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Canberra wine industry produces top shiraz, riesling in 2014

Champion variety: Local winemakers won awards at this year's Canberra International Riesling Challenge.

Despite nature's harsh dealings, Canberra region's winegrowers continue to produce top-notch riesling and shiraz, writes Chris Shanahan.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Tue Dec 02 23:45:00 EST 2014

Quality quaffing: the best Christmas drinks

The classy amontillado negroni at Melbourne's Kikiriki.

When it comes to washing down Christmas dinner, let this be the season to try something new.

Drink | Michael Harden | Tue Dec 02 14:24:38 EST 2014

Newtown Growler Depot prolongs shelf life of beer

The Newtown Growler Depot is here to prolong your pilsner's shelf life.

Drink | Callan Boys | Tue Dec 02 10:25:31 EST 2014

Summer brew: the rise of witbier

Hoegarden beer

Formerly the unsung hero of the beer world, witbier is fast gaining popularity among brew connoisseurs.

Drink | Will Hawkes | Tue Dec 02 00:00:00 EST 2014

Coffee grinders put to the test

Coffee beans.

To make a decent coffee at home, you need a grinder. How fancy you get, depends on your taste.

Drink | Matt Holden | Tue Dec 02 00:00:00 EST 2014

Why you should serve traditional punch this Christmas

Punch's reputation has been tarnished by low associations, but the drink has an old and stately history.

Drink | Michael Harden | Tue Dec 02 00:00:00 EST 2014

Maximising flavour in white coffee


Most people take milk with their coffee. But doesn't all that cowjuice ruin coffee's true flavour?

Drink | Matt Holden | Mon Dec 01 00:00:00 EST 2014

Melbourne pub scene invigorated by modern makeovers

From left: Matt Mullins, Doug Maskiell, Andy Mullins and Tom Birch at the Terminus Hotel, Abbotsford.

Many dream of owning a pub; a few actually fulfil this dream, and even fewer make a raging success of it.

Drink | Daniel Lewis | Sun Nov 30 00:15:00 EST 2014

It's the season for saison beer

Taste of tradition: Costa Nikias from La Sirene makes five kinds of saison beer.

The saison style has been embraced by some of the country's most forward-looking breweries.

Drink | Will Hawkes | Sun Nov 30 00:00:00 EST 2014

Wine reviews by Chris Shanahan

Fresh, vibrant fruit flavours, medium body and gentle tannins make Tulloch Pokolbin Dry Red Shiraz 2013 good current drinking.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Sat Nov 29 23:45:00 EST 2014

Wine review: La Linea 2014 Tempranillo Rose is classic, no fuss drinking

Fergus McGhie's wine review of La Linea 2014 Tempranillo Rose for Panorama magazine.

Drink | Fergus McGhie | Fri Nov 28 23:45:00 EST 2014

A corker for Aldi as its wines shine at 2014 Sydney International Wine Competition

Aldi's successful wines ranged in price from $4.99 to $29.99.

Wines made for budget supermarket chain Aldi have taken out three top awards at this year's Sydney International Wine Competition.

Drink | Jane Holroyd | Wed Nov 26 10:31:33 EST 2014

Chris Shanahan wine reviews

Chris Shanahan wine reviews for Food and Wine, November 26.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Tue Nov 25 23:45:00 EST 2014

Canberra winemaker Nick O'Leary in vintage form for 2014

Winemaker Nick O'Leary at his cellar door in Bywong.

He's won a haul of trophies, but Nick O'Leary is proudest of the community's support, writes Natasha Rudra.

Drink,Canberra Life | Natasha Rudra | Tue Nov 25 23:45:00 EST 2014

Quaffers: Don't miss Great Australian Beer Festival

Great Australian Beer Festival is tipped to offer more than 200 craft beers and ciders, writes Chris Shanahan.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Tue Nov 25 23:00:00 EST 2014

Canberra's beer, brewers and bars in 2014: Chris Shanahan reflects

Ahead of the game: Tracy Margrain and Richard Watkins of BentSpoke Brewing Co.

Canberra's embrace of the global craft-beer phenomenon tightened during 2014.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Tue Nov 25 19:18:35 EST 2014

Top 10 new bars in Melbourne 2014

Green Park (formerly St Ali North) launch.

Melbourne's bar scene never stands still and this has been a bumper year for new boozers. Here are 10 new (or newish) bars that have recently thrown their hat into the ring.

Drink | Michael Harden | Tue Nov 25 00:00:00 EST 2014

A guide to sake from five breweries in Honshu, Japan

Versatile: Sake is compatible with many types of food, not just Japanese.

Sake bars are everywhere these days, but who are the importers behind this growing trend?

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Nov 25 00:00:00 EST 2014

Wine review: Fox Creek Vixen Sparkling Red McLaren Vale

Some people find the idea of a sparkling red wine strange - but they're missing out.

Drink | Fergus McGhie | Fri Nov 21 23:00:00 EST 2014

Lerida Estate wins Chair of Judges award at National Wine Show

Lerida Estate's 2013 shiraz viognier was the only wine from the ACT to take home one of the major awards at the Dan Murphy's National Wine Show.

Drink,Canberra Life,ACT News | Natasha Rudra | Thu Nov 20 23:45:00 EST 2014