Good Food - Chris Shanahan

Chris Shanahan

Wine reviewer

Chris Shanahan is a wine and beer judge, former liquor retailer and freelance writer. chrisshanahan.com

Cider with a backstory

Small Acres Cyder claims its recently released fortified apple cider, Pommeau, is the first of its kind in Australia, writes Chris Shanahan.

Good Food | Chris Shanahan | Wed Apr 02 03:00:00 EST 2014

Coke backs Aussie beer

Quaffers Thumbnail, March 26.

In December, Coca-Cola Amatil announced its long-anticipated return to the Australian beer market and its entry into the rapidly growing cider market.

Good Food | Chris Shanahan | Wed Mar 26 00:04:18 EST 2014

Brewery boost

Six years after establishing, Stone & Wood Brewing is poised to triple its brewing capacity, writes Chris Shanahan.

Good Food,Drinks | Chris Shanahan | Wed Mar 19 03:00:00 EST 2014

Winewise judges sift for nuggets

Gold-medal wines compete to become the champion of champions, writes Chris Shanahan.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Mar 12 03:00:00 EST 2014

Independent brewers dominate craft beer awards

Brendan Varis of the Feral Brewing Company in Western Australia.

The smaller, independent brewers held eight of the 10 top spots at this year's awards.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Mar 12 03:00:00 EST 2014

Cider taste overflows

Australia’s phenomenal growth in cider consumption is driven mainly by the young, particularly 18 to 24-year olds.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Tue Mar 04 12:15:56 EST 2014

On with the show

Organisers expect a strong showing in the Australian International Beer Awards this year from April 28 to May2.

Good Food | Chris Shanahan | Wed Feb 26 00:12:11 EST 2014

Fire and ice

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Vintage 2014 seems a song of ice and fire for much of the Canberra region.

Good Food | Chris Shanahan | Wed Feb 19 00:01:21 EST 2014

Four stars from four corners

These summer brews could be metaphors for the national stereotypes.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Feb 19 00:01:00 EST 2014

Drone idea falls flat

Minnesota craft brewer Lakemaid Beer Company tested drone deliveries to thirsty ice fishers on the state's frozen lakes.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Feb 12 00:01:00 EST 2014

Lager packs in the malt

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Ale specialist Coopers recently extended its push into the lager market with the introduction of Thomas Cooper's Selection Australian Reserve.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Feb 05 03:00:00 EST 2014

Taste test on vintage ale

Does Cooper's Extra Strong Vintage Ale really age well? With careful cellaring, will it, as Dr Tim Cooper claims, "mature gracefully with age and develop rounded, rich toffee characters"?

Good Food | Chris Shanahan | Wed Jan 29 03:00:00 EST 2014

BentSpoke imminent

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That building on the corner of Mort and Elouera streets in Braddon houses Canberra's newest pub brewery.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Jan 22 03:00:00 EST 2014

El Figura Rioja 2012

El Figura provides a fruity, drink-now expression of the Rioja region's great red specialty.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Sun Jan 19 00:00:00 EST 2014

Dal Zotto Pucino Prosecco NV

Dal Zotto Pucino Prosecco NV

Otto Dal Zotto, born in Valdobbiadene, released his first Australian prosecco in 2004 and now offers the light, delicate, refreshingly bubbly Charmat-made Pucino NV.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Sun Jan 19 00:00:00 EST 2014

Chapel Hill Parson's Nose McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012

Chapel Hill Parson's Nose McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012

Winemaker Michael Fragos says the mild 2011-12 growing season proved "ideal for maturation and facilitated even flavour and tannin ripening".

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Sun Jan 19 00:00:00 EST 2014

Lion boosts its share of craft brewing

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Lion boosts production by opening its $60 million Little Creatures brewery, which will target the east coast market.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Jan 15 03:00:00 EST 2014

The Frontbencher Canberra District Shiraz 2011

The Frontbencher Canberra District Shiraz 2011

Cold, wet conditions greatly reduced Canberra's 2011 grape crop and resulted in notably lighter red styles than usual.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Sun Dec 22 00:00:00 EST 2013

Kooyong Beurrot Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris 2012

Kooyong Beurrot Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris 2012

A good level of acidity gives the palate refreshing vigour, followed by a pleasantly tart bite of tannin in the finish.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Sun Dec 22 00:00:00 EST 2013

Brown Brothers Heathcote 18 Eighty Nine Shiraz 2012

A gold-medal winner at the Great Australian Shiraz Challenge, the wine offers bright, ripe, plum-like varietal flavour with an earthy, savoury note.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Sun Dec 22 00:00:00 EST 2013