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Can you swap bottles from the hotel minibar?

Mini bar spirits bottles

This substituting-stuff-from-the-minibar caper requires nerves of steel.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Jun 17 03:00:00 EST 2014

Mugshot: is it possible to have too many cafes?


That we have too many cafes will be news to anyone who spent the queuing for brunch.

Drink | Matt Holden | Tue Jun 17 03:00:00 EST 2014

Return of the Grasshopper: 1980s cocktails back with a vengeance

Fluffy Duck cocktail from The Underground Experiment.

Do we really need to exhume Between the Sheets, Slippery Nipple, and Sex on the Beach?

Drink | Michael Harden | Tue Jun 17 03:00:00 EST 2014

How to brew coffee at home


Melbourne's coffee tsar, Salvatore Malatesta, bubbles with enthusiasm on the subject of coffee. He's also evangelical about how best to appreciate the plethora of different flavour profiles found in...

Drink | Carla Grossetti | Tue Jun 17 03:00:00 EST 2014

Website sells wine direct from producer


A revolutionary way of buying and selling wine has been launched by the Winemakers' Federation of Australia. Wineries will be able

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Jun 17 03:00:00 EST 2014

BentSpoke's heady beer pour in Braddon

The desire to taste a distinctive beer, resulted in a queue outside Braddon's newest pub on opening day, writes Chris Shanahan.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Mon Jun 16 14:31:49 EST 2014

BentSpoke opens in Braddon


Quaffers: Richard Watkins' much-loved beers are welcomed back on the market.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Jun 11 17:54:18 EST 2014

Why aren't there more half bottles of wine on the market?

Half bottle

Why do half bottles of wine cost more than half as much as whole ones?

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Jun 10 03:00:00 EST 2014

Mugshot: why a communal table is the new cafe must-have

Stagger Lee's, 276 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. 
The Age/Epicure, Good Food Under $30. Picture Anu Kumar
16th April 2014 Stagger zlee's interior images. Photograph Anu Kumar May 2014

A low communal table is a space that is both intensely social and pleasantly private.

Drink | Matt Holden | Mon Jun 09 23:58:00 EST 2014

Is Australian red wine too alcoholic?

Red wine

Debate rages about the merits of high-alcohol wine and a small group of Australian producers is ignoring the pleas for lower percentages.

Drink | Jeni Port | Mon Jun 09 11:58:00 EST 2014

Beer awards provide a tasty shopping list


The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria has released the results of the 2014 Australian International Beer Awards.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Jun 04 16:59:04 EST 2014

Mugshot: the precision of coffee machines


Making coffee these days is undeniably a craft, right - and not the knitting-needle kind.

Drink | Matt Holden | Tue Jun 03 03:00:00 EST 2014

Sherry makes a comeback


If there was ever a moment for re-hoisting the sherry flag it's right now.

Drink | Michael Harden | Tue Jun 03 03:00:00 EST 2014

Bargain reds for the people

McLaren Vale

"If you're not over-delivering, you won't be around for long," says John Davey, co-owner and chief winemaker at Shingleback, one of the most successful Australian wineries in recent years.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Jun 03 03:00:00 EST 2014

Pint of Origin


The Schloss-Shanahan team found players of a different kind during Good Beer Week in Melbourne.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed May 28 09:13:57 EST 2014

Mugshot: Home barista how-to

Coffee beans

Sydney baristas will battle for best home barista in contests around Sydney in August.

Drink | Matt Holden | Tue May 27 03:00:00 EST 2014

A special barolo vintage

A way of life: Every year, winemakers from Barolo in Italy host the world?s media and await their verdict.

Barolo is one of my favourite wines. At best it combines the subtlety and perfume of great burgundy; the power, backbone, and ability to age and build complexity of great bordeaux.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue May 27 03:00:00 EST 2014

Can you re-gift a bottle of wine?

Can you re-gift a bottle of wine?

Whether or not you agree with it, passing on gift bottles of wine is a common practice.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Mon May 26 23:44:01 EST 2014

Mash Brewing's Indian Pale Ale wins top gong at The Australian International Beer Awards

Generic beer

Top beers from around Australia and the world have been recognised at an awards ceremony in Melbourne.

Drink | Callan Boys | Fri May 23 16:30:31 EST 2014

Langton's Classification launch unveils rock stars of Australian wine

Red wine

The Langton's Classification launch could well be the ARIAs of Aussie plonk.

Drink | Sam de Brito | Fri May 23 14:28:30 EST 2014