Somm Stories: Meet Samantha Payne

Like the majority of us, Samantha Payne seriously loves wine. Although, unlike most, she’s taken this love and turned it into a successful career spanning over a decade. The sommelier, wine consultant and communicator has held the position of head sommelier at some of Sydney’s best restaurants, including Manly Pavilion, 4Fourteen and China Lane, and…

The In-Cider Scoop with Melissa Fettke

Tassie based cidermaker Melissa Fettke didn’t always know she’d end up on the Apple Isle. In fact, it was winemaking that first caught her eye. But not one to say no to a new challenge, Melissa ended up changing her career to brewing and, eventually cider making. She’s passionate about apples and will tell you that…

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 Rum Diaries: Meet Joy Spence

As the world’s first female Master Blender and a role model to many, it seems apt that Appleton Estate’s Joy Spence was inspired to pursue her career path due to the guidance of a strong woman in her own life.  Publishing Editor Ashley Pini spoke recently with Joy about her experience as an influential woman…

Sommelier Tips: Pip Anderson

During her former career of 10 years as a chef, Pip Anderson developed a lot of love for wine. And so, when an opportunity for her to study the subject arose, she took it, was converted, and her career as a sommelier has flourished ever since. She has won awards for her wine lists and…

Rainforest Re-Gin-Eration

Most of us head to Byron Bay for its kaleidoscope of breath-taking beaches, organic-chic cafés and colourful locals. Cradled in rolling hinterland, you could be forgiven for thinking this playground for the rich and famous already has everything to offer. But on a recent trip (and in search of a solution to the familiar drizzle!)…

Clovis Taittinger: The Importance of Balance

SPONSORED Clovis Taittinger believes in balance: the balance between family and work life, between passion and relaxation, and between the flavours of well-rounded Champagne. On a recent whirlwind tour of Australia, the heir to the renowned Champagne Taittinger brand found a brief moment to sit down with Ashley Pini and discuss family, food, football and…

Around The Block with Clint Amos

From NRL player to Bacardi-Martini Australia sales representative, Clint Amos has shown he’s up for a challenge. Over the last few months he’s taken on his toughest challenge yet, as a contestant on the current season of the hit reality TV show, The Block. explore DRINKS caught up with Clint for a couple of cocktails recently…

‘What to Drink When You’re Not Drinking’…

SPONSORED The all-new, non-alcohol spirit that solves the age-old problem of ‘what to drink when you’re not drinking’… It’s been a long time coming, but Seedlip is finally here to shake up the stock-standard world of mocktails. Ben Branson, a former agency professional from a farming family, and the mastermind behind this non-alcoholic spirit, spoke…

The Island Rumaway

Perpetual holiday or spoiling the sweet island life? Marc Rodrigues, former Diageo executive and current owner of Nusa Caña, discusses the trials and the overall triumph of leaving behind the daily grind of the corporate world to start up his own Indonesian rum brand. explore DRINKS: What is your history in the alcohol industry? Marc…