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toast! issue #3 - Winter

  1. 1. 3 ISSUE love The good glassware guide with whisky + 7WHISKY COCKTAILS love 18 party drinks Fall in Delicious NEW WAYS TO DRINK PORT love Fall in Complimentary with your Liquorland purchase BEERVA N A TICK ETS W IN ! Brought to you by Winter 2014 NZ $6.95
  3. 3. FROM THE DRINKS CABINET We have discovered the delights of Courvoisier cognac and dark chocolate which seems a good thing to drink while doing some hunkering down. To warm the very cockles try this: 4 parts Courvoisier VS ∙ 1 part vermouth ∙ 2 dashes Xocolatl Mole Bitters ∙ 1 cinnamon quill ∙ 1 chunk of dark chocolate ∙ Flamed orange zest ∙ Stir liquid ingredients over ice and pour into a rocks glass then garnish with the cinnamon, chocolate and orange zest. Leave for a moment before drinking to let the chocolate begin to infuse the liquor. Published by Image Centre Publishing Limited PO Box 78070, Grey Lynn Auckland 1245, New Zealand Publisher Vincent Heeringa Editor Kerri Jackson Editorial Manager Morgan McCann Marketing Manager Rita Shields Like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LiquorlandNZ Account Directors LauraGrace McFarland, Fiona Kerr Contributors Kerri Jackson, Skye Wishart, Michael Donaldson Sales Managers Sam Wood, Amanda Clerke Cover Photographer Robin Hodgkinson Stylists Aimee Carruthers, LauraGrace McFarland toast! is published for Liquorland Ltd DX Box EX11366, Auckland Telephone: 09 621 0875 The contents of toast! are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced in any form without the written permission of the publisher. Opinions expressed in toast! are not necessarily those of the publisher or the editor. Information contained in toast! is correct at the time of printing and while all due care and diligence has been taken in the preparation of this magazine, the publisher is not responsible for any mistakes, omissions, typographical errors or changes to product and service descriptions over time. Copyright 2014 Image Centre Group. From the editor While putting together this, our third issue of toast!, the word that kept popping to mind was “hunker”, as in “down”; as in shut the door, pull the curtains and poke me when it’s spring. STILL, HIBERNATING DOES NOT mean all socialising must cease. In fact the opposite is true. Though the barbeque may be under cover for all but the most (fool) hardy, winter is the perfect time to catch up with friends and family, beside the fireplace, in front of a movie, around the Scrabble board, over leisurely dinners, or for some post-skifield recovery. So for this issue we’ve turned our focus to the bold and the beautiful – warming winter drinks that encour- age get-togethers, and even debates. Firstly we take a beginners’ tour through the world of whisky, a spirit that’s finding increasing favour among drinkers, whether it’s the classic labels from the old masters or the rapidly rising new interest in unaged grain spirits – better known as moonshine. Then we reacquaint ourselves with the delights of port, take a closer look at Australia’s iconic Barossa shiraz and ask ourselves why Kiwis are so scared of dark beers. So yes, hunker down and pour yourself something delicious. Winter is not coming. Winter is here. Cheers. Kerri Jackson Editor. Subscribe to see p.43
