Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:55pm
It was just after Christmas when I realised the rose revival had well and truly arrived. Strolling through my local wine barn, I turned into the pink wine aisle and was met by a scene of pillage and plunder. The normally neatly stacked shelves were half empty; cardboard wine boxes had been broken into, their contents raided. It was if a mob of thirsty shoppers in a rose rage had descended on the store, buying bottles faster than staff could restock.
“I haven’t seen this much excitement over a wine style since Marlborough sauvignon blanc first started to take off in the market,” says Peter Nixon of Dan Murphy’s wine panel. “We have seen sales growth of between 200 and 300 per cent in the over-$10 rose category over the last twelve months. It is that dramatic.”
It’s the same for independent outlets: everywhere I go retailers and sommeliers tell me they’ve never sold as much rose as they have this summer.
Interestingly, while well-established, fuller-flavoured Australian pink wines such as Turkey Flat and Charlie Melton’s Rose of Virginia are benefiting from this trend, the kind of rose proving to be most popular is the pale, dry style, typified by the wines of Provence, and often made in Australia most successfully from pinot noir.
What’s more, people are spending good money for good pink wine: one of the biggest-selling local examples is the $20 De Bortoli La Boheme Pinot Noir Rose; one of the most sought-after French brands is the $28 Miraval Cotes de Provence (the wine owned by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt); and Peter Nixon tells me Dan’s even struggle to keep up with demand for the $50 Domaine du Gros’Nore from Bandol in Provence: “People want the best rose and are prepared to pay for it,” he says. This is clearly not a price-driven, cheap-plonk trend.
“It’s awesome that people are finally getting on to it,” says De Bortoli chief winemaker, Steve Webber, who first started producing pale, dry pinot rose a decade ago. “We made 50 per cent more La Boheme last year than the previous, and I’ve made a shed load more again this year to keep up.”
Nixon says one of the reasons for the local surge in rose sales is the huge popularity of the style in countries such as France and Britain.
“What happens in Europe can have an effect on our market,” he says. “As more and more Australians go on holidays and enjoy new wine styles there, that can then start to be replicated here and it eventually reaches critical mass.”
Nixon says the popularity of rose is also part of a broader trend of people diversifying their drinking options: where once they might have stuck solely to Marlborough sauvignon, now they’re also regularly buying prosecco (“We’re struggling to keep the shelves stocked with this, too,” he says), pink wines and lighter bodied reds.
“I’d be a bit concerned if I was a Marlborough sav blanc maker,” he says. “Or, rather, I’d be looking at how I can make some rose — and fast.”
With the biggest variety of wines in Port Lincoln, Lincoln Cellars has dozens of rose varieties in store to choose from. See in store for options.
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 10:05am
Sharkys has been given a bit of love with a brand new logo and selection of week night events sure to please!
Venture to Sharkys, located within the Port Lincoln Hotel on any night of the week and they'll be something worth sticking around for. Brand new to this line up is Weekend Supper's, offering all new cocktails, amazing desserts and introducing loaded milkshakes! Our weekends have never tasted this good!
On the Menu:
Enjoy mouth-watering desserts and treats layered upon each other and served in mason jars, fresh cocktails and shakes loaded to the max with ingredients like nutella & oreo and peanut butter popcorn to name a few.
Dont fret...we've kept our $10 Schnitzel Night on Mondays aswell as our $15 Steak Night on Tuesdays. Quiz Night on Wednesdays continues but with some great themed events planned (ie. a FRIENDS TV Show Theme is coming up!). We've brought the old classics back that we all love with RNB Fridays, the perfect setting for reminiscing over cocktails with friends and having a boogie too if you so choose! Brand new to our weekly line up is our Weekend Suppers, offering after dark desserts both Fridays and Saturdays after 8pm until late.
See you there!
Monday, December 12, 2016 1:02pm
Santa Claus and his adorable magical elf Albastor Snowball visited The Port Lincoln Hotel and over 200+ Port Lincoln children yesterday! Santa made himself at home, transforming our Lincoln Ballroom into his Lounge Room at The North Pole.
Over 4 big shows, Santa Claus and Alabastor entertained children and parents with magical tricks, music and lots of laughs!
