In 2016, Prince William and Kate Middleton visited Canada as part of their Commonwealth tour. It was then that the rest of the world learned about one of the world’s best-kept secrets: British Columbia's wine country. Along their journey, the Duke and Duchess stopped in to taste the local fare, including food and drink sourced from the Okanagan Valley, a small region in Western Canada that is also home to Mission Hill Winery. In 1994, Mission Hill’s 1992 vintage won "Best Chardonnay" at the International Wine and Spirit Competition, making it the very first Okanagan winery to receive such high recognition.
The Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2016 has received the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition’s 2018 Chenin Blanc Trophy – beating all other Chenin Blanc wines entered into this competition to be crowned the world’s best.
The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) is celebrating its biggest and best year yet for South African wines, as the competition returns to Cape Town this week to present winning producers with their certificates and trophies.
Gin distillers Nelson’s Gin were recognised in an international wine and spirits contest.
The Uttoxeter business’s rhubarb and custard gin won the Silver Outstanding certification in the flavoured gin category at the International Wine and Spirit Competition. Entries came from nearly 90 countries.
Completing the impressive masterclass line-up for 2018 is Glenmorangie, with a session by Max Helm, the brand owner’s spirits ambassador. He will deconstruct Glenmorangie, with an insight into a selection of their premium whiskies. The award-winning distillery, which was founded in 1843 by William Matheson, regularly triumphs at the International Wine & Spirit Competition, won more ‘Gold Best in Class’ medals in the past five years than any other single malt Scotch whisky.
Moses Odong is a Ugandan-born Londoner who splits his time between driving a black cab and distilling Cabby's Rum, a locally-made drink that has won a raft of international awards. Moses told us his story over a taste of his rum, when he visited our studio.
New Zealand gin Scapegrace Gold was recently given the highest possible accolade in the global industry when it was named best London dry gin in the world at the prestigious International Wine and Spirits Competition.
Two months ago, cabbie Moses Odong made his first batch of rum, producing 250 bottles at a distillery near his home after long shifts driving his black cab around London. To his delight, the hard work has already paid off: his Cabby’s Rum has just won a prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition award.
Japanese craft gins are just now gaining increased recognition abroad. Ki no Bi has won several international awards, including, mostly recently, the Contemporary Gin Trophy at the International Wine & Spirits Competition.
It took a career crisis and a curiosity for gin making for ex-policewoman and classical musician Nicole Durdin to turn to the world of distilling in the Barossa Valley. Nicole and her husband Jon were living in the UK when a desire to move home and delve into something starkly different to their professions took over. This weekend the South Australian pair will celebrate the opening of Seppeltsfield Road Distillers (SRD), the Barossa Valley’s first commercial distillery ... The gins have already scooped a number of awards, including the House Gin which won silver and the Barossa Gin which won bronze at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London.
There was no need for magical charms or intervention from tiny mythological creatures on behalf of Tullamore D.E.W. at the International Wine & Spirits Competition this year, as Tully’s beloved 18 Year Old Single Malt won the Worldwide Whiskey Trophy, making them the first whiskey from the Emerald Isle to take the top honor since 2009.
Just 18 months after setting up in a small unit in a shared warehouse, Kanpai London Craft Sake Brewery has outgrown its premises and is hoping to move to a bigger site to meet demand for its sake which is now stocked at 17 shops, including luxury department store Selfridges. Its Kanpai Pure Junmai Sake was awarded the Bronze prize at the 2018 International Wine and Spirit Competition.