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  • Variety show: Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (SSB) or Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (SBS) is the wine you take to a party when you don't know what your hosts actually like to drink. Its exuberance and complexity give it a un…

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  • Top five wine apps

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    More than one billion people around the world now own a smartphone, giving ready access to the internet and all it offers at the touch of a screen. So whether you’re an avid wine connoisseur looking …

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  • Best books for wine lovers

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    Despite the growing popularity of the internet as a major information resource and tool for buying wine , books continue to be sought after when it comes to checking your facts. And wine is one of th…

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  • Ideal Summer Reds

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    The idea of summer and red wine going together is rarely acknowledged, but reds and warm weather can in fact pair quite well so long as you pick the right variety and style. Some reds even taste grea…

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  • Variety show: Muscat

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    Muscat is a grape variety with more than 200 different derivatives all over the world. It makes wine grapes, but also plump, juicy table grapes and raisins. Before Muscat came to Australia, it's beli…

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  • All about cleanskins

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    Many of us have seen those plain bottles of wine with hardly any details on the label selling for rock-bottom prices – but what are they? And how do you know if they’re any good? They’re called clean…

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  • Sparkling reds: Are they the next big thing?

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

    Sparkling red wine has held a special place in Australian wine drinkers' hearts for many years, as this style of wine has been truly developed and nurtured here by a few passionate winemakers since t…

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  • Summer sippers: Wine varieties for the warmer months

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

    Ask anyone which wine they like drinking on a hot summer's day and most would answer with a white variety, possibly a Chardonnay or a Sauvignon Blanc. And they'd be justified, of course. But there ar…

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  • The art of label design

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    These days, window shopping for wine is half the fun of going to the bottle shop. From its original purpose as a way of recording a vintage, right through to its modern-day role as the creative expre…

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  • Rosé – a red wine lover’s holiday fling

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    For some wine drinkers, Rosé is a lighthearted style of wine to be enjoyed on a Sunday afternoon when the mood is light and the weather is warm. For others, Rosé is just as serious a wine as red or w…

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  • The top 10 wine regions of the world

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    In the wine world there’s always a lot of contention about which areas deserve to be called the best of the best. Currently there are over a hundred recognised growing regions with more being added t…

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  • Best whites for less than $15

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    White wine has to be one of Australia's most popular drinks – it makes for the perfect cool-down beverage on a hot summer's day and marries beautifully with so much of our wonderfully fresh and diver…

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  • All about cool-climate chardonnay

    Friday, December 14, 2012

    One of the most popular drinks of choice in the 1990s was Chardonnay – a buttery, tropical fruit-flavoured and very oak-influenced wine made predominantly in regions with warm climates. These wines w…

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  • Top 10 wines for barbeques

    Friday, December 14, 2012

    When the barbie's fired up, most of us open a bottle (or two) of wine as well. It's time to relax and enjoy great food and company. But matching wine with food can be a challenge at the best of times…

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  • Best-value drops for Christmas

    Friday, December 14, 2012

    When it comes to buying wine online at Christmas, there are so many factors driving your choice – is it a gift? Is the wine to serve at Christmas dinner? Is it a bottle to take to a festive party? Wh…

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  • Australia’s best wine drives

    Monday, December 03, 2012

    Why is it that wine always seems to taste better when you’re drinking amongst the vines? Whether it’s meeting the producers face to face or simply the country air, hitting the cellar door trail is no…

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  • The lowdown on low-calorie wines

    Monday, December 03, 2012

    For many of us, wine is one of life's pleasures that's just too good to resist. Plus, there's plenty of evidence showing wine is actually good for us . If you're looking to lose weight, however, alco…

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  • Cool wine for hot foods: What to drink with spicy dishes

    Monday, December 03, 2012

    Many of us used to stay away from wine when eating hot and spicy ethnic dishes such as Thai and Indian cuisine, choosing to stick to cold beers and lagers that washed the spices away. Thankfully, tim…

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  • Top 10 wine investment tips

    Friday, November 16, 2012

    Most of us buy wine for pleasure, but savvy shoppers can make a lot of money investing in wine. It's been known to outperform the stock exchange, with experts quoting returns of up to 30 per cent a y…

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  • Spring carnival marks the start of the sparkling season

    Friday, November 16, 2012

    Style, socialites and sparkling wine – it's the perfect combination and the essence of trackside fun at Australia's Spring Racing Carnival. Whether it's the warm weather, the celebratory mood or the …

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  • How to select wine for major functions

    Friday, November 16, 2012

    If you're busy planning a dinner party, celebration, wine tasting, wedding or other important function or event, your guests will no doubt be expecting a decent drink. Chances are you're wondering ho…

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  • Famous wine-lovers: Which famous people worked on wine?

