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January 12, 2019

It has become accepted wisdom that wine consumed with a meal is better for us than wine enjoyed on its own. Not only is food believed to make wine consumption healthier, but wine can make food healthier as well – at least in a few specific ways.

A study published online in 2010 in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) showed that drinking white wine with a heavy meal of cheese fondue was more effective in aiding digestion than drinking tea with the same meal. Ha...

December 22, 2018

While December weather has been relatively mild so far this year, if you’re anything like us, enjoying the hosting or visiting friends and family and having social nights with food accompanied by a delicious glass of wine, then to help you choose the perfect wines for this season – whether red, white, or rosé – we have put together a few basic rules to help you select the best options.  As usual, personal preference surpasses everything else, but here are s...

November 28, 2018

Wines come in many different shades and intensities of colour. As wine consumers or wine lovers, we are quick to discover that there is more to a wine’s colour than just making it easy to tell reds from whites and rosés from dessert wines.

When tasting a wine, we look at the colour as a reliable indicator of quality, age and health. Its varying shades, hues and rim variations speak eloquently about its flavour, density, age, acidity and quality. The colour a...

October 15, 2018

Since its establishment nearly 20 years ago, Monolithos has been making 100% Shiraz and 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines. During 2017, it was decided to try something new – a 70%/30% Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon blend. The firm, classic tannin structure of Cabernet Sauvignon, coupled with the rich fruit and ripe tannins of Shiraz, seemed like a very good idea.  After all, these two partners have been popular in most regions, and some of the greatest Australian wi...

September 15, 2018

Yeast is a very important ingredient when it comes to wine. Yeasts are single-celled fungal organisms. Without them, there would be no alcohol. Yeasts are very efficient at taking wort, (a very complex medium consisting of sugars, amino acids, peptides, proteins, vitamins, nucleic acids, ions and many other compounds), and converting it to alcohol, CO₂, and hopefully favourable flavour and aroma compounds.

Yeast selection is one of the most important decisio...

July 15, 2018

One of wine’s most magical properties is its ability, unique among foodstuffs, to not only survive but improve with long-term ageing.

There is a widespread misconception that wine always improves with age. Contrary to popular belief, most wines these days don’t improve with age. In fact, the majority of wine we see in stores today won’t age for very long at all. As a general rule, you can assume that:

·         Everyday red wines have about a five-year life s...

May 15, 2018

Does getting older change our sense of smell and taste? Think back to the time when you first started tasting wine. Do you now dislike something you used to love, or vice-versa?

Most people think that our tastes are relatively fixed once we reach adulthood. However, there is also a long-held belief in the wine industry that as consumers age, their taste changes. Taste is such an intricate sensory experience, one we perhaps don’t pay enough attention to, cons...

April 20, 2018

Monolithos Wine Dimensions: April 2018

From elegant dinner parties to informal get together, a glass (or three) of wine is sure to please. However when serving a fine bottle of wine, how you serve it is almost as important as what you serve. To best experience your wine, it’s important to have the right glassware and tools. Α collection of wine accessories can make it easier to serve and enjoy wine at home or in events, bars, restaurants and other occasions....

March 6, 2018

Wine is considered a sophisticated beverage and is the choice for many parties and functions. However over the last few years, more and more people have chosen to drink at home instead of the local bar and this has led to wine being the most popular drink in Europe, America and Australia.

Over the years, a well organised wine trading and distribution system has been established in most countries. This system has a strict, three-tier arrangement of sales in p...

February 4, 2018

The goal of most winemakers is to produce wines of distinction. As a result, the pressing questions to be answered are: what goes into making great wine? What distinguishes the wines that earn top scores and higher prices from other wines?

In order to provide a convincing reply to how an exceptional wine may be produced, one has to take the process of premium winemaking apart and examine its components. It is apparent and it will become evident that there is...

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