Wines and Spirits

ANA's new business class, first class sake menu

One of the delights with travelling with a Japanese airline is sampling the island nation's food and drink (not to mention meti...

Six wine trends to watch for in 2019

The wine business is also a fashion business. Styles are in favour, then out again. After all, it seemed like just a few years ...

Five under-rated Australian wine regions

Wine lovers can be fairly set in their ways when it comes to choosing what to drink. If you enjoy a big red, the search typical...

The business traveller's guide to sake

Almost every business traveller who visits Japan will end up sampling sake. It's part of the experience of Japan, and especiall...

Inside the House of Taittinger

The famed house of Taittinger is a family-owned Champagne producer founded in the aftermath of the First World War, and which h...

How to travel with wine

Opening a bottle of fine wine or spirits sourced on holiday evokes memories of your travels that can transcend enjoyment of the...

The Best Champagnes for Christmas

Champagne and sparkling wines are synonymous with Christmas and New Year festivities, and Australia is no shrinking violet when...

Matching Christmas meals with Aussie wines

The seafood is on order, the turkey and ham are ready to be picked up from the butcher, and the plum pudding is approaching its...

Château Montrose now flying with Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific’s first class wine list now counts a new vintage red among its ranks with the addition of Château Mo...

Brokenwood Cellar Door opens at the Hunter Valley

The Barossa Valley has the iconic Seppeltsfield complex, McLaren Vale has the futuristic d’Arenberg Cube and now the Hunt...

These three wines should always be in your fridge

Julia Child always kept a half bottle of Champagne in the refrigerator so she had something to sip on (and keep herself enthuse...

Try these British gins for your cocktail cabinet

Premium gin comes from all corners of the world, but there's no disputing where its home lies. Great Britain was the spirit's ...

Starward's Two-Fold blended whisky

Melbourne distiller Starward's new Two-Fold whisky isn't a single malt, but nor is it a blended whisky, at least not in th...

Common mistakes pairing food with wine

Think you can’t drink red with fish? That champagne goes with sweet desserts? Think again. Even serious wine lovers make ...

The six best drops from Penfolds' 2018 collection

When Penfolds unveiled its 2018 Collection last month it was, understandably, the $900 Penfolds Bin 95 2014 Grange that attract...

Get over your fear of chilling red wine

Last weekend the temperature on my back deck was 35 degrees, steaks were on the grill, and I craved a thirst-quenching drink th...

Merlot is enjoying an overdue comeback

Sales of luxury merlots are increasing again, and restaurants are pouring more of it. Why? Because despite pop culture prejudic...

Six lesser-known wine varieties

It used to be a simple process when you popped into a liquor store to buy a bottle of wine or peeked at a restaurant wine list....