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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

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Coopers vintage ale lurches strongly towards hops in 2013.

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

A sommelier's art requires a good palate

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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

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

What to drink ... on wintry days

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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

Inside the vat

Screencap from a video by Chris Carpenter of Lark Hill winery showing dry ice in a vat of marsanne.

Christopher Carpenter of Lark Hill biodynamic winery tossed a GoPro video camera into a vat of marsanne.

Drink | Morsels | Tue Jul 02 13:35:07 EST 2013

Winemaker pushes the boundaries

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Few winemakers go to the trouble to inform the wine trade and media as much as Chapel Hill's Michael Fragos.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Jul 02 03:00:00 EST 2013

Our cups runneth over

Tide's out ... or not: A recent Premium Wine Brands survey found 86 per cent of respondents were unsure of standard drink size.

When it comes to alcohol there are many ideas about how we should drink responsibly.

Drink | Jeni Port | Tue Jul 02 03:00:00 EST 2013

How can I get my wine buff friend to order less expensive wines?

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Your wine buff friend likes to take charge of the wine list at restaurants. Their choices are good, but always expensive.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Jul 02 03:00:00 EST 2013

What to drink ... Australian-grown Rhone whites


These wines have their origins in southern France and are just waiting to be paired with flavoursome foods.

Drink | Jane Faulkner | Sat Jun 29 03:00:00 EST 2013

Winemaker Peter Lehmann dies at 82


Iconic Barossa winemaker Peter Lehmann has died. He was 82.

Drink | Inga Ting | Fri Jun 28 15:21:50 EST 2013

The home latte art challenge

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Fancy yourself as an artist or barista, or better still, both? Check out our latte art how-to and start frothing!

Drink | Inga Ting | Fri Jun 28 12:06:40 EST 2013

Maintain standards

Wine Agony Aunt dinkus for Epicure.

Why do bars and restaurants have a logo on their wine glasses?

Drink | | Tue Jun 25 14:43:40 EST 2013

Craft on the rise

For Food and Wine.
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America's Brewers Association, the voice of the country's craft brewers, says the craft sector continues to outgrow the beer industry overall by a wide margin.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Tue Jun 25 09:45:50 EST 2013

The fastest way to ruin a wine tasting


It's bad enough in an enclosed train carriage or shop. It's worse at wineries, cafes and restaurants.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Jun 25 03:00:00 EST 2013