Author:Jessica Broadbent

Joe Fattorini and Derek from Garage Wine Co.

When Joe met Derek

Garage Wine Co is different to the big, established companies that dominate the Chilean market. Their hand-crafted, artisan wines are produced from grapes purchased from small growers in the Maipo and Maule valleys. Following on from the 2010 earthquake that ravaged much of Chile, Garage has helped many...

Swinney vineyard

Stylish Australians

Grape growers to winemakers is a familiar story in the land of Oz, but here’s a winery that’s definitely worthy of your attention. The Swinney property in Frankland River was established in 1922, and has long provided high quality fruit to many of Western Australia’s...

Christmas drink promotions

Twelve Drinks of Christmas

With just three and a bit weeks to go until Christmas there’s not much time for planning your Christmas festivities. So we’ve put together the 12 Drinks of Christmas, a great cross-section of wines, beers and spirits that will work for a whole host of...

Old Fashioned cocktail

Three Twists on an Old Fashioned

Simple, strong and to the point, the Old Fashioned harks back to the original American ‘cocktail’ of the early 19th century, based on liquor, water, sugar and bitters. Back then it was often made with Rye Whiskey and became known as a Whiskey Cocktail. After...

Andean Wine

Andean Adventures

Separated by the curving spine of the Andes Mountains, Argentina and Chile lie side by side in the southern half of South America. These long, thin countries take latitudinal variation to the extreme, and it accounts for the huge variety of wines they produce. But...

Pinot Noir NZ

New World Pinot Power

As the nights darken and our trees transform from vibrant green to deep orange and apricot, we look for wines that offer those autumnal scents and flavours.   Here are three New Zealand Pinot Noirs we tasted last week that offer just that, but are each uniquely...

Spanish producers for Walker and Wodehouse

Three days in Spain

A flying visit to Spain was a great way to catch up with our producers in both Rioja and Ribera del Duero. With the harvest just starting in both regions it was great to walk the vineyards, amidst pickers and tractors!   Both regions have experienced an...