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The Age, Epicure. Cocktails at The Everleigh.An old fashioned. Pic Simon Schluter , 10 July 2013.

One of the greatest things about living in the second golden age of cocktails - the first being in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when the genre was defined and refined - is seeing the...

Drink | Michael Harden | Tue Jul 23 03:00:00 EST 2013

Migrant communities keep winemaking tradition alive

NCH - H2 - Bimbadgen Estate, Pokolbin,  grapes on the vine, ready for harvest in the next week or two.  2nd January 2013 Photo by Marina Neil.

Dario Sommero thought being forced to crush grapes in a concrete tank in his family's backyard as a child was enough to make him hate winemaking for life.

Drink | Esther Han | Sun Jul 21 03:00:00 EST 2013

An A-Z guide to French wine

cabernet sauvignon

Everything you need to know about French wine in one handy list.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Sat Jul 20 15:30:00 EST 2013

What to drink ... Cabernet Sauvignon

Young Cabernet Sauvignon requires time to mellow out.

Cabernet sauvignon is a distinctive grape variety, but there are subtleties depending on where it's grown and how it's made.

Drink | Jane Faulkner | Sat Jul 20 03:00:00 EST 2013

Can you judge a wine by its medals?

Wine medals.

The well-worn maxim "you shouldn't judge a book by its cover" could equally apply to the label on a bottle of wine.

Drink,Food News | Natascha Mirosch | Fri Jul 19 23:44:10 EST 2013

Lehmann legend will live on

Margaret Lehmann and Peter Lehmann from Peter Lehmann Wines Limited.

Peter Lehmann's flagship red, Stonewell Shiraz, carries his profile on the label and I can never open a bottle without thinking of the legendary winemaker.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Jul 17 03:00:00 EST 2013

The judges have spoken

Little Creatures Mr Obadiah.

The Australian International Beer Awards raises questions about the quality difference between standard beers and ''premium'' products.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Jul 17 03:00:00 EST 2013

Alcohol: the sober truth

'Unfortunately, not many de-alcoholised or non-alcohol wines are balanced.'

It's the heart and soul of any self-respecting drop — as drinkers enduring Dry July will soon discover.

Drink | Jeni Port | Tue Jul 16 03:00:00 EST 2013

Cheap champagne proves a headache for local wine makers

Two glasses of Rose.jpg Glasses of Jansz Tasmania Sparkling Rose.

Tasmania's sparkling wine industry would be more competitive with the discount champagne that is arriving in Australia if its grape yields were higher, according to the winner of the 2012 Vin de...

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Jul 16 03:00:00 EST 2013

Bottoms up is one thing - this is going to extremes


Somewhere in the US, up to $35 million worth of wine will be laid to rest along with fast-food wrappers, food scraps and soiled nappies.

Drink | Eli Greenblat | Tue Jul 16 03:00:00 EST 2013

What to drink ... with braises

Pinot noir is brilliant with slow-cooked lamb shanks with Middle Eastern spices.

Slow-cooked winter dishes need full-bodied drops that breathe of liveliness.

Drink | Jane Faulkner | Sat Jul 13 03:00:00 EST 2013

Micro-brewery aims for the 'weird and wonderful'


One of Melbourne’s most popular micro-breweries has established its own operation, giving it the freedom to develop ‘‘weird and wonderful’’ brews.

Drink | Alana Schetzer | Wed Jul 10 13:55:49 EST 2013

Just the tipple for a dry July

In search of great wine: Jeni Port.

Having a dry July? Then it might be time to pour a big glass of wine - without the alcohol.

Drink | Jeni Port | Wed Jul 10 10:50:45 EST 2013

Brew better with age

Coopers Vintage Ale 2013.png

Coopers vintage ale lurches strongly towards hops in 2013.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Jul 10 03:00:00 EST 2013

Curse that thin red (or white) line

Colour illustration by Michael Whitehead. Man in a red wine glass trying to figure out how much a standard drink is.

Does anyone actually notice the ''standard drinks'' information on wine labels? And if so, do they know how to make use of it?

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Jul 09 03:00:00 EST 2013

A sommelier's art requires a good palate

Red wine, generic. Thinkstock pic

There is a lot more to the sommelier's job than pulling corks and waxing lyrical with adjective-rich descriptions of the wine.

Drink | Tony Eldred | Tue Jul 09 03:00:00 EST 2013

Is there a technical reason for heavy wine bottles?

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Wine marketers know how bottle weight influences perceptions of quality and luxury.

Drink | Cathy Gowdie | Tue Jul 09 03:00:00 EST 2013

What to drink ... on wintry days

mount Buller alpine village

Here are some full-bodied and robust wines to cut through the cold.

Drink | Jane Faulkner | Sat Jul 06 03:00:00 EST 2013

Good show: a tasty introduction to wine judging

Chief Judge PJ Charteris.

Natascha Mirosch goes behind the scenes at the Royal Queensland Wine Show.

Drink | Natascha Mirosch | Fri Jul 05 12:35:10 EST 2013

RNA reinvigorates wine show with young, new-look judging panel

Chief Judge PJ Charteris at the 2013 Royal Queensland Wine Show at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane.2nd of July 2013. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

They certainly don't look like the stereotype of wine show judges; with jeans and t-shirts replacing the traditional lab coat and a preponderance of three day growth (for the blokes anyway), but this...

Drink | Natascha Mirosch | Wed Jul 03 00:01:40 EST 2013