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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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Can you ever take a cleanskin to a dinner party?


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?


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


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

"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


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

Agony aunt: The consumption dilemma


How to encourage friends to face the fact that their demand far outweighs supply.

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

Christmas party apocalypse

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Will this year's high tea Christmas party be the end of me? What will I drink?

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Nov 26 03:00:00 EST 2013

Wines under any kind of seal can suffer a range of woes

Why do restaurants bother offering a 'taste' of wine from a bottle sealed with a screwcap?

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Nov 19 03:00:00 EST 2013

Cheese and wine matching tips

Wine Agony Aunt

Strong and mature cheese is essential to combat the strong tannins of reds.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Nov 12 03:00:00 EST 2013

Keeping track of your glass at a party

Wine Agony Aunt

If you want your glass to go unmolested, make like Gollum and the ring - keep it close or suffer the consequences.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Nov 05 03:00:00 EST 2013

Reputation and scarcity keep prices up

Wine Agony Aunt dinkus for Epicure.

The pricing of really expensive wines is based on what the market is prepared to cop.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Oct 29 03:00:00 EST 2013

How to serve chilled red wine

The varying climates around the world make serving wine at room temperature complicated.

I have always served reds at room temperature but now I'm told some reds should be refrigerated too?

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Oct 15 03:00:00 EST 2013

Wine knife v corkscrew

The waiter's friend bottle opener.

What's the best way to open a bottle of wine?

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Oct 08 03:00:00 EST 2013

Wine served in a glass is always a pleasure

Glasses of wine

Right now, somewhere in the world, someone at an impromptu office party is sipping wine from a novelty coffee mug.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Mon Sep 30 23:59:59 EST 2013

To tip or not to tip? And then, how much?

Should you include wine in your bottom line when calculating your tip?

Is a 10 per cent tip still the case when ordering particularly expensive wines?

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Sep 24 03:00:00 EST 2013