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Chateau Tanunda

Chateau Tanunda is one of those names that have been synonymous with wine in Australia, especially the Barossa. Constructed in the late 1880’s by some of the first winemaker’s in the Barossa, its vineyards are home to some of the oldest plantings in the Barossa, dating back to the 1840’s, and its Ch...[Read More]

Pirate Life North West and Boysenberry Dark Sour (Dan Murphy’s Exclusives)

I’ve been a bit remiss with not getting these couple of drops up on the site , and c...

Magic Box Wines

I’ve often remarked in these columns how marketing departments dictate what wines the wine...

John Duval Wines

Is there life after working for the big names of wine making, after all the trophies and m...

Healthy Drinking? Does it exist?

Drinking healthy? The phrase sounds like an oxymoron, however every time I look at the new...

Heggies Vineyard Riesling

“There’s no beer left”. It was a movie moment. You know one of those scenes when thereR...

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The Rise and Rise of Japanese Whisky

Japanese whisky was once considered a bit of a novelty, with the Scottish Whiskies taking centre stage, and Irish and American whiskies (Bourbon is a whisky) being the main backing dancers. That all changed a few years ago when the God of World Whisk...

Brouhaha Brewery

Brouhaha: /ˈbruːhɑːhɑː/; noun;                 a noisy and overexcited reaction or response to something   Hidden away in the Sunshine Coast hinterland is the small town of Maleny, with its awe inspiring views of the Glass House Mountains, the M...

Best of 2018

With the year nearly over its time to look take a good hard look through the bottom of the empty glass at the year that was. There’s been a few noticeable trends this year, some of which have actually lined up with my predictions from the end of last...

Botham Wines

I’m a bit of a cricket tragic. I’m one of “those” people that can sit there and watch a five day test very happily. I think what I love about the game so much is that it’s one of the few, if not the only game, where everyone will sledge the oppositio...

Real World Tastings

I often remark on here about how when we taste wine around at our regular “Wet Wednesday” sessions that its quite different from how we judge a wine, or beers for that fact, at competitions.  At a Wine Show you are taking a sip of the wine, aerating ...

Pirate Life Brewing

Just over four years ago, Pirate life Brewing (PLB) burst onto the Australian scene. They took award after award on, not only the local scene, but also the international stage with their Aussie slant on their beers, creating beers that not only excit...

Serve Sparkling like a Pro this Christmas

The warm weather signals two things …Christmas is just around the corner, and the inevitable Battle of the Bubbles is about to hit its stride. It’s also the time when everyone starts to look at their budgets for the upcoming Christmas, and star...

St Hugo The Unspoken Promise 2014

Last year St. Hugo released the first annual release in their decade long “Legacy Collection”, a collection of super premium wines that will vary from year to year in varieties, blends etc. The Legacy Collection pays homage to the rich and compelling...

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