The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2014-07-29T23:19:39Z WINNERS OF JAMES HALLIDAY AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION AWARDS ANNOUNCED 2014-07-29T23:19:39Z winners-of-james-halliday-australian-wine-companion-awards-announced Last night James Halliday AM, in association with Wine Companion magazine and Hardie Grant Publishing, announced the winners of the Qantas epiQure James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Awards. James Halliday has been at the forefront of the wine industry for more than four decades and these second annual coveted awards celebrated the industry’s finest wines, as rated in the 2015 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – released today. James Halliday said of the awards, “It’s with great pleasure we take the time to recognise Australia’s remarkable wines and producers. The 2012 and ’13 vintages produced wonderful wines from both long-established wineries and newly-arrived winemakers – the awards celebrate this diversity in our industry.” Six major awards were presented: Winery of the Year, Wine of the Year, Dark Horse of the Year, New Winery of the Year, Winemaker of the Year and Best Value Winery of the Year. Congratulations to the following winners: - Wine of the Year: 2011 Xanadu Stevens Road Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, WA (Sponsored by Qantas epiQure) - Winery of the Year: Hentley Farm,Barossa Valley, SA (Sponsored by SMEG) - Dark Horse of the Year: Haselgrove Wines, McLaren Vale, SA (Sponsored by Nikon) - New Winery of the Year: Flowstone, Margaret River, WA (Sponsored by Kennards Wine Storage) - Winemaker of the Year: Castle Rock Estate’s Rob Diletti, WA - Best Value Winery of the Year: Hoddles Creek Estate, Yarra Valley, VIC Ten varietal award-winning wines were served alongside a five-course degustation: - Sparkling Wine: 2004 House of Arras Grand Vintage (97 points) - Riesling: 2013 Grosset Polish Hill Clare Valley Riesling (98 points) - Semillon: 2013 Thomas Braemore Individual Vineyard Hunter Valley Semillon (98 points) - Chardonnay: 2011 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Margaret River Chardonnay (98 points) - Sauvignon Blanc: 2011 Flowstone Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc (97 points) - Pinot Noir: 2012 Bass Phillip Reserve Pinot Noir (99 points) - Other Reds: 2012 SC Pannell McLaren Vale Grenache (97 points) - Shiraz: 2011 Mount Pleasant Maurice O'Shea Shiraz (98 points) - Cabernet Sauvignon: 2011 Xanadu Stevens Road Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon (99 points) - Fortified: 1914 Seppeltsfield 100 Year Old Para Liqueur (100 points) The additional varietal winners were:2004 Tahbilk 1927 Vines Marsanne, 97 points (Other Whites and Blends), 2013 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier, 98 points (Shiraz Viognier), 2012 Yarra Yering Dry Red Wine No. 2, 98 points (Shiraz Family), 2012 Cullen Diana Madeline, 98 points (Cabernet Family), NV Rockford Black Shiraz, 97 points (Sparkling Red), 2013 Bellarmine Pemberton Riesling Select, 96 points (Sweet Wine). The invitation-only event was held at The Park in Albert Park, with guests continuing celebrations at the newly opened Coppersmith in South Melbourne. Attendees included the Hon. Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister for Agriculture and Tasmanian Senator, former V8 Supercar driver and Channel 7 personality Mark Skaife, CEO of the Grand Prix Corporation Andrew Westacott, former Premier of Victoria Jeff Kennett, legendary winemakers Ed Carr and Jim Chatto. For all details about the awards and the event gallery, visit www.winecompanion.com.au/awards ENDS For further information or images please contact: Elyse Dudgeon, Dig&Fish, 03 9827 4466, 0417 590 190 About James Halliday James Halliday is Australia′s most respected wine critic and wine writer. Formerly a partner of Clayton-Utz law firm, he founded Brokenwood in the Hunter Valley in 1970 with two other lawyers. James and his wife Suzanne later established Coldstream Hills in the Yarra Valley in 1985. As a journalist, Halliday has written more than 65 books and several thousand newspaper and magazine articles, winning a number of major wine writing awards in Australia and overseas. He was awarded Australia's most prestigious wine award - the Maurice O'Shea Award - for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Wine Industry in 1995.In 2010, James Halliday was made a Member of the Order of Australia. About the Australian Wine Companion The James Halliday Australian Wine Companion is Australia’s definitive guide to Australian wine, released every July and published by Hardie Grant. In partnership with Hardie Grant, James Halliday is also responsible for the Wine Companion online www.winecompanion.com.au and also James Halliday’s Wine Companion magazine, which has become Australia’s biggest-selling wine magazine since its launch in 2011. Your Guide to Victoria's Best Wines 2014-07-09T02:16:58Z your-guide-to-the-victoria-s-best-wines Held for the first time this year, the VIC100 is designed to judge and identify the top 100 wines of Victoria. This list will be developed without predetermined expectations as to the number of wines to represent each style, therefore allowing the vintage conditions to influence the makeup of the list each year.  