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

    Wine has been appreciated by men and women for centuries,so it’s no surprise to hear that some of the most famous figures in history enjoyed a tipple. Who’s to say that some of their most life-changi…

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  • How to justify one more glass: evidence that shows wine is good for us

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

    Having just one more glass isn’t always a bad idea if you drink sensibly and for a good reason. And trust us, there’s always a good reason if you search hard enough. We happen to know that wine is ac…

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  • Sniff and tell: How to tell if your wine’s gone bad

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

    There’s nothing worse than a bad glass of wine, especially if you’re in a restaurant and the moody waiter is already looking like he wants to kill someone. There are several ways to tell if a wine is…

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  • Under the influence: Does red wine really affect our dreams?

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

    There's a myth that states drinking wine affects our dreams. We weren't entirely sure how true this was, so we sent a wine fan out on a mission to drink, drink, drink and then sleep, and tell us how …

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  • Waste not, want not: How to cook with leftover wine

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

    It’s always sad when you come to the end of the night and there’s one more glass of wine left in the bottle. Specially marketed “cooking wines” are generally high in acid and sodium, so let’s look at…

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  • Winoscopes: Which wine are you?

    Monday, September 10, 2012

    Virgo, Capricorn, Scorpio or Cancer… who cares? What’s really important is not what’s in your stars, but what’s in your wine glass. When it comes to matching a wine to your personality, there’s defin…

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  • How to buy wine online

    Thursday, July 05, 2012

    More and more wine lovers are discovering the joys of ordering their labels from the comfort of their own home. Buy wine online and you can enjoy bigger selections and better prices, examine reviews …

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  • Examining the most expensive wines in the world

    Thursday, July 05, 2012

    The wine industry is hugely diverse, particularly when it comes to pricing, and the debate on whether expensive wine equates to superior taste has been going on for decades. However, some bottles of …

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  • BYO: How to match wine with restaurant cuisine

    Thursday, July 05, 2012

    Restaurants that let you bring your own wine provide a fun, informal and enjoyable evening out. BYO also gives you the freedom to plan varieties that will pair beautifully with the cuisine on offer. …

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  • Wine to watch movies with

    Thursday, July 05, 2012

    There's nothing quite as heavenly as sinking into your sofa to watch a good movie while savouring a delicious bottle of wine. To make the experience even more enjoyable, why not plan an evening where…

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  • Australian wine: State by state

    Thursday, July 05, 2012

    Wine is produced in every state of Australia, with approximately 160,000 hectares under vine in 60 appellations. Located mainly in the south where the climate is cooler, the individual terroirs produ…

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  • Red wine for vegetarians: What to choose

    Sunday, June 10, 2012

    Choosing a red wine for vegetarians, either to enjoy on its own or to accompany a meal, can be something of a challenge. However, there are plenty of varieties out there to complement a vegetarian li…

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  • White wine discovery 101

    Tuesday, June 05, 2012

    Cool, crisp and a perfect companion on a hot summer day. White wine is a delectable accompaniment to light salads and seafood dishes. Find the perfect blend for your palate, with our guide to three p…

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  • How to start your own wine group

    Tuesday, June 05, 2012

    Wine groups are about friendship and fun, as well as tasting, enjoying and learning about wine. Starting your own wine group can be the beginning of a new love affair with wine. Wine groups don’t hav…

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  • Red wine discovery 101

    Friday, June 01, 2012

    Nothing compares to a smooth glass of Merlot to make you feel cosy on a cool evening. Red wine is heavier than white in texture and more suitable for pairing with or post an evening meal. We explore …

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  • The world of Sauvignon Blanc

    Friday, June 01, 2012

    Crisp, refreshing and light-bodied. These are common characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc, a hugely popular white wine receiving worldwide acclaim and flying off wineshop shelves. We explore its qualit…

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  • Dinner Party Wine Quiz

    Sunday, May 20, 2012

    Do you have friends who think they know about wines? Have fun with this wine quiz at your next social gathering – it'll really get them into the spirit of the evening. 1. True or false: New Zealand a…

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  • The top Australian and New Zealand wine festivals

    Sunday, May 20, 2012

    As Australia and New Zealand produce the very best wine in the world (not that we're biased, of course), it stands to reason that they host the most wonderful wine festivals in the world. Drawing win…

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  • A world of difference: Shiraz

    Tuesday, May 01, 2012

    Meaty, smoky, fruity with chocolate undertones and a body that packs a punch. Like other red wine, world regions produce different Shiraz wine flavours depending on soil type and climate. Before you …

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  • What are the best wine bars in your city?

    Tuesday, May 01, 2012

    Australia's love affair with wine means we're spoilt for choice when it comes to wine bars. Here's a selection of the best your city has to offer. Whether you go for laidback and cosy or hip and tren…

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  • How to speak wine: A to K

    Friday, April 20, 2012

    We’re surrounded by wine reviews from experts in magazines, online, on labels and in our local wineshop. But do we really know what the reviews mean, or are things getting lost in translation? Learn …

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  • How to speak wine: L to Z

    Friday, April 20, 2012

    In part two of our wine glossary, we explore the true meaning behind some more recognisable expressions from the world of critics, labels and reviews. Late harvest wine Late harvest wine is produced …

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  • Champagne or sparkling wine?

