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THE INDEPENDENT DRINKS JOURNAL
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Burgundy 2017

World wine
by tim atkin mw

On Texture

wine FOCUS
by DANIEL HONAN

Full Circle

wine Focus
by max allen

1,000 Years of Wines

wine Focus
by nick stock

English Wine Stars

Travel
by margaret rand

Top 10 Bars: Madrid

Travel
by KEN GARGETT

Hunter Shiraz 2017

Panel tasting
by Nick Bulleid MW

Travel Log

by JUDY SARRIS

Close to the Coast

VINEYARD CHEFS
by BELLA SARRIS

Raise Your Glass

NEW ZEALAND WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR 2019
‍by JUDY SARRIS

Master Pasta

recipes and wine matches

What to Drink With

PUMPKIN
BY PETER BOURNE

Best Buy Wines

Top 100 New Release Wines

Women in Wine Dinner

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30 Vintages of Underhill

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New and Old

Two Burgundy producers currently on Nick Stock’s radar: Jane Eyre, a relatively new operation from a determined Australian; and an estate with a history dating back to the 18th century.

Sea Change

New wave California wine producers are striking a chord on the wine scene in the United States, and on the global stage consumers can now better appreciate their offerings.

Fashion Victim

Reduction in chardonnay, particularly in New Zealand, is becoming more fashionable, and as a result is dividing winemakers across the country. Bob Campbell MW seeks out a happy medium.

In Grape Spirits

One of the most common and versatile alcohols, grape-based spirits were a natural diversion from fermented grape juice and wine as distillation became popular around the world.

Imaginary History

At this year's Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir Celebration, Andrew Caillard MW heard a lecture by Nina Caplan which spurred him on to examine vinous instances of historical imagination.

Dry Delights

An international collaboration between respected riesling producers Jim Barry and Dr. Loosen piques Nick Stock's interest, plus rieslings from Wagner-Stempel and new release Champagnes.

Search for Sizzle

What is it about a wine, despite being so similar to countless others, that lures us back again and again? Huon Hooke believes it's often the drop's tantalising tale that helps to nail the sale.

Sangiovese

Sangiovese’s initial run in Australia was hampered by poor clonal selection, but as better clones became available the variety began to mature nicely, with some excellent examples popping up.

Liquid Gold

Gold Coast beer has gone from strength to strength, with one key word underpinning its success: approachability.

Heavy Weights

Heavy wine bottles are leaving their mark on the environment, but a few winemakers and producers are taking a stand.

Sommelier’s Choice

Last year at Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards, Ian Trinkle was the sommelier responsible for the winning list at Aria Brisbane. Now Trinkle is on to the next chapter of his vinous journey, as Group Sommelier at Howard Smith Wharves.

Wine Wreck

Will wine go the way of an unnamed car model and rebrand itself big and tough?

Wine Dilemmas

Q&A | JANE SKILTON

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Leanne Altmann is killing it. In August last year Altmann topped the Riedel Advanced Sommelier examinations and was awarded Dux (the first female in Australia to receive the title), and then a month later she won the Vin de Champagne Award in the professional category. We sat down for a quick chat.

Going but not Gone

It’s fair to say that Accolade’s Global Wine Director, Paul Lapsley can look back on his 40-year winemaking career with immense satisfaction.

New Chief Winemaker

Barossa stalwart St Hugo has announced the appointment of Peter Munro to the role of Chief Winemaker.

Château-Figeac Legacy

“The name Figeac has 2,000 years of history,” says Hortense Idoine-Manoncourt, president of Château-Figeac, in Bordeaux. “It’s Gallo-Roman. It’s quite unique.”

School of Rock

The Granite Belt Wine School is a super-smart initiative designed to educate Japanese sommeliers on the unique terroir, climate and elevation of the Queensland region, as well as showcase the quality and diversity of its wines.

Calabria Barossa Valley

Calabria Family Wines has taken a giant leap from the Riverina to open a new cellar door in the Barossa Valley.

Go to Grosset

Traditionally, Grosset Wines has only ever allowed visits to its Clare Valley headquarters for a brief period each year. Now, for the first time, it will be throwing open the doors of its newly renovated cellar door for six weeks during the autumn months.

Bar Margaux

Talented team Michael and Zara Madrusan from Made in the Shade and who are also responsible for such venues as The Everleigh and Heartbreaker will launch Bar Margaux in Melbourne’s CBD in May.

Stillwater SEVEN

The latest evolutionary phase of Launceston’s critically-acclaimed Stillwater restaurant was announced in March, with the addition of seven ultra-modern, luxuriously appointed waterfront rooms to the renowned eatery’s offerings.

Change of Judge

The Royal Queensland Wine Show (RQWS) has announced Jim Chatto as its new chief judge.

Henschke win!

In the Dec/Jan edition of Gourmet Traveller WINE we asked subscribers why they would like to win a superb limited-edition Henschke gift pack containing a signed copy of the Hill of Grace book and three standout wines.