Liquor Barons resident wine writer Erin Larkin was one of Australia’s top 30 wine journalists invited to attend the exclusive media preview tasting in Melbourne, and here she shares her views and notes from the release
If you extended your long weekend this weekend (or are planning on making the AFL/NRL GF an extra big one), you're not alone. Aussies pull a stunning 90 million sick days a year, with survey results showing that only 52% are genuinely sick. 81% of us have at some time or another, 'chucked a sickie'.
The Tour de France is almost over for another year, and although it looks like the plucky Welshman Geraint Thomas is going to end up in the middle of the podium, nothing is a done deal. Will the previous winner and favourite Chris Froome beat him to it? Hard to say… he’s got a big time difference to overcome if he can. Find out our Top 5 Drinks for the podium finish…
Today we're in Loire Valley, pronounced 'lu-are' if you want to sound like a fancy pants later when you talk to your mates about the Tour. We bloody love this region, and we've made some Oz similar suggestions, but if you can get a real deal Frenchie wine from one of our specialist wine stores, do yourself a favour and try one on for size - you won't be disappointed.
Ok ok ok, we know TdF doesn't start in Champagne, but we're pumped and wanted to celebrate the starting lineup - we'll meet you guys at stage 2. During le Tour, we're giving you the lowdown on what wine you can enjoy at each stage of the Tour which will be on point for the location AND we're proposing an Aussie alternative in case your local doesn't have the real deal French. It's a big tour, lots of stages and wine discovery ahead - we're ready... are you?
The TDF can’t be that hard right? They’re just riding bikes. Well you can too… in our TOUR DE BREW! You think you know Margs, and you think you love beer… so why not combine them and show your mates how easy it really is. PS: It’s not easy at all. In fact, the TDF guys ride in a single day, the full length of our TDB. We bet it takes you a bit longer than a day to get around to all of these breweries… but hey: prove us wrong.
France is a long way away, so for all of us who are staying behind and watching le Tour unfold from afar, we’ve decided to coin your efforts at support, as a noble pursuit. And in pursuit of all things noble (and not so noble too), we hereby knight you, part of the Liquid Support Team. Read on for our favourite libation suggestions…
Your accountant will try and tell you that you should save your pennies, because by golly, you’re going to need them. We’re of the opposite opinion. You’re already in the s**t thanks to 12 months of irresponsible (but fun) spending, so why not poke your head a little further into the sand and try to forget about the impending financial doom. Think of happier times, and avoid the Tax Time Blues.