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the Little Penguin Australian Wine

      Winter 2008

Volume 8, Issue 4      
the Little Penguin Wine Times

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  The Perfect Stocking Stuffer

Be sure to pick up a bottle of the Little Penguin Shiraz as the perfect Holiday stocking stuffer! The beautiful red bottle fits perfectly in a stocking and it will ultimately save you money! How? The bottle does such a good job of filling up the stocking you won't have to purchase additional gifts to fill it up!

A Very Aussie Christmas

Ever wonder about Christmas down under? Celebrations near the South Pole are quite different than here in the States—for one thing, it's a whole different season! Summer in Australia means snow and ice are replaced by sand and sun, making traditional Christmas carols sound a little ridiculous. You won't find chestnuts roasting on an open fire, but you may find a few shrimp on the barbie! Aussies skip the roast turkey, and often opt for a seafood barbecue on the beach instead. Poor Santa swelters in his big red suit, but Australian children still tell him their wish list and anxiously wait for him to drop down the chimney as American children do.


The most unique tradition celebrated during the Christmas season in Australia takes place on December 26th—otherwise known as Proclamation Day. This observed holiday marks the proclamation of Australia as a British Province in 1836. Other celebrations on the day after Christmas include Boxing Day, a significant sporting day for Australians. Cricket is the most popular summer season sport, and since businesses are closed on this day, many Aussie sports fans can be found watching the cricket matches or yacht races held, particularly in Melbourne and Sydney.

To celebrate like the Aussies here in the States, open a bottle of the Little Penguin—any variety will do! Although we Americans don't get an observed holiday on December 26th, the Little Penguin makes any day a celebration. Cheers!

The Ultimate Holiday Cocktail

Need a little help with holiday party and menu planning? Remember, penguins are social creatures; so too are the Little Penguin wines... they love a good party! To spice up your holiday entertaining try this custom-designed Little Penguin red wine drink recipe:

the Little Penguin’s Chai Mulled Wine


1 bottle (750ml) the Little Penguin Shiraz, Merlot
or Cabernet Sauvignon wine
1/2 cup sugar
6 (4-inch) cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon cardamom pods
1 teaspoon whole cloves
4 (˝ -inch) slices fresh ginger
4 Earl Grey teabags

*Note: Ready-made Chai spices can be substituted for the cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, and cloves


In a non-reactive saucepan, combine wine and sugar. With meat pounder or rolling pin, lightly crush 2 cinnamon sticks, cardamom and cloves. Add crushed spices and ginger to saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add teabags, cover and remove from heat. Let sit 15 minutes. Strain, reheat and serve in heatproof mugs. Garnish each mug with a cinnamon stick. (Serves 4)

  Cheers to 2009!

2009 is shaping up to be a fantastic year with the Little Penguin. Be sure to keep the Little Penguin website bookmarked on your computer: and check back regularly for the latest news including more hilarious bits from ‘Happy Joel’ our Penguin Pick Up Project winner during his grand prize trip to Australia!

Wine Personality Test

If you were a wine, what would you be? A popular Pinot Noir perhaps? A classic Chardonnay? Or are you bold and fresh like one of our new varietals? Humor your inner penguin and have your party guests take our updated Wine Personality Test. For a fun twist, encourage your guests to bring a bottle of the wine variety that matches their personality to share with the group.

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