Children had fun learning some of Santa's favourite magic tricks with the opportunity to purchase their own Magic Starter Kit after the show. We all had so much fun that we made sure to invite Alabastor Snowbell back again in the new year with his friend Bumbles the Clown and Magic Mike for more School Holiday activity fun! To keep up to date with Whats On at The Hotel be sure to check into our Whats On page on our website here.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 2:29pm
Win an Ultimate Trip to Port Lincoln for you and one friend!
Following on from our Restaurant Manager Brad Gunn's UGLY Bartender of the Year win in 2016, Duty Manager Luke Davidson is our newest volunteer, agreeing to donate his time and raise money for Leukaemia. He has put together the "Ultimate Port Lincoln Experience" and needs your help!
UGLY Bartender of the Year is the Leukaemia Foundation's hospitality industry fundraising competition. Since the campaign's launch in 2009 UGLY Bartenders around Australia have raised over $8 million to help people with blood cancer. Help Luke raise the funds he needs! (if he reaches $20,000 he'll shave that iconic beard of his!)
Left: 2016 Winner Brad Gunn Right: Luke Davidson
Included in your prize:
- Return Flights from Adelaide to Port Lincoln thanks to Eyre Travel
- Two nights accommodation at the Port Lincoln Hotel
- A full day's trip with Goin Off Safaris
- A full day's Shark Dive Experience with Calypso Star Charters
- Plus $100 voucher dinner voucher in Sarin's Restaurant
Prize VALUED at $2,500
All proceeds go to the Leukaemia Foundation via Port Lincoln Hotel U.G.L.Y Bartender Campaign
Prizes donated by Goin Off Safari's, Calypso Star Charters and The Port Lincoln Hotel
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 11:38am
Don't want the celebrations to end after your wedding day?
They don't have to with our brand new "Wedding Sundaze Session" package - available to all brides and grooms.
- Complimentary live entertainment on the Sunday after your wedding
- Complimentary food platters for you and your guests
Contact our Wedding Coordinator Karena on (08) 8621 2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to organise your post wedding celebrations today!
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 1:47pm
There's so much to see and do on the Eyre Peninsula!
We're so happy with the South Australian Tourism Commissions new Tv advert - highlighting to the world what is on offer in the Eyre Peninsula.
Check it out here.
Get your heart racing, venture into the wild and find out why Eyre Peninsula is known as Australia’s Seafood Capital.
Calypso Star Charters will get you face-to-face with the ocean’s most feared predators (in the safety of a shark cage, of course.)
Looking for something a little tamer? Splash and swim with sea lions on an Adventure Bay Charters tour or discover some of the region’s best-kept secrets with Goin’ Off Safaris.
The region boasts plentiful and varied catches, and as a result, mouth-watering seafood is certainly on the menu. Indulge in a seafood platter at Sarins Restaurant, or enjoy a gourmet platter under the stars with Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris.
There’s so much, so close to home in South Australia and it’s all yours to enjoy
Thursday, July 21, 2016 4:43pm
We've had so much fun these school holidays! Thankyou to everyone who has come along and joined in the multitude of festivities.
Monday & Tuesday we had Bumbles the Clown from Abracadabra Entertainment visit us all the way from Adelaide to host our two very special workshops. "Balloon Twisting" was on Monday where and the children learnt to make everything from swords and flowers to animals and more! Tuesday we filled a room of budding magicians with our "Magic Workshop" where Bumbles taught them all the tricks of the trade and some special illusions to take home and test on their parents!
Monday night Bumbles was back with a 1 hour Magic Show for kids (& grownups!) in our Lincoln Ballroom overlooking the bay. Bumbles wowed the audience performing magic and illusions before their eyes and post show, treating each and every child to their very own balloon animal!
Thursday was the largest of our activities where we transformed our Lincoln Ballroom into a disco - complete with party lights and music! This 2 hour dance party was hosted by local dance teacher Julie Hennell who kept the kids entertained (and their bodies moving!) with games like Musical Statues and The Limbo. Not forgetting the parents, we set up a chill out zone where parents could watch on and enjoy a cup of coffee and a cake by our Relay for Life Team - who were there selling homemade sweets & treats and face painting to raise money for cancer.
We had so much fun we've invited Abracadabra Entertainment back again in December for a special Santa's Magic Show. Click here for more information.