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Forty years of fine wines

Sally's Paddock

It arrived out of the blue - an invitation to taste across the 40-year history of Sally's Paddock. Everybody in the wine industry seems to be celebrating some kind of anniversary these days: it's an...

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Nov 19 03:00:00 EST 2013

Huon Hooke's top drops

The Australia Day wine honours go to...

An interactive guide to the best wines of the week and the best foods to accompany them.

Drink | | Tue Nov 19 00:01:00 EST 2013

Coke's in cider trading


Coca-Cola Amatil's re-entry of some products into the Australian market should have a considerable impact.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Nov 13 03:00:00 EST 2013

Clare's riesling to fore


South Australia remains riesling heartland, but what went wrong in Canberra, asks Chris Shanahan.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Nov 13 03:00:00 EST 2013

Tumbarumba sparkles at wine awards


Fans of sparkling wine will be pleased to hear of the success of a Tumbarumba sparkling at the Australian Sparkling Wine Awards.

Drink | Kirsten Lawson | Wed Nov 13 00:28:27 EST 2013

Giant Steps for lighter-bodied reds

Tom Carson

The Royal Melbourne Wine Awards judging room this year had more leaks that Julia Gillard's cabinet.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Nov 12 03:00:00 EST 2013

Crafty cans

The Australian Brewery's tinnies.

For so long the preserve of the most unfashionable beer brands, the humble tinny is finally being embraced by beer's brave new world.

Drink | James Smith | Tue Nov 12 03:00:00 EST 2013

Mug shot: Talk like a barista

The bean grind varies for different brewing methods.

'What's your recipe?' are the only words you need to strike up a cordial with that cute barista.

Drink | Matt Holden | Tue Nov 12 03:00:00 EST 2013

Australians are shunning soft drinks for healthier choices: report

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Australians are shunning cola, lemonade and ginger beer in favour of healthier choices such as tea and fruit juice, with only half the population now swilling soft drink at least once in an average a...

Drink | Esther Han | Tue Nov 12 03:00:00 EST 2013

Cheese and wine matching tips

Wine Agony Aunt

Strong and mature cheese is essential to combat the strong tannins of reds.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Nov 12 03:00:00 EST 2013

Temple rising

Temple's new label.

For Ron and Renata Feruglio the past year at Temple Brewing Company has been the stuff of nightmares.

Drink | Chris Canty | Tue Nov 12 03:00:00 EST 2013

Stripped back and strong, gin's the thing for Longroom cocktails


It's a bold statement, but Longroom bar manager Marc Frew believes "anything you can do with vodka you can do better with gin".

Drink,Food News | Jessica Wright | Wed Nov 06 09:53:00 EST 2013

British wine expert blends with capital

Matthew Jukes and Tim Kirk, at Clonakilla tasting 2012 shiraz viognier in barrel
photo Kirsten Lawson

Britain’s foremost expert on Australian wine, Matthew Jukes, is back in town this week.

Drink | Kirsten Lawson | Wed Nov 06 09:26:25 EST 2013

Plonk turns up the heat on Nara sake


After a sake tasting at the Japanese embassy recently, Plonk at the Fyshwick markets is stocking one of the sakes from Nara that a delegation from Nara, led by Mayor Gen Nakagawa, brought to Canberra.

Drink | Morsels | Wed Nov 06 09:26:19 EST 2013

Return of the tinny

Beer cans.

In cans we trust? American craft brewers are shunning bottles in favour of cans and some local companies are taking up the cause here.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Nov 06 03:00:00 EST 2013

All goes into the brewpot


When inspiration strikes, Kevin Hingston gets to work and makes another unique beer, writes Kirsten Lawson.

Drink | Kirsten Lawson | Wed Nov 06 03:00:00 EST 2013

Drink for the absinthe-minded

Both Gaye Valttila and Ben Luzz suggest going for one of the 'lighter' (aka more low alcohol) absinthes when first starting out.

No madness, no mayhem - just a lovely ritual that leaves you lucid and slightly euphoric.

Drink | Michael Harden | Tue Nov 05 03:01:00 EST 2013

Keeping track of your glass at a party

Wine Agony Aunt

If you want your glass to go unmolested, make like Gollum and the ring - keep it close or suffer the consequences.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Nov 05 03:00:00 EST 2013

Our flutes bubbleth over

In the 2012 calendar year, 5.4 million bottles of champagne were imported into the country, an increase of 11.2 per cent on the previous year.

Australians are drinking more champagne than ever before.

Drink | Jeni Port | Tue Nov 05 03:00:00 EST 2013

NSW wine awards 2013

White wine.

It was Tumbarumba's year at the 2013 NSW Wine Awards, largely thanks to the regions' chardonnay.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Nov 05 03:00:00 EST 2013