The ‘best dram’ – Glenfiddich Grand Cru

Glenfiddich is one of the most beloved of all Scottish malts. They began more than 150 years ago with William Grant, a bookkeeper at the Mortlach Distillery with a dream of making the “best dram in the valley.” At 47, Grant quit his job and purchased a copper pot still and associated equipment. He, his…

A trifecta for Riesling lovers – clos Clare

Readers will have seen that we focused the wonderful Rieslings of Vickery recently. And also those of LoosenBarry. Now, the trifecta for lovers of that amazing grape and it is all tied up together.  The local guys behind the LoosenBarry are the Barry brothers, Sam and Tom, sons of well known Clare maker, Peter, and…

Must Try: Smith & Sheth ‘Cru

Steve Smith will be best known to most winelovers as the man behind so many great Craggy Range wines. He was one of the founders, along with Terry Peabody, and responsible for sourcing the superb vineyards from which their grapes came, as well as making the wines. All that said, I suspect Steve sees himself…

The Bacardi Crystal Ball

So, just what do we expect to be drinking this year? What will your favourite bartenders be serving? What will those who stock the bars be chasing?  In an admirable effort to find out what we can expect, Bacardi asked some 7,000 of their employees around the globe, spread across more than 100 cities, to…

You need to try these wines by a Riesling superstar

John Vickery is widely and justifiably recognised as one of the finest winemakers Australia has ever produced, often called the ‘Father of Riesling’. And if you won’t take my word for it, the man has won more than fifty trophies and 400 gold medals on the highly competitive Australian show circuit. John’s first vintage was…

Margarita Day – Tommy’s Margarita

The Tommy’s was created by Julio Bermejo at his Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco. The only difference to the classic Margarita is Bermejo swapped our the orange liqueur and used Agave Nectar instead.

World First Blockchain Whisky

Ailsa Bay has launched the world’s first-ever blockchain whisky, capturing the full distilling and manufacturing process. You can track the whisky from its source all the way to your glass.  Why so? You may well ask. Well, the growing number of fakes on the market seems like a good place to start. Blockchain information essentially means…

Champagne of the Week – Louis Roederer Cristal 2008

WORDS KEN GARGETT Don’t let anyone tell you differently. 2008 is a truly great vintage for Champagne. Some have claimed it is the best since 1996, or even 1990. It might even surpass those two and challenge the brilliant 1988. Like the great ’88, which snuck under the radar in its youth, this is a…

HOW TO: Cafe Cerise

If you like the Espresso Martini, you will love the Cafe Cerise. With only four simple ingredients including the Nitro coffee, this coffee cocktail will really impress your guests as your next dinner party. Glass: Wine glass Ingredients: 10ml MONIN Cherry 40ml Vermouth 10ml Vodka Top with Nitro Coffee Method: All ingredients to mixing glass…

‘Champagne of the Week’ – Bollinger Grand Année 2008

WORDS KEN GARGETT The evidence has been building for some time. 2008 is one of the greatest vintages seen in Champagne for many years. Aficionados will argue over just where it fits in the overall scale of things, and which compare, but for me, it looks like it might be the best since the scintillating…