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WINE AGONY AUNT

By Cathy Gowdie

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Dealing with a drinking dilemma? Winemaker, freelance journalist and author Cathy Gowdie counsels on everyday wine angst. Use the comment function to ask her a question.

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Is it time to give prosecco a second chance?

Is it time to give prosecco another chance?

Prosecco has come a long way in reputational terms since its nadir in 2006.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Mon Sep 08 23:31:56 EST 2014

How to break a no-BYO policy

No BYO

Want to take a bottle of wine to a no-BYO restaurant? That's OK - as long as you take the right approach.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Aug 05 03:00:00 EST 2014

Beware wine geeks bearing home-made gifts

Home-made wine

''Home-made'' is an adjective that warms the cockles of one's heart when applied to steamed winter puddings and cable-knit jumpers.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Jul 15 03:00:00 EST 2014

Should you pour wine by its base?

Like a pro: If you're comfortable pouring wine sommelier-style then go for it.

When pouring wine, is it correct to hold a wine bottle by its base with your thumb in the indentation? I see waiters do this but when I try it I'm not confident about my grip.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Jun 24 03:00:00 EST 2014

Can you swap bottles from the hotel minibar?

Mini bar spirits bottles

This substituting-stuff-from-the-minibar caper requires nerves of steel.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Jun 17 03:00:00 EST 2014

Why aren't there more half bottles of wine on the market?

Half bottle

Why do half bottles of wine cost more than half as much as whole ones?

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Jun 10 03:00:00 EST 2014

Can you re-gift a bottle of wine?

Can you re-gift a bottle of wine?

Whether or not you agree with it, passing on gift bottles of wine is a common practice.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Mon May 26 23:44:01 EST 2014

How to find the value of old wine

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I have inherited two cases of wine a relative kept under his house. Some of the labels are hard to read but they appear to be French and date back to the 1970s.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue May 20 03:00:00 EST 2014

How to choose wine for your child's 21st

Red wine

Ignore what you fondly imagine your carefully reared child might fancy 20 years from now; the answer is all too likely to be fruit-flavoured vodka slushies.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Mon May 12 23:12:45 EST 2014

Why does wine taste worse up in the air?

Glass of champagne.

Snobbery doesn't stop Cathy Gowdie from stashing a spare miniature bottle or three in her seat pocket.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue May 06 03:00:00 EST 2014

Can you ever take a cleanskin to a dinner party?

Cleanskin

There are perfectly drinkable cleanskins out there. But should you take them to a dinner party? Our wine agony aunt tackles your questions.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Apr 15 03:00:00 EST 2014

Shiraz v syrah: what's the difference?

Shiraz.

Spotted the word 'syrah' on an Aussie red recently? Our Wine Agony Aunt explains why.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Mar 25 03:00:00 EST 2014

Blending vintages builds champagne character

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I was shopping at Costco and saw Bollinger champagne at a very good price. I nearly bought some but the labels didn't have a year on them.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Mar 11 03:00:00 EST 2014

'Wine options': the division of opinion

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"Wine options" is played by people who like talking about wine almost as much as they like drinking it.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Mar 04 03:00:00 EST 2014

Wine vintage a matter of development

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Can we assume, considering the [recent] heatwave, most Australian winemakers will have poor 2014 vintages?

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Feb 25 03:00:00 EST 2014

Serving double standards: wines by the glass

Wine Agony Aunt

Is there a standard for the amount of wine served by the glass? Why might this be different in countries such as Italy?

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Feb 11 03:00:00 EST 2014

Stemless wine glasses: what's the point?

Stemless glasses.

They're now more ubiquitous than cutting-edge, but stemless wine glasses still have a purpose, writes our Wine Agony Aunt.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Feb 04 03:00:00 EST 2014

Is it uncouth to serve wine on the rocks?

Is it uncouth to serve wine on the rocks?

Consenting adults can put ice cubes into anything they like, in private, wine included.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Jan 21 03:00:00 EST 2014

Matching wine with food: are there any rules?

Neil Perry's king prawn & asparagus gazpacho.

Cathy Gowdie tackles the theory: red wine with meat, white wine with seafood.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Jan 14 03:00:00 EST 2014

Sparkling red: a national treasure

Sparkling red

Don't scoff when asked to bring a sparkling red to a dinner party, it's one of Australia's great national drinks.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Dec 10 03:00:00 EST 2013