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Taylors St Andrews Riesling 2014

  Taylors have been on a roll of late. The 2014 vintage of the St Andrews Single Vineyard Release Riesling has been awarded the trophy for best Riesling at the prestigious Royal Melbourne Wine Awards while the family owned winery took home a swag of gold medals and was awarded Best Australian Producer at Europe’s […]

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Pei Modern Opens Its Doors In Sydney

  The menu might feature a smattering of questionable puns (‘Fromage to ewe’ anyone?) but everything else about Pei Modern, the newest offering from Mark Best and talented head chef Matt Germanchis is very much on point. The former space occupied by The Woods restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney has been opened […]

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Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc Launches in Australia

  In 2006 towards the end of a 2 month trip through Europe, I stumbled into a London bar and ordered the first beer I saw on tap, a Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc. It was the first time I had tried the beer and I was instantly hooked. I returned to Australia and looked in vain, […]

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In Defence of the Food Snob & Wine Wanker

I’m going to put my cards on the table right now. I’m a food snob and wine wanker. How do I know this? Because of the sideways glances and smirks I get from some people when I mention I have an interest in food and wine. I’m guilty of posting pictures of a particularly good […]

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Champagne Taittinger

Champagne Tuesdays: A Taittinger Tour de Force

  Tuesday nights are not normally the best for experiencing Sydney at her hedonistic best, but when I was invited to a very special event showcasing the Champagne Taittinger portfolio at the ECQ Bar overlooking a sparkling Sydney Harbour I threw caution to the wind and put on my very finest drinking boots. Present on […]

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Why the Heston Blumenthal and Coles partnership might not be such a bad thing

  I’m no fan of Coles. They are known for wielding their considerable market power to screw prices down for suppliers and they have a reputation for spending lots of money to silence critics of some of their practices and then boasting about it. When I read in B&T that Heston Blumenthal was teaming up […]

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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Celebrates 30 Years this August

  My visit to Hamilton Island last year was extremely memorable. Not just for the incredible landscapes or the azure waters of the Coral Sea, but also the incredible food, wine and hospitality that is to be had on the island. It’s a great place to visit all year around but when there’s an event […]

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Taste Orange Returns to Sydney, 21st & 22nd August

  The Orange Region of NSW is synonymous with great food and cool climate wine so it’s always a pleasure to head to Martin Place for the annual Taste Orange event which returns to Sydney on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd August. This year the event is expanding to a 2 day and night celebration […]

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Get Naked and win a trip to Margaret River

Our friends over at Naked Wines are holding a competition to celebrate their first birthday this month and you could win a trip to Margaret River to be wined and dined by two Naked Winemakers Brian Fletcher and Rory Clifton-Parks. If you’re not familiar with the Naked model, members or ‘Angels’ as they’re known on […]

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Review: Berowra Waters Inn

7,000 years is a long time for a location to be used as an eating spot, particularly as that spot now plays host one of Sydney’s finest restaurants. Aboriginal midden (eating) remains were uncovered during Cellar renovations of Berowra Waters Inn by Tony Bilson in 1976 and carbon dating found them to be 7,000 years […]

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