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Use the interactive graphic to see Chris Shanahan's reviews of this week's wines.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Tue Mar 03 14:13:16 EST 2015

New Melbourne bars to put on your dance card

A wee dram at New World Whisky Distillery.

Which new watering hole suits you? Check out our round-up of bars with buzz.

Drink | Gemima Cody | Tue Mar 03 00:00:00 EST 2015

Mugshot: There is such a thing as a slow espresso

Solid stuff: The Little Guy.

Slow coffee? For sure, made by hand, carefully, with a pour-over filter. But slow espresso – isn't that an oxymoron?

Drink | Matt Holden | Tue Mar 03 00:00:00 EST 2015

Cuppa cocktails: Spike your drink for a different cup of tea

Spike your drink: An exotic tea cocktail at Saigon Sally, Windsor.

Booze and tea are all the rage and, if you can get past the pun, an Earl Grey Marteani is mighty appealing.

Drink | Michael Harden | Tue Mar 03 00:00:00 EST 2015

Craft brewers renew interest in lager

Is lager making a comeback?

The craft beer world may be all about ale for now, but don't expect it to stay that way for long.

Drink | Will Hawkes | Tue Mar 03 00:00:00 EST 2015

Chris Shanahan: wine reviews

Chris Shanahan looks at the top drops

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Sat Feb 28 23:45:00 EST 2015

Fergus McGhie review: Tyrrell’s 2014 Hunter Valley Semillon

Review - Tyrrell's 2014 Hunter Valley Semillon

Drink | | Fri Feb 27 23:30:00 EST 2015

Early grape harvest puts winemakers on the climate change front line

This year's early harvest has put added pressure on winemakers, some of whom find themselves forced to sit out The Sydney Morning Herald NSW Food and Wine Festival's prestigious Sydney Cellar Door.

Drink | Kristen Ochs | Fri Feb 27 00:15:00 EST 2015

Where should a bottle of wine be opened?

Trend: Wine doesn't necessarily need to be opened at the table.

Since when has been OK to open a bottle away from the table?

Drink | Cathy Gowdie | Wed Feb 25 21:57:27 EST 2015

Owen Pidgeon: A mixed tomato harvest

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Never underestimate the history - and uses - of the humble tomato.

Drink | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Feb 25 13:17:45 EST 2015

$625 for a glass of wine? Restaurants offer top drops by the glass

Cheers to that: More restaurants are offering premium wines to customers by the glass.

At $625 a glass, the Fat Duck's 175ml offering of premium Grange may seem steep, but it's part of a growing trend giving diners access to wines many find unaffordable by the bottle.

Drink | Jane Holroyd | Wed Feb 25 11:51:20 EST 2015

Quaffers: Growing appeal of Sully's cider

Chris Shanahan reviews Murray's Rude Boy Pilsner and 4 Pines Citrus IPA for Food & Wine magazine.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Tue Feb 24 23:45:00 EST 2015

Chris Shanahan wine reviews, February 25

De Bortoli Melba Lucia 2012
Yarra Valley, Victoria.

Chris Shanahan wine reviews for Food & Wine magazine, February 25.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Tue Feb 24 23:45:00 EST 2015

Mugshot: Roya, ojo de gallo and other diseases drive up specialty coffee prices

Coffee

A fungus outbreak has hit Central American and Mexican coffee farmers hard.

Drink | Matt Holden | Tue Feb 24 00:00:00 EST 2015

Vermouth rides a new wave

Negroni

Joining the party in the recent resurgence of aperitif-style drinking, and making a play for this summer's drink du jour, vermouth is proving that it's now good for a whole lot more than just rinsing...

Drink | Leanne Clancey | Tue Feb 24 00:00:00 EST 2015

Huon Hooke's top 12 Tasmanian wine producers

The Tasmanian climate suits pinot noir grapes.

Judging from this year's Tasmanian Wine Show, offerings from the south are like liquid gold.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Feb 24 00:00:00 EST 2015

Adrienne and Lester Jesberg wine course at East Hotel, Canberra

Beaujolais can be a hard style to get right.

Wine experts Lester & Adrienne Jesberg are running a five-night wine appreciation course at the East Hotel in Kingston.

Drink | Natasha Rudra | Mon Feb 23 15:39:17 EST 2015

Wine reviews from Chris Shanahan

Hewitson Gun Metal Eden Valley Riesling 2014 $25–$28A. C. Byrnes Le Premier Margaret River Chardonnay 2014 $12.99Hesketh Barossa Valley Tempranillo 2013 $25

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Sat Feb 21 23:45:00 EST 2015

Has the craft beer machine reached saturation point?

Craft beer is a fast-growing category in Australia.

Not so long ago it was the beer revolution we'd been waiting for. Now though Callan Boys ponders whether his money could be better spent.

Drink | Callan Boys | Fri Feb 20 09:29:20 EST 2015

Chris Shanahan wine reviews

Chris Shanahan wine reviews, February 18, for Food & Wine magazine.

Drink | | Tue Feb 17 23:45:00 EST 2015