A New Bar With a Wild Culture

Odd Culture is a wild ale and natural wine bar located in Darlinghurst. It is the brainchild of brothers, James and Josh Thorpe who have teamed up with Jordan Blackman, previously of Chin Chin and Ananas, as bar manager and Tom Evans, previously of Royal Albert and Wayward, as venue beverage manager.  The quirky farmhouse…

Five Australian Distillers You Should Know About

A wonderful eruption of local distillers has taken place in Australia over the last few years – yet that is not to say that there weren’t any here before. Often when old meets new you get something truly eclectic and in this case, we find ourselves with a fantastic mix of passionate producers championing award-winning…

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…

Bundaberg Rum Distillery Receives A Rather Royal Visit

His Royal Highness Prince Charles decided to pay the Bundaberg Rum Distillery a visit during his trip to Australia last week. The Prince of Wales was joined by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and hosted on a private tour and Blend Your Own Rum experience at the distillery. During the special tasting inside the Bundaberg Rum…

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…

Five Great Wine and Spirits Disasters

Many years ago, a mate of mine ducked down to the local to pick up a couple of bottles. It happened to be a young gewurz wine as he and his wife were off to the Chinese at the end of the street for dinner and a bottle of Château Pétrus (from Bordeaux, and one of…

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…

Five Great, Rare Rums

Great spirits. Aficionados will argue for hours about the best malt whisky, the finest Cognacs, now even the top gins. But rum? Not so much. And yet a great rum is as deserving of inclusion in any debate on the best of the spirit world. Indeed, I have made it my mission to search out…

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…

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…