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Drink experiences money can’t buy

It's not necessarily always about the cost or the price of the drinks you're having.

Some of us are more frugal in our drinking endeavours, but pricing has an undeniable effect on the way we interpret quality.

You can buy champagne bongs

What do you think, will this find a home at yours?

Meet the glass that allows you to chug sparkling wine with all the speed and elegance of a student party.

Epic Beer's amazing hat trick

Epic Armageddon has bite, but it also has a honey-and-velvet old-world charm.

I know Epic Armageddon is good but even I was surprised to see last week it won its third "best IPA".

Familiar beers worth revisiting

Luke Nicholas' Epic Armageddon may be winning all the awards, but his Pale Ale is among a number of beers people should not overlook.

With new beers released every other day, we sometimes forget about more common brews.

Lion's win was fair and square

Lion, the country's largest brewer, was named champion brewer at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand awards.

The big brewer's win is being questioned by some, but the process is transparent.

Is instant coffee the next big thing?

This "new" soluble coffee will be made from a much higher quality coffee.

You might not need that fancy coffee machine much longer, instant coffee is set to make a comeback.

Health board targets diet soft drinks

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board principal dental officer Dr Rob Beaglehole.

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board may move to extend its ban on sugary drinks, the board's principal dental officer says.

Sauvignon blanc celebrated

An event celebrating sauvignon blanc will be held in Blenheim next year.

Sauvignon blanc producers from around the world will gather in Marlborough next year for the inaugural International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration.

Ramsay starts wine war

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay says "I love competition. I'm not afraid."

Gordon Ramsay is risking upsetting the French by serving English wines in Bordeaux.

Coffee in zero gravity video

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti sips espresso from a cup designed for use in zero-gravity, on the International Space Station.

Ever wondered how astronauts get their caffeine? Well, now we know.

Stop hating chardonnay

Chardonnay has huge range, many moods and many ideas to be discovered.

You can hate coffee, oysters, or Coldplay, but you cannot hate chardonnay.

The wine that winemakers drink

Jim Harre has chaired the judging panel of the New World Wine Awards since 2008.

Riesling is often considered unfashionable - but that could be about to change.

Beer brewing since 2011 Cup video

Former Australian rugby player George Gregan and Moa chief executive Geoff Ross with a few bottles of 4 more years - a beer Moa has been brewing since the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Craft brewer Moa releases beer that began brewing during the celebrations when the All Blacks last lifted the Webb Ellis trophy.

Australia and NZ in flat white war video

Hospitality stalwart Fraser McInnes says he invented the flat white when trying to make a cappuccino.

Who really invented the milky coffee? A Wellington barista says it was the Kiwis, but an Australian cafe now claims otherwise.

Lost in translation

French explorer Dumont d'Urville had a few claims to fame, not least penning NZ's first wine review. Pity it's been mistranslated for so long.

A toast to a legend

''Left Hand" with Bourbon, Campari, Italian Vermouth


Blueberry beer wins NZ best

Good George brewers Scott Sharp-Heward  and Brent Edwards won gold for the brewery's blueberry gose at the NZ beer awards.

Waikato blueberries in Hamilton beer has proved to be a winning combination for Good George brewery.

Neudorf awarded first perfect score

Neudorf Chardonnay 2014 won Bob Campbell's first ever top score.

Wine expert Bob Campbell had never given a wine a perfect score - until now.

Can the skunk flavour

Steinlager billboard in Auckland.

Moving on from a stink past.

To decant or not to decant?

Go on - slap your wine on the butt and send it out into the backyard.

Let that wine breathe, we say. Here are three reasons why.

Beer mega-merger's global implications

The deal would fold in some of the world's best-selling beers beneath a NZ$385b hyper-profitable brewing empire.

Proposed beer mega-merger could give a single company control over a third of the world's beer.

Who is NZ's best brewer?

Andy Deuchars, co-owner of Marlborough-based brewery Renaissance, was on hand to accept the champion brewery award in 2013.

OPINION: With the 2015 champion about to be crowned, we look at the past seven previous winners.

Something's off with milk cartons

Milk cartons are disappearing as consumers turn to the plastic bottle.

Once they were everywhere. Now milk cartons are disappearing fast.

Kiwis should warm to real ales

Real ales get plenty of love at Lincoln's The Laboratory.

Those who dismiss English-style ales as 'warm and flat' are missing the point.

Marital advice, on ice

Joseph Slater of Six Barrel Soda Co.

A first-class cocktail is inspired by a book on marriage advice.

Vintage delivers more knock-outs

Syrah grapes, ripe for the picking - they had a great time in 2013.

The latest top-shelf releases from the acclaimed 2013 vintage are astonishingly good, especially the syrahs.

Beer brewing a science and art

Bellend Brewing have won the Mike's Brewery home brewing beer competition. They will have their beer made for this year's Mike's Oktoberfest. L-r: Ben Tarrant, Charlie Brown and Joe Emans.

For British-born brew team Bellend Brewing, second time's a charm. 

Smoke signals

8 Wired Brewing's The Big Smoke.

Few people associate smoky flavours with beer, but a small proportion of smoked malt can add great interest and complexity.

Shaken not stirred, and in high spirits

Bartender Ray Letoa preparing his winning cocktail at CoCo at the Roxy, where he has worked since 2011

Ray Letoa has shaken and stirred his way to the top of a Wellington cocktail competition.

Hopping and bopping

Musical brothers Taylor, Isaac and Zac Hanson are now brewers.

A new Kiwi brew is discovered, via the US.

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