Natural wine is popping up on bar menus around the country, so what is natural wine, and why does the topic get people so worked up?
Did you ever nose a glass of wine, and something didn’t smell quite right? Were you unsure whether the wine was corked or not? Let’s take a look at some of the more common wine faults you’re likely to find.
This is the time of year where the punters start letting their hair down, and there’s no more celebratory a drink than champagne, right? But what is champagne? Here’s your primer to the most ritzy of wines.
It doesn’t seem that long ago that ordering a glass of rosé would result in little more than some sweet cordial-like lolly water and a few quiet chuckles from nearby witnesses. But oh how times have changed!
We talked to Giorgio de Maria, who owns Sydney’s 121BC Cantina and Enoteca and is one of the organisers for the 100 per cent volunteer-based, not-for-profit celebration of all things boozy and sustainable, Rootstock Sydney.
For many modern wine drinkers, sweet wines are little more than an introductory drink to our more popular dry table wines. This is at odds with the quality and variety of sweet wines available though, and some basic knowledge of these different styles (and they are very different) can help you introduce customers to a brilliant array of wines.
I constantly hear winemakers, wine writers and wine lovers refer to a wine’s ‘size’. Full-bodied to lean, heavy to light, the list of size related adjectives used to describe a glass of wine goes on and on.
But what does it all mean, and why is it important to understand?
Last October we brought you the news that Perth’s Andy Freeman — award winning operator of Luxe Bar and member of this year’s Top 50 Most Influential List — was working on a new bar for Perth’s CBD, called Varnish on King. Well, they’ve now thrown open the doors and we thought we’d take a look at what’s on offer.