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: “Chocolate” by Kirsten Tibballs

Australian pastry chef Kirsten Tibballs enjoys a sterling reputation across around the globe, no doubt fueled by the title of “Queen of Chocolate” that follows her around wherever she goes. She has won gold medals at international pasty events, judged chocolate competitions in Paris and Japan, and has well and truly become one of Australia’s most anticipated chocolatiers. It’s then with great enthusiasm we went along to the launch of latest book, Chocolate, where the focus couldn’t be more obvious.... 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: Doritos x Pizza Hut BBQ Meatlovers Corn Chips

Two years ago Doritos and Pizza Hut partnered up to offer Australians a limited edition Doritos Crunch Crust Pizza, a relatively well-received shot at collaborative junk food that was successful enough to warrant another team-up between the brands, even if it was divisive in taste – a corn and pepperoni aftertaste? no thanks. This time around, roles have been switched and Doritos have welcomed Pizza Hut to their realm with the BBQ Meatlovers Corn Chips, said to capture the flavour of the pizza hub’s popular BBQ Meatlovers pizza. For lovers of junk food, there could be nothing sweeter than the prospect of bite-sized slices of their fav pizza in crunchy form – emphasis on the word ‘sweet’.... 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: Oreo Thins – Tiramisu, Vanilla, and Lemon

The name gives you everything you need to know where the new Oreo Thins are concerned. The instantly recognisable brand of chocolate biscuits have been downsized, I’m not quite sure why, but they have. The thins were first introduced last year in the U.S and China, the brand continuing to experiment with ratios and flavours to keep the classic cookie sandwich feeling fresh on shelves around the world. The Australian entry for the latest Oreo saga popped up a few weeks ago and is already sending snack enthusiasts into frenzy, with three flavours: tiramisu, vanilla, and lemon; tiramisu being the most interesting addition.... Read More | Share it now!