Discover Victoria’s Hidden Gem: The Moorabool Valley Wine Region

A burgeoning food and wine region in a pocket of Victoria many people have probably never heard of is the state’s newest tourist trail. Word by Kirstie Bedford The Moorabool Valley, tucked away north-west of Geelong, is one of Australia’s finest cool climate wine regions and has been creating quality wines for decades but has…

Brewers Crafting Independence

Meet the breweries dedicated to crafting beer their own way. From Beechworth in north-east Victoria to sleepy Byron Bay in NSW, we meet the couples, friends and families dedicated to turning their love of beer into a lifelong passion by supporting independence and their local community. BREWERS BALTER TO THEIR OWN BEAT The boys at…

Lower ABV Cocktails

SPONSORED Lower ABV cocktails are great for daytime drinking. They’re lower in alcohol content and often fruity and refreshing. And remember daytime drinking is often a marathon, not a sprint, so lower ABV drinks are always a great option to have for you and your guests. ROSÉ & PINK GRAPEFRUIT SANGRIA GLASS: Stemless wine glass…

Biodynamic and Organic Viticulture: Modern Day Winemaking or Age Old Techniques?

No doubt you’ve heard the words ‘organic’ and ‘biodynamic’ tossed around in trendy circles of late, but what exactly do these terms mean? Kyla Kirkpatrick, The Champagne Dame, debunks some of the common myths and gets back to basics on what constitutes organic and biodynamic winemaking. WORDS KYLA KIRKPATRICK Over the past decade, there has…

Wise Words On Wine

Ever wondered what the brains behind your favourite wines actually drink on their nights off? explore DRINKS sat down with two of the leading minds behind the Hunter Valley’s wine industry to find out their go-to drops, what to expect from their latest vintages and what’s on their horizons business-wise.          …

Go explore: Wellington

Our Kiwi neighbours always seem to be doing great things, often even better than us Aussies, and we’re not just talking about the All Blacks kicking our butts. We thought it was about time to take a look at New Zealand’s capital, the other ‘Harbour City’ across the Tasman, Wellington. Jump across the ditch and…

Straw Wars

For Tracey Bailey, the 46 thousand pieces of plastic that contaminate every square mile of our ocean is the final straw. Her online eco store, Biome, is fighting the excessive use of the everyday plastic straw one reusable stainless steel equivalent at a time. explore DRINKS sat down with the environmental activist/entrepreneur recently to learn…

Go explore: Byron Bay

In Byron Bay, the pace of life seems to be turned down a notch or two. This is a place where shoes seem to be optional and where the eclectic mix of people, from the rich and famous to models, hippies, backpackers, entrepreneurs and the regular traveller, can all kick back together and embody everything…

Alco-Pops

For most people, ice blocks and cocktails are naturally the go-to remedies to keep cool. So what if you could have both, wrapped into one delicious, refreshing treat? At explore DRINKS, we got experimenting and have created two unique alco-pop recipes, the ideal dessert when entertaining at home or the perfect treat on a hot…

Summer Seasonal Sips

SPONSORED Christmas is just around the corner! Impress your guests with our super simple, fun, fresh and fruity cocktails. Perfect to sip poolside or serve at an outdoor event, these drinks are sure- fire hits! RECIPES BEN DAVIDSON PHOTOGRAPHY RYAN STUART GLASSWARE RIEDEL & SPIEGELAU FUNNY BREAK FIZZ GLASS: Tall glass INGREDIENTS: 45ml Nusa Caña…

Vodka Nirvana: Tastes Like Clean Spirit

Vodka is the spirit of subtlety. It’s the spirit of nuanced flavours and smooth textures. It’s also the spirit that’s hardest to discern the differences in quality. For this issue of explore DRINKS, we want to highlight what leads to some of the refined differences in flavour between some of the leading vodkas of the…

Cider Tasting At Home

With all the different cider styles available across the globe, let alone what is being developed here in Australia- it is now ever so easy to host an enjoyable, interesting and informative cider tasting event at home. CHOOSING CIDERS This is probably the most dif cult part to be honest, as there are so many…