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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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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 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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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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Lovedale Long Lunch experience at Crowne Plaza

  If a Hunter Valley local invites you to a long lunch, it’s generally recommended that you not have any plans for the rest of the day or the next, as you’re going to experience the hospitality that the Hunter Valley is known for. It’s best that you pack some Panadol too… There were no […]

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Paradise Found: A Visit to Hamilton Island Part 2

  The sound of an unrecognisable bird call slowly seeped into my consciousness. My eyes flickered open and a circular blur slowly gave way to the sight of a slowly rotating ceiling fan. It took me a few moments to register where I was. Paradise. After our first day on Hamilton Island and a sleep […]

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Tasmanian produce set to star at Taste of Sydney

After visiting the Apple Isle twice last year, I gained a huge appreciation for Tasmanian produce, grown in its world-renowned cool climate, clean air, fertile soils and pristine waters. I was able to meet many of the producers and sample some truly fantastic food and wine. I was pleased to read that some of the best […]

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Global Grapevine Roving Lunch

I must confess I have a bit of a soft spot for Champagne. I’ve tried a fair few but with over 5,000 individual producers of Champagne I’ve barely scratched the surface. We’d be lucky to see 3% of all available Champagnes in Australia which is why it’s always good news when a wine distributor steps […]

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