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THE INDEPENDENT DRINKS JOURNAL
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Bordeaux 2017

World wine
by Jane Anson

Super Tuscany

Vineyard Focus
by David brookes

Leading Reds

Panel tasting
by Nick Bulleid MW

Mudgee

wine drive
by dom sweeney

Native Ingredients

recipes and wine matches

Pasta

what to drink with

Best Buy Wines

Top 100 New Release Wines

Wine List of the Year 2018

Winemaker of the Year 2018

FINALISTS

Janice McDonald

Burch Family wines

Paul Hotker

Bleasdale

Lucy Maddox &
Chris Derrez

Madrez Wine Services

Willy Lunn

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Red Ahead

Nick Stock is in red heaven as he tastes through new vintages from Spain's Vega Sicilia and three Italian producers from the Piedmont, Sicily and Tuscany regions.

Head for the Hills

The Adelaide Hills is a hotspot for natural wine producers in Australia. Here, Mike Bennie shines a light on two winemakers making their mark with characterful, distinctive drops.

Gin on the Rise

Gin has had a chequered past, but it has never been so popular, with distilleries and bars dedicated to gin popping up all over the world.

Where’s Nick

Next time you’re in the inner west of Sydney, seek out Where’s Nick, settle into a comfy sofa and let owner Julian Abouzeid guide you through an evening of natural wines and pizza.

100 Club

As the number of New Zealand wines exceeding NZ$100 in price grows, Bob Campbell MW explores the pros and cons of turning the juice of the grape into a luxury product.

Farewell Rootstock

Last year’s natural wine festival, run by a group of passionate volunteers, was the final Rootstock. Here Morris Gleitzman pays tribute to his favourite wines, and to the spit buckets.

Hidden Menace

Phylloxera has plagued the Australian wine industry in the past and it still has the potential to devastate our old vines warns Andrew Caillard MW.

Family Affairs

When it comes to wine, two types of businesses exist: those owned by families and those by corporations. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

Bold Moves

Penfolds has created two new fortifieds: one a Port-style containing a traditional Chinese spirit called baijiu; the other a Brandy from a long-forgotten source.

Viognier

Not that long ago viognier was out of favour, but today there are plantings all over the world and the variety is used to make fragrant, full-bodied whites and to add structure to shiraz.

National Drops

The nation’s capital and emerging centre of cool, Canberra is also home to a fast-growing craft beer scene.

Making the Move

As Voyager Estate celebrates its 40th anniversary, conversion to certified organic farming is well under way.

Kicking Goals

After an impressive Vinexpo and China Roadshow, the Australian wine industry’s prospects in China have never looked better, but it could all be very easily undone warns Jeremy Oliver.

Age Game

Sometimes age matters, as Morris Gleitzman learned the hard way when he opened a young Penfolds.

Wine Dilemmas

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Celebration Time

Kara Maisano has been crowned the inaugural Young Sommelier to Watch thanks to Girard-Perregaux and GT WINE.

Sommelier’s Choice

Fried chicken and natural wine. It’s definitely a thing, according to the Belle’s Hot Chicken team.

10 Years of Marchand & Burch

We caught up with Burgundian winemaker Pascal Marchand recently when he was in Australia to mark the 10th anniversary of Marchand & Burch – a collaboration with Burch Family Wines of Howard Park and MadFish fame.

Foraging for Dinner

If you don't fancy traipsing through paddocks and scouring the coast for ingredients, but you’d like to experience the bounty of a foraging expedition then book into one of Harvest Newrybar’s Wild Harvest Sessions.

Champagne History

When Champagne Palmer & Co bought Domaine du Chalet in October last year, they also bought a piece of history – the estate, built in 1860 just outside the little village of Chigny-les-Roses, was once the home of Louise Pommery, heir to the Champagne Pommery fortune.

Brookie's Gin

A plane trip with a distiller from Scotland and access to indigenous ingredients on his family farm led Eddie Brooks to create Cape Byron Distillery and two gins.

Fresh Read

Nina Caplan’s new book, The Wandering Vine: Wine, The Romans and Me is a refreshing addition to the often dry world of wine literature.

New Chair

The Riverina Winemakers Association has welcomed new chair Gabrielle Poy to oversee their 2018 wine shows, taking over from outgoing chair and GT WINE contributor Sophie Otton.

Two Paddocks = 20 Years

The 2016 releases from Central Otago producer Two Paddocks are stunning across the board and the timing couldn’t be better. This vintage marks the 20th release from Sam Neill’s pet project.

Straight to the Top

The Gold Coast has added another jewel to its crown, Nineteen at The Star, setting a new standard for gastronomy in Queensland.

Rock the Boat

James Squire have never been shy of spruiking a good colonial Australia story. In an ambitious brewing move, they have established a genuine connection to the country's past.

New Kid on the Block

Jacob’s Creek has announced the appointment of Dan Swincer to the role of chief winemaker.

Winter Gin

We've discovered the perfect tipple for a cold winter's evening.

Prost in Space

With space travel fast becoming a very real possibility, the question of what we'll drink up there is already being asked, and quite possibly answered.

Hotel California Road

Dudley Brown and Dr Irina Santiago-Brown of Inkwell Wines officially opened their new McLaren Vale cellar door and luxury accommodation offering in June.

Under the Rose

Gourmet Traveller WINE’s Winespace was christened when readers descended on our Reds for Winter dinner in May. Adam Louder of SubRosa came all the way from the Grampians, Vic to attend and speak to readers. He also has a new wine out.

Working Together

Restaurant collaborations with wineries to make their own branded wine, while not a new thing, are seeing an upswing in premiumisation and personalisation.

Southern Italians

Centennial Vineyards in the NSW Southern Highlands is celebrating two new releases.