Alcohol

Independent and trusted reviews and tests of alcoholic beverages, including wine, beer and alcopops.

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Wine awards

Can you trust wine medals to help choose a good quality drop?

18 Aug 2014 | Is a medal on the label a genuine indicator of a good quality wine, or merely a marketing ploy? We take a look at wine show awards to determine their value in choosing a bottle.

Which craft beers are home brewed

Who owns your beer?

Lion, Foster’s, Coca-Cola, Woolworths and Coles are all muscling in on the craft beer business.

26 Jan 2014 | Large breweries and industry companies using a cottage industry image to take over the craft beer market in Australia.

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Sparkling wine and champagne reviews

We pop the cork on 60 champagnes and sparkling wines.

19 Dec 2012 | CHOICE's wine experts tested 60 of the best-selling sparkling wines, including champagne. Some of the best buys cost under $10.

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Parallel import beer taste test

How do premium imported beers shape up against the locally brewed versions?

28 Aug 2012 | We've tasted Peroni, Stella, Heineken and other imported favourites to find how the premium imports match up against their locally brewed versions.

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Supermarket wines

We investigate the sale and marketing of private label wines at Coles and Woolworths.

17 May 2012 | There’s no easy way for consumers to know who makes their wine, short of searching online or checking the Australian trademark database.

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Cider taste test

Move over beer and wine, it's the summer of cider.

31 Jan 2012 | Whether you’re after sweet, sparkling, English-style or other, there’s a cider out there for everyone, as results of our blind taste test show.

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Wine taste test 2011

Australian and New Zealand sauvignon blancs and pinot noirs go head to head.

23 Nov 2011 | Australian and New Zealand sauvignon blancs and pinot noirs go head to head in this year’s wine taste test.

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CHOICE wine picks

CHOICE's wine experts serve their verdict on the best wines to buy for the festive season.

13 Oct 2010 | CHOICE's wine experts rated popular red and white wines and tell you their favourites.

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Sticky and dessert wines

CHOICE’s expert tasters found some heavenly dessert wines that don’t cost the earth.

18 Aug 2008 | The right dessert wine can add that special touch to a dinner party, and leave you with money left over for the perfect dessert to accompany it.

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Alcopops

Sweet, sexy, and deceptively alcoholic. Almost a third of CHOICE’s teenage testers couldn’t detect the alcohol in a Vodka Mudshake.

26 Feb 2008 | Alcopops are very appealing to younger people, and contribute to underage and binge drinking.

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