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Mugshot: Perger vs the world

Irish coffee

Melbourne's Matt Perger hopes his Irish coffee wins the world title this weekend.

Drink | Matt Holden | Tue May 13 03:00:00 EST 2014

Mornington Peninsula goes minimalist

Mike Aylward

"Effortless" is a word I find myself using more and more when describing beautiful wines. On the contrary, I find myself using its opposite "a try-hard wine" less often, which is a good thing.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue May 13 03:00:00 EST 2014

Cheapskate's wine guide


Get the lowdown on casks and cleanskins, plus 20 bargain bottles for under $15.

Drink | Ralph Kyte-Powell | Tue May 13 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

All eyes on the beers of the year


Results of the 2014 Australian International Beer Awards will be announced in Melbourne on May 22.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed May 07 03:00:00 EST 2014

Seals of approval: best way to keep opened wine fresh

Wine bottles.

Seeing the bottle half empty? A taste test of wine-saving options reveals the best way to see it half full.

Drink | Cathy Gowdie | Tue May 06 13:12:00 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

Innovator created a little magic

Winemaker Jack Mann.

A cabernet sauvignon series continues its tradition of honouring a great achiever.

Drink | Jeni Port | Tue May 06 03:00:00 EST 2014

Mr Sippy: Ain't nothing like a Dane


Expand your international liquor vocabulary with the "Eurovision Drinking Game''.

Drink | Michael Harden | Tue May 06 03:00:00 EST 2014

South Australian Riverland is big, bold and mind-boggling

Kingston Estate Winery, Adelaide.

We drove around the Berri Estates winery in a bus, not just because it was raining, but because it's so big.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue May 06 03:00:00 EST 2014

Five of a kind: Cider

Cheeky Rascal.

Matt and Ruth Gallace began by blending fruit from the family farm to make Cheeky Rascal.

Drink | Review by Mary O'brien | Sat May 03 03:00:00 EST 2014

The 2009 Penfolds Grange: the critics' verdict

Penfolds 2009 Grange

The latest Grange vintage has hit the shelves. How does it stack up compared to previous years; and is it worth the $785 a bottle price tag?

Drink | | Wed Apr 30 18:02:00 EST 2014

What is the correct level to fill a wine glass?

Circa restaurant

As with so many things in life, it's helpful to have a sense of proportion when pouring wine.

Drink | Cathy Gowdie | Tue Apr 29 03:00:00 EST 2014

Mugshot: Roasts put to the test


The Australian International Coffee Awards gives awards for coffee roasting excellence.

Drink | Matt Holden | Tue Apr 29 03:00:00 EST 2014

Cape Mentelle backs off over Wallcliffe name

Cliff Royle

What's in a name? A lot of angst. Cape Mentelle has backed down in a debate over the use of the name Wallcliffe. The row almost split the Margaret River wine community.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Apr 29 03:00:00 EST 2014

Melbourne's coffee prices fastest growing in the country


The cost of a cup of coffee has increased at a faster rate in Melbourne than in any other city, according to a nationwide survey of cafes.

Drink | Beau Donelly | Thu Apr 24 12:51:35 EST 2014

Sales of 'accessible' rose wine soar in France

Change of pace: Summer is the time for rosé and other lighter wines.

Sales of rose wine - once the object of contempt from connoisseurs who winced at the southern habit of drinking it with ice - have tripled in France in a decade.

Drink | David Chazan, Paris | Wed Apr 23 10:27:40 EST 2014

How to drink coffee like an Italian

Sbriga Espresso Bar.

You don't need an Alitalia ticket to drink coffee Italian-style. Here's a guide.

Drink | Matt Holden | Tue Apr 22 03:00:00 EST 2014

Prosecco purists baulk at Paris

Heart-quake: Paris Hilton poses with a can of prosecco.

Whether you agree with the Italians in their campaign to stop the world from appropriating the name prosecco, you would have to agree they have balls and sympathise with them after Paris Hilton was...

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Apr 22 03:00:00 EST 2014

The perfect long black

Long black

It's possible that no brew is as misunderstood as the long black.

Drink | Matt Holden | Tue Apr 15 03:00:00 EST 2014