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THE INDEPENDENT DRINKS JOURNAL
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50 Top Wine Experiences

Down the Derwent

TRAVEL
by Daniel Honan

Chalk About Champagne

World wine
by Margaret Rand

Quality Supreme

wine Focus
by Nino ZocCali

Team Work

WORLD WINE
by JOSH MARTIN

Local Bubbles

Panel tasting
by Nick Bulleid MW

New Zealand Winemaker

OF THE YEAR FINALISTS 2019

Bubble and Greek

NEW WINE WRITER AWARD
by Kirsty Petrides

Night of Nights

Winemaker of the year event
by JULIAN RIFKIN

Catalan Feast

recipes and wine matches

Cheese Platter

what to drink with

Best Buy Wines

Top 100 New Release Wines

The Ultimate Guide to Cellaring and Serving Wine

With Harvey Norman
REGULARS

Pinot Project

Five Mornington Peninsula vineyards have come together to create five pinot noirs across multiple vintages, all vinified in the exact same way, as a means of showing the importance of terroir.

Babyface Kitchen

Wollongong isn’t generally hailed as a great food or wine destination, but some excellent drinking and dining establishments have opened in the New South Wales South Coast city in recent years, including Babyface Kitchen, which Mike Bennie rates very highly.

Wine Concepts

Mike Bennie shares his excitement for two boutique producers with two different concepts: one seeks to make a grenache of elegance and purity; the other outstanding skin contact blends.

Que Viva Mexico

Did you know that every tequila is a mezcal, but not every mezcal is a tequila? Brush up on your Mexican spirits knowledge and discover the best mezcal and tequilas to sip on.

Snapshot in Time

Bob Campbell MW comes to grips with the iconic Kiwi syrah Craggy Range Le Sol in a special vertical tasting put on by Air New Zealand that really hit the heights.
Weingut Keller

Great Vintages

Nick Stock tastes through the 2016 wines from two Old World producers – one from Beaujolais in France and the other from Germany's Rheinhessen region – plus new vintage Dom Pérignon.

All in Good Taste

Andrew Caillard MW pays tribute to wine collector Anders Josephson, whose boundless passion for Australian wine gave a huge boost to the domestic industry when it was most needed.

Taste the Difference

How is it, muses Jancis Robinson MW, that wine writers and winemakers can vary so markedly in their opinions about the merits of the very same vinous product?

Sommelier’s Choice

Gabrielle Webster, whose wine lists have been awarded Best Wine Bar List at the Australian Wine List of the Year Awards in 2016 and 2017, is now the head sommelier at iconic Bondi Beach restaurant Icebergs.

Grüner Veltliner

Austria's most popular grape, grüner veltliner produces a broad spectrum of styles. Thanks to two producers, the variety has now found a comfortable home in the cooler climes of Australia.

Margaret River

The iconic West Australian wine region has well and truly arrived as a centre for superb craft beer production.

Weeding Out a Killer

Serious health concerns about the commonly used herbicide glyphosate are driving a trend towards non-chemical vineyard alternatives.

Bull in a China Shop

Australia will have to think bigger and better – indeed, rethink its entire approach – if our wine is to truly thrive in the sensitive Chinese marketplace, writes Jeremy Oliver.

The G-Word

Sometimes simple words take on a ‘greater’ meaning, and should probably be retired.

Wine Dilemmas

Q&A | JANE SKILTON

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SABINE SCHMITZ

What's On

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JUDY SARRIS

Mistletoe Martinis

Four Pillars’ much-anticipated Christmas Gin is back for the third year in a row.

Summer Sips

Could the T&T (tequila and tonic) be the new drink of summer? Fever-Tree has just released a limited edition Citrus Tonic Water, available in select Rockpool Dining Group venues and at Red Bottle.

Brokenwood's New Digs

One of Australia’s iconic producers, Brokenwood in Hunter Valley is set to open a new cellar door, alongside two new dining offerings, The Wood Restaurant and Cru Bar + Pantry.

Muscadet on the Menu

When at its best, muscadet, made from the grape variety Melon de Bourgogne, is the perfect foil for seafood and shellfish – with its complex citrus and white flower aromas and full, crisp palate.

Champagne Champions

Leanne Altmann and Nicole Smith have both been recognised at the 2018 Vin de Champagne Awards, held at the recently refurbished Quay Restaurant in Sydney on 10 September.

Aussie Sparkling on Top

Australia’s sparkling wine fraternity has been recognised on the international stage with two big honours at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC).

New in Oz

The exquisite wines of renowned Champagne house Boll & Cie are now available in Australia.

Wine and Rum

Wine and rum doesn’t sound like a good mix, and from a cocktail point of view it definitely isn’t, but a new distillery in Sydney’s Surry Hills is changing the way Australians think about aged spirits, maturing locally crafted rum in used Hunter Valley shiraz barrels.

Barrels of Beer

Sydney distillery Archie Rose and Tasmanian brewery Moo Brew have teamed up to produce a new Barrel-Aged Stout.

Family Affair

Yalumba has been recognised for its entrepreneurial success at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Award Winners

Maude Wines in Central Otago has won the top prize at the inaugural New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards.

Budding Wine Writers

It was heartening to receive a great response to the Gourmet Traveller WINE/Wine Communicators of Australia New Wine Writer Award, with entries coming from around the country.

Australian Women in Wine

In a shed on a quiet back road in the Eden Valley, history is being made. A wine is being assembled by a group of four extraordinary and diverse winemakers, each donating barrels of 2018 shiraz for a joint project aimed at encouraging more women to enter the Australian wine industry.

NZ Bound

The winner of our subscriptions prize competition featured in the August/September issue of Gourmet Traveller WINE has been announced.