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Prince William and Kate Middleton Love This Hidden Wine Region
Travel + Leisure

Wed 12 Sep 2018

Prince William and Kate Middleton Love This Hidden Wine Region

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.

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Spier 21 Gables Crowned The World’s Best Chenin Blanc
The Newspaper

Wed 12 Sep 2018

Spier 21 Gables Crowned The World’s Best Chenin Blanc

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.

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IWSC celebrates best year yet for South African wines
Wine.co.za

Wed 12 Sep 2018

IWSC celebrates best year yet for South African wines

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.

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Snapshot: A round-up of the latest business news
Stoke on Trent Live

Tue 11 Sep 2018

Snapshot: A round-up of the latest business news

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.

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Trio of masterclasses completes the Midlands Whisky Festival line-up
What's On

Mon 10 Sep 2018

Trio of masterclasses completes the Midlands Whisky Festival line-up

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.

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Moses Odong, the cab driver who's made his mark in the rum industry
BBC World Service

Wed 5 Sep 2018

Moses Odong, the cab driver who's made his mark in the rum industry

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.

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The London effect: Why all the 'cool kids' are drinking gin
NZ Herald

Wed 5 Sep 2018

The London effect: Why all the 'cool kids' are drinking gin

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.

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Award-winning gin distillery to move into historic Norwich building
Norwich Evening News

Wed 5 Sep 2018

Award-winning gin distillery to move into historic Norwich building

Bullards has recently scooped silver and bronze awards at the International Wine and Spirit Competition as well as winning two Great Taste Awards.

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Top award for Nelson’s rhubarb and custard gin
Express & Star

Tue 4 Sep 2018

Top award for Nelson’s rhubarb and custard gin

A Staffordshire distillery is celebrating after winning a top award for its Rhubarb & Custard gin at the world’s premier wine & spirit competition.

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Cabbie distils knowledge to win award for his first batch of rum
Evening Standard

Mon 3 Sep 2018

Cabbie distils knowledge to win award for his first batch of rum

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.

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Crafting a Japanese gin: Domestic distilleries are producing low-volume, high-quality batches that source local ingredients
The Japan Times

Sat 1 Sep 2018

Crafting a Japanese gin: Domestic distilleries are producing low-volume, high-quality batches that source local ingredients

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.

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Heaven in a glass: topping the class at the International Wine Awards
Irish News

Sat 1 Sep 2018

Heaven in a glass: topping the class at the International Wine Awards

Two major international wine awards – namely the International Wine Challenge (IWC) and the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) – found these two samples worthy winners...

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Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Business

Fri 31 Aug 2018

Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon

Earlier this year, the Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, won a Gold Medal at the International Wines and Spirits Competition (IWSC) in London.

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Barossa Valley gin distilling dreams become reality
Brand South Australia News

Thu 30 Aug 2018

Barossa Valley gin distilling dreams become reality

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.

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Flying Kiwi: Scapegrace Gold from New Zealand named world’s best gin
The Moodie Davitt Report

Tue 28 Aug 2018

Flying Kiwi: Scapegrace Gold from New Zealand named world’s best gin

New Zealand gin Scapegrace Gold has been named best London dry gin in the world at the prestigious International Wine and Spirits Competition.

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New Zealand gin named world’s best London Dry
The Shout

Tue 28 Aug 2018

New Zealand gin named world’s best London Dry

A New Zealand gin has been named best London dry gin in the world at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), recently held in London.

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No Need for Luck: Tullamore D.E.W. Brings Big Win for Irish Whiskey
Breakthru Beverage Group

Mon 27 Aug 2018

No Need for Luck: Tullamore D.E.W. Brings Big Win for Irish Whiskey

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.

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London says 'kanpai' to sake as British brewers increase production
Nikkei Asian Review

Sat 25 Aug 2018

London says 'kanpai' to sake as British brewers increase production

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.

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New Zealand spirit named best London dry gin in the world
Food & Beverage

Fri 24 Aug 2018

New Zealand spirit named best London dry gin in the world

A New Zealand gin has been named the best London dry gin in the world at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.

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Bullards take home awards from international festival, and announce new flavour in the mix
Eastern Daily Press

Thu 23 Aug 2018

Bullards take home awards from international festival, and announce new flavour in the mix

A gin distilled in the back of a Norwich pub has won worldwide acclaim having taken home silver and bronze awards at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.

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