Penfold’s Collection 2018 – tasted and rated

The annual unveiling of the Penfold’s Collection is one of the biggest days on the Australian wine calendar. Not only do we see a plethora of excellent wines from across a range of vintages – this year, five vintages, seven varieties and fifteen different regions form the Collection – but there is the jewel of…

Explore Whisky Launches Whisky Club For Christmas

The Explore Whisky Club has today announced it is launching in time for Christmas. The club has partnered with Explore WHISKY magazine to bring its first exclusive offer to the Australian market – the new release GlenDronach Batch 7. Cask Strength Highland Single Malt. To become a member and access the exclusive offers, whisky lovers should…

The Gin That Tastes Like Christmas

Back for its third festive season is the Four Pillars Christmas Gin, the head distillers’ (Cam) tribute to four things he loves: Australia, Christmas, gin and his late mum, Wilma. Modelled from Wilma’s love of the 1968 Australian Women’s Weekly recipe for Christmas pudding, the gin also incorporates the use of several 100+-year-old Muscat barrels. Same…

Perfecting The Art of Sherry Cask Finishes for 192 Years

The GlenDronach is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, creating richly sherried Highland Single Malts for the best part of two centuries. To find this gem, you’re best heading towards Speyside from Aberdeen, a road well travelled by whisky explorers, deep into the to the East Highland hills and the valley of Forgue (google…

The John Walker Masters’ Edition 50 Years In The Making

October sees the release of The John Walker Masters’ Edition, a “triple-matured” Scotch whisky that has been crafted from six ‘ghost’ whiskies, each aged for a minimum of 50 years. All the whiskies in the The John Walker Masters’ Edition were taken from distilleries that existed during John Walker’s lifetime (1805-1857). Five of the six…

Grey Goose Getaway

When it comes to style, there are few drinks brands that do it like Grey Goose. In the lead up to the Australian summer the French vodka turned it on for 40+ bar professionals for the Grey Goose Getaway experience at “Bells” at Killcare boutique hotel property. The team at Grey Goose, including global brand…

Brokenwood Wines are Inviting You to a Bottomless Five Course Dinner

Brokenwood Wines has teamed up with Masterchef 2018 star, Reece Hingell, and acclaimed chef Raphael Szurek to offer a five-course dinner with bottomless matched wines. Guests will be treated to a menu expertly crafted by the two chefs to perfectly pair with some of Brokenwood’s most awarded selection. Reece will be in charge of crafting…

Go Explore: The Spirit of Bundaberg Festival

Calling all Queenslanders, your weekend doesn’t have to be crummy just because of some bad weather. Why not make it rummy instead? This Saturday 13th October, Bundaberg Rum Distillery is celebrating its annual Spirit of Bundaberg Festival. The all-day event will see the grounds of the distillery taken over by food stalls and vendors serving…

5 of the Best Prestige Rosé Champagnes

WORDS BY KEN GARGETT Great champagne is a little bit of an anomaly. It is truly one of the most wonderfully luxuriant products made, undoubtedly rich-and-famous stuff, as decadent as it gets. And yet, if one looks at truly extravagant products, great champagne is a steal. Think of the cost of a first-class flight, a…

A Brief History of Vodka Down Under

Although Australians are some of the biggest vodka lovers today, until the early 1950s the spirit was largely unknown except to some East European immigrants looking for the taste of home. To celebrate International Vodka Day today (Thursday 4th October) we’ve taken a trip down memory lane to look at the history of vodka in this…

Where to Celebrate International Sherry Week in Melbourne!

Gone are days where sherry was reserved as the drink your grandma would whip out after the Sunday roast. Sherry has been the underdog success story of the year in Britain, after making serious waves among discerning millennials, and its picked to be the next big thing amid 20-something Aussie drinkers. Melbourne Spanish-inspired venues, Bomba…

Johnnie Walker Brings Game of Thrones Fans White Walker Whisky

It may have thawed Down Under, with the aromas of spring fresh in the air, but Johnnie Walker is here to remind you that the next winter is coming. The iconic whisky brand has teamed up with HBO’s best-loved series, Game of Thrones, to release White Walker, a limited-edition Scotch Whisky inspired by the show’s…