Wine of the Week – Craggy Range ‘Le Sol’ Syrah 2016

Craggy Range, in the Gimblett Gravels region of Hawkes Bay on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, is one of that country’s premium wine producers. What is a little bit different about Craggy is that, although they make very fine examples of both, they have not built their reputation on the leading Kiwi varieties of Sauvignon Blanc…

Cocktails in a Can

Crafting cocktails at home has never been so convenient. The newly formed cocktail innovation company Curatif have created two canned cocktails. Joining forces with leading craft distilleries, Four Pillars Gin and Archie Rose Distilling Co., they have developed – the Four Pillars Negroni and Archie Rose Espresso Martini. Curatif has perfected the flavours and textures,…

Explore Buffalo Trace Antique Collection

WORDS KEN GARGETT The roadshow for fabulous Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is doing the rounds – a collection of whiskies of age and complexity. While not open to the public, take heart that your favourite bartenders are there on your behalf. You will reap the benefits in the future. Over the years, I have been to more tastings…

Score A Bottle Of JT Bundaberg Rum Before They Sell Out

Diehard footy fans are busting to get their hands on the new release of Bundaberg’s Rum, released by Johnathan Thurston himself. This limited-edition batch has been unveiled in commemoration of his legendary career in becoming a renowned NRL player. The collaboration between Johnathan Thurston and Bundaberg Rum has taken 5 years in the making to…

A Bottled American Cocktail With An Australian Twist

Starward has just released its latest bottled cocktail series, the limited edition Red Manhattan, in collaboration with Adelaide Hills Distillery. Described as a classic American cocktail reimagined with an Australian twist, the series is inspired by the signature Starward Whisky red wine barrel characteristics. The tipple is a distillery batched cocktail, made with Starward’s single…

A Single Vineyard Approach – Bass & Flinders Distillery

It’s not uncommon in the wine industry to use grapes from a single vineyard to make a particular white or red wine, or for whisky distillers to use a single malt. However, it is a rare practice when it comes to distilling other spirits such as gin. Bass & Flinders Distillery has a traditional and…

GAB Festival Is Back With The Booze

GABS Beer, Cider and Food Festival is back again! And if it was anything like the previous one, we know it’s going to pop off. Presented by Dan Murpheys, the event will have more than 400 beers, ciders and wines to choose from. Made by 65+ of the country’s leading breweries and cider makers, with…

Disaronno Day is Upon Us! Heres How To Do It Right..

Disaronno Day is literally a couple of days away! This Friday (19th April) bartenders, bars and the public, from Auckland to Los Angeles, will celebrate. The Iconic Italian style liqueur has given numerous bars across the globe an exclusive custom-made drink list for patrons to enjoy. Created by ‘The Mixing Star’, the worldwide event launch…

Baraki – Sydney’s Alpha and Ouzo

Sydney has gained a new small cocktail bar! Alpha restaurant has added the new bar ‘baraki‘, an intimate eight-seater bar with plenty of outdoor space. Baraki, which is a colloquial Greek word for ‘small bar’, sees Alpha’s daytime café transformed into a Greek cocktail and meze bar from lunch till late. The venue has two…

Vote & Win: Crafters Union x GINGER & SMART Collab.

The premium craft brand, Crafters Union, known for their beautifully wrapped bottles and captivatingly designed cans of wine, has announced a collaboration with a leading Australian brand GINGER & SMART. The collaboration entails the launch of a limited-edition Crafters Union x GINGER & SMART Sauvignon Blanc label after a vote from the public on its…

T25 Bartenders Australia – Here’s What You Need To Know

HIP Media is pleased to announce the highly anticipated T25 Bartenders Australia 2019! The T25 Bartender competition is the only one of its kind for the bartending fraternity. The multi-tiered process of nomination utilises the voting from a panel of Hospitality Industry Professionals (HIP) followed by the bartenders, giving the ultimate accolade: peer recognition! This…