The aim is to provide consumers with a relevant but expansive list from which to fully appreciate and explore the depth and quality of the Victorian Wine industry.  A VIC1 will also be awarded.  Furthermore, in support and recognition of the distinct wine regions within Victoria there will also be a number of regional awards. The VIC100 is run and operated by Flavour Exchange in conjunction with Head Judge and Curator of the VIC100 Nick Stock.  When speaking on the VIC100, Nick Stock said “The VIC100 is a celebration of the best Victorian wine. The connection between the city of Melbourne and the wines and produce of regional Victoria is bound by closer ties than any other state in Australia. On top of that, world class wines produced throughout Victoria cover an unrivalled range of styles.” Entries are now open to all Victorian wineries with judging taking place 26 and 27 August.  The VIC100 will be announced on Thursday 4 September as part of Spring Flavour Exchange with a consumer tasting of the Top 100 wines taking place in the Atrium at Federation Square on Saturday 6 September. The entry fee is $80 per wine, discounted to $40 per wine for any winery that has participated at Flavour Exchange during the year.  Wines must be commercially labelled and ready for release if not already in the market with a minimum volume of 50 dozen still available for commercial sale. Further information about the awards, classes and to enter visit www.flavourexchange.com.au For further information please contact: VIC100 Awards Manager Kerrie Lyons at Dig&Fish; P: 03 9827 4466 / 0449 999 588. E: kerrie.lyons@digandfish.com Key Dates: Entries open via www.flavourexchange.com.au                             4 July – 6 August 2014 Judging:                                                                                   26 & 27 August 2014 Awards presentation:                                                                 Thursday, 4 September 2014 VIC100 consumer tasting:                                                          Saturday, 6 September 2014 Flavour Exchange is an in initiative owned and run by Dig&Fish: aiming to bring local producers and consumers closer together. The Doors are Open on South Melbourne’s newest Boutique Hotel 2014-07-03T03:22:06Z the-doors-are-open-on-south-melbourne-s-newest-boutique-hotel July 3rd 2014 The doors to the Coppersmith are open today - a 15 room boutique hotel with a bistro, bar and roof top retreat, offering guests a local lifestyle, not just a room. Located just minutes from Melbourne’s CBD and a stone’s throw from Albert Park Lake, Coppersmith on Clarendon St, South Melbourne, is intended as a home away from home for the busy traveller. Room bookings are now open direct on the Coppersmith website or via phone with standard room rates starting at $220 per night for a Queen Room. Coppersmith is a sophisticated urban retreat - from touchdown to turndown it’s luxury on an intimate scale. The venue has complimentary WiFi throughout and all rooms have their own Foxtel units which allow guests to record and watch their favourite programs. A variety of mini bar options, Nespresso machines in each room, USB ports and top end amenities all contribute to making guests feel right at home. Downstairs the Coppersmith bar and bistro is a welcome retreat for hotel guests, local residents and business guests. A focus on local and crafted product, the bar has 18 taps featuring 14 of the best craft beers and ciders from Australia and Victoria, a thoughtful wine list and menu options from breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as light meals and snacks. Bar and bistro menus take their inspiration from traditional pub fare with a modern interpretation. Head Chef Daniel Southern has created guaranteed house favourites on both menus such as ‘Venison – rump & shank, sloe gin, lentils & quince’, ‘Coppersmith fish pie’ and ‘Grilled Wagyu tri-tip Bordelaise sauce & cress’ and a ‘Classically served Wiener schnitzel’. For those after some rarer delicacies, the menu features dishes like ‘Bone marrow, soused shallots & red wine’ and ‘Lamb sweetbreads, winter vegetables & confit lemon’. The redesign of the former South Melbourne local, the Cricket Club Hotel, is the vision of George and Con Bagios, hospitality veterans from Western Australia. George said “We’ve always loved Melbourne and purchased the Cricket Club Hotel in 2006 with the idea of creating a classic small hotel, a neighbourhood hang-out, part of the local lifestyle, a community. We offer the very best in service with experienced and engaging staff - we’re all about simple things done well.” “We wanted to honour the history of the building and create an outstanding guest experience so we partnered with international design practice HASSELL on the architecture and leading marketing agency Dig&Fish on the brand development, marketing and communications.” Not forgetting the rooftop which offers wonderful views of a picturesque Melbourne skyline. An urban retreat, the space allows for up to 40 cocktail guests who can enjoy both bar and bistro menus. Coppersmith is located at 435 Clarendon St, South Melbourne. Guests are now able to book their stay at the Coppersmith.  