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Wine tasting 101: tips for beginners' sips

Tilt your glass and stick your nose in when tasting wine.

What to wear There's no dress code for wine tastings and no one is suggesting you'll get messy - but maybe give the white, dryclean-only outfit a miss.

Drink | Cathy Gowdie | Tue Feb 11 03:00:00 EST 2014

Serving double standards: wines by the glass

Wine Agony Aunt

Is there a standard for the amount of wine served by the glass? Why might this be different in countries such as Italy?

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Feb 11 03:00:00 EST 2014

Master pieces

Faces of experience: (From left) Phillip Jones, Pat Carmody, Guill de Pury, Rick Kinzburnner, Viv Thomson and John Thomson. Ron Laughton is also tasting.

A wine award can be sheer luck. Master status comes from cultivating the habit.

Drink | Jeni Port | Tue Feb 11 03:00:00 EST 2014

Generation next: all in the family

Tulloch wines

There's a new generation of young wine people moving into the family wineries of NSW.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Feb 11 03:00:00 EST 2014

Big crush: getting a taste for hands-on winemaking


Keen for a taste of the grape-to-bottle experience? There are a growing number of events in Sydney and surrounds catering for a burgeoning interest in winemaking.

Drink | Rachel Clun | Fri Feb 07 10:28:50 EST 2014

Lager packs in the malt


Ale specialist Coopers recently extended its push into the lager market with the introduction of Thomas Cooper's Selection Australian Reserve.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Feb 05 03:00:00 EST 2014

Smooth operator


Is there really such a thing as a "superfood" smoothie? Kirsten Lawson blends her heart out.

Drink | Kirsten Lawson | Tue Feb 04 14:36:14 EST 2014

Mr sippy: make mine a michelada

Mamasita's michelada.

It's not hard to feel affection for icy-cold beer on hot summer days, especially when you've had a few.

Drink | Michael Harden | Tue Feb 04 03:00:00 EST 2014

Stemless wine glasses: what's the point?

Stemless glasses.

They're now more ubiquitous than cutting-edge, but stemless wine glasses still have a purpose, writes our Wine Agony Aunt.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Feb 04 03:00:00 EST 2014

Shaken not stirred

Bon viveur: Roger Moore as 007 in <i>The Spy Who Loved Me</i>.

James Bond is a ferocious wine snob who uses his knowledge to show off.

Drink | Richard Cornish | Tue Feb 04 03:00:00 EST 2014

What we love to drink in summer

Grape experience: Chris (left), Bruce and John Tyrrell.

Along with cricket and crayfish, our First Families of Wine indulge in other savvy choices.

Drink | Jeni Port | Tue Feb 04 03:00:00 EST 2014

Rash of golds for top Tassie drops


Tasmania's strengths of riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wine were confirmed at the recent 2014 Tasmanian Wine Show.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Feb 04 03:00:00 EST 2014

Mugshot: what cost a cuppa?

What price a cuppa?

The price of coffee has fallen by more than half since 2010, but why are we still paying $4 a cup?

Drink | Matt Holden | Tue Feb 04 03:00:00 EST 2014

Early harvest means NSW winemakers set to reap rewards

Australian winemakers will be making the most of an unseasonably early harvest to get a head start on their international competitors, with wines set to hit shelves up to a month earlier than usual.

Drink | Tara Waniganayaka | Sun Feb 02 03:00:00 EST 2014

Raise a glass to Aussie greats

Here's an Australia Day honours list with a difference, recognising the special contribution of our wines and the people behind them.

Drink | Jeni Port | Tue Jan 28 03:00:00 EST 2014

Five of a kind: Brewery fare

Fermentation and food offer the perfect blend for a day out in the land of hops and glory.

Drink | James Smith | Sat Jan 25 03:00:00 EST 2014

BentSpoke imminent


That building on the corner of Mort and Elouera streets in Braddon houses Canberra's newest pub brewery.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Jan 22 03:00:00 EST 2014

Mr sippy: Aussie spirit

The phrase ''Spirit of Australia'' can conjure either an image of angelic choristers warbling at the base of Uluru as a Qantas jet does a fly by or, if you nudge the conversation towards alcohol,...

Drink | Michael Harden | Tue Jan 21 03:00:00 EST 2014

Little spots for a drop of liquor

He used to rattle the cocktail shakers at Melbourne's most prestigious cocktail bar Black Pearl but Tim Philips has a shock statement to make.

Drink | Rachel Olding | Tue Jan 21 03:00:00 EST 2014

Mug shot: The magic unpacked

Does Sydney know what a magic is and if so, can the harbour city make one?

Drink | Matt Holden | Tue Jan 21 03:00:00 EST 2014