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Ovolo Woolloomooloo Brings Plant-Based High Tea to Sydney

Alibi, the pioneering cocktail bar and plant-based restaurant at Ovolo Woolloomooloo hotel in Sydney, has introduced a brand-new entirely plant-based high tea for hotel guests and locals alike, with the option to pair with Perrier-Jouët Champagne. Overseen by US chef, restaurateur and global plant-based dining pioneer, Matthew Kenney, in close consultation with Alibi’s head chef, Michael Nicolaou, the new high tea combines classical and innovative cooking techniques to give locally sourced plant-based ingredients a creative makeover. “Plant-based is in complete harmony with a sustainable planet and is also – when in the hands of the right chefs – the most exciting food...

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Sombra Mezcal Announces 12 Bartender Finalists of Its First-Ever Sustainable Virtual Cocktail Competition Judged by Trash Tiki

Sombra Mezcal, a spirit distilled to sustain the land and the people of Oaxaca, announces the 12 finalists of its first-ever sustainable cocktail competition, “Shake and Stir to Sustain the Land and the People,” judged by Trash Tiki. Sombra Mezcal sets the highest standards for eco-friendly production at its palenque in Oaxaca to ensure consistent quality and innovation from the fields to the bottle. More than 100 bartenders from across the U.S. submitted cocktail recipes showcasing Sombra Mezcal with at least two demonstrably sustainable ingredients. They included vegetable tops and tails, fruit pits, nutshells, herb stems and onion skin ash. Sombra Mezcal collaborated with...

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QT Perth Unveils Late-Night Rooftop Hot Spot

The Rooftop at QT – QT Perth’s hotly anticipated rooftop bar sitting on the 18th floor of Perth’s newest design hotel with sweeping views of the cityscape and surrounding natural beauty – is now open late, seven days a week. Hosting up to 200 guests, the split indoor/outdoor space has been thoughtfully designed by QT’s longstanding Public Space Designer, Nic Graham, featuring an iconic West Australia palette, energetic décor and hand-painted artwork depicting cocktail culture, with a musical soundtrack curated by QT’s Creative Music Director, Andrew Lewis. The Rooftop at QT is also available for private events. The creative...

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Beyond Sushi: How to Enjoy Sake at Home

Sake, made from fermented rice, is an up-and-comer in the world of wine and spirits, and Americans consume about 35 percent of all sake exported from Japan, according to John Gauntner’s Sake World. Often remembered as that simple, warm drink consumed exclusively at sushi bars and Japanese restaurants, it’s sometimes notorious for its associations with sake-bomb-induced debauchery. To gain a better understanding of this complex beverage, here are five common sake myths — debunked! 2. Sake is Served Hot. False! Sake was originally served warm in order to mask certain off-putting flavors present prior to the rise of premium...

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Fall Cocktails from FOS Greek Mastiha 

While we broke out the pumpkin spice everything on the first day of September, we’ve been holding off on the autumn cocktails until it was official. Now that fall is in full swing we’re featuring these cocktails made with the sweet and herbal acclaimed FOS Greek Mastiha (now available nationwide) will make you want to grab your coziest blanket get out your pumpkin carving tools. Before we get to the cocktail recipes let’s look at the history of Mastiha. What is Mastiha? The Mastiha tree is a small evergreen shrub, also known as a “lentisk,” with a life span of more...

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Wine Expert Offers 10 Tips to Read the Bottle Like a Pro

Everyone knows you can’t judge a book by its cover. But when it comes to wine, the label can speak volumes about what’s inside. If you’ve ever puzzled over how to decipher a wine label, you’re not alone. So much terminology. So many languages. So many options! It’s tempting to just choose the prettiest or most interesting label and hope for the best. To take the guesswork out of wine buying – and help you appreciate the wines you drink – the experts at Royal Wine have some tips on how to “read the bottle.” Gabriel Geller, VP of Public Relations...

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The Irresistible Charm of Napa’s Culinary Capital Yountville

The Napa Valley town of Yountville is like a beautiful well-crafted bottle of wine: carefully thought out and the longer you spend in its atmosphere, the better it gets. You immediately become infatuated by its carefree, unhurried vibe, unmistakable charisma, and sheer beauty intertwined with vineyards. The Town of Yountville is steeped in upscale epicurean and oenophile experiences yet remains charming and down to earth. It’s difficult to believe that the gourmet capital of the Napa Valley, with a population of a tad over 3,000, boasts four Michelin stars and was once a mere speck of a stagecoach stop...

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Niagara Wine Country Takes Top Honors at National Wine Awards of Canada

Niagara region wineries took center stage among WineAlign’s selections at the 2018 National Wine Awards of Canada, earning three of the four top spots in this year’s competition—the largest and most comprehensive in Canadian history, with 1,850 wines from 257 wineries entered.   Tawse Winery, situated on the lower slopes of the Niagara Escarpment, was named one of the Top 4 wineries in Canada. A family-owned organic and biodynamic winery, Tawse is no stranger to accolades, having been voted Canada’s Winery of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016. Tawse wines, produced by uniting traditional winemaking techniques with...

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Ireland’s Echlinville Distillery Celebrate’s Their Fifth Birthday

The Echlinville Distillery in (County Down, Northern Ireland) is celebrating as its whiskey turns five years old. The Kircubbin based whiskey and gin producer became the first new distillery in Northern Ireland for more than 125 years when it received its license and casked its first spirit on 5 August 2013. Echlinville has since established itself at the forefront of Ireland’s burgeoning spirits industry and is home to some of the country’s best-known and respected brands including Dunville’s Irish Whiskey, Jawbox Gin, Echlinville Single Estate Irish Pot Still Gin and Bán Poitín. Sunday 5 August will be a momentous day...

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4th of July & Summer Cocktails from Belvedere Vodka & Don Papa Rum

Hot dogs, apple pie and cocktails is what every Fourth of July holiday needs to be a success! Belvedere Vodka & Don Papa Rum have shared with us some of their favorite Fourth of July and summer cocktails to compliment your holiday and summertime cookouts and picnics. Fourth of July Cocktails Blueberry, Strawberry Mojito 2 oz Belvedere Vodka 1 oz Lime Juice .75 Simple Syrup 3 Blueberries 2 Cut Strawberries Build in shaker shake with ice and strain into glass over fresh ice. Top with soda or sparkling wine and garnish with mint sprig. Red White and Brew 25mL Don Papa...

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Ultra Premium Vodka: Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend

If you are searching for a luxury gift for a connoisseur, one that will make an immediate impact, diamonds are the best choice. Precious Vodka® is the ultimate gift because it is designed with a crystal bottle that is shaped like a giant diamond. As if that was not enough of a luxury statement, inside each cap is a semi-precious stone, either a ruby, topaz, peridot, sapphire or emerald. From Europe to Asia, vodka aficionados appreciate the quality, the taste and the diamond-shaped bottle topped with a semi-precious stone. Brand owner, Kip Kimerly selected internationally known Brand Ambassador, Diego...

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7 Crazy Myths About Liquor

Americans have indulged in their favorite cocktails since before we officially became a country. Even Prohibition didn’t stop partiers from enjoying alcohol. Over the years, enthusiasts have created some truly crazy cocktails. Dedicated mixologists shake and stir original concoctions using seaweed, eucalyptus and truffle oil. The history of some of your favorite liquors includes some crazy myths, too. Gin Drives You Insane Gin seems to have the worst reputation among the different spirits. People report that getting “gin drunk” makes them feel angry or mean, and even drives them to insanity. In truth, gin isn’t all that different from vodka....

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