22 December 2017 | Raidis Estate
The biggest Coonawarra wine myth busted!
There are always a lot of myths around wine regions and what they do well, and we are about to smash one of the biggest myths about the Coonawarra region here and now!
The biggest myth about the region as a whole is that the only good thing that comes out of the region is Cabernet Sauvignon. While it’s true that the Coonawarra does some cracking Cab Sav’s (some of the best in Australia), in our eyes, it also has some other hot and ready to drink varietals that are worth a try.
There are lots of different white varietals produced in the region which people don’t often associate with the Coonawarra. For example; Some delicious Rieslings are coming out of the region. They have a different flavour profile to a classic Watervale Riesling but packing a punch in taste and flavour; they are tangy and refreshing and perfect for a summer’s day.
There are also other varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc’s, Pinot Gris and even some wineries making some pretty tasty bubbles here and there. “We have a lot of winemakers doing exciting and different things, and taking it to the other regions”.
So while the region is often known for those punchy and full flavoured Cabernet Sauvignon’s, there are a lot of pretty, more elegant styles of wine coming out of the region that can hold their own on the Australian (and world) wine stage.
Head to the Coonawarra this summer and give some of these top drops a try.
15 December 2017 | Raidis Estate
The perfect Pair
Picking the perfect wine for Christmas day to go with your meal can be a daunting task. Even for a wine connoisseur, it can sometimes be hard to pick what might work best and please everyone, especially if you have that fussy Uncle at the table who speaks all the wine jargon that completely goes over your head. But it need not be an added stress for you this Christmas…
We get it, you like wine, and you just want to drink something delicious without all the fuss.
Here are our tips for picking a bottle of wine that will pair deliciously with your meal and will silence that pretentious Uncle.
Yep, you guessed it; we are going to recommend a white wine for sure! But which one? We recommend both a crisp, cold Riesling that pairs well with raw oysters and prawns or an elegant Sauvignon Blanc which can match fabulously with some smoked Salmon or white fish.
Now I know we are biased, but our Raidis Estate Riesling and our Pinot Gris are both cracking wines for the warm summer months and will be delicious on any Chrissy table. If you are not a white wine drinker, some of the lighter style reds can work well too. As can a sparkling Shiraz!
Who doesn’t love a gooey and delicious glazed ham on Christmas day… Am I right? And the best part about ham is the leftover ham sandwiches for a week after Christmas. Ham can be paired perfectly with a beautiful Pinot Gris to cut through the sweetness of the ham while having a little more body and complexity than some lighter whites, so it doesn’t get lost. Alternatively, some of the more elegant red varietals such as our Shiraz won't disappoint.
An Aussie tradition in many Australian households is to have a delicious leg of lamb as the main affair on your Christmas table. We think lamb pairs best with a delicious, soft style red wine; something like a Merlot or a lighter Shiraz even, as a little spice adds to the experience. But, if reds are not your jam with Lamb, Pinot Gris can work well too, just depends on your tastes.
Crackle? Yes, please! Roast pork is that smell that can make you hungry from the other end of the block, and there is nothing better than a Weber pork roast on Christmas day. Pair it with a delish Pinot Gris or Riesling.
Whatever you decide to drink on Christmas Day, don’t over think it too much. As long as it’s shared with family, good friends, and delicious food it’s bound to be a winner.
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7 December 2017 | Raidis Estate
The Coonawarra, she’s a beauty – Our Top 5 tips
Australia has so many cracking places to visit, and the Coonawarra should be high on the list of those places if you’ve never been before. We are biased, I know, but this incredibly gorgeous place in the world has a lot going for it, not to mention some delish wines.
It really is one of those hidden gems.
Our top tips:
Enjoy the drive
This seems like a given, but if you are coming from Adelaide or Melbourne, the drive to the Coonawarra is just stunning. If you are coming down from Adelaide, there are the silos at Coonalpyn that are a great selfie spot, and driving into the Coonawarra itself is a pretty amazing experience as you pass all the vines and wineries. If you are coming from Melbourne, take your time and do the scenic route along the Great Ocean Road.
We have some great restaurants for you to enjoy, from easy eats with all the trimmings at our fully stocked country bakery, to award-winning restaurants such as Pipers of Penola, located on the doorstep of the Coonawarra. There really is something for everyone. Just be sure to check opening hours for the time of year you are visiting.
This one is a given, but there are over 20 wineries on the strip in the Coonawarra region. A little-known fact if you haven’t been here before, is most of the wineries are super close together, so it’s easy to pop from one to another.
Jump on board with Coonawarra experiences and let someone else do the hard work of planning your itinerary. These guys do half-day and full-day tours. They will make sure you make it to all the cool spots around town.
Just 1hr on from Coonawarra is the gorgeous seaside town of Robe. A perfect spot for fish and chips on the beach while watching the sunset, and drinking a beautiful bottle of Coonawarra wine from your tour. Delish.
So, jump in the car this summer, throw caution to the wind, and come and visit us in our hometown.
And be sure to stop by Raidis Estate to stock up on all your summer favourites. Cheers!
30 November 2017 | Raidis Estate
Jack Howard hits Raidis Estate
You’re sitting on the grass, shoes off, and a glass of cold vino in hand. The gorgeous sounds of a trumpet and band sound out around you, and as you sip on your Pinot Gris the summer breeze drifts by, and you feel like you could sit in this exact point in space and time for forever. You are getting lost in the music and allowing the atmosphere to carry you into a state of relaxation.
Surrounded by your best friends, and as you look around thinking life is pretty darn good, your partner plonks down beside you with a big plate of Charcoal Grill and a classic Coonawarra Cabernet in hand. Yum, you are in heaven.
Summer is for friends, wines, and good times. You wish you could just freeze moments like these when you are at your most relaxed, enjoying great food, good company and a delicious glass of vino.
These moments make the tapestry of our lives and become the memories that we cherish the most.
We believe events are all about good food, great wine, and having fun times, and we are thrilled to bits to have the legendary Jack Howard and The Long Lost Brothers perform at Raidis Estate Winery this coming summer. January 13th, 2018 to be exact.
Jack is a founding member of the mighty Hunters and Collectors and will join us off the back of a recent world tour with Midnight Oil as their horn/keyboard/percussion man.
He has played with some other big acts along the way too; Rodriguez, The Violent Femmes, and The Living End just to name a few. He’s the only trumpeter in the ARIA Hall-of-Fame and has released many records over fifteen years.
And he is about to play at our place in the beautiful Coonawarra wine region.
Jack’s music is powerful, bluesy, driving - not a million miles from H & C - but at the same time dark and intimate, and we think it pairs perfectly with a glass of Raidis Estate wine and one of our famous Charcoal Grills.
We are so excited for this event and hope you can join us for an evening that we know will be etched in your memory forever.
We provide a night of dancing, fun and frivolity!
As always, Chris Raidis & the Raidis clan will be cooking up a storm on the Charcoal Grill.... You haven’t had Charcoal Grill until you’ve tried Chris’s, and the hospitality provided is what memories are made off.