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

    The familiar pop and fizz of Champagne signals the start of the party. There’s something about the Champagne legacy that makes it so special, but today there are some fantastic sparkling wines to con…

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  • The wine forecast 2012

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

    2012 is set to be an exciting year for wine. Retro sweets are coming back into fashion and brand new varieties are being developed in unusual locations. The admirable march of the green brigade also …

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  • Cuisine rules: Red or White?

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    Australians are spoilt for choice when it comes to the wide selection of local and international cuisine. Whether cooking in or dining out, we can feast on different foods from all over the world eve…

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  • Wine etiquette

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    The notion of wine etiquette might seem stuffy, traditional and out of place to the modern social drinker. But actually, there are plenty of practical reasons to follow these so-called ‘rules’ that e…

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  • Wine storage tips for serious investors

    Tuesday, February 01, 2011

    There’s no more pressing issue than storage for serious wine investors. While the perfect environment can keep your investment safe and sound for decades, a bad storage decision can wipe out your win…

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  • 8 Reasons to Buy Wine Online

    Saturday, January 15, 2011

    There’s no denying it, online shopping is a fast and convenient way of buying what you want, now. If you’re shopping for wine online, you’ve got a couple of options: You can buy directly from the win…

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  • Which wine glass? Four rules you need to know.

    Monday, January 03, 2011

    Wine drinking involves many rituals. There’s a lot of seeing, swirling, sniffing and sipping involved in order for us to really savour a glass of wine. As well as being decanted and chilled to its op…

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  • Know Your Grapes – Know Your Wines

    Monday, December 20, 2010

    Chardonnay. Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot. Riesling. When it comes to wines, there are a lot of names to remember. While there are literally thousands of grape varieties, most wine is produced from just…

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  • Choosing wine for your wedding

    Sunday, December 12, 2010

    Planning a wedding involves a lot of preparation. There are countless things to take care of, including what wine to serve at your reception. To ensure your big day is a big hit, you need to guarante…

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  • How to throw a wine tasting party at home

    Sunday, November 28, 2010

    Wine tasting parties are the perfect excuse to get a group of friends together to explore new wines. They’re easy to plan and even easier to host. We’ve put together a quick wine tasting party plan f…

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  • An introduction to Australian wines

    Monday, October 25, 2010

    There’s no denying it - Australian wines are popular. In 2006/2007 alone we exported more than $2.8 billion worth of wine to the world. While we’ve steadily been cultivating our reputation overseas, …

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  • The 4 most common wine faults - and how to spot them

    Wednesday, October 06, 2010

    Wine experts tell us that in order to really appreciate a good wine, we need to know what a bad one tastes like. If we want to take this premise a step further, we also need to be able to spot the di…

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  • Spotlight on…Penfolds

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010

    One of Australia’s oldest and most revered wineries, Penfolds has maintained a solid reputation for creating wines of prestige and impeccable quality for the last century and a half. Bypassing fads a…

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  • Tips for developing your wine palate

    Friday, September 10, 2010

    For wine lovers our palate is an extremely important tool. It’s our guide for appreciating the subtle tastes and flavours that are found in wine. A lot of different factors influence our palate, incl…

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  • Delicious white wine and food pairings

    Sunday, July 18, 2010

    Got your eye on a nice bottle of Chardonnay but not sure what to serve it with? Pairing a bottle of wine with a meal is a tricky task that can strike fear into the heart of even the most seasoned win…

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  • 4 tried and true tips for storing opened wine

    Sunday, June 20, 2010

    Have you ever had a few glasses of wine over dinner and not known what to do with the rest of the bottle? Do you pour it down the sink or do you try to save it? It’s a dilemma that wine lovers face a…

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  • Questions to ask when selecting a wine

    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    Choosing a great bottle of wine can be daunting, especially if you’re a novice. The best way of narrowing down the selection is to ask yourself a few simple questions beforehand. What colour wine do …

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  • 5 tips for matching wine with food

    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    For decades conventional wisdom dictated that certain wine should be consumed with certain foods. You’ve probably heard that white wine should only be served with chicken and fish and red wine with m…

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  • A crash course in wine tasting (or how to taste wine like an expert)

    Thursday, April 22, 2010

    In order to learn more about wine you need to understand how to taste it. Tasting wine helps to deepen our appreciation and find wines that we like to drink. While some people find the wine tasting p…

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  • A beginners guide to investing in wine

    Thursday, April 15, 2010

    If you’re interested in investing in wine you’ve probably heard tales of long forgotten bottles fetching thousands at auction. While the chances of finding a dusty bottle of Chateau Lafite 1787 in yo…

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