  4. 4. 4 Contents 14 Fall in love with whisky A taste of the wide world of whisky for beginners 20 Beervana As we get closer to Beervana Michael Donaldson picks some brews to test and train your taste buds 24 The dark side Learning to love dark beer, and why it matters 16 32 Ask Joss Liquorland brand ambassador Joss Granger heads to the Barossa to find out what makes its reds so impressive 38 Guide to glassware What to drink from which glass and why Last call 42 Need to know How to portion control your party drinking 43 Join the party Subscribe and become a regular part of the toast! experience 44 Love local Discover Nelson with one of our local experts 45 Find us Locate your nearest Liquorland 46 The Last Drop Where are we? Your chance to win 6 toast! recommends All that’s new and in store at Liquorland now 11 In the spirit Big winners from the San Francisco Spirit Awards Features Upfront 1. It’s both “whisky” and “whiskey”, depending on where your drink is from 2. Barossa is home to the oldest shiraz vines in the world 3. White port makes a great aperitif 4. Lager isn’t always the best beer with a curry 5. Chardonnay glasses are great for Champagne Joss’ picks from this issue 26 Hot and cold Beer and curry; how to make the most of a classic match 28 Return to port New ways to enjoy and embrace an often over-looked treasure 6 38
  5. 5. Enjoy Church Road Wines Wines as remarkable as the man. Church Road McDonald Series® celebrates the life and legacy of Tom McDonald (1907-1987), legendary Hawke’s Bay winemaker. The series combines traditional French winemaking techniques with vibrant Hawke’s Bay fruit to produce wines that are complex, textural and full of character. Tom McDonald
  6. 6. 6 toast! recommends Our pick of what’s new and noticed on the market now and available from your local Liquorland. In store Indiana State Moonshine Fancy a little fire water? Indiana State Moonshine is here and it’s just what it says on the jar: 100% Moonshine from Indiana. Moonshine is a relatively new category to the New Zealand spirits market but it’s growing fast. Indiana State is also the first to offer it in a cola-mixed RTD, which isn’t a bad way to dip your tastebuds into the trend. For more on the rise of moonshine see our feature p19. Jameson Select Reserve Jameson Select Reserve is created by selecting a high proportion of single Irish pot still whiskey and a rare small batch grain whiskey, matured in flame-charred bourbon barrels and toasted sherry casks. The trademark Jameson notes of toasted wood and spice develop while the Irish pot still whiskey matures. The result is a rich and luxurious taste. Available in selected Liquorland stores. Devil’s Cut 1-litre When bourbon is aged in the barrel a small percentage is trapped in the wood – known as the Devil’s Cut. But the clever Jim Beam distillers have found a unique way of extracting the premium bourbon from the barrel to create a spirit with a rich and unique flavour. And it’s now available in a 1-litre bottle. That’sthe spirit Devilishly good drop... Hot new trend Jim Beam & Classic Dry Cola A new spin on an old favourite. Jim Beam & Classic Dry Cola is a 6% 420ml adaption of the original Jim Beam & Cola in a handy 4 pack. Perfect for a sports night at a mate’s place.
  7. 7. MIXESLIKE VODKA,TASTES LIKEWHISKEY. JIMBEAM JACOB‘SGHOST LONEWOLF METHOD Measureandpour20mllemonjuiceand10gramssugar intoa cocktailshaker.Stirtodissolvesugar.Add40ml Jacob’sGhost,2dashesoforangebittersand10mlegg white.Fillshakerwithiceandshakevigorously.Strain overiceinanoldfashionedglass. INGREDIENTS 20mllemonjuice 10gramssugar 40mlJacob’sGhost 2dashesoforangebitters 10mleggwhite New RECOMMENDS The folks at Jim Beam have been communing with ghosts. Or one ghost at least. They’ve delved back into their history to recreate and refine the recipe for the original clear whiskey created by Jacob Beam back in 1795. The result is Jim Beam Jacob’s Ghost; not a moonshine or an un-aged white dog, but a white whiskey, aged for one year to produce a smooth refined taste with a true whiskey taste aroma. Lighter and more mixable than its cousins, Jacob’s Ghost still retains a lot of the flavour, characteristics and masculinity of whiskey but lets you experiment with flavours and drink styles traditional whiskey often doesn’t. Try