As I board his Antarctic ice-breaking yacht that is docked in Sydney Harbour, Metaxa Ambassador and modern-day explorer Mike Horn is sitting in a spacious circular lounge area in the hull of his yacht fresh from a solo-crossing of Antarctica. Next to him is Metaxa Master Distiller Costas Raptis and behind them, through 180 degree windows, the top of the Sydney Opera House reaches over the trees of the Royal Botanic Gardens. It’s an incredible view, and just like Metaxa’s newest release – Metaxa 12 Stars – despite appearing almost elitist and exclusive at first, the environment would soon become a setting of comfort, enjoyment and charm.... Read More | Share it now!
Highly awarded NSW-based McWilliam’s Wines have introduced a new range to their extensive family, titling it the “McW” range and pushing it into the market as a sub-brand based on the integral relationship between the land, the climate and the winemaker. Placing the focus upon the elegance and intensity of the high altitude, cool climate regions that are characteristic of NSW, the range introduces the McW 480 and 660 Reserve series, each taking its name from the respective altitude that the grapes are ripened at.... Read More | Share it now!
James Squire have just released a new limited edition Indian Pale Ale going by the name of Cabin Fever, a brew which presents a modern take on more the traditional style, when IPAs contained a higher alcohol content and extra hops in order to survive long sea journeys from London to colonial India. Cabin Fever is a strong hat-throw in the ring of more sessionable American-style IPAs, which is undoubtedly what the trend has been heading towards recently.... Read More | Share it now!
Coke Zero is no more. Well at least it won’t be when Coca-Cola rebrand and reformulate after years of research in their ongoing efforts to offer the best sugar-free Coke possible. Now the big ticket alternative to sugar-full Coke will be Coca-Cola No Sugar, just in case you didn’t get the message the first time. ... Read More | Share it now!
It’s not much of a surprise when we hear that Australia’s beloved White Rabbit makes a dent in the overseas market; the constantly creative and playful brewers have put out some of the best released in the past few years – not to mention their epic twin-brewery in Geelong with Little Creatures. Though this news deserves to be celebrated: White Rabbit White Ale has been named Champion Australian Beer and Best Wheat Beer (Gold Medal) at the recent Australian International Beer Awards, a competition which attracted more than 1,700 entries from over 320 breweries in 36 countries.... Read More | Share it now!
Earlier this year we brought you news of a neat new collaboration between Sydney’s Archie Rose Distilling Co. and acclaimed tattoo artist Kian Forreal, better known as Shodai Horisumi. The partnership gave rise to a new series of four rare Japanese inspired gins, the first of which was Horisumi Autumn with a very curious infusion of red miso, sesame seed, and sancho pepper. Now the second release in that series has arrived, continuing to pay homage to the seasons with the name of Horisumi Winter, a gin promising the familiar “scents and emotions” of the colder months.... Read More | Share it now!
the cons of Winter are always balanced against the undeniable benefits that the colder season brings. Yes there’s a lot of rain, but throughout Australia there’s also plenty of celebrations, many of which have to do with food and drink. Sydney’s got Vivid and Sydney Film Festival coming up, Tasmania has Dark Mofo to look forward to, and there’s a whole bunch of food and wine festivals popping up over the next few months. Then you’ve got stalwarts like Little Creatures who have just launched a new Winter brew, adding to the successful Seasonal Release series with Fire Falcon Hoppy Red.... Read More | Share it now!
The fine folk behind Four Pillars have just announced that this year they’ll be bringing back their phenomenal Bloody Shiraz Gin, which last year completely sold out just four months after it was released. To satisfy demand, the gin distillery will be producing even more bottles of the epic gin-wine combo, which takes Four Pillars’ exceptional gin and blends with it with flavour-rich shiraz grapes (that’s about the most simple description possible, but you get the idea).... Read More | Share it now!
Just in time for World Whisky Day (20th May), the prestigious John Walker & Sons series has launched their 2017 private collection in Australia. The high-end series of blended scotch whiskies by Master Blender Jim Beveridge has revealed a limited release of 5,588 individually numbered decanters in this fourth release of an ongoing series that highlights the dedication and innovation of the blenders behind the higher-end arm of Johnnie Walker, allowing the iconic whisky brand to dig into their rarest blends.... Read More | Share it now!
For the next few months a selection of hatted restaurants across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Tasmania will be offering a very limited edition and Australian-first beer range from James Boag. Titled the “James Boag Epicurean”, the new premium range has been brewed especially for food pairings in fine dining restaurants, the result of extensive research in collaboration with renowned chef, Aria’s Matt Moran and awarded sommelier Matt Dunne. ... Read More | Share it now!