Our Cheekiest Christmas Wine Offer Yet

A SENSATIONAL WINE OFFER TO PUT THE CHEER INTO YOUR CHRISTMAS!

Purchase one dozen bottles of any Tallis Wine from today Thursday 6th December until the gong of midnight Friday 14th December and RECEIVE ABSOLUTELY FREE ONE DOZEN BOTTLES of either the Dookie Hills Viognier 2006 or Shiraz 2005.

The offer is for one week only and applies to full priced wine only. Tallisman Members still receive their 25% off Member discount. No other discounts apply.

Don’t hesitate to stock your cellar with our buy one get one free offer. Purchase at the Cellar Door, ring 03 5823 5383 or email info@talliswine.com.au

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Ten ways to enjoy the festive season this year

ONE: Start your day with an espresso coffee at the Cellar Door

Tallis Wine uses Bean Around Coffee at the Cellar Door. Shingo from Bean Around Coffee sources high quality estate green beans from exotic origins and roasts the beans at The Last Straw shop daily.  Drop in for a cap, latte or flat white and a decadent homemade slice from 11am Friday – Sunday at the Cellar Door.

TWO: Make Christmas shopping a joy

Visit our Cellar Door or website for a range of gift ideas from wine and produce to handmade gifts and Dookie merchandise. Create your own gift hamper for someone you love, filled with their favourite things. Speak to the friendly staff at our Cellar Door who will be happy to make up a beautiful gift box with your selection of goodies, or provide some inspiring ideas! Email info@talliswine.com.au or phone 03 5823 5383

THREE: Visit the Cellar Door during December for your chance to win a decadent Food & Wine treat

By joining our mailing list during December you receive an entry into the draw to win a Regional Produce Platter and a bottle of wine from the Dookie Hills range to share with family or friends on your next visit. Already on our mailing list? You can still enter the competition by putting your business card or contact details into the draw.

FOUR: Take your Christmas break-up event to the Cellar Door

It’s the time of year for work break-up parties, annual Christmas lunches and a last catch-up with friends before Christmas is upon us. Book your lunch at the Cellar Door for delicious locally produced savoury tarts and salad every Friday. Bookings are essential and we offer an unbeatable lunch and wine package for just $20 pp.

FIVE: Relax at the end of a big day of Christmas shopping with twilight drinks at the Cellar Door.

Christmas is all about giving but don’t forget to treat yourself occasionally. Drop into the Cellar Door and for a tranquil sundowner or two on the verandah. Sample the local fare with a regional produce platter while you soak up the views as the sun disappears behind the hills.

SIX: Bring visiting family or friends to the Cellar Door for a tasting of your local drop over the holiday break.

If you’re suffering from cabin fever with a house full of guests bring them out to the Cellar Door and spend a memorable afternoon with us. A complimentary tasting with our knowledgeable Cellar Door staff showcases our most popular wines including our flagship Silent Showman and Sparkling viognier. To find out more or make a booking for large groups contact us at info@talliswine.com.au or call 03 5823 5383.

SEVEN: Picnic in style at the Cellar Door

Plan your next family gathering with a barbeque or picnic at the Cellar Door and book one of our picnic sites to take advantage of the new outdoor kitchen and barbeque facilities. Barbeques shared with family and friends are some of the best times in Summer so this festive season keep it simple with a picnic of your favourite foods in one of the prettiest spots in the area. Visit the website for information on facilities and how to book.

EIGHT: Explore the region in your own backyard with a stroll along our scenic walking trail

The views from the Cellar Door are extraordinary in their own right however a walk to the peak of our hilltop walk takes the views on offer to another level. The walk is low to moderate intensity and an hour trip return. Spot the native fauna along the way including kangaroos, echidnas and our resident blue tongue lizard.

NINE: Toast to the New Year with our Sparkling Viognier

With all the festivities and celebrations over the Summer months, our Sparkling Viognier is the perfect drink to enjoy with family and friends. Introduce your friends to a new wine experience with our rare style of sparkling and fill your Summer days with festive fizz!

TEN: Make one of your new year’s resolutions a pledge to learn something new this year. Boost your wine knowledge and have fun at the same time.

For an introduction to our wines and wine styles, the tasting counter in the Cellar Door is the perfect place to begin. We can also cater for Corporate Tastings for up to 30 people and can tailor a tutored tasting event to suit you, your staff, and your clients. Enquire about our wine education program for 2013.

Cellar Releases for our Tallisman Members

At a staff tasting earlier this week we tasted a couple of wines from the Silent Showman range which have been cellaring in the Barrel Hall at the winery. These wines will be on tasting at the Tallisman Christmas Drinks Party as a sneak peak and available for purchase from the Cellar Door. 

The Silent Showman Shiraz Viognier 2003 has aged beautifully and retained excellent colour and primary fruit characters. Nearly 10 years of cellaring has mellowed the wine with the viognier integrating seamlessly with the shiraz. The Silent Showman Shiraz 2007 shows big bold dark berry fruits alongside smooth chocolatey oak and firm tannins.

Cellar Clearance Wine Sale at the Tallis Cellar Door Friday, Saturday and Sunday 4th to 6th May

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It's the end of vintage and we need to make room in the barrel hall for our  2012 reds. We're clearing all of our bin end wines, several back vintages, unlabelled current vintage wine and other cleanskins from $50 dozen. 

