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What makes a vegan-friendly wine vegan? And how’s it different to conventional wine?

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CONSUMER INTEREST IN vegan wines is growing, with vegan-friendly wines showing up in many supermarkets and Google searches for “vegan wine” soaring in recent years. But what makes a vegan-friendly wine vegan? And how’s it different to conventional winemaking techniques? I’m an oenology and chemistry researcher; I’ve spent years studying wine and

Kitchen Goddesses refound

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Exploring two amazing lives The lives and works of Elizabeth David and MFK Fisher are revisited by Nick Goldie. Nick’s interest in both good eating and food writing resides in his daily life extended to reviewing. He was the former presenter of the radio series ‘Nick’s Kitchen’ on ABC radio. Now

Wine and nature at Contentious Character, Wamboin

IN THE MIDDLE of Wamboin, tucked behind an extended driveway lined with green and yellow flora, is Contentious Character — a vineyard, winery, cellar door and kitchen — specialising in working their wines into their kitchen menu. A place where the wines and the food, have a delicious twist. https://districtbulletin.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/CC05-Wamboin-v1-copy.mp4 The menu

Unexpected edibles

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A journey through the more unusual foods to grace an Australian plate An occasional series on the foods less travelled-with … the Australian native foods, the weeds, the very old and the very new. Hello, I’m Fiona, and I’m a foodie neophile. Unexpected pleasures of nettles, warrigal greens. Nettle The story Honestly, I actually have

Unexpected edibles

Olive Herb, Santolina rosmarinifolia

A journey through the more unusual foods to grace an Australian plate An occasional series on the foods less travelled-with … the Australian native foods, the weeds, the very old and the very new. Hello, I’m Fiona, and I’m a foodie neophile. Today: olive herb, finger limes. Olive herb The story I had this plant

Cabsav – A happily blended family

Wine chat with Corrina Baird Cabernet sauvignon is a happy blended family of grapes – but it happened all by itself. Back in the 1600s, the cabernet Franc and sauvignon blanc had a dangerous liaison in Bordeaux and produced a child. If someone had not thoughtfully taken a cutting, this would

Pinot Gris – grey is the new white

Wine chat with Corrina Baird (a Contentious Character) Sometimes it seems as though a trend finds its way into many different aspects of everyday life. A case in point is grey. We seem to be surrounded by grey: new grey houses, sleek grey cars, blank grey walls, silver grey technologies. Now

Riesling – Let the grapes do the talking

Riesling is a white variety of grape sadly misunderstood in Australia. Many would remember Riesling in cheap casks at kitchen parties, that sweet stuff known as ‘hock’ or what we had to drink before chardonnay and sauvignon blanc came along. In fact, Riesling is one of the oldest grape varieties around

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