it in cocktails and lighter mixers, or substitute it where you might have previously added vodka or white rum. Some ideas are the Bloody Ghost made with 3 parts tomato juice, 2 parts Jacob’s Ghost, a pinch each of salt and sugar, and a splash of tabasco to taste, all in a tall glass over ice with celery and lime to garnish. Or try a Rock n Roll Ghost made with 1 part Jim Beam Jacob’s Ghost, 1 part pineapple juice, 1 part ginger beer and 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters, built over ice in a tall glass. Jim Beam Jacob’s Ghost has a sweet, smooth flavour with hints of smoke and soft barrel notes and an aroma of light vanilla and sweetcorn. Definitely a ghost not to fear. Jacob’s Creek Regional Reserve These are premium wines with each grape variety drawn from one of three legendary South Australian wine regions – Barossa, Coonawarra and Adelaide Hills. These regions give each wine real personality and regional style. The Jacob’s Creek Reserve range is a labour of love for the winemakers, to make each one a special wine which strongly reflects the best of the region from which it comes. For more great Aussie reds see p32. Crabbie’s Strawberry and Lime Ginger Beer They say you shouldn’t meddle with perfection – but you can give it a fruity twist. Scrumptious strawberry and lime have been combined with Crabbie’s famous mix of herbs and spices and steeped for up to eight weeks. Ideal for drinking all year round. Sinatra Select Bottled at 90 proof and made with unique “Sinatra Barrels” Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select plays tribute to Jack’s biggest fan, Frank Sinatra. Those Sinatra Barrels have deep grooves on the inside of the staves exposing the whisky to extra layers of oak, imparting a rich amber colour, bold character and pleasant smokiness with a smooth vanilla finish. RRP $279. Only available at selected Liquorland stores. Ghost story at Liquorland from July
  8. 8. RECOMMENDS Penfolds Father Grand Tawny A blend of outstanding tawnies separately matured in small oak casks for an average of ten years, Penfolds Father Grand Tawny is a treat for port drinkers with a rich fruitiness, and great length of flavour. Made in a stacked blending system known as a solera, the wines are deliberately matured in oak barrels under corrugated iron. The resulting temperature extremes from less than 8˚C to more than 55˚C impact the evaporation, concentration and controlled oxidation of the wines, contributing to a complex aroma and flavour. Glenfiddich Distillery Edition The fire’s lit and the rain’s lashing the window. Time for a whisky. Glenfiddich Distillery Edition is a higher strength single malt that’s had 15 years maturing in American and Spanish oak. It’s non chill filtered to protect its more subtle flavours and has unique floral, peppery notes before a sweet velvety finish. Available in selected Liquorland stores. Taylor’s Fine Ruby A blend of full bodied port wines aged for around two years in large oak vats in Taylor’s cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. With its firm tannins and a concentrated fruitiness, Fine Ruby is perfect for the classic port-and- cheese combination – try a good blue vein, or rich soft cheeses. Desperados Our collective taste for all things Mexican continues unimpeded – and now it’s even influencing beer. Desperados is a beer flavoured with tequila. One mouthful combines the tanginess of the tequila and the refreshment of a quality golden lager. Best drunk ice cold straight from the bottle. Tui Pilsner Tui celebrates its 125th birthday this year with the launch of this, a brand new addition to the Tui line-up. The pilsner is lightly malted with hops added late in the process to create a crisp, refreshing bitterness and yet it still retains its wonderful aromatic secret.
