Wine review– Coriole, Kirrihill and Gallagher

Coriole McLaren Vale Sangiovese 2013 $22–$25 What to drink with Tuesday night pizza? Tongue and Groove’s short wine list offered several tempting drops. But we settled for Coriole sangiovese, the Italian variety grown and made in McLaren Vale by the Lloyd family. They planted sangiovese in 1985 and over the years, they’ve polished it to […]

Beer review – Mornington Peninsular Brewery and Maisel

Mornington Peninsula Brewery Sorachi 330ml $4.65 Originally from Cologne, Germany, Kolsch is a pale-lemon coloured beer with pronounced hop aroma and flavour, but comparatively low bitterness. Mornington Brewery’s version emulates the Japanese take on Kolsch, using Japan’s Sorachi Ace hops. The result is a delicate but full, pale-coloured beer with zesty, lemony hops character. Maisel’s […]

Batlow cider festival

Australia’s rapidly growing cider industry knocks on Canberra’s back door this weekend. Batlow’s CiderFest includes a cider industry conference and happy hour on Friday 15 May, followed by a public street festival on Saturday. Organisers say the conference – in its third year, and the only comparable event in Oceania – services apple and pear […]

Wine review – Logan, Angullong and Tudor

Logan Weemala Central Ranges Shiraz Viognier 2013 $19 Peter Logan’s shiraz-viognier blend combines grapes from two distinct points on the NSW Great Dividing Range – Mudgee and Orange. Lower, warmer Mudgee makes strong, tannic shiraz; higher, cooler Orange makes lighter, spicier, softer styles. Logan says the wine is basically Mudgee shiraz (70 per cent of […]

Wine review – Sevenhill, Bowen Estate, Yalumba, Penfolds, d’Arenberg and Sassafras

Sevenhill Cellars Inigo Riesling 2014 $18.80–$20 Sevenhill Cellars vineyards, Clare Valley, South Australia In 1851 the Society of Jesus established Sevenhill Cellars, the Clare Valley’s first winery. The Jesuits still run Sevenhill from magnificent stone cellars where they make amazingly concentrated wines from their own extensive vineyards. Inigo – the cheaper of their two rieslings […]

Beer review – Wig and Pen, and Weihenstphan

Wig and Pen Velvet Cream Stout half-pint $7 New Wig and Pen brewer, Frazer Brown says he’s making the house stout, “a little less sweet with more roasty, toasty flavours”. Certainly the brew on tap’s consistent with memories of older batches. It’s as opaque as bureaucratic language – but thankfully easier to understand. Wholesome chocolate […]

National Press Club sniffs the beer scene

Talks between Canberra brewer Christoph Zierholz and National Press Club manager, Paul Butler, led last year to the club’s first matching of food with local beers. The club’s wine dinners, of course, stretch back decades. Indeed I recall an early 1980s event for the liberal interpretation of “wine tasl ting” adopted by the diners, mainly […]