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Coffee snobs exposed: we are secretly drinking instant

Black coffee

Australians might be world leaders in ducking out for a café latte and spending up on home coffee machines but, secretly, at home, we crack open the instant stuff.

Drink | Deborah Gough and Beau Donelly | Wed Jul 16 10:35:46 EST 2014

Quaffers: Chris Shanahan beer review


Continuing usual practice, Coopers releases its latest extra strong vintage ale.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Tue Jul 15 13:14:00 EST 2014

Beware wine geeks bearing home-made gifts

Home-made wine

''Home-made'' is an adjective that warms the cockles of one's heart when applied to steamed winter puddings and cable-knit jumpers.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Jul 15 03:00:00 EST 2014

Why Tasmanian pinot noir matters

Red wine.

Tasmania is arguably the most exciting pinot noir producer in Australia. But that's not the only reason.

Drink | Jeni Port | Tue Jul 15 03:00:00 EST 2014

Espresso: just add sugar

Market Lane cafe, Melbourne.

Adding sugar to your espresso? It's the Italian way.

Drink | Matt Holden | Tue Jul 15 03:00:00 EST 2014

A twist or two on the negroni


Anybody arguing the case for intelligent design might like to put forward the negroni as Exhibit A.

Drink | Michael Harden | Tue Jul 15 03:00:00 EST 2014

Quaffers: Chris Shanahan beer reviews

Top quality: Hawthorn Premium Pale Ale.

The US's home to perhaps the biggest, most diverse, fast-growing craft beer industry also makes some of the plainest, large-volume beers imaginable.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Mon Jul 14 16:19:42 EST 2014

Sydney's craft breweries on the rise

The Lord Nelson.

From Campbelltown to Mt Kuring-gai, here's a selection of Sydney's top craft breweries.

Drink | Callan Boys | Fri Jul 11 09:17:40 EST 2014

Like a red with your Red Wedding? Game of Thrones wines are coming, maybe

Sersei Lannister

There is no crisis in Game of Thrones that cannot be made better with a cup of wine but after another gripping and grim episode do we need a drink to go with our favourite character or house?

Drink | Deborah Gough | Wed Jul 09 11:43:22 EST 2014

Phil Ryan and Saddler's Creek launch wine range


It was an occasion infused with the themes of birth and rebirth, life and survival and, just in passing, wine.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Jul 08 03:00:00 EST 2014

Mugshot: what happened to the cappuccino?

How did the cappuccino lose its froth?

The frothy cappuccino has fallen into disrepute and many cafes' efforts aren't helping things.

Drink | Matt Holden | Tue Jul 01 03:00:00 EST 2014

Balmain's Efendy offers Turkish wine tasting


As an omnivore, and a woolgrower's son, you might think I'd have tried eating sheep's testicles by now. But it took an unlikely Turkish wine tasting to get me over that hurdle.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Jul 01 03:00:00 EST 2014

Cider challenges pre-mixed drinks

The number of Australians drinking cider has risen dramatically, writes Chris Shanahan.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Mon Jun 30 11:52:20 EST 2014

Penfolds Grange to be released in October instead of May

Penfolds Grange

Wine lovers are raising a glass to Penfolds' decision to bring forward the release of its latest Grange and other premium labels.

Drink | | Thu Jun 26 21:31:00 EST 2014

Jerry Schwartz's new Lovedale Brewery is a winner


Lovedale Lager wins a gong at the recent Australian International Beer Awards.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Jun 25 11:32:01 EST 2014

Should you pour wine by its base?

Like a pro: If you're comfortable pouring wine sommelier-style then go for it.

When pouring wine, is it correct to hold a wine bottle by its base with your thumb in the indentation? I see waiters do this but when I try it I'm not confident about my grip.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Jun 24 03:00:00 EST 2014

From mum's garage to the world: Toby Smith takes over

Toby Smith

Toby Smith, the man who puts the Toby in Toby's Estate, is taking on the world and winning. There are now flagship Toby's Estate cafes in New York, Singapore and the Philippines (as well as Sydney,...

Drink | Callan Boys | Tue Jun 24 03:00:00 EST 2014

Mugshot: taking the plunge with french press, press pot and plunger coffee

Plunger coffee

Plungers helped reintroduce Australians to drinking real (i.e. not instant) coffee at home.

Drink | Matt Holden | Tue Jun 24 03:00:00 EST 2014

Riverland winegrowers switch on to montepulciano

Grape vines in the Riverland region of South Australia.

Riverland winegrowers Bruce and Val Bassham are going the full monty. Montepulciano, that is. The montepulciano grape, whose home is the Abruzzo region in central eastern Italy, has taken...

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Jun 24 03:00:00 EST 2014

Are you a coffee snob?

A barista pours a flat white.

Are you a coffee snob?

Drink | Liam Mannix | Mon Jun 23 00:00:00 EST 2014