  9. 9. Icebreaker Women’s Bliss wrap This decadently soft, stylish merino wrap can be worn buttoned, tied with the sash or left open. Available in navy and white stripe, grey and green stripe, or black at Logitech UE BOOM Speakers Wake-up any social gathering with the lightweight, compact UE BOOM 360° portable speaker, featuring Bluetooth connection that can pair with up to eight devices and a 15-hour rechargeable battery. Get Fly Buys points atLiquorland and redeem them for: Swanndri dog cover Keep your pooch toasty warm and dry in a durable, 100% wool cover, PU coated for water repellence, lined with polar fleece, a turn-up collar and side pockets for dog treats. Available in red and black, or blue and black check and five different sizes. RECOMMENDS Order your rewards at Budweiser Limited Edition FIFA Aluminium Bottles If you’ve been struck down with Fifa World Cup fever not to worry Budweiser has just the thing – a unique aluminium bottle emblazoned with the iconic World Cup Trophy. It might not be quite like holding the real thing – but undoubtedly more refreshing. Win with Carlsberg and toast! On the one hand watching all that World Cup football has you itching to put the old team together for a kickabout. On the other hand the rain is lashing the windows and the fire is looking a lot more inviting than the footie field. Answer: this excellent foosball table from long-time football supporters Carlsberg. Invite a few mates, open a Carlsberg or two, and let the games commence. To be in to win this Carlsberg foosball table simply answer this question: What year did Carlsberg start brewing beer? Email your answer along with your name, address and contact phone number to with Carlsberg in the subject line by August 1, 2014. Full terms and conditions at Limited edition 1525 Fly Buys points Win! 850 295 Fly Buys points Fly Buys points rewards takE Home noW WitH SEE PAGE 13 to find out how
  10. 10. WOODSTOCK How do you add a little glamour to your brand and make your band of followers sit up and take notice for a re-launch? Just add bombshell. New look! 10 ARGUABLY THE WORLD’S MOST famous blonde bombshell, Pamela Anderson paid a visit to New Zealand in February to take up her role as the face of Woodstock’s genuine oak-aged Kentucky bourbon and cola. While here Anderson filmed a series of TV ads as part of the Woodstock’s ongoing “Crack a Woody” campaign which previously featured actor Grant Bowler from Outrageous Fortune. And you can expect to keep seeing Pamela in Woodstock promotions for some time as the ad campaign is backed up by in store promotions, broadcast sponsorship around NRL games on SKY and on-going online and social media campaigns. Woodstock marketing manager Giselle Bleakly says the new TVC series is designed to not be taken too seriously. “This is a continuation of our much-loved Crack a Woody campaign. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and neither do our customers. Pamela’s fun-loving personality fits well with our brand, and we are sure she will resonate strongly with our customers, many who grew up with her on the small screen.” Bleakly added that Woodstock’s new packaging and logo would give the brand an extra boost – and help customers to pick between the brand’s different products.
  11. 11. Hot Head Apple Cider 500ml Crystal Head Vodka 250ml vanilla liqueur or 150ml vanilla simple syrup 220ml orange juice 1.5L apple juice 1 tsp nutmeg 3 cinnamon sticks 1 orange thinly sliced cinnamon sugar (for rim) 3 tsp brown sugar fresh apple – red or green for garnish Add apple juice, nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, vanilla liqueur, orange juice, orange slices and brown sugar to a slow cooker and let warm slowly until heated through. If you do not have a slow cooker you can use a large pot – just be sure to keep the burner on low and heat up slowly. Add Crystal Head Vodka about 30 minutes before serving. Rub orange wedge around entire rim of glass and dip into cinnamon sugar mix. Garnish with a thin slice of apple floating on the top. St Remy Canadian Coffee 30ml St Remy fresh espresso cinnamon whipped cream tablespoon of maple syrup Add the St Remy to a mug or heat-proof glass, add fresh espresso and maple syrup and top with whipped cream. Golden Delicious 45ml Appleton Estate VX Rum 90ml Mac’s Green Apple 2 slices of Golden Delicious apple Fill rocks glass with ice, add Appleton Estate VX and top with Mac’s Green Apple. Cut, squeeze and drop in wedge of lime and garnish with two slices of Golden Delicious apple. Winning spirit And the winners are: Double gold Chivas Regal 12yo Scotch Whisky 700ml Chivas Regal 12yo Scotch Whisky 1L Johnnie Walker Double Black Scotch Whisky 700ml Glenmorangie The Original 10yo Malt Whisky 700ml Gold Johnnie Walker Blue Scotch Whisky 700ml Laphroaig 10yo Malt Whisky 700ml Jim Beam Devil’s Cut 700ml Appleton Estate VX Rum 700ml Appleton Estate VX Rum 1L Absolut Citron 700ml Amarula Cream 700ml Grand Marnier Liqueur Silver Johnnie Walker Platinum Scotch Whisky 750ml Johnnie Walker Red 1L Ardbeg 10yo Islay Malt Whisky 700ml Glenlivet 12yo Single Malt Whisky 700ml Isle of Jura 10yo Single Malt Whisky 700ml Talisker 10yo Malt Whisky 700ml Canadian Club Classic 12yo Whisky 700ml Jameson Gold Reserve 700ml Jameson Irish Whisky 1L Jim Beam Bourbon Beefeater Gin 1L Greenalls Gin 1L Tanqueray Gin 1L Crystal Head Vodka 700ml Smirnoff Double Black 700ml Smirnoff Vodka Red 1L Bronze The Dalmore 12yo Single Malt Whisky 700ml St Remy Brandy 1L Hendricks Gin 1L El Jimador Reposado Tequila 700ml Spirits are high among makers of some of our favourite drinks with medals aplenty at the recent 2014 San Francisco World Spirits competition. Here’s a rundown of some of the winners we’re all familiar with, along with a couple of suggestions for using them in medal-worthy cocktails. NEWS & TRENDS Hot & spicy!
