The Canberran

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Category: Wine

Spending Time with William, Kate and George

by The Editor

George Up Close BW

Here we are… The Royals (note the capitals) are making their way through a tour of The Colonies. How wonderful it must be for the old guard to travel halfway around the world to marvel at the cultural melting pot so far away fro the dream imagined when first a flag was planted in Botany Bay? One must imagine we live in extraordinary times. Certainly Will’s Grandfather, old ‘Phil the Greek’, wouldn’t quite know what to make of it all.

So, what’s it like to spend time with the Head of State (and the one thereafter)?

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Settling in at Parlour Bar

by The Editor

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It seems all the action is occurring over on the western side of Canberra City. With the recent arrival of Molly and QT Hotel, as well as the completion last year of the last bits and pieces of NewActon, there’s a lot going on once you cross Northbourne Avenue.

We decided to spend an evening at one of NewActon’s newest (and oldest) venues – Parlour Wine Room. You may have been there during the three years it was open prior to the tragic fire that started in Flint Restaurant and took Parlour with it, however, rest assured the new Parlour Wine Room is something far beyond what previously existed.

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Elderton Comes to Canberra

by The Vinsiders

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Elderton is an iconic winery from the Barossa. It has been owned by the Ashmead Family since 1979, with the first Elderton wines produced in 1982. The original grapevines were planted in 1894 (yep, that’s right).

The aim of the Ashmeads is to “produce world class wines from entrenched varieties, grown in the Barossa from our own vineyard holdings”, to “celebrate the individual terroirs of each of our sites and … to produce wines that show true regional history and character, varietal definition and a healthy slice of our own personalities”.

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Hippo Relaunch as… Hippo Co

by The Editor

Hippo Co

Attention hipsters! Leave your bicycles at the bottom of the stairs!

After thrilling Canberrans with the appearance of a beautiful, glass-walled balcony looking over Garema Place, it felt like only three minutes later the doors of Hippo were closed and a suprise refurbishment was underway. Now it’s back with a stripped-back look and a ‘Co’.

What gives?

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Truffles and Wine At Pod Food in Pialligo

by The Vinsiders

Pod Food Logo

On Thursday, the Vinsiders wandered over to Podfood in Pialligo to partake in a 6-course ‘truffle degustation’ with matching wine. Having only explored truffles superficially, and having never explored the matching of truffles and wine, we were very much looking forward to a new sensory experience.

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by The Vinsiders

Truffle BW-7

On Thursday, the Vinsiders wandered over to Podfood in Pialligo to partake in a  6-course ‘truffle degustation’ with matching wine. Having only explored truffles superficially, and having never explored the matching of truffles and wine, we were very much looking forward to a new sensory experience.

Slipper Gate – A Vinsiders Investigation

by The Vinsiders

Recently, there has been some well-publicised controversy surrounding Sunshine Coast MP Peter Slipper. It’s been alleged that Mr Slipper used a Cabcharge to visit a number of wineries within the Canberra region.

With so many competing stories, it’s difficult to establish the facts and make sense of Mr Slipper’s actions. So, while the police, courts and public opinion do their best to ascertain the innocence or guilt of Mr Slipper’s alleged taxpayer-funded jaunt, the Vinsiders decided to undertake their own investigation and follow the trail of the Golden Slipper!

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A Couple of Canberrans on the World Stage

by The Editor

Boat Dress

Over the last 24 hours we’ve caught sight of a couple of Canberrans who are making waves in Europe and China. In our Centenary year, where we look inwards to celebrate the best of our city, let’s have a look at a couple of people who are spreading the word far and wide.

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Dining at 10 Yards Pop-up Restaurant

by The Editor

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A. Baker. It’s described by the good folk from Two Before Ten as an artisan bakery, eatery and basement speakeasy bar. However, in preparation for a new space at New Acton, the kids have got together and debuted the A. Baker concept across a couple of pop-up, temporary ventures.

One of those outlets is 10 Yards.

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A Dining Debut at C Dine at Kingston Foreshore

by The Editor

C-Dine

On Wednesday night (24 July) C Dine threw open its doors as the first restaurant in Kingston Foreshore’s dining precinct.  It’s been a long time coming. As the apartment blocks have crept slowly from Wentworth Avenue down to Kingston’s quay, the fitouts – including Max Brenner, La Rustica and Morks among others – are slowly nearing completion. Hurrah!

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