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,…

Top Five You Need to Try – Chateau la Nerthe

WORDS KEN GARGETT Fans of fine Rhone wines will be delighted to learn that the highly respected Chateauneuf producer, Chateau Le Nerthe, has returned to our shores after several years absence. Commercial director, Christophe Bristiel, who took over the role from his father a decade ago, was in town to show that the wines have…

Four Pillars Launch Bottled Negronis

Negroni Week is one of our favourite weeks of the year. Not only because it highlights one of the best cocktails in the world (big fan here) but because brands like Four Pillars create great releases like their bottled Negroni. In celebration of this year’s festival (24th – 30th June) and 100 Years of the…

HOW TO: Nogroni

SPONSORED MONIN has taken the classic aperitif cocktail alcohol-free and created the Nogroni. With a combination of MONIN Bitter, Seedlip Spice and Sweet Vermouth (0 ABV), this is a delicious twist on the classic Negroni. This is the perfect pre-dinner drink for guests who aren’t drinking. Glass: Rocks Garnish: Orange twist Ingredients: 30ml MONIN Bitter 30ml…

Sullivans Cove Celebrates 25th Anniversary this Year

WORDS KEN GARGETT The always impressive Tasmanian whisky distillery, Sullivans Cove, is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. As one of the leaders of an industry that was initially looked on as a curio at best, and folly by many, it is a great achievement. Sullivans Cove, on the Derwent River in Tasmania (if there…

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…

Enjoy A Day Hosted by Giammarino Wines

Giammarino Wines is a family run vineyard and they are opening their doors this June to celebrate their Winter Open Day. Based in St Andrews in the western hills of the Yarra Valley, the two-day festival will run from the 15th – 16th June. Behind the bar opening outstanding wines across their range will be…

Five Schild Estate Reds You Need to Try

WORDS KEN GARGETT Schild Estate make a wide range of wines, mostly reds, and some are very limited. Here are five that should appeal and will hopefully be wines you can track down. They offer a great combination of flavour and value. Schild Estate ‘Edgar Schild’ Reserve Grenache 2017 ($36) From old bush vines, this is a…

A Very Solid Performer – The Sydney Reserve

Many (far too many) years ago, I stumbled on a few bottles of the 1978 Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet in a dusty corner of a bottleshop. It was quite a famous wine back then and offered for silly money (silly in the sense of being criminally cheap), so needless to say, I grabbed them. They are…

Michter’s – Two Cracking American Whiskies

WORDS KEN GARGETT As the excitement mounts for the forthcoming explore WHISKY release, some of us have been working hard, exploring the world of whiskies and bourbon from around the world (although the bourbons, of course, should really be regionally restricted to the USA). Needless to say, many exciting gems are emerging. Today, Michter’s. I’d…