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Sommelier president selected

Sommelier David Lawler.

The Rockpool Group's David Lawler is the new president of Sommeliers Australia.

Drink | Espresso | Tue Oct 01 00:00:00 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

What to drink ... Artisanal Aussie producers

Clare Valley royalty, from left, Tom, Peter and Sam Barry.

These local winemakers should be championed for producing wonderful drops across a range of varieties.

Drink | Jane Faulkner | Sat Sep 28 03:00:00 EST 2013

Sky's the limit for Cloudy Bay tasting


Cloudy Bay’s sauvignon blanc will feature at a tasting at Ainslie Cellars on October 1.

Drink | Kirsten Lawson | Wed Sep 25 15:18:05 EST 2013

Canberra winemaker Tim Kirk brings home coveted award ... finally

Tim Kirk.

It was a case of third time lucky for Canberra winemaker Tim Kirk, who finally won Gourmet Traveller Wine's winemaker of the year award this week, after being a finalist three times for the coveted...

Drink | Kirsten Lawson | Wed Sep 25 15:05:55 EST 2013

Aldi does it again

Flensburger Weizen.

However these beers fit into Aldi's business model, these examples from Flensburg, Germany, are outstanding.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Sep 25 03:00:00 EST 2013

Torbreck spat leaves bitter aftertaste

Blend sours: Torbreck Vintners founder Dave Powell has lost his stake in the company.

A high-profile split at a major Barossa Valley winery has both sides seeing red.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Sep 24 03:00:00 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

Drinking to Brisbane's Oktoberfest

Revellers enjoy beers and pork knuckle.

Oktoberfest in Brisbane is one of the biggest in Australia. Here's a guide to the city's festivities.

Drink | Natascha Mirosch | Mon Sep 23 12:00:40 EST 2013

With all those botanicals gin must surely be a tonic

Gin expert

Charles Spence sometimes pinches his nose when taking a sip of gin and tonic. Not because it smells, but to heighten the aroma in the spirit as he lets go.

Drink | Esther Han | Sat Sep 21 03:00:00 EST 2013

What to drink ... textural white wines

White wine.

Rediscovering lesser known varieties proves an intensely rewarding experience.

Drink | Jane Faulkner | Sat Sep 21 03:00:00 EST 2013

How to get served at a bar


What's the trick to catching a bartender's attention? Clicking your fingers? Drumming them nervously on the bar? Researchers find the best approach is actually a whole lot more straightforward.

Drink | Jane Holroyd | Thu Sep 19 13:16:10 EST 2013

Museum merlots

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Mount Majura offers tastings of its museum merlots on weekends this month.

Drink | | Thu Sep 19 09:13:58 EST 2013

Beer Week

Drinks with friends at Establishment Bar in Sydney City. 28 January 2011. AFR photo by Andrew Quilty. Generic: beer; wine; bar; pub; hotel; license; drink; drinking; booze; alcohol; binge; long lunch; friends, business.

Boutique brewers are making themselves heard on other fronts, with local brewers and sellers launching Canberra Beer Week in November.

Drink | | Thu Sep 19 09:13:59 EST 2013

Small brewers go bigger

TMM,October, 2012, beer pic by isamu sawa

Organisers of the Small Brewers Beer Festival, an event that thumbs its nose at the big brewers’ move into the boutique beer market, are holding a second event this month, this time at Exhibition...

Drink | | Thu Sep 19 09:13:58 EST 2013

Good for what ales you

Hargreaves Hill Pale Ale
Red Hill Hop Harvest

Sydney's annual craft beer week, from October 19 to 26, offers a comparison of Spiegelau glasses versus the rest.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Sep 18 03:00:00 EST 2013

When spitting at the table is OK, or is it?

Time and place: Spitting wine at the dining table is unusual but not unheard of.

During dinner we sat adjacent to two wine-lovers who requested receptacles in order to ''spit out''. It was a tad off-putting to say the least.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Sep 17 03:00:00 EST 2013

Hops, steps and jumps

Yeasty boy: Beer judge Brad Rogers samples the spread.

With drinkers around the world exploring beer's subtle variety, the market for Australian flavours is growing in leaps and bounds.

Drink | Will Hawkes | Tue Sep 17 03:00:00 EST 2013

A chardonnay with the X factor

cheese and white wine

Despite splitting opinions, there's no denying this Tasmanian superstar is big on character.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Sep 17 03:00:00 EST 2013

Australia for the vinitourist

Henschke Winery, Barossa Valley, South Australia.

Do Margaret River's beaches beat the Barossa's big names? Here's a tally sheet of our top wine spots.

Drink | Jeni Port | Tue Sep 17 03:00:00 EST 2013