For bookings, email info@coppersmithhotel.com or visit www.coppersmithhotel.com for a full list of room rates and menus. For more information, images or visits, please contact Alice Bennett at Dig&Fish alice.bennett@digandfish.com or 0408 489 295. You can follow Coppersmith on Facebook, Instagram @coppersmithhotel and Twitter @coppersmithmelb Ends ABOUT COPPERSMITH Coppersmith is named after Ebenezer Drummond Menzies Thompson, a coppersmith by trade and proprietor of a plumbing business, who lived in the area his entire life and was Mayor of South Melbourne between 1913 - 1914. An active member of the community and local sporting clubs we believe Coppersmith embodies all that he loved about the area. Coppersmith (formerly known as the Cricket Club Hotel) is the newest development for Bagios Holdings who for more than 26 years have owned and operated hospitality venues in Victoria and Western Australia. The redesign of the former pub is the brainchild of George Bagios, while design is being overseen by Hassell Architects. The vision is to re-craft the site as a modern five star boutique hotel, bar and bistro with a rooftop space. JAMES HALLIDAY AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION AWARDS 2014-06-26T23:41:11Z james-halliday-australian-wine-companion-awards For Immediate Release June 2014 The 2014 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Awards, as well as the Wine of the Year trophy, will be officially sponsored by Qantas epiQure The gala VIP event, which will celebrate the big winners from the 2015 Australian Wine Companion, will be held in Melbourne on Tuesday July 29 at The Park, Albert Park – the night before the 2015 Companion goes on sale. The event will see Wine Companion’s founder and author, James Halliday AM, announce the winners of six major awards, while more than $100,000 worth of the year’s best wines will be matched to a four-course degustation. The six major awards are: - Wine of the Year (sponsored by Qantas epiQure) - Winery of the Year (sponsored by SMEG) - Dark Horse Winery of the Year (sponsored by Nikon) - Best New Winery (sponsored by Kennards Wine Storage) - Winemaker of the Year - Best Value Winery of the Year In addition, the winners of the 12 varietal awards will also be announced on the night. Qantas Loyalty Chief Marketing Officer Stephanie Tully said Qantas epiQure was delighted to be working with James Halliday Wine Companion to present this year’s awards.  “Qantas epiQure is all about connecting our Qantas Frequent Flyer members with the best produce that Australian wineries have to offer.” “We’re excited about partnering with esteemed winemaker James Halliday to celebrate the Australian wine industry,” she said. For all details about the awards, visit www.winecompanion.com.au/awards About James Halliday James Halliday is Australia′s most respected wine critic and writer. Formerly a partner of Clayton-Utz law firm, he went on to found Brokenwood in the Hunter Valley and later establish Coldstream Hills in the Yarra Valley. James Halliday has written more than 65 books and thousands of newspaper and magazine articles on wine, winning a number of major wine writing awards in Australia and overseas. In 1995, he received Australia's most prestigious wine award – the Maurice O'Shea Award – for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Wine Industry. In 2010, James Halliday was made a Member of the Order of Australia. About the Australian Wine Companion The James Halliday Australian Wine Companion is the definitive guide to Australian wine, released every July and published by Hardie Grant. In partnership with Hardie Grant, James Halliday is also responsible for Wine Companion online (www.winecompanion.com.au)and James Halliday’s Wine Companion magazine, which has become the biggest-selling wine magazine since its launch in 2011. ENDS. Top Shelf brings global drinks masters together to taste with Melbourne's best 2014-02-07T09:09:38Z top-shelf-brings-global-drinks-masters-together-to-taste-with-melbourne-s-best FILM/ PHOTO OPPORTUNITY   This Sunday, Top Shelf brings the best of the drinks world together at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building; from International Bartender of the Year Jack McGarry of NYC hotspot Dead Rabbit and RumFest Founder Ian Burrell to Burn Stewart’s ground breaking distiller Ian MacMillan.Industry legend Jason Crawley will, for the first time, reveal the world’s rarest and most expensive cocktail machine, The Imperial Shaker inspired by a 200-year old line drawing. Mixing with these global players will be Melbourne’s finest craft distillers; David Vital