You need to try these wines by a Riesling superstar

John Vickery is widely and justifiably recognised as one of the finest winemakers Australia has ever produced, often called the ‘Father of Riesling’. And if you won’t take my word for it, the man has won more than fifty trophies and 400 gold medals on the highly competitive Australian show circuit. John’s first vintage was…

Wine of the Week – Craggy Range ‘Le Sol’ Syrah 2016

Craggy Range, in the Gimblett Gravels region of Hawkes Bay on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, is one of that country’s premium wine producers. What is a little bit different about Craggy is that, although they make very fine examples of both, they have not built their reputation on the leading Kiwi varieties of Sauvignon Blanc…

Top Five You Need to Try – Chateau la Nerthe

WORDS KEN GARGETT Fans of fine Rhone wines will be delighted to learn that the highly respected Chateauneuf producer, Chateau Le Nerthe, has returned to our shores after several years absence. Commercial director, Christophe Bristiel, who took over the role from his father a decade ago, was in town to show that the wines have…

Champagne Lanson – Our Top 5 You Should Try

WORDS KEN GARGETT If ever a champagne house has gone from the penthouse to the proverbial outhouse, it was the once noble house of Lanson. And now, as a former Prime Minister might say, it appears that they have done a ‘Lazarus with a triple bypass’, slowly but surely working their way back to the…

Explore Buffalo Trace Antique Collection

WORDS KEN GARGETT The roadshow for fabulous Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is doing the rounds – a collection of whiskies of age and complexity. While not open to the public, take heart that your favourite bartenders are there on your behalf. You will reap the benefits in the future. Over the years, I have been to more tastings…

Five Schild Estate Reds You Need to Try

WORDS KEN GARGETT Schild Estate make a wide range of wines, mostly reds, and some are very limited. Here are five that should appeal and will hopefully be wines you can track down. They offer a great combination of flavour and value. Schild Estate ‘Edgar Schild’ Reserve Grenache 2017 ($36) From old bush vines, this is a…

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…

The 5 Best From The Wild West: WA Rosé

WORDS BY KEN GARGETT Rosé from Western Australia. Why the west? Why not! The idea is simply to show how Australia has finally embraced this style. We could do the same for every state, but what appealed was that quite a few producers are actually doing more than one example. They are looking to different…

6 Insta-Worthy Gin Distilleries and Bars

Saturday 9 June is World Gin Day and Australia is the place to be! If you need some new ideas on where to celebrate, then look no further. Here’s a list of six distilleries that are bound to be an excellent spot to spend this drinks-based day of fun. Words by Jen Schneider ARCHIE ROSE DISTILLERY…

Six Scrumptious Sakes

You’ve wandered through Japan’s ancient world of sake and learnt all about the iconic tipple from a real-life Sake Samurai. Now it’s time to try sake. Here are six elegant and savoury sakes that provide a good starting point for those that are new to this beverage. But if these aren’t to your tasting, take…

OMG Sydney’s Frenchies Bar & Bistro is offering Bottomless Beer Brunches!

The recently opened two-level Frenchies Bistro & Brewery in Rosebery, Sydney is now offering bottomless beer brunches on Sundays. Yes, you heard right, bottomless beer! With a brewery downstairs featuring eight beers on tap, brewer and co-owner Vincent de Soyres offers a range of brews from a German-style easy drinking Kölsch to an Old World…