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  • 23 Best Foodie Experiences 2016

    The World Loves Melbourne had some amazing foodie experiences in 2016 and here are our top 23 foodie experiences (not in order). We also enjoyed many top notch events and launches and several amazing corporate box experiences in both Melbourne and Sydney.

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  • Lulu Cafe and Gallery

    LULU Cafe and Gallery is a shining European style haven in North Melbourne for foodies and art lovers alike. This is surely one of the hidden gems of Melbourne. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to LULU Cafe and Gallery to sample the menu (including breakfast/lunch all day menu as well as the dinner menu) and was highly impressed.

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  • Hopscotch New Urban Beer Bar

    Cue Southbank’s latest resident, HOPSCOTCH. Found on the riverside promenade overlooking the city, Melbourne’s new Urban Beer Bar is more like your dream backyard, complete with 30 flavours of beer on tap. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to the launch Head Chef, Adam Baughan’s menu is next level street food with worldly flavours that certainly pack a punch – Baughan recommends the Beer Can Chicken (winner winner chicken dinner), The Reuben and Bearded Beef Lover brewer board.

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  • Chadstone Unveils Massive Expansion

    More than 60 new retail stores, two new dining precincts and a new state-of-the-art HOYTS cinema complex have opened this week, when the first and most significant phase of Chadstone’s $660 million development was officially unveiled to excited shoppers under its iconic Australian-first glass gridshell roof. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to the VIP launch.

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  • Best Craft Beer Places in Melbourne

    The World Loves Melbourne has some favourite craft beer bars and restaurants in Melbourne. sometimes you just need somewhere to meet with friends for a friendly "sesh" and some matching food.

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  • Best Pizza Restaurants in Melbourne

    Where is the best pizza in Melbourne? Wood fired pizzas, gourmet pizzas and Italian style are fashionable. We are evolving this article all the time but have our favourites.

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  • Best Burgers in Melbourne

    Best burgers in Melbourne, we have searched high and low for the best this city has to offer. The humble burger has risen in status to be a gourmet item of choice on menus across Melbourne. Culinary giants are making their own burger versions for customers. There seems to be a trend away from old school burgers to burgers that incorporate more gourmet and quality ingredients. The trend is away from the huge burger to something almost stylish and smaller - yet packs a punch.

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  • 20 More Top Dishes to Try in Melb

    What are the best dishes in Melbourne right now? We've been out and about sourcing the hottest and best dishes in Melbourne. Check out this list of 20 Must Try dishes in Melbourne.

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Visit to Merricks Creek

Visit to Merricks Creek

Magical Winery
Fancy Hanks Centre Stage

Fancy Hanks Centre Stage

Bringing it to Bourke St
Daylesford Trip

Daylesford Trip

Perfect road trip
Best Cheap Eats

Best Cheap Eats

Best Cheap Eats Melbourne

Food

Feeling Good With Kooks The Generous Wine Co.

Kooks is a burgeoning wine company with a difference - it gives away 50% of its profits to "good doers" as part of its positively generous ethos. Celebrating generosity is not a value you often see in the corporate world. As a "corporate" myself I find Kooks to be a breath of fresh air. Some of the projects supported by Kooks are charities, while others are quirky capers.

The World Loves Melbourne visited the Kooks office (above Chin Chin) and spent some time with Chris Tucker, Director Marketing, one of the drivers of Kooks (along with Alec Law and Jamie Hughes). Chris is as serious about the "feel good" factor as he is about the wine. This business has a sense of adventure as the team identify projects to support and immerse themselves in community life. 

The wine itself is excellent. Kooks boasts a fine Barossa Shiraz with high 92 points from the Dan Murphy Panel, as well as its current Chardonnay. The World Loves Melbourne sampled a bottle of Kooks Shiraz - a rich, generous and full-bodied wine with a deepish red purple colour, created from a premium blend of Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra fruit.

Crafted by champion young winemaker Brie Hughes, the red features both intense fruit flavours and smooth texture, great for enjoying now or sharing with friends. Fruit driven, smoky, dried spice and char-oak aromas delight, and for under $15 this is a great bang for buck. Sold in Dan Murphys the Kooks wine is easily accessible. 

A coup for Kooks has been the relationship with Jetstar, who share the love, having supplied over 150,000 bottles of Kooks on their flights. Look out for them!

The World Loves Melbourne enjoyed imbibing Kooks Shiraz on a sunny Melbourne afternoon. We loved the wine for its depth, plump berry flavours and balance across the palate, and are gripped by the Kooks story.

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Kooks boasts champion winemaker Brie Hughes who was born into a Victorian winemaking family and followed in her father’s footsteps, studying winemaking at Adelaide University. Brie went on to gain valuable experience with some of Australia and New Zealand’s best wineries including Hardy’s Tintara in McLaren Vale and Bay of Fires in Tasmania. She has also worked in New Zealand as white winemaker for Saint Clair Family Estate.

Brie is adept with making Shiraz from South Australian grapes and also (mainly from her experience in New Zealand) she is superb at producing cracker whites (fruit from Victoria's Yarra Valley).

Being familair with charity and companies who support projects, I was keen to find out exactly what projects Kooks supported. Were they "typical" projects a corporate might support? From certain predictable genres? Well, I discovered that Kooks has wide vision and supports projects that other companies may not. One of the more well known projects supported by Kooks is Tram Sessions.

The Tram Sessions project was instigated by Melbourne music lover Ashleigh Hills and has grown to become a serious attraction on certain trams in Melbourne. Kooks is the major sponsor of Tram Sessions, which has included performances on trams by major artists Jabuki (check out the You Tube clip above), Passenger, Eskimo Joe, The Basics, Xavier Rudd, Vance Joy, Paul Kelly and Dan Kelly, Eliza Hull and Josh Pyke.

When you drink Kooks wines you are drinking with a "feel good" factor, knowing 50% of profits go to "feel good" projects. And that's good drinking!

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