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Pirate Cru Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting-Pirate Cru Wines With some outstanding wines from South Australia like the Henley & Byard GSM, the Dante Gabriel range, William Hunt, and the ever popular Slurpy Puppy, come on down and grab a taste (and a bottle) for yourself. When: Friday 24th of June at 4pm-7pm Where: Purple Palate, 12 Bicentenary Lane Maleny Cost: Complimentary RSVP: Purple Palate, phone 54942499, instore or Facebook

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Vasse Felix Classic Dry White

2015 Classic Dry White A classic Margaret River blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. It has citrus and passionfruit aromas and a zesty, textured palate of pure and pristine fruit. It is vibrant, fresh and crisp. Winemakers Comments: Semillon’s citrus and floral notes are complemented by the tropical passionfruit aromatics of Sauvignon Blanc. These varieties are picked at reasonably low Baume, capturing fine high-note aromas, crisp primary fruit flavours and good acid structure. The Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc juices are then fermented under cool conditions using specially selected yeasts to ensure the varietal characters are accentuated. This wine was fermented without […]

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Special Deals June & July 2016

Download Purple Palate free mobile app to receive these great Special Deals Coupon offers for June & July 2016.     

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Natural Wine-Wine as it is meant to be or just Lazy winemaking?

As wine drinkers, and consumers generally, we are bombarded with marketing claiming that this product was made from (insert ridiculous statements) and will (insert insane claims).  So we need clarity on some (if not all claims) for wines. So with an upsurge in Organic, and Biodynamic wine marketing and sales, a little known but quite a fanatical following has been building called Natural Wine making. The Natural Wine Making Movement follows the idea of as little intervention as possible in the making of the wine.  That is no adding sugar (Chaptalization), no acid adjustment, little to no sulphites, little to no […]

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Bundaberg MDC Blenders 2015 Best Rum in the World!!! (No Coke please)

Well, Australia didn’t expect that!! Bundaberg Rum is the  Icon of the Spirit Industry in Queensland, Australia. However it as been called many disreputable things by many other rum connoisseurs over the years.  Including but not limited to-“It is alcohol with caramel flavouring”, or “Molasses mixed with Bundaberg water”. However Bundaberg has made a strong commitment to changing (particularly) those people’s perception of their brand. With the release of the MDC (Master Distiller’s Collection), Bundaberg Rum has taken a massive step to broaden it’s presence on the world stage. With lessons learned from other Rum Distilleries (including Ron Zacapa, and […]

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Wine into Water

 As a liquor retailer, I see consumers becoming more conscious of what they are drinking, and more importantly why. With Wine, I see that people look for good value(as always) and good fruit weight balanced to tannin, acidity and alcohol. Lately low alcohol wines have made a surge in the market. Low alcohol are wines 8% and less. Married by the fact that in an ever increasing temperature climate, wines are generally increasing in alcohol. This is due to the fact that to pick the grape at the ideal total acidity a best baume(sugar content) means that means wines are being produced at […]

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Craft Beer-Loving the Imperials

No this is not about the latest Star Wars film. This is about Imperial style beers-IIPA,IIIPA, IBIPA, IPils, IBrowns and RIS. Originally derived from RIS or Russian Imperial Stout.  A style developed specifically for Tzarina Catherine of Russia when she visited England. She would drink nothing watery or low alcohol.  English beer was generally 3.5%-4% alcohol, with even the bigger styles only being 6.5%.  So the English Brewers were tasked to create a heavy full flavoured beer to show off English brewing skills. A 10% alcohol Stout was developed and presented to the Tzarina, which she viewed as acceptable. The […]

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Whiskies of the World-Spirit Tasting Review

  What do you like in whisky?   Have you even tried whiskies from different countries, or only Scotland?   What’s a Bourbon?  Is it even a whisky?   On Tuesday night Purple Palate, hosted Brady Retschlag: Suntory Whisky Ambassador, who answered all the questions above and more…   He presented Whiskies from Around The World.  A tour of Whiskies from the major international producers .   Our Journey started with a cocktail Suntory Highball.  Japanese Kakubin whisky over lots of ice, with soda, and lemon.  A refreshing palate cleanser to start. We headed to Ireland with Tyrconnell, a lovely […]

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The Great Whisky Drought No One Saw Coming.

The World likes whisky.   Yep it’s true.  Whisky sales have jumped in the last 3 years, due to increasing numbers in the middle class and more disposable income.   India is the biggest growth 46.4% increase in whisky consumption (2010-2014), supported by a surge from Japanese consumers(8.6%), and a then a major uplift in westernised countries(averaged 4.8%).   What does this mean?   It means that the old stalwart mixing whiskies are selling better, but that single malts are being more and more sought after.   If whisky production was a monthly exercise it would be not a problem, […]

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Brew Crew-5th Birthday Review.

Well, the first Maleny Brew Crew for 2016 is all wrapped up, and it was a humdinger. With the Battle of 5 styles, 2 of each style to showcase what each style is about and the Beer Trivia day, and insight by MC Graham Reeks (renowned beer aficionado), we poured for 53 people. That’s 530 beers with Pizza and Trivia (for $40/person, best value ). Beers and Styles: Sours Rodenbach Grand Cru-WINNER Moa Sour Grapes/Moa Rum Barrell (alternate drop) Saison Croft Saison Grenade Panhead Canhead Lola Deville -WINNER (OVERALL BEER OF THE DAY) IPA Stone Brewery Cali Belgique Modus Operandi Zoofeeder […]

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