Most wines will be available for tasting and prices are applicable this weekend only. No further discounts will apply.

Don’t miss out. Doors open 10am until 5pm.

For enquiries call 5823 5383 or 0437 825 547.

Avoid a Christmas meltdown

Does battling the Christmas crowds with tired cranky children, shopping for the “must have” gift for your hard-to-buy-for friend only to discover it is sold out sound familiar? Stay organised this Christmas with these fantastic Christmas planning ideas. You’ll wonder how your survived Christmas without them.

As your calender fills up over the silly season keep on top of your commitments by responding to invitations promptly and recording the details immediately on a single calendar. Encourage your family to do the same to avoid double bookings or overload. Allow some free time for Christmas shopping and the normal day to day activities so you don’t arrive at Christmas exhausted.

If it’s your turn to host Christmas plan the menu well in advance. If family and friends usually help out with the food you will more easily be able to advise them on what they can make or contribute to the day if you know what you need. Order specialty items and purchase non-perishable items early to avoid disappointment. Buy your wine and other beverage requirements early so you can take advantage of any special offers and avoid the last minute rush. Tallis Wine has a incredible Buy 2 Cases, Get 1 Free Christmas offer right now which will save your Christmas dollars and have your cellar well stocked for the festive period.

If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping already it’s probably time to get started. Think about who you need to buy for including of course family and friends, but also employees, work colleagues, business associates and neighbours to name a few. Then write a list of all the gifts you need to buy and group them by types of shops or location for efficient shopping. If you have children consider arranging with a friend to take turns looking after each others children so the other person can have a day of uninterrupted shopping. It’s amazing how much more you can achieve by shopping alone.

Shop early to take advantage of pre-Christmas sales and to avoid the problem of the gift you need being sold out early or limited choices available. Shopping early also helps with cash flow as you spread the expenses of Christmas over a few months. Shopping early enables you to buy on line to source specific items you may want and to send overseas gifts on time.  Avoid the crowds and do your Christmas shopping from the comfort of your home with the Tallis Wine gift range. If you are having difficulties finding a gift for someone who seems to have everything consider giving them an experience instead such as a “pat a tiger” visit at the zoo, movie tickets, a trip in a hot air balloon, gym membership, beautician treatments, etc. Maintain a receipts folder for your Christmas shopping in the event of an item needing to be returned.

Plan ahead, stay organised, shop early and you could be well on your way to a stress free Christmas.

The big Aussie red

Australian wine writer Max Allen wrote an interesting article in the Weekend Australian Magazine July 4-5, 2009 on the influential wine critic Robert Parker Jr of the Wine Advocate publication. Parker is widely known for his penchant for the "big red", with lashings of ripeness and oak thrown in. Over the past decade Parker embraced the big blockbuster style coming out of several South Australian wineries and gave them near or perfect scores in the Wine Advocate. Naturally enough this lead to a surge in popularity and sales for these Australian wines and as a consequence many other Australian wineries followed suit. Australia developed a reputation for producing monster Shiraz and for some time enjoyed the benefits of the huge popularity of this style. As Max Allen stated in his article, times have changed and consumers have turned away from the big over-oaked style of Shiraz, instead looking for elegance and greater fruit expression in their wines. Unfortunately for Australian wineries, the once beneficial reputation they earnt for producing big red wines has stuck despite a strong local trend towards producing more fruit driven wines. Many global wine consumers are not aware that Australia actually produces a diverse range of red wine styles so Australia is currently at risk of being considered a one trick pony.

To overcome this opinion may be a long journey for the Australian wine industry. There are plenty of wineries producing fantastic wines which definitely do not fall into Robert Parker Jn's big red style however we need to get the message out to the rest of the wine drinking world.

Cleanskins - are they still a good buy?

This is really the gossip part of the blog, where we can rave about the latest and greatest or diss whatever in the wine industry is really bugging us right now. With a topic as subjective as wine, there is always going to be plenty of contentious issues so lets talk about them. The wine glut the Australian wine industry found itself in a couple of year ago led to enormous volumes of wine pouring out into the marketplace, often at incredibly cheap prices which barely covered their production costs. A significant proportion of that wine went into the cleanskin market and generated excellent value for money for many consumers. In more recent years, disasterous climatic conditions have brought the oversupply of wine under control, with drought, bushfires and hail reducing wine production volumes. As a consequence, less high quality wine is being fed into the cleanskin market, and it is returning to its original intention as a means for selling wine that frequently doesn't meet quality standards to be labelled under the winery brand. Many consumers continue to use cleanskin outlets to purchase low cost wine however they are now experiencing lower quality wines than previously. Cleanskin wine is frequently sold in case lots rather than single bottles, and is often sold without a tasting opportunity depending on the outlet, so consumers run the risk of being lumped with a case or very average wine with little or no recourse.

A more reliable means of buying cheap wine which is actually drinkable is to get to know and understand the wine brands and varieties that represent value for money, then looking for ways to buy them cheaply. Many bottle shops offer great specials, so it is worth dropping into your local on a regular basis to see what's on offer. Joining wine clubs and purchasing wine directly from the winery can provide excellent deals. Many wine clubs offer large percentage discounts to wine club members which make the wines available at comparable prices to cleanskin outlets but with a quality guarantee.