  12. 12. 12 Release the Kraken THERE ARE PLENTY OF rums out there, spiced or otherwise, named for sailors. Yo ho ho and a barrel of ho-hum. But an inky black spiced rum named for a legendary sea monster of gigantic proportions? Now that’s something worth drinking. Kraken Black Spiced Rum is named after an infamous legend of a ship, carrying a large consignment of black spiced Caribbean rum, which was attacked and drowned by a Kraken. Barrels of the dark rum drifted ashore and were named “The Kraken”. That immense sea monster is now immortalised on the label of Kraken Black Spiced Rum, which today is produced in Trinidad and Tobago from a blend of light, molasses-based rums infused with 11 herbs and spices. Aside from its dramatic inky black colour, the other feature that makes Kraken Black Spiced Rum stand out is the slight mouth-tingle, and the complete absence of the fire-edge, common to a lot of other spiced rums which usually need to be drunk with a mixer. Kraken Black Spiced Rum can be sipped on its own to enjoy flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, clove and Christmas cake with a long finish of cinnamon and toffee. If you do want to mix it, try Kraken Black Spiced Rum with cola, ginger beer or an energy drink. For great cocktail ideas and more visit 12 rewards Take Home noW WitH ASk at yOUr local LiquorlANd for more INfo. 1 Visit ANd chOOse yOUr LiquorlANdrewARd. 2 Take yOUr Fly Buys cARd ANd rewARd to cOUnter. 3 Take yOUr rewARd home. EAsy. Imagine this: your best mate’s just helped you move house, or maybe your mum’s just babysat the kids for a long weekend and you want to say thanks. A bottle or two of their favourite tipple is just the thing – and, even better, you’ve spotted it at It seems the perfect solution, except you need it right now! Great news. Using your Fly Buys points to get Liquorland rewards is now as simple as presenting your Fly Buys card at the Liquorland counter as soon as you’ve made your order online at liquorland. Just order, collect and enjoy; using your Fly Buys points has never been easier. And your mum has never been happier. Instant reward
  13. 13. PROMOTION Good sports Two Rugby World Cup wins, 21 Bledisloe Cup wins, and 12 Rugby Championship wins are the shining triumphs of an almost 28-year partnership between Steinlager and the All Blacks – one of the longest sporting sponsorship relationships in New Zealand. WHEN STEINLAGER SIGNED UP as the major sponsor for the team in 1986 rugby was still a strictly amateur sport and that historic first World Cup tournament had yet to be played, let alone won. Jump to 2014: the game is intensely professional and growing in popularity around the world, top-flight players play more matches each year than ever and, of course, the All Blacks sit proudly at the pinnacle of the game. But, says Steinlager brand manager Michael Taylor, the sponsorship relationship has not just been about enjoying the All Blacks’ reflected glow in the good times. The “Stand By Me” campaign launched in 1987 still holds true. “There have been plenty of stand-out highlights in the past 28 years, but the main thing for Steinlager, which we’re really proud of as a brand, is that it hasn’t just been about the good times. We’ve had this on- going, strong, unconditional relationship with the All Blacks through the lows as well as the highs.” To many Kiwis the All Blacks represent values such as loyalty, pride, courage and a determination to take on the world, and Taylor says those same values have always been important to Steinlager in its philosophy and marketing. “As a nation, we Kiwis tend to punch above our weight and I think one of the big things Steinlager has in common with the All Blacks is the ability to stand tall on the world stage,” he says. And with Steinlager having now signed up for another term as a key sponsor of the All Blacks, the relationship will continue through and past the 30-year mark – with plenty of opportunities and excitement on the horizon. “One of the key events in the near future is the introduction of Rugby Sevens to the Olympics in Brazil in 2016. That is huge for the sport and for us.” AUGUST 16 v Australia in Sydney AUGUST 23 v Australia in Auckland SEPTEMBER 6 v Argentina in Napier SEPTEMBER 13 v South Africa in Wellington SEPTEMBER 27 v Argentina in Buenos Aires OCTOBER 5 v South Africa in Johannesburg OCTOBER 18 v Australia in Brisbane
