According to Australia’s Bureau of Statistics, beer drinking now accounts for just 41% of alcohol consumed annually, down from 75% in the 1960s. Enjoying a glass of wine on the other hand, has increased over the same period from a mere 12% up to 38%.
It appears this trend is also growing elsewhere. The UK, which makes up the largest number of foreign tourists visiting Australia, has also seen a big decline in beer drinking. According to the UK’s Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), wine is now the favoured alcoholic drink of 60% of the UK adult population–all of which bodes well for Australia’s local wineries, and those who organise wine tours along Margaret River and the surrounding areas.
With attributes such as exquisite taste and elegance, it is easy to see why people cannot get enough of wines from Margaret River wineries. It is, therefore, clear why most of them buy wine gift sets for great occasions such as engagements, anniversaries, weddings and birthdays. These gift sets come in different flavours and packaging of wines. Buying from online stores is an excellent way to get the best wine gift set for a loved one. There are, however, common mistakes that you need to avoid.
Making Informed Decisions
When buying wine gift sets from the best wineries in Margaret River, it is important to buy from a point of knowledge. You should know the person you intend to give the present to so they appreciate it. Some gift sets are ideal for women while others are ideal for men.
If you’re visiting Western Australia for the first time, especially the Margaret River region, sooner or later two topics come up in conversation: the great quality of the wines produced in the area, and the mouth-watering home produced foods available in Margaret River winery restaurants.
Whether hiring your own car and visiting various wineries at your leisure or joining an organised trip, the whole experience will provide memories which last a lifetime – and they’re not all about wine.
The whole area gives the impression of a laid back, casual type of lifestyle. Nowhere is it more noticeable than when you choose to enjoy breakfast, a snack or full dinner at one of the quaint cafes or restaurants situated on many of the wineries.
Wine was made to be paired with something, from bite-sized appetisers to medium-rare steaks. Pairing wine with the correct type of cheese, in particular, makes for a truly delectable gourmet experience. Take these tips to heart, and you’ll be able to make the most out of your trip to the best winery in Margaret River.
Ruth Tobias of The Week groups cheeses into five categories.
Soft cheeses like feta, ricotta salata, and burrata are mostly used as spreads, so expect to find any or all of these at your next wine-and-cheese party. Due to their milky textures, soft cheeses go well with light-bodied sparkling wines with citrus or floral notes.
You’ve probably heard it said that wine can only get better with age. Will this saying still hold true, though, if the wine is 150 years old? That is what a few wine connoisseurs set out to discover at a food festival held in South Carolina, U.S. According to reports, the wine experts held an historic uncorking of a bottle of wine recovered in 2011 from an 1864 wreck found off the Bermuda coast.
Some of these connoisseurs claimed to have tasted and enjoyed shipwreck wines in the past. Apparently, this wine wasn’t one of them.
Wines are some of the few things in the world that get better as they get older. Be it a common cabernet or a fruity fortified, the wine you buy on Margaret River wine tours today can only taste better years from now. Indeed, the world’s oldest drinkable wine—the Rudsheimer Apostelwein—was produced back in 1727.
What’s the secret behind wine’s seemingly everlasting taste and aroma? Steve Delaney of the Opimian Society, a Canadian nonprofit wine cooperative, enlists the help of science to unravel this mystery.