A heavenly drink for a cake of blue swimmer

Crab cakes were the perfect accompaniment to a traditional Summer favourite -- a Pimm's with lemonade and dry ginger. Is it "the most heavenly drink on Earth"?

A cheesy pasta with a chocolatey drop

A Donna Hay-inspired three-cheese pasta (OK, maybe four) washed down with a Amherst Pyrenees Dunn’s Paddock Shiraz 2009 -- just one of Michael Vaughan's wine highlights from the past week.

Christmas in October — a festive Shiraz

Christmas has lobbed early. The Oomoo Sparkling Shiraz was decidedly festive -- even with a Middle Eastern lamb tart as accompaniment.

In the company of a Canadian (scallop) and Aussie (chardy)

A night in with some big, fat Canadian scallops and an Ashcroft 2009 Chardonnay from Margaret River offered the perfect company after a dinner date gone wrong.

The good oil on the good life

It’s hard to stress enough the importance of spring, of getting some edible stuff into the garden and the subsequent joy of harvesting.

Slam poetry for a good cause

"Hey you’re a cartoonist, why don’t YOU enter the Climate Change Poetry Slam?" And with those words, my career as a performance poet began.

The tastes and smells of Spring

The weather has turned decidedly spring -- so I made it a perfect example of things good and things easy. I hit the market to buy some goodies and have a "welcome-to-spring" feed.

Happy as a pig in …

The ever-reliable Chateau Tahbilk Shiraz made a perfect accompaniment to a home-made pork terrine for a beautiful Sunday lunch.

California dreamin’ with a chardonnay

Right now though, Californian dreamin' has become a reality, courtesy of some Dry Creek Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008 out of Sonoma. What a good wine.

A riesling and twice-cooked duck

His doctor might not approve, but Michael Vaughan spent a weekend wining and dining on some of Australia's best. His weekly adventures with wine and the good life continue ...

Try a Spanish red via the Barossa

Siento Tempranillo, from a grape variety originally from Spain, is now going gangbusters in the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. The smooth, velvety drop works great with a fishy pasta.

A thrilling look at F1′s king

You don't need to like formula one motor racing to appreciate this spectacular documentary on the life of Brazilian champion Ayrton Senna, says freelance writer Andrew Rankin.