Top 5 Wine Bars in the Sunshine State

Wine lovers, this one’s for you! The judging team behind Young Gun of Wine, who know their stuff when it comes to, well wine, have turned their attention to the best wine bars across the country after finishing their search for this year’s best young winemakers. Here are the top five in Queensland. Try them…

Who’d Have Thought It? Penfolds Pursues Baijiu and Champagne

Penfolds’ new project? It has, as Creedence Clearwater Revival might have said, been “born with the baijiu.” Words by Drinks Writer, Ken Gargett The world’s largest selling category of spirits? Baijiu. But you knew that. What you might not have known is that Penfolds has established a new division, which will be responsible for ‘Special…

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…

What a Senseless Waste of Great Wine Part II

As our esteemed readers have no doubt twigged by now, the basic concept behind these columns is that we pick a topic, whether it be serious, irreverent, educational or simply unchartered waters and come up with five items to fit. Words by Drinks Writer, Ken Gargett Now, if we were writing about say, ‘Margaret River…

Try Something New This June: Go Organic

You may have heard about organic wine recently as more Australian winemakers opt-out of putting nasties in their wine, but what does it really mean and more importantly, how do you find great tasting organic wine? This month, Cellarmasters is launching an all-new organic wine subscription and to celebrate, not only are we talking about…

Award-Winning Wines Under $10

Did you know that you don’t always have to spend big to get your hands on a quality wine? Take a look at these award-winning drops that won’t break the bank. GR16 Heathcote Shiraz 2016 $9.99 A shiraz bursting with full-bodied fruit and a rich mouthfeel. Silver – International Wine Challenge 2018 Available here Colonel…

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

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 all, what could be weirder than today’s first item – the Douche Burger? Words…

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…