Go Explore: Wine De Jour, Saturday 19 May

Looking for something to do this Saturday? Our wine friends Glen Cassidy and Samantha Payne are hosting an event at Cake Wines Cellar Door in Redfern. Try over 18 wine brands from the Adelaide Hills during a fun-filled afternoon with pizza. Glen and Sam will take you through the different wines, explaining what makes them…

Red Wines to Beat the Chill with This Winter

Like a row of trees in autumn – slowly, and then more quickly changing colour – the myriad of red wine varietals we all enjoy offer us a gamut of colours, weights, textures and flavours, in that reassuringly and unpredictable manner that Mother Nature prefers. Words by Wine Writer, Ben Canaider And at this time…

What We’re Gifting This Mother’s Day

Paid partnership with Champagne Lanson At Explore Drinks, we believe it’s not a celebration without the pop of a bottle of Champagne and on Sunday 13 May, we plan on making mum feel special by giving her the Lanson Rosé Champagne Glass Giftset ($69.99). This beautifully packaged gift box comes with a bottle of Lanson Brut NV…

What a Senseless Waste of Great Wine (Part Two)

Welcome to the second and final instalment of how to waste wine and money. As the great Hunter S. Thompson used to say, “when the going gets weird, the weird turn professional.” And as we continue our journey through the absurdities of wine, food and too much money, the going really does get weird. After…

Get To: Rutherglen Estates’ The Art of Harvest Dinner This May

Fancy a weekend getaway in north-eastern Victoria’s famous wine region, experiencing delicious wine and food and amazing art? Well now is your chance. Rutherglen Estates Wines is holding it The Art of Harvest Dinner on Friday 11 May. As part of the High Country Harvest Food & Wine Festival, The Art of Harvest Dinner is a…

My Top Five: Penfolds’ Latest Releases

The annual Penfolds release is always a much-anticipated event. Aside from the opportunity to share in the spoils of their marvellous cellar it is the first chance to see the new Grange and all their other new wines, of course. Words by Drinks Writer, Ken Gargett Occasionally, there is even a special wine, such as…

What’s On This Weekend: Food and Drink

Looking for something to do this weekend? Find out what’s happening in food and drink in your local area. Words by Hannah Sparks Beer and Merch Fest This Saturday, Beer Cartel is opening up its Artarmon warehouse to members of the public to come and scavenger through the mammoth collection of beer merchandise it has…

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…

An Effervescent Future: House of Arras

Ondenc and ugni blanc – most wine lovers will have no idea of just what they are, but a few might recognise these as the names of rather obscure French varieties. There was a time when they, and other lesser grapes, played a major role in the Australian wine industry, as key to sparkling wine….

Ten Minutes by Tractor

News of a fire causing significant damage at Mornington Peninsula winery, Ten Minutes by Tractor, hit the airwaves a couple of weeks ago. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Sadly, a significant portion of its museum collection of wine – valued at around half a million dollars – was destroyed, as were several vintage tractors (a 1928…

5 Rosés to Keep The Summer Vibe Alive

A decade or so ago, when I was doing a weekly newspaper column, it was a miracle if the “powers that were” would let me write on the subject of rosé. No one bought it. No one wanted to drink it. And editors certainly didn’t believe that anyone wanted to hear about it. Words by…

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…