A Foreign Affair: Australia’s Love of Champagne Rosé

WORDS BY STEPHANIE AIKINS It’s hard to deny there is something of a love affair between Australians and French cuisine. It was one of the first foreign foods to land on our shores (thanks to the wave of post-WWII immigrants) and for decades it has been the pinnacle of fine dining in the Australian psyche. …

The Perfect Pair: Rosé and Food Matches for Spring

WORDS BY KEN GARGETT If wine itself is subjective, then matching food and wine is even more so. My view has long been that if you like the wine and you like the food then there is a fair chance, you’ll have a good overall experience. I also think that this is the one subject…

Eat, Drink: East Malvern Food & Wine Festival

Now in its third year, the East Malvern Food & Wine Festival will be taking over the suburb’s Central Park for a day of delicious wines, craft beers and ciders and quality local produce. Last year’s event saw over 3,000 Melbournians descend on the festival to sample more than 100 wines, craft beers and ciders…

Get To: Rutherglen In The City This September

It’s an all too familiar feeling: spring has sprung, the smell of fresh flowers and cut grass hangs is in the air, and you begin dreaming of that perfect getaway. Likely a dream is all it can be for the moment, as the freedom of the summer months is still a while off. That doesn’t…

High Five: Henschke’s New Releases

In this column, we are going to talk about Henschke. We are not, however, going to talk about their most famous wine, as any mention of it is under embargo for some time to come. Now that might pose a problem for many producers, but not these guys. They have fabulous wines coming out the…

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…