Thinking inside the box: how cask wine became cool again

Cask wine, box wine, goon bag whatever you call it, wine in a box has a bad reputation. But wine enthusiasts are changing all that Cask wine? I havent drunk that since I was in my 20s. So said a middle-aged customer, somewhat sniffily, to me upon being presented with a carafe of wine that had been freshly decanted from a three-litre bag-in-box cask. But the wine inside that cask a fresh and light blend of sangiovese, colorino and canaiolo from Tuscan producer Casale, made from organic grapes and with natural yeast was a far cry from the cask wines that customer would have quaffed decades ago. The natural wine movement an umbrella term for the popularity of wines made from organic or biodynamic grapes, vinified with naturally occurring wild yeasts, unfiltered or unfined, and made with minimal additives or other trickery has already had a profound impact on how […] Read more »

'Don't slip, don't trip!': inside Australian fashion week

Guardian Australia goes behind the scenes with the models, designers and hangers-on at Sydneys parade Its like a hurricane: one minute its calm and then its chaos, says Kate Reynolds from Melbourne design-duo Pageant moments before the start of their debut show at Australian fashion week. Behind her, 20 or so models are frantically changing into their outfits, half a dozen backstage photographers are herded together and repeatedly told do not cross the yellow tape by an irate producer, and a doorman blocks a young woman from hurriedly entering the scene. Im a model, she protests. No-ones coming in and no-ones crossing that tape, thats what Ive been told, he says. But Im in this show! she scoffs, swerving around him while rolling her eyes at the snappers. It feels like a microcosm of fashion week, where colour and drama are abundant, punctuality is unheard of, and surviving the week […] Read more »