Wines And Spirits

Light, local and responsible: what we drank in 2019

In a watershed year in spirits, some clear trends emerged.

Raise your glass to the world of festive fizz

Quality of both French Champagne and Australian sparkling has never been higher, so which should ...

Miniature martinis are the next big thing in cocktails

The much-mythologised standard-size martini is just a little too much of a good thing for some.

Four Pillars Gin named world’s best at prestigious awards

The Victorian distillery capped a stellar 2019 by being named the International Gin Producer of t...

How climate change will affect the world's great wines

Be prepared for flavour fluctuations as rising temperatures reduce acidity and boost sugar levels.

Craft brewing's fiery new style will spice up your day

Wild experimentation with heat is creating a thrilling, if sometimes palate-threatening, craft be...

The expert’s guide to enjoying wine during your flight

Altitude does weird things to wine, and picking a great in-flight sip isn’t always straightforwar...

The best of the new wave Napa and Sonoma tasting rooms

An insider’s guide to six of the best new fine-wine destinations in the region.

Aperitifs are set to be this summer's ultimate tipple

Typically lighter in alcohol but bursting with flavour, aperitifs have a wide choice and rich his...

The best bars we’ve discovered in Asia

Stopping over in Asia? Want to impress clients? With this list of cocktail greatness in hand, it’...

How Shaw + Smith became our definitive sauvignon blanc

The cousins whose collective skills created a genre-defining white wine reflect on 30 years in th...

Lost casks create Sullivans Cove 25th Anniversary Edition

An unexpected discovery of four long-lost casks in a Hobart warehouse sires Sullivans Cove's olde...

Chile is enjoying a world-class wine revolution

Once the land of boring wine-by-the-glass reds, the country now rivals Napa with its mix of iconi...

Got a favourite tipple? Get the most out of it

Understanding what you enjoy is one thing, but there are deeper layers to explore.

Why some Japanese whiskies may be mostly Scotch

What’s behind the rise of the “world blend” whisky trend.

Wheat whiskies are going against the grain

Heavyweight Woodford Reserve and upstarts such as Australia’s Starward are taking a page from the...

Great wine is another reason to love Queenstown

Adrenalin rushes aside, New Zealand's Central Otago region has some of the best cool-climate pino...

Discovering the definitive mezcal

Tequila’s smoky cousin is becoming a star in its own right: here's how to track down one of the b...