  14. 14. THERE SEEMS TO COME a point in every person’s life when they realise the clock is ticking, they’re not as young as they used to be and it’s time to make important life decisions – like starting to drink whisky. It seems a crucial rite of passage. All around you, you see your friends making the change, gradually becoming single- minded obsessives capable of debating the pros and cons of bourbon over rye for hours, and swearing blind the only true whisky is made by blind monks in the outer Hebrides on the first full moon of winter – or similar. Want to join the debate but not sure where to start? We’re here to help. Encyclopedias could, and probably have been written on the subject; the subtleties and sub-categories of each region, each grain, blend and barrel. But here we’ll try to, ahem, distill it down to the basics. Need to know Whisky can only be called such if it’s been aged in oak, although the minimum length of time varies country to country. And whisky does not mature in the bottle. The age of a whisky is the time between distilling and bottling, which is where the oak cask interacts with the liquid changing its make-up and taste. But older isn’t automatically better. “That’s a misconception,” says Matt Bradley whisky ambassador for Hancocks, suppliers of Jack Daniel’s. “Different whiskies will age differently. They’ll age differently in different climates for example. Generally they’ll age faster in warmer areas like the American south and slower where it’s colder, such as Scotland,” he says. “I’ve tasted 40- to 60-year old whiskies that were incredible, and others that weren’t. There’s an optimal point in the ageing process and beyond that it’s not going to improve any more.” Single malt whisky comes from a single distillery and is made from a mash using only one malted grain. Blended whisky, as the name suggests, is a blend of different whiskies from different distilleries. But you can also get a blended single malt which is a mixture of single malts from different distilleries. When you’re a novice it’s best to try a range of whiskies with an open mind to discover the range of flavours the spirit offers, says Colin Scott, master blender for Chivas Regal. “They’re all different and therefore appeal to people’s different tastes.” How to drink it Pour your dram and let it sit for 20 minutes, suggests Bradley, so it’s at room temperature. “Like a really good glass of pinot.” But, he adds, mixers aren’t out of the question. “Especially if you’re out for a few drinks with your mates; you’re not going to sip neat whisky.” And if you must mix, your best option is probably ginger ale or soda water, he says. “The important thing with whisky is to enjoy it the way you prefer,” says Scott, but he recommends the addition of a splash of bottled water to soften some of the peppery characters of the alcohol and bring out the flavours of the spirit. His advice for your first taste is: “Pour a measure of the whisky into a rocks glass and take a nose of the aromas, then sip. You’ll find a slightly hot mouthfeel on your tongue from the alcohol, but as your mouth reacts to that you’ll start to notice more characters. Now add some bottled still water – up to 50/50 with the whisky – and take a mouthful. Hold the whisky in your mouth without the aggression of alcohol before swallowing and the flavours will fill your senses.” Fall in love with whisky Feel as though the wonders of whisky have passed you by? Not sure you know your single malts from your blends or bourbons? Or even if you should be drinking whisky or whiskey? Here then, just for you, is a beginner’s guide to one of the world’s favourite spirits. WHISKY
