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The Drop with Olivia Evans – spring fling with riesling
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The Drop with Olivia Evans – spring fling with riesling

Today I had a craving for a bunch of sweet lilies and the tang of lime juice on the rim of a margarita. I wanted to roam through a field on a just-warm day, where the air carries the scent of fresh grass to your sensory bank. A moment sat by a river that runs over stones baking under sunlight that, when you truly think about it, creates a scent that is undeniably mineral. There’s a feeling of anticipation as the drone of bees fill the backyard and your skin begins to show pink from the day. In shorter words, spring has arrived and what I crave is a glass of riesling. more

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The Drop with Olivia Evans – a guide to winter wine pairing for dinner parties at home
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The Drop with Olivia Evans – a guide to winter wine pairing for dinner parties at home

I’ve just lit the last candle on the dinner table, the final mood-setting touch set amongst the array of plates, glasses, wine vessels, cutlery-topped napkins and a flower from the garden. My guests will be here at any minute and my giddy hands are fluttering on details that I’m unsure whether they are for my own pleasure or for theirs, both I hope! A winter dinner party – quite possibly my favourite social occasion, my way of saying “I love you, let’s drink wine together”, all while we share food from a dish that permeates warmth from the centre of the table, revelling in the brief window of cold nights in Brisbane. Just as I pull the cork on the first bottle, there is a knock at the door. Perfect timing … more

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The Drop with Olivia Evans – what are biodynamic and organic wines?
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The Drop with Olivia Evans – what are biodynamic and organic wines?

The use of the phrase ‘farm to table’ has been exhausted in its endeavour to create an idyllic image of fresh produce. The authenticity in statements of ‘sustainability’ and ‘natural’ is starting to blur – the terms have been both championed by devoted producers and exploited by others. That’s evident in the food industry, but what’s to say about wine? At its roots, wine is an expression of agriculture. The farming aspect of wine is overlooked, convoluted or often just misunderstood. So with that in mind, I readily welcome a topic that I hold in high regard, sustainable viticulture. In this issue of The Drop we are going to explore the foundations of organic and biodynamic farming, how that applies to wines, and why you should drink them. more

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The Drop with Olivia Evans – orange-coloured autumn
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The Drop with Olivia Evans – orange-coloured autumn

The change in season from summer to autumn is a moment to relish and reflect. Days begin to shorten and light jumpers keep exposed skin at the right temperature. I begin to crave mushrooms and soups before I can say noodle broth. A bounty of citrus is upon us, perfect for healthy doses of vitamin C before winter. But the orange beverage that I desire is made from grapes and often finds a way to pair with my mood. more

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The Drop with Olivia Evans – Mediterranean summer in an Australian glass
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The Drop with Olivia Evans – Mediterranean summer in an Australian glass

Wine is a unique way to travel, particularly when you can’t. Grape varieties continue to be cultivated on Australian land, with rising interest in alternative strands that differ from the likes of your everyday pinot grigio. It makes for marvellous diversity and creative breadth for wine producers. For those of us who long to travel to regions out of reach, we can dream in our glass with produce that is both exotic and our own. more