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The Marlborough Myth

Last time you ordered a Sauvignon Blanc did you ask for a New Zealand Marlborough? Guess what? There are much better choices!

So far with my experience with wine, which I admit- hasn’t been all that extensive, I have noticed 9 out of 10 people will ask for a Kiwi when ordering a Sav. What is it about that region that has people obssessed?

If you’re one of those who jump on the New Zealand band wagon i’m here to tell you to consider your options. Australian wines, if you give them a chance, are actually phenomenal. My favourite region is Adelaide Hills. Their wines have the zest and zing you want in a sav but they’re more “find what i’ve got” where as a Kiwi sav might say “look what i’ve got”!

So don’t be a sheep when it comes to the wine list; don’t follow the heard!




Lick, Sip, Suck.

Ever wondred what shot to order when you get sick of wet pussies?
Curious as to how many wet pussies get ordered on a friday night I kept a tally last week. I made 52 of the damn things!
Why is it that they are the most popular shot? They aren’t very strong, girls get embarrassed downing them and guys whisper awkwardly when ordering them. I just asked my boyfriend to name some shots and no word of a lie, he could only name the WP! So time to branch out!
If you’re heading to your favourite bar, keen for a big night out and shots are on the list: here is some advice to get (and keep!) the night going!

First shot of the night?
It should be something sweet but not sickly. This ensures you can continue drinking without feeling the need to throw up. Try a Dangerous Liason. Of my own invention it contains, lychee liqueur, vodka, blue curacao and a drop of grenadine. It is delicious, doesn’t leave a foul after taste in your mouth and is a nice kickstart to the night.

The instagramers
These are for the stage of the night when you have your cameras out!

* The Rainbow Shot. Hard for bartenders to get right, but when they do they are loads of fun. Contains, chambord, blue curacao, cranberry juice, orange juice, tequila and midori.
*The Brain Hemorrhage, also known as an Alien Abortion. Peach schnapps, floated baileys with a few drops of grenadine.
*The Skittle Bomb. A twist of the classic (and over used) Jager Bomb. In the glass you still have red bull, just drop it with grenadine. In the shot glass, vodka and cointreau. I kid you not- tastes like a handful of skittles.

The pick me up
Your classic shot for those who are hitting a wall.

* Tequila! I suggest you don’t order the cheapest brand. A smooth tequila may cost but it doesn’t make you want to throw up afterwards.

Last shot of the night?
This should be one to remember!
*The Angry German. A concoction of vanilla vodka, chambord, jager and lime juice. WARNING- This shot will make you look like an angry German after downing. Chase it with a glass of water and your set. A) it washes the sour taste out of your mouth and B) hydrates you after a night of drinking and helps avoid the hangover in the morning.

Happy hunting.

Show us your tips

Feeling tipsy?
Ever wondered why you should tip a bartender? Or questioned how much you should give? Is it everytime you order? Or just at the end of the night?
Some handy hints to help…

1. Tip generously on your first round. The pours thereafter will be as generous and you will be served shortly after arriving at the bar each time.
2. Any change $1 or under, leave. If you’re the guy who waits for 10c change don’t expect to get any special treatment
3. Good bartenders will take the time to learn your orders to personalise the service. This is to avoid you feeling like just another face in the crowd. If this happens, tip, tip, tip! A) they think your worth the effort and B) They will spot you at the other end of the bar, make your drinks and have them in front of you before you have spoken a word. That’s service!
4. If you open a bar tab always tip at least 10%.
5. If you are there with a group of friends or business associates, try tipping one bartender $20. They will not only look after you the entire night, your drinks will be over poured, your service will be friendly and table service is not out of the question
6. If you are playing pokies and have a big win, tip a $20 or $50. Depends on how many free drinks you want. If you drop a big tip I promise you will be drinking for free with machine service.
7. If you know you’re in for a big night, tipping will help ease the pain for the tenders when you start to get drunk. It’s amazing how our tolerence levels rise for tippers and how many non-tippers get kicked out!

So don’t be affraid to flash us your tips.

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