  15. 15. Classic whisky cocktails The very existence of this section in our focus on whisky will have purists up in arms. There are those who insist it must be drunk neat – no ice or water, let alone with pollutants such as mixers. But the first rule of whisky drinking is really that there are no rules. And a good, classic whisky cocktail may be just the thing to break the ice, if you will, on your whisky adventures. The key to drinking the spirit this way, says Matt Bradley, is making sure it remains front and centre of the cocktail. “It shouldn’t be about disguising the spirit but enhancing and showcasing it.” Apple Manhattan
  16. 16. Ghost Old Fashioned Classic Whisky Sour The Classic Manhattan A Manhattan was traditionally made with rye whisky but it will work deliciously well with your favourite – whatever it may be. 3 parts whisky 1 part vermouth (sweet or dry) Dash of bitters Cherry or lemon Pour ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice and stir. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry for sweet vermouth or a twist of lemon for dry. With a twist: Apple Manhattan 2 parts whisky 1 part sour apple schnapps splash cranberry juice cherry Combine and stir the whisky, sour apple schnapps and cranberry juice. Serve in a rocks glass over ice or strain and pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry. The Classic Whisky Sour The egg white in a Whisky Sour is optional but does give the drink a smooth velvety finish. 3 parts whisky 2 parts lemon juice 1 part sugar syrup Dash of egg white (optional) Add all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker, shake, then strain into a rocks glass. With a twist: The New York Sour 2 parts whisky 1 ½ parts lemon juice 1 part simple syrup 1 part red wine (shiraz works well) Shake all ingredients except the wine together and strain. Then float the wine over the top of the drink by pouring over the back of a spoon. The Classic Old Fashioned 2 parts whisky 1 tsp sugar syrup 2 dashes bitters Orange peel Add all ingredients to a mixing glass over ice and stir well. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel. HOT TIP: Multiply the ingredients to make a bottle-full of Old Fashioned and keep it in the freezer for easy service when you have a party. With a twist: Ghost Old Fashioned 2 parts Jacob’s Ghost White Whiskey 2-3 dashes of bitters 1-2 sugar cubes (or ½ tsp sugar) Splash of soda water or ginger ale Thin slice of orange Muddle the orange, bitters and sugar in a glass. Fill with ice and add Jacob’s Ghost. Gently stir then top with splash of soda. See page 18 for whiskies you can use in these cocktails
  17. 17. Whisky at a glance MADE FROM: Mostly blended multi-grain spirits usually with a high percentage of corn PRODUCED IN: Canada AGED: Minimum of three years NEED TO KNOW: Canadian whiskies are usually lighter than others. It is often referred to as rye whisky, as early distillers added intensely flavoured rye grain to the mash, but these days the terms rye whisky and Canadian whisky are interchangeable and are no guarantee that rye is included in the mash. TRY: Canadian Club MADE FROM: Corn PRODUCED IN: Tennessee AGED: No minimum aging period, but must have some time, even just a few months, in oak NEED TO KNOW: Tennessee whiskey such as Jack Daniel’s meets all the regulatory requirements of a bourbon but is also put through an additional maple charcoal filtering process for 10 days before ageing which gives it a very smooth texture. TRY: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel MADE FROM: Malted barley PRODUCED IN: Scotland AGED: Minimum of three years KNOWN FOR: A distinctive smokey flavour, due to the use of peat smoke to treat the malt. NEED TO KNOW: Though there’s something of a cult following for Scotch single malts, that’s a relatively recent phenomenon, with the first single malts only making it out of Scotland in the 1960s. And even today 90% of single malt goes to the blenders. TRY: Chivas Regal 12yo, Johnnie Walker Double Black, Monkey Shoulder, Laphroaig 10yo malt, The Dalmore 12yo single malt, Glenfiddich 12yo malt. MADE FROM: Malted or unmalted