A year in Canberra wine, 2014

As the Australian wine industry moved into another round of takeovers and rationalisation in 2014, Canberra’s vignerons remained many, small and independent. They released probably more outstanding wines in the year than they ever had before, attracting a remarkable flow of wine show gongs. Treasury Wine Estates was the largest takeover target. After months of […]

Canberra’s year in beer, 2014

Canberra’s embrace of the global craft-beer phenomenon tightened during 2014. We began the year with two local breweries – Zierholz and the Wig and Pen – and on 6 June we welcomed BentSpoke, Braddon, as our third. The two-story brewpub provides great views of the brewing equipment from the downstairs bar. It serves beer, cider, […]

Wine review – Tulloch, Vinaceous and De Bortoli

Tulloch Pokolbin Dry Red Shiraz 2013 $20–$25 Tulloch make a number of Hunter Valley reds, including this fruity drink-now version. In this instance “drink-now” means the fresh, vibrant fruit flavours, medium body and gentle tannins appeal enormously and make good current drinking. However, the quality, purity and depth of fruit flavour (and the ever reliable […]

Wine review – Coppabella, Fighting Gully Road, Ravensworth, Capital Wines, Lark Hill and Pikes

Coppabella “The Crest” Chardonnay 2012 $20–$30 Coppabella vineyard, Tumbarumba, NSW Jason and Alecia Brown own the 68-hectare Moppity vineyard in the Hilltops region and the 70-hectare Coppabella vineyard at Tumbarumba. They now match the exceptional quality of their Moppity reds with three beautiful chardonnays from the higher, cooler Coppabella vineyard. Just as he did when […]

Great Australian beer festival February 2015

Australians’ exploding love for cider and craft beer means ever more events combining these lovely drinks with fine food and entertainment. A big event on the calendar, the Great Australian Beer Festival, is to be held at Geelong Racecourse on Saturday 21 February. The organisers are yet to announce details of entertainment and food at […]

Wine review – Robert Stein, Rusty Fig, Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Moppity Vineyard and Houghton

Robert Stein Riesling 2014 $35 Robert Stein vineyard, Mudgee, NSW At the excellent St Isidore restaurant, Milton, we kicked off a joyous lunch with the delicious Robert Stein riesling. Riesling can be austere when young. But winemaker Jacob Stein backed the natural lime-like varietal flavour of this one with gentle mid-palate texture. The flavour comes […]