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Champagne Masterclass review.

We had our last event for the year at Colin James, with the annual Sparkling Masterclass. This year I chose Champagne in all it’s glory. Looking at styles and houses. Andrew of Colin James matched some beautiful cheeses (Angel Tripple Cream being a favourite), while my lovely wife, putting out the great blinis of salmon, caviar, cream cheese. We talked of the history of the region, the way Champagne is made, and then onto the tastings: Mumm NV elegant, light, with good bead. Excellent base line for good Champagne. Canard-Duchene Authentic Brut, slightly sweeter style. Made for more generic palates. […]

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Extension of the Maleny Store

Over the past few weeks the staff at the Maleny purple palate have been working hard relaying and stocking the store. It now has doubled in size with a brand-new beer cold room. So the store is now able to stock a greater range of wines, beer, spirits, cider and premixed drinks.   On the weekend of the first and second of November, over Friday and Saturday there will be a celebration of this great event the store will host a series of free wine, beer and spirit tastings tastings. If you need a bottle just for the odd occasion […]

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10 reasons to drink sparkling wine this spring

As one sits and ponders why their front lawn is growing much faster all of a sudden whilst remembering how the T-shirt they are wearing is a little tighter since the last time you wore it, it can only mean one thing… Spring is in the air! And for many Australians, this also marks the start of the celebration season (which only really takes a slumber between a few days somewhere in July). All toast the Spring Racing Carnival and the Melbourne Cup. Its the time of year when it doesn’t matter that we allegedly drink more, because everyone is […]

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How to host your own blind wine tasting

Throwing a wine tasting party can be both entertaining and educational for you and your guests, no matter what your level of wine understanding might be. However, throwing a “blind” wine tasting can kick your party up a notch by making it more of a challenge or game for your guests, and making wine tasting scents even more important.   At a “non-blind” wine tasting party, guests know which wines they’re going to taste beforehand. At blind wine tasting parties, guests have no idea what wine varieties, brands, flavors, or even what price range they’re going to sample. This can be […]

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Wine vs Beer. And the winner is…

Recent ABS statistics have shown that wine is on it’s way to overtaking beer as the Australian drink of choice. The figures reveal that wine consumption is up by an average of seven glasses per year per person since 2008, whilst beer consumption has remained static over the same period. If this trend continues then by 2015 wine will overtake beer as the most consumed alcoholic beverage amongst Australians. These staggering figures will surely surprise most punters considering the beer culture in which we live, particularly with the meteoric rise of the craft beer industry within Australia. But what else […]

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What happened to spring?

This year we have witnessed a rude transition from a cooler-than-average winter to sweltering summer temperatures in the blink of an eye! With temperatures in Queensland’s south east reaching 33 degrees in the past few days it seems that mother nature has answered the prayers of the summer-lovin’ population (no ties to Grease that is on at QPAC), not to mention those who routinely switch their drinking habits when the mercury hits 30 and the late afternoon storm is more reliable than the city buses. The warmer weather seems to bring with it a wave of summer-friendly wine varieties that fight […]

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Hang on a minute… or a year!

When I was a kid, my parents bought me a gold-fish as they saw the need for me to understand how discipline and accountability works. Plus, they didn’t want me to have a dog as they knew a gold-fish would be far less damaging to my father’s rose gardens. In pure excitement, I scattered the bright glass pebbles at the base of the head-sized fish bowl, added some water and a little drop of some fish-friendly chemical and placed the bowl on top of the fridge in the kitchen. I looked after the fish and fed him everyday like I […]

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One giant bottle of wine on the wall…

Have you ever entered a bar, restaurant or wine store only to see a waste-high bottle of champagne ominously positioned behind the counter like a colourful beefeater? And if you have witnessed this, have you ever wondered (after you quickly calculate how many headaches it would give you) which mystical creature or being it is named after? It seems apt that such wonders of the wine world are named after such prominent biblical legends and figures; rare, mysterious creatures that most people would even struggle to pronounce let along be graced with their presence.             […]

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Turning casual beer drinking into a hobby

Surely it wasn’t that long ago that our bottleshops spoilt us with an ‘entire’ glass fridge door full of well known brews, or our favourite local bar that had three or four choices of local beers on tap to choose from… were we spoilt or what?! We were more concerned if we were allowed to walk into the cold room to grab a carton ourselves or whether we had to ask the attendant’s permission. And whether the bar could serve us pints to quench our thirsts or just the lowly pots and schooners. They were tough choices for us all. […]

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Ahoy! Three new spiced rum cocktail recipes

Hoist the sails and hit the deck for some serious depth of flavour in our rum picks. They’re sure to go down well with sailors, swashbuckling adventurers and connoisseurs alike.   Spiced rums have seen a massive surge of popularity in local bars recently. Captain Morgan and Sailor Jerry are two of the more infamous names on the wanted lists.

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