Author: Lucy Ridge

Pique-nique: a non wanky way to experience wine

A quick look at the pique-nique introductory booklet at the Canberra Wine House tells me everything I need to know about how to taste wine: Drink it. Lol. It’s up to you. There’s lots of other useful information about sipping, swirling, and swilling but it’s this statement that makes me realise that this is no ordinary wine tasting. Wine science student Emma Shaw (no relation to the Canberra winemakers at Shaw Wines) first had the idea for pique-nique when she was unable to find a fun and casual introductory course to begin her wine tasting journey. Sure, there were...

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Review: Braddon Merchant

‘What’s the best garnish for a martini? Olives! So, what’s the best garnish for olives?’ our server beams at us she reveals the answer, ‘a martini, of course!’ There’s a small glass bottle filled with gin and vermouth on the table which she spritzes enthusiastically over the bowl of huge Ligurian olives. It’s a simple idea but it’s fun and effective, an idea that runs through the whole Braddon Merchant menu. Nothing is too fussy or overdressed, there’s just a sense of well thought out, simplicity with a good dose of playfulness. They are able to pull off this...

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The Hills of Hall are alive with wine!

The Canberra wine region was first developed by a number of CSIRO scientists in the 70’s and 80’s but these days you’re more likely to encounter discussions of politics than physics in the vineyards. It’s appropriate considering that many wineries are closer to the capital than you’d think. Despite being a born and bred Canberran I was surprised to discover it’s barely a 20 minute drive to historic Hall Village from Braddon. Although Canberrans may have forgotten how close we are to Hall, the winemakers of the area are well aware of their proximity. You can visit the Hills...

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