Reviews

Christmas cheers

 By Jo Burzynska

Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilised," observed the sage gourmet and wine scribe, Andre Simon. With the season of significant dining shortly upon us, it's time to break out the wines that befit these special celebrations. 

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Sweet rewards not limited to desserts

 By John Hawkesby

 Given our national love of desserts, it's surprising that sweet or dessert wines are not more popular. It may be that consumers think that if they're spending $30-plus on a bottle of wine it should be bigger than the 375ml bottle that dessert wines often are.

And why are they this size? Sweet wines are complicated beasts to get right, needing certain weather patterns to allow the grapes an extended level of ripeness, and the ongoing winemaking process is and fraught with a high degree of difficulty.

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