from Starwood Whisky and Andrew Marks of the Melbourne Gin Company. Media Call 1 WHEN:   12-1pm, Saturday 8 February, 2014 WHERE:  Little Blood Bar, Kodiak Club, 272 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065 VISION:                 Melbourne’s best meet global drinks stars WHO:     Melbourne Talent Starwood Whisky Founder, David Vital                 Melbourne Gin Company, Andrew Marks                 Kodiak Club Co-owner, Nathan DebBritt                 International Talent RumFest Founder, Ian Burrell                 Buffalo Trace Master Distiller, Harlen Wheatley                 Burn Stewart Distilleries Master Distiller, Ian MacMillan                 Stolichnaya Global Brand Ambassador, Meagan Sacher   Media Call 2s WHEN:   3pm-4pm, Saturday 8 February, 2014 WHERE:  Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053 VISION:                 Set up of Top Shelf festival, including world’s most expensive cocktail shaker WHO:     International Bartender of the Year and Dead Rabbit Bar Manager, Jack McGarry                 Dead Rabbit Owner, Sean Muldoon The Imperial Shaker Creator, Jason Crawley   Media Call Contact: James Wells, Group Publisher, Intermedia M: 0414 995 104, E: james@intermedia.com.au Further Information: Elyse Dudgeon, Client Manager, Dig & Fish                                                                   M: 0417 590 190 E: elyse.dudgeon@digandfish.com   OTTO RISTORANTE TO PUT THE BEST OF ITALY ON THE TABLE 2013-10-22T02:49:25Z otto-ristorante-to-put-the-best-of-italy-on-the-table OTTO RISTORANTE TO PUT THE BEST OF ITALY ON THE TABLE   Iconic Sydney dining spot Otto Ristorante will host 13 members of Grandi Marchi, with a dinner combining the finest of Italy on the plate and in the glass. For the first time 13 of the 19 members of The Instituto Grandi Marchi are visiting Australia to promote their wines. To celebrate, Otto Ristorante is creating a five course dinner matched to 13 wines on Wednesday 20 November. This is a unique opportunity for diners to meet such an esteemed group of winemakers to be a part of an exchange of ideas and to enjoy some of Italy’s finest wines. The wineries are: Antinori; Argiolas; Ca del Bosco; Carpenè Malvolti; Donnafugata; Masi; Mastroberardino; Michele Chiarlo; Pio Cesare; Rivera; Tasca d'Almerita; Umani Ronchi; Biondi Santi and Tenuta Greppo. John Fink, owner of the restaurant said, “Otto is delighted to be hosting such a great event that represents the best of Italian wine. The Instituto Grandi Marchi gathers the best Italian wineries and winemakers, and this gives Otto’s customers a wonderful dining and drinking experience.” The dinner will be hosted by Otto’s award winning sommelier, Patrick White. Who:                Thirteen Instituto Grandi Marchi winemakers What:               Canapés and five course dinner, matched with 13 of the finest Italian wines Where:             Otto Ristorante. Area 8, 6 Cowper Wharf Road Woolloomooloo When:              Monday 18 November, 7pm Booking:          $160, inclusive of canapés, five courses and matched wine. Call Otto Ristorante on 02 9368 7488 Media: Dig & Fish Senior Client Manager Pete Dillon pete.dillon@digandfish.com 0409 142 365 GROSSI FLORENTINO TO PUT THE BEST OF ITALY ON THE TABLE 2013-10-22T02:47:00Z grossi-florentino-to-put-the-best-of-italy-on-the-table GROSSI FLORENTINO TO PUT THE BEST OF ITALY ON THE TABLE   Iconic Melbourne restaurant, Grossi Florentino will host 13 members of Grandi Marchi, with a dinner combining the finest of Italy on the plate and in the glass. For the first time 13 of the 19 members of The Instituto Grandi Marchi are visiting Australia to promote their wines. To celebrate, Grossi Florentino is creating a four course dinner matched to 13 wines on Wednesday 20 November. This is a unique opportunity for diners to meet such an esteemed group of winemakers to be a part of an exchange of ideas and to enjoy some of Italy’s finest wines. The wineries are: Antinori; Argiolas; Ca del Bosco; Carpenè Malvolti; Donnafugata; Masi; Mastroberardino; Michele Chiarlo; Pio Cesare; Rivera; Tasca d'Almerita; Umani Ronchi; Biondi Santi and Tenuta Greppo. Owner and chef at Grossi Florentino, Guy Grossi is thrilled to be hosting the dinner. He said “Grossi Florentino has been the home of some of the best Italian food in Melbourne for decades. I am thrilled to host the iconic families of Italian wine, and am delighted that Instituto Grandi Marchi will be joining us to introduce themselves to the people of Melbourne – people who are known worldwide to love great food and excellent wine.” Who:                Thirteen Instituto Grandi Marchi winemakers What:               Canapés and four course dinner, matched with 13 of the finest Italian wines Where:             Grossi Florentino Upstairs. 80 Bourke Street, Melbourne When:              Wednesday 20 November, 7pm Booking:          $145, inclusive of canapés, four courses and matched wine. Call Grossi Florentino 9662 1811Media: Dig & Fish Senior Client Manager Pete Dillon pete.dillon@digandfish.com 0409 142 365