going to the Llano, but if you are heading to Fredricksburg, or somewhere Hill Country related, I would hike out to support ya’ll.

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