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My 100th post! A toast to me :)

So this is my 100th post yiippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! What better way to toast the success of my blog than with a glass of stunning sparkling wine? (That was a rhetorical question, there is no better way!)

The timing was perfect for the guys at Noseys to invite me along to a wine tasting at Oxford Street’s Sol Lounge. I decided to take along my lovely friend Sally, always better to share the love I recon!

Shock horror we were late (I really need to work on my punctuality!), actually I blame Sally, ha! We just missed the briefing, oopppps! But arrived just in time for the tasting – woop!

Now for those of you that want to be in the know, Nosey is one of these new breed of wine distributors that provides a tailored bespoke service. Imagine that perfect glass of wine, one that you’ve picked from a boutique winery, delivered right to your doorstep. Well, at www.noseys.com.au you can now choose the best wines to relax with after a long day or to drink while enjoying your favourite meal with your favourite people.

Noseys owner, Bas Hegge advises that he was fed up with bricks and mortar bottle shops and their methods in grouping their wines. So, he launched Noseys, an online retailer with a unique categorisation system which makes it easier for consumers to select a wine.

The website shows nine categories (Bubbly, Fresh, Mellow, Rich, Rosy, Blush, Smooth, Deep & Sweet). The wines which are part of each category share the same characteristics i.e. aromatics, big on flavour, sophisticated, good for a sunny afternoon or a perfect match for a certain meal. Easily identifiable by the sticker on the bottle top symbolising the category in which the wine belongs; customers can use Noseys to compile a range of bottles from various categories for their drinking pleasure.

All the wines from www.noseys.com.au are tasted and selected by Bas and go through a customer tasting panel for further evaluation. Similar styles of wines are grouped together making it simple to browse through and select similar wines.

www.noseys.com.au also encourages consumers to leave their feedback about the wines offered. If a wine gets consistently bad reviews, it’s quickly removed from the portfolio and replaced by other wines recommended by Noseys customers.

Through www.noseys.com.au Bas Hegge intends to share both his passion for wine as well as some tasty tipples with fellow Australian consumers.

I would recommend checking it out! If not for anything other reason than to raise a glass to me and Dating101Sydney!

Here are some shots from the event for your perusal:

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I like wine, wine likes me (does it really though?!) Love hate relationship me thinks…

A quiet weekend was on the cards again, it started off so well, a quiet night in front of the TV (crashed out at 6:30 and woke up at 9:30 the next morning) me thinks I must’ve needed it.

On Saturday I went to Newtown with one of the lovely girlies, I’ve never been there before on a  Saturday – it was so much fun! I heart it there. Very bohemian feel somewhat reminiscent of Camden Town in London, lots of the ‘cool folk’ that I try to be but fail miserably. The boutique clothing stores line the streets with affordable one off vintage items – I got an amazing dress and hair piece – only cost me $50 for both – amaze! My mate picked up an amazing dress for $25, and looked hot to trot to boot.

We had lunch at the most amazing cafe, I must find the name for you guys, the food was scrumptious! We shared a carrot and chick-pea burger and tomato, mozzarella and basil salad.mmmm

After a day of shopping and chilling I headed home, had a bit night ahead and was ready to party following my snooooozathon the night before, loser!!

I dressed up in my new hot frock and donned my new hair piece, I also decided to opt for the curly mane as opposed to polka straight – like to mix things up every now and again… you know!!

So off I headed to Casa Di Nico on Darling Harbour, now I’m usually a fan of the smaller Italian restaurants that are off the beaten track. You know the hidden treasures that are always packed out, tiny but with bucket loads of atmosphere. Casa Di Nico is definitely not that, however it was pleasant enough – the company was fantastic so that is all that counts. I had the vegetarian lasagne for my main which was very lovely, not too filling but just enough. I also ploughed trough about 6 glasses of white wine, the law on a Saturday night right?!

After dinner we moved onto Bungalow 8, again not my favourite venues, it was so busy on Saturday – however the music was off the hook! Sally came to join us just after work to the tunes of ‘Walking on Broken Glass’ – a personal fave of ours that we have been caught rocking out to in Kit and Kaboodle on more than one occasion… good times my friend… good times!!

After Bungalow we decided to head to The Sheaf – now we’re talking copious amounts of wine later – less than ideal. I should’ve just given up then and gone home. But nooooooo I don’t stop until I have to… cue arriving in The Sheaf – not feeling (or looking I presume) the best I’ve ever looked – after a crossed wire with a friend I stomped off home… to PADDINGTON in MASSIVE heels – WTF was I thinking?! Think cooking up a storm as I arrive home (surely that’s not safe) and passing out on my bed fully clothed, with my shoes on. Stay classy… indeed!

Imagine this - fully clothed - not pretty!

Stay tuned for the update of the next day and another chance encounter to follow shortly…