Home' Hospitality Business : HB MAY 2017 Contents The New Zealand hospitality industry is constantly
changing, with new and exciting bars popping up
quicker than you can say ‘Vodka soda please’. To
celebrate this vibrant industry, we’re introducing
some of the talented bartenders, bar owners and
mixologists that this town has to offer – take a look
at Bar Faces on pg 50 and Auckland’s Caretaker
on pg 58. And what does a great bartender need
besides high-quality spirits? That’s right, Shout
readers, premium mixers. We feature some of the
must-try Kiwi craft sodas and syrups on pgs 48-49.
Also in this month’s issue, John Oszajca shows his
support for Stout and Peter Yealands shares his
insights on sustainable winegrowing.
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Raising the bar
The Shout Editor
GABS is on its way!
GABS Beer, Cider & Food Fest co-founder and brewer Steve Jeffares shares
what we can expect to see at next month’s two-day event in Auckland...
“Every year we challenge ourselves to raise the bar so we’re hoping
to do that again for GABS Auckland.
For starters, there will be hundreds of beers and ciders on offer at
the various brewery stands but there will be almost 80 made by the best
Kiwi and Aussie breweries exclusively for GABS.
We are also introducing the Ariston Food & Drink Experience stage
this year, where various chefs prepare food cooked with, or matched to,
And the entertainment programme will rise to new heights (literally!)
with show-stopping performances for the entire festival hall on stages
above the shipping container bars.
This festival is about so much more than the beer. It’s about curiosity,
creativity, and the thrill of the spectacular. We like to think of GABS
as both a gateway to the world of great beer, as well as an exciting
continuation of any beer lover’s journey.”
Global beverage journal Drinks International has revealed its
annual list of ‘The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands’ and five
New Zealand wineries feature in the top 50.
More than 200 wine industry experts - including writers, buyers,
Masters of Wine, journalists and wine educators - vote for the
brands they most admire in the publication’s annual survey.
More than 100,000 brands are considered worldwide – from
highly-expensive iconic wines, to commercial brands stocked
at supermarkets - and they are judged on consistent and/or
improving quality; reflection of its region or country; marketing and
packaging; and appeal to wine consumers.
Spanish wine producer Torres was named number one on the list,
pushing Treasury Estate’s iconic Penfolds brand from its 2016 top spot.
Penfolds now claims number three, with Chile’s Concha y Toro
moving into two and New Zealand’s own Villa Maria grabbing the
“Villa Maria remains New Zealand’s most respected wine
producer,” says Editor of Drinks International, Christian Davis. “It is
up there with the best of them - rightly so. I know what I am getting
when I buy a bottle of Villa Maria - and that is the essence of good
branding - consistency and quality, at the appropriate price.
“George Fistonich is not only a fine
winemaker but he’s a talent spotter,”
says Davis. “He has nurtured some of
New Zealand’s top winemakers. I reckon
there are producers in other countries
that would grub up their vines to be in
the position that New Zealand and Villa
Maria are in the global wine world.”
The other New Zealand wines to make the
list include Felton Road (13), Cloudy Bay (24),
Brancott Estate (42) and Oyster Bay (46).
World’s most admired
wine brands revealed!
The Shout has two double passes to GABS Session 3 (Saturday, 17
June 6.30pm - 11 .30pm) in Auckland to give away to lucky readers!
For details on how to enter head to facebook.com/theshoutnz
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