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Marlborough sauvignon blanc still in top form after 30 years

One name continues to stand out amid the growing number of vineyards in New Zealand's sunny Marlborough.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue May 05 00:00:00 EST 2015

Good Beer Week 2015: Top festival picks

Guiding tours: Costa Nikias from La Sirene brewery.

Here are some highlights from the festival's "Beer 101" program.

Drink | Daniel Lewis | Sun May 03 00:15:00 EST 2015

An experts' guide to Good Beer Week 2015

Australian Hops 101 at the Ombra Salumi Bar during Good Beer Week 2014.

Anyone can become a beer expert by mastering a few basic pointers.

Drink | Daniel Lewis | Sun May 03 00:15:00 EST 2015

Chris Shanahan wine reviews, April 29

Chris Shanahan's wine of the week is Turkey Flat Mataro 2014, Barossa Valley, South Australia.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Tue Apr 28 23:45:00 EST 2015

Little Wine and Beer Tours - a clever Canberra business idea

Wine pricing varies widely.

A little Canberra business will organise you a wine or beer tour anywhere in Australia.

Drink | Jil Hogan | Tue Apr 28 23:45:00 EST 2015

Quaffers: Wig and Pen's new brews raise the bar in Canberra

Quaffers: Reviews of Wig and Pen's latest offerings Duck a l'Orange and Backnow Extra Special Bitter.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Tue Apr 28 23:45:00 EST 2015

Physicist Dr Gordon Troup on the science of brewing the perfect cup of coffee

A flat white coffee being poured at Strauss in Brisbane.

Some people take their coffee so seriously it becomes a science. Eighty-three-year-old Gordon Troup is one of those people. But don't call him a coffee snob. For him, it's purely professional.

Drink | Bridie Smith | Tue Apr 28 12:04:44 EST 2015

How much does a coffee really cost in Australia?

Espresso love: Melbourne's specialty cafes tend to charge between $3.50 and $4 for high-end espressos.

Caffeine fiends beware: The prices might be consistent but the quality isn't.

Drink | Matt Holden | Tue Apr 28 11:10:23 EST 2015

Sydney small bars with a difference

Vinyl records alongside craft beer at Mojo.

 Records, a cut-throat shave, homewares, retro video games and tailored shirts are just a few of the side orders in Sydney's bars with benefits.

Drink | Amy Cooper | Tue Apr 28 00:00:00 EST 2015

New 'teabag' lets you customise your beer

Hop Theory's beer teabag.

Can a specialised teabag turn an average brew into a craft beer in under four minutes?

Drink | Ruby Lohman | Mon Apr 27 15:56:20 EST 2015

Chris Shanahan: Top drops for April 26

Chris Shanahan's review of three wines for The Canberra Times' Relax magazine.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Sat Apr 25 23:45:00 EST 2015

Chris Shanahan wine reviews, April 22

Chris Shanahan's wine of the week is Penfolds Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz 2012.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Tue Apr 21 23:45:00 EST 2015

Quaffers reviews: Yeastie Boys, Burleigh Brewing

Chris Shanahan reviews Yeastie Boys White Noise White Ale and Burleigh Brewing 28 Pale Ale.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Tue Apr 21 23:45:00 EST 2015

Barhop: Archie Rose Distilling Co

Spirit nerds, listen up and reach for your wallets: Archie Rose Distilling Co has Pappy Van Winkle whiskey, its own, house-distilled range of spirits and knockout booze from around the world.

Drink | Callan Boys | Tue Apr 21 09:00:00 EST 2015

Quick tips: Six steps to becoming a wine expert

You can teach yourself to become a wine expert.

As long as you have a working nose and mouth, you too can become a wine expert.

Drink | Ruby Lohman | Mon Apr 20 10:05:35 EST 2015

Wine reviews from Chris Shanahan

Chris Shanahan opens three bottles of wine for review.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Sat Apr 18 23:45:00 EST 2015

Canberra's world champion barista Sasa Sestic to quit day job

Sasa Sestic won the World Barista Championships in  Seattle.

It's a dream come true for Canberran to win the World Barista Championships.

Drink | Natasha Rudra | Fri Apr 17 09:05:47 EST 2015

Canberra coffee lovers flock to ONA, Cupping Room after Sasa Sestic's World Barista Championship win

Sasa Sestic, who has founded several coffee houses around Canberra, is officially the world's best barista.

Sasa Sestic's World Barista Championship win on Monday immediately sent ripples through the Canberra coffee community. 

Drink,Food News | Georgina Connery and Emma Kelly | Tue Apr 14 23:45:00 EST 2015

Chris Shanahan wine reviews, April 15

Chris Shanahan's wine of the week is Mitchell McNicol Shiraz 2006.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Tue Apr 14 23:45:00 EST 2015

Young Henrys release ANZAC biscuit beer

If you're looking for something to wash down those ANZAC biscuits later this month, Young Henrys has something for you: an ANZAC biscuit-inspired ale created in honour of a Sydney war memorial.

Drink | Ruby Lohman | Mon Apr 13 16:33:09 EST 2015