Alcohol

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

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Why Aussie-owned beers aren't on tap

Foreign-owned brewing giants Lion and Carlton & United Breweries squeeze local Aussie beer brewers out of the pub.

11 Feb 2015 | Local brewers are locked out of taps thanks to market heavyweights who offer incentives and free gifts to pubs.

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The Premium Wine Card

Could this be a cheap cheat to expensive-tasting wine?

3 Dec 2014 | The Premium Wine Card claims to improve the taste of wine, softening tannins in red wine and acid in white. But does it live up to these claims? CHOICE investigates.

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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.

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Who owns your beer?

How 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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