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Celebrations drinks yearbook | 87 out fi rst place, while Ben Blair and Kat Ford of Corner House and Hilton’s Glass Bar, respectively earned an honourable mention. The Champagne Bureau 2011 Tasting was on again in August, featuring over 38 brands, and in excess of 100 different champagnes on display. The products showcased a good mix of NV, vintage and prestige cuvees from both major and smaller brands and were represented by their distributors, who were on hand to assist tasters with anything from brand background and history to winemaking details. The Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney was the beautiful setting of the exclusive Wolf Blass Journey, lending its decorated rooms and salons and the stunning views of one of its top bars for the enjoyment of select representatives of media and the trade. The tasting took guests on a metaphorical ascension through the different Wolf Blass ranges, from Red Label all the way to the highest pinnacle with the Gold Label and the ultra premium Grey, Black and Platinum labels. Chief winemaker Chris Hatcher and the rest of the Wolf Blass talented winemaking team were on hand to answer questions and guiding guests through the various tastings. Education Heineken launched its 2011 Five Star Pour Program with a visit by global ambassador Franck Evers – Heineken master pourer. Evers conducted draught beer training sessions across Australia in June. “The Heineken Five Star Pour is a perfected technique that ensures the very best draught beer experience, every time” said Evers. “It ensures our drinkers are receiving the best-tasting Heineken as well as highlighting the importance of premium presentation.” Angove Family Winemakers celebrated its 125th anniversary with a series of events around the country, including a trade and media lunch at Sydney restaurant The Wharf. Hosted by John Angove, AM and son Richard, the lunch also marked the launch of the brand’s fi rst fl agship wine, the Medhyk McLaren Vale Shiraz (pronounced med-ic). Cornish for the word ‘doctor’, The Medhyk was named in honour of the founder of Angove’s, Dr William T Angove who emigrated to Australia from Cornwall in 1886. 2011 was a big year for Angove’s as the company continued the celebrations with the 175th anniversary of the Glenfarclas Distillery and the 146th anniversary of the Grants family’s ownership. Marking the occasion, brand ambassador Ian McWilliam made his fourth trip to Sydney in June, hosting a series of staff training sessions and consumer tastings, as well as presenting the 175th Anniversary Malt,


drinks yearbook 2011
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