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…

6 Fever-Tree Tonics To Try This International Gin & Tonic Day

Australians are drinking less. The downward trend has been apparent over the last decade, but interest in drinking better has taken off. If you’re a regular reader of explore DRINKS, then you are most likely a part of this very movement; keen to learn more about the quality drinks on offer, the stories behind these…

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…

The Sake Samurai: Meet Yukino Ochiai

In Australia, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone more knowledgeable or passionate about sake than Yukino Ochiai. The Kikisake-shi, or Master of Sake, has dedicated her life and career to educating us about Japan’s iconic drink. In 2017, she was recognised for her tireless work by the Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association, bestowed with…

The Ancient Fermented Tonic: Kombucha

Once the elixir of hippies and health nuts, kombucha has been thrust into the limelight of the mainstream in recent years. The fermented tea drink is fast surpassing soft drink sales, with the kombucha market poised to grow by 25% each year through to 2020. But where did this functional beverage come from and why…

Explore: House of Lanson

SPONSORED The history of the House of Lanson began in 1760 when François Delamotte decided to create his own Champagne. In 1798, Nicolas-Louis Delamotte, a knight of the order of Malta, took over from his father and adopted the Maltese cross as the emblem of the brand. Today, the House proudly displays the distinctive red…

Go Explore: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

SPONSORED Calling all food and drink lovers: with just under a month to go, we’ve skimmed the 300-long program of events, corralled our friends in the know and picked our top five events not to miss at this year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Prepare to wine and dine amongst famous chefs and country winemakers…

New Brewery on the Block

Talk about marching into the den of the dragon and whacking it on the nose! Mind you, the dragon might not have noticed, but it is still a brave effort. Words by drinks writer, Ken Gargett Newstead Brewing Co. has established its new production HQ, and pub, in Castlemaine Street, Milton. Now that might not…

The Ever-Changing Chameleon: Four Pillars Gin

Has there ever been such an explosion of interest, the variety of production and general weirdness in the spirits world (as opposed to the spirit world) as there has been with gin over the last decade? No séance needed to predict that this is going to continue for some time. Words by drinks writer, Ken Gargett Why gin,…

Drink, Read, Love: Our Top 5 for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day – that most romantic day of the year when one has the chance to show their loved one just how much they care. Or, if you are sane, a trumped up, transparently cynical opportunity to delude the gullible and benefit florists, greeting card companies, chocolatiers and second-rate restaurateurs who think sticking a paper rose in…