On the Shelf: Graham Norton’s Own Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

British talk show host (and truly one of the only entertaining ones out there) Graham Norton has been dabbling in a completely different trade as of late, partnering with inventive New Zealand winemaker Invivo to produce his very own Sauvignon Blanc. This isn’t the first time a celebrity has gone hands-on with the wine business, but so far cynicism doesn’t seem be playing a part, with the wine going on to sell over 400,000 bottles in the six months since its release. This has obviously caught the attention of wine distributors across Australia, and so ubiquitous alcohol hub BWS have come on to sell the wine exclusively across the country. ... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Mr Black x Campos Panama Geisha Coffee Liqueur

Now that they’re very well established and have a high repute behind them, awarded Australian coffee liqueur Mr Black have once again teaming up with the legendary Campos Speciality Roasters for a special collaboration brew, their second in less than a year. In December of last year we took a look at the first collaboration between the two brands – which is still very much in high demand, or so I’m told; now they have gone and taken this whole thing to the next level, sourcing what is currently the most highly sought after coffee bean in the world – Panama Geisha – to create a premium edition Mr Black that will be very limited in availability. We got to try some at a recent event held at Neil Perry’s famous Rockpool Est. 1989 – one of the last brunches ever for the iconic restaurant, before they close and re-open as Eleven Bridge.... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Johnnie Walker Green Label (Re-Release 2016)

Around 10 years ago Johnnie Walker introduced their Green Label blend into the market and it remained one of the most well-received expressions for the iconic Scotch Whisky, until it disappeared. The blended malt whisky was somewhat of an outlier in JW’s core range, but nonetheless it was loved for it’s complex profile and, when it was made exclusive to the Taiwan market in 2012, demand to bring it back was fervent.... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Little Creatures “The Hotchkiss Six” (Limited Release)

Little Creatures answered the summer sun with the excellent Dog Days as part of their seasonal release series, but winter has demanded something very different from the famous craft brewers. Blowing in with the furious winds is a domestic stout by the name of The Hotchkiss Six, a dark link back to one of the original single batch beers which was known as The Dreadnought, named for a battleship which sailed around in the early 20th century. On board the Dreadnought was a six calibre gun referred to as “The Hotchkiss”, hence the name.... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Sesión Mocha Tequila

Winning a Gold Medal and two Silver Medals so early in the game is a big deal for Australian owned Tequila Sesión, who only launched around six months ago. It was their Sesión Mocha Tequila that earned them the Gold (Sesión Blanco and Reposado won Silver) in the influential San Fransisco World Spirits Competition and since then interest has understandably buzzed around this finely crafted spirit. ... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Aussielent – putting the powdered meal replacement to the test

I adore food. I love to eat. On occasion, I even enjoy cooking. I’m enamoured with burgers and burritos, and I’m Italian, so my appetite for pizza and pasta is commensurate with my heritage and then some. A terrible roadblock to that problem is that I’m prodigiously lazy. I consider food preparation for breakfast and lunch mundane at best, and I regard cleaning with a casual loathing.... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Montara Grampians 2015 Gold Rush Riesling + 2013 Gold Rush Shiraz

The Grampians region in Western Victoria has long been treasured for its golden rolling hills and tall gum trees, possessing a climate that is well desired for some of the country’s most popular varieties like Shiraz and Riesling. It’s for this reason that the Montara Winery is held in high regard and trusted when it comes to producing inexpensive, high quality wines to justify it’s recent award of five-stars in the authoritative James Halliday’s 2016 Wine Companion directory. The five-star status has certainly perked our interest, so for our latest On the Shelf we take a look at two of Montara’s releases – first, the 2015 Montara Grampians Gold Rush Riesling, and second, the 2013 Montara Grampians Gold Rush Shiraz.... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey

Teeling Whiskey seems to be setting it’s sights on making Irish Whiskey the most popular spirit in the world once again, leading the huge resurgence the spirit category has seen in recent years. The young, multi-award winning, unconventionally independent producer has expanded to 46 countries in recent years, Australia being one of the most recent, where we saw their entire range launch in 2015 along with a forthcoming limited edition (The Revival 15 Y.O Single Malt) which Teeling are being made available at a special St Patrick’s Day party in Melbourne this month. With Teeling winning four accolades at the first stage of the 2016 World Whiskies Awards, potentially being crowned the global title of World’s Best Single Malt Whiskey (an award announced on 16th March), and being shortlisted for a 2016 business award from the Financial Times, we thought now is a good a time as any to take a look at Teeling’s ubiquitous Small Batch Irish Whiskey in our latest “On the Shelf”. ... Read More | Share it now!