When Penfolds unveiled its 2018 Collection last month it was, understandably, the $900 Penfolds Bin 95 2014 Grange that attracted the most attention. And a very fine wine it is, too, as you’d expect from the high-profile red which is now regarded as global icon. But it was the hugely impre...
POSTED 8 Nov, 2018 2 Comments
Last weekend the temperature on my back deck was 35 degrees, steaks were on the grill, and I craved a thirst-quenching drink that wasn’t that summer cliché, rosé. With charred meat, beer is not the answer, nor is a frozen margarita or tart white. Sticky summer weather is what...
POSTED 5 Nov, 2018 9 Comments
Sales of luxury merlots are increasing again, and restaurants are pouring more of it. Why? Because despite pop culture prejudice, it tastes good. Merlot was once the fan-favorite red grape and wine. Then came 2004 hit movie Sideways, in which Miles, the pinot-noir-loving main character, trashes ...
POSTED 30 Oct, 2018 3 Comments
It used to be a simple process when you popped into a liquor store to buy a bottle of wine or peeked at a restaurant wine list. If you wanted white you’d probably opt for chardonnay, semillon or New Zealand sauvignon blanc. If red was your preference then shiraz, cabernet sauvignon or mayb...
POSTED 22 Oct, 2018 1 Comment
For most travellers, choosing a wine to enjoy with their meal in business class or first class can be as simple as opening the wine list and selecting a drop, perhaps even in 15 seconds – but the process before that, where that day’s wine list is put together, can be 15 years in the m...
POSTED 17 Oct, 2018 3 Comments
It’s been a long time since blended Scotch was cool. In 2008, Scotland exported roughly 840 million bottles of it; in 2017 the number was basically the same, even as single malt exports exploded over the same period, from 71.8 million bottles to 122 million bottles, according to the Sc...
POSTED 15 Oct, 2018 0 Comments
Hotels are turning to new bar experiences as a means to keep luxury customers on their toes – and increase favorable food and beverage margins, while they’re at it. Out goes the mini-bar, and in its place: a 'maxi-bar' designed for in-room cocktail service. While in-room dining has ...
POSTED 8 Oct, 2018 0 Comments
Here’s a sad truth. Most pinot grigio is so watery, bland, and just plain dull that wine snobs scorn it and sommeliers at top restaurants won’t list it. Asking for “just a glass of pinot grigio” has almost become an admission that you don’t pay attention to what you...
POSTED 5 Oct, 2018 2 Comments
The door is stout, with curly wrought iron hinges, the only entrance in an imposing, 13-foot-high brick wall. It could be the exterior of an old castle here in Scotland, a bell hanging nearby to summon attention. When the huge clapper dings, a small hatch rattles open to reveal a pair of eyes, l...
POSTED 2 Oct, 2018 0 Comments
Australian whisky has achieved some incredible feats in its short lifetime, but its availability and pricing has largely put it out of reach as an everyday dram. With very few exceptions – Melbourne’s Starward Whisky being the obvious one – local whisky is still produced on a r...
POSTED 26 Sep, 2018 0 Comments
Dale DeGroff spends about two thirds of his year on the road educating and consulting the international bar industry as the world’s foremost expert on the classic American cocktail. Dubbed 'The King of Cocktails', DeGroff is notable for pioneering the use of fresh juices and ingredients in...
POSTED 19 Sep, 2018 0 Comments
With the debut of Henschke's Hill of Grace 2013, we tour the vineyard and tell the story behind the standout Australian shiraz. This month's release of Henschke Hill of Grace 2013 this week marks a significant anniversary for the Henschke family, now headed by fifth-generation winemaker Stephen ...
POSTED 12 Sep, 2018 0 Comments
It's no secret that Scotch whisky is booming. The industry posted record-breaking exports in 2017, according to a report by the Scotch Whisky Association, growing in both volume and value (by 1.6 percent and 8.9 percent, respectively) to a total of £4.37 billion (A$7.95 billion) – the...
POSTED 10 Sep, 2018 2 Comments
The remote coastline of Sonoma never fails to impress. Chilly fog and wind roll in from the Pacific, covering ridges of towering redwoods and tiny patches of vineyards. To reach these wineries, you follow hairpin curves up narrow dirt roads you probably wouldn’t want to drive on after dark...
POSTED 5 Sep, 2018 1 Comment
Tasmanian distillery Sullivans Cove has added yet another honour to its ever-increasing haul, although this time it's for the man behind the multi-award winning whisky. Patrick Maguire, who is head distiller for the boutique operation and considered one of the founders of the booming Tasmanian w...
POSTED 28 Aug, 2018 3 Comments
Bordeaux suffered from a terrible growing season in 2017, resulting in a small – though, in some cases, truly special – collection of wines. Severe frosts stretched over several nights in late April last year, with the worst frost in 26 years decimating vines and drastically redu...
POSTED 27 Aug, 2018 1 Comment
Want to increase your enjoyment of whisky and gin? Try pouring it into a glass that's been specifically designed to concentrate its aroma and flavour. The gold standard is Glencairn's whisky glass, released in 2001 after creator Raymond Davidson famously bemoaned the lack of glassware suitable f...
POSTED 22 Aug, 2018 1 Comment
Rising sales and plenty of love from bartenders and drinkers alike are giving gin a buzzy resurgence. Sales of super-premium gin – bottles typically priced above US$35, were up 12.9 percent in 2017, according to the Distilled Spirits Council. Last year gin sales in the U.K. surpassed &poun...
POSTED 13 Aug, 2018 0 Comments
Whisky from Japan has become one of the rarest, most luxurious categories, and for good reason. As is expected from Japan, endless attention to detail and the pursuit of perfection has led the country's growing legion of distillers to experiment and innovate, and in turn seeing whisky from The L...
POSTED 1 Aug, 2018 4 Comments
In recent years we’ve seen whisky investing branch out into new and exciting categories. There's been a whisky cryptocurrency, auctions held for almost priceless bottlings, and bottle exchanges. Whisky as an investment you can feel, follow, and enjoy is bound to succeed. With too many bott...
POSTED 26 Jul, 2018 3 Comments
Tasmanian distillery Sullivans Cove will be releasing the latest cask in their range of unique and rare malts, designated Special Cask #3. The Special Cask series was first launched in 2017, and is typically reserved for the rarest whiskies that Sullivans Cove offers, including one-of-a-kind rel...
POSTED 19 Jun, 2018 0 Comments
The world has its fair share of landmark wineries, notable not only for the quality of their products but for their spectacular architecture and ‘destination’ status – Marqués de Riscal and The d'Arenburg Cube air just two popular examples. Now the world o...
POSTED 19 Jun, 2018 5 Comments
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