Wednesday News Round-up: 31st August

Every week, Taste Explorer will bring you the top 10 stories that tickled our taste buds. This week we discover why beer is cold, why Sydneysiders will now be full of cold air as well as hot and uncover intrigue in the Antipodes involving All Blacks, drugs, smuggling and death. Don’t say that we don’t pull together the very best reads for you!

10. The First Mangoes of the season sold for $30,000 at a Sydney Markets charity auction.

Read the full article at the Daily Telegraph

9. Sydney, a city often accused of being full of hot air has opened its first oxygen bar at Darling Harbour.

Read the full article at the Melbourne Age

8. Terry Durack discovers what most of us have known for some time, Mexican food is in Sydney is on the rise and is getting much better.

Read the full article at the Sydney Morning Herald

7. The Australian packaged food industry wants to put the brakes on a recommendation to introduce a traffic light system of food nutrition measurement that the federal and state governments will vote on in December.

Read the full article at The Australian

6. Beer Boffins have discovered the microbe that allows beer to ferment in the cold, which means the British have no more excuses!

Read the full article at yahoo!

5. Melbourne annointed a crop of newly hatted restaurants at the 2012 Age Good Food Guide Awards.

Read the full article at the Melbourne Age

4. Is New Zealand Pinot Noir descended directly from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti? It’s a tale full of suspense, industrial espionage, All Blacks, drugs, smuggling, death and subterfuge and it’s a very interesting read!

Read the full article at NZ Wine Online

3. Ferran Adrià says “The gastronomical culture of China is very, very important” after a recent visit to the country after the closing of his restaurant, El Bulli.

Read the full article at Huffington Post

2. Hunter Valley Winemakers show us why there such a bunch of fussy bastards and why that’s good for us.

Read the full article at the Sydney Morning Herald

1. And finally, brilliant new website Taste Explorer launched in Sydney over the weekend 🙂 I hope you’re all enjoying it!

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Author:Jeremy Bowell

Jeremy Bowell is the founder and editor of Taste Explorer. He also writes for,, and has featured in the Sydney Morning Herald's Good Living section. He is an avid connoisseur of all things food and drink related.