grains, usually barley PRODUCED IN: Ireland AGED: Minimum of three years NEED TO KNOW: Irish whiskey is the only whiskey to be triple-distilled, most are distilled twice. This gives it a smoother taste. Irish whiskey production has had a rockier history than Scotland’s and has only about seven distillers compared to Scotland’s more than 100, but it is undergoing a resurgence and is one of the world’s fastest growing spirits. TRY: Jameson Gold Reserve, Tullamore Dew, Bushmills MADE FROM: Corn PRODUCED IN: USA, most famously Kentucky AGED: No minimum aging period, but must have some time, even just a few months, in oak NEED TO KNOW: Simply put, all bourbon is whisky but not all whisky is bourbon. It was created when early settlers were given free land in the southern states provided they grew corn. With so much of the grain about, attention soon turned to distilling it into whisky. Bourbon is one of the most regulated spirits in the world and must have at least 51% corn in the grain mash, which gives it a sweeter flavour. TRY: Jim Beam Black Label SCOTCH IrISH WHISkey TenneSSee WHISkeyBOurBOn CanadIan 18 SCOTCH IRISH BOURBON CANADIANTENNESSEE
  18. 18. And now for something completely different – and we’re not just talking about the name. Monkey Shoulder is made by blending three of Speyside’s finest single malt whiskies – Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie, all distilleries owned by William Grant and Sons – to create the world’s first triple malt whisky. Produced since 2005 in small batches of 27 ex-bourbon casks for a richer, smoother taste, designed to appeal to those who don’t normally drink whisky. Monkey Shoulder is named for the temporary repetitive strain injury often sustained by malt- men constantly turning the barley. The three monkeys on the bottle represent each of the distilleries. Available now at Liquorland. For anybody who watched telly in the early 80’s, moonshine has one very strong association... a couple of good ol’ boys and an orange Dodge Charger usually seen fleeing an inept sheriff’s department in Dukes of Hazzard. But maybe it’s the fact those kids are now all grown up and trying their own craft distilling, that’s behind the rise of “legit” or professionally- made moonshine in the world of spirits. Traditionally the term moonshine refers to any kind of alcohol produced illegally but in the days of American prohibition, a whisky variant, made from grain mash, sugar, yeast and water, was one of the most common types. Since in most countries a whisky can’t be called a whisky, no matter what its colour, unless it’s been in oak, moonshine seems to work as a name for the new trend for grain-based spirits bottled straight from the still, without barrel aging, resulting in a clear liquid that usually has a fairly strong grain flavour – like an intense vodka. There are some variants though such as Jim Beam’s Jacob’s Ghost which has been aged for a year in white oak and can therefore be called a white whisky. The jury’s out among drinkers and bartenders on the taste and best use for the spirit – some say it’s for mixing only, while others say it can have an intense kick, it’s a trend worth trying. Best answer is try it for yourself! Jacob’s Ghost and Indiana State Moonshine available from Liquorland. The Classic Hot Toddy “Hot toddy” has come to mean any hot drink, with or without alcohol, often with lemon and/ or honey, that feels vaguely medicinal. But here is the classic: 1 ½ parts whisky (we recommend Monkey Shoulder) Bar spoons of honey 2 ½ parts boiling water one clove Add honey and clove to a heatproof glass, then pour in boiling water and allow to infuse. Add whisky and stir until honey is dissolved. Remove clove. Garnish with clove studded lemon. Shine on
  19. 19. 20 GATEWAY ARTISAN CULT BEER PROFILE Sessionable Savour Redefining RECIPE Simple Interesting Complex MOUTHFEEL Clean Flavourful Intense AROMA Subtle Invigorating Bold MALTS Mostly base malts Base & specialty Mostly specialty USE OF HOPS Low-Med Med-High High Stretch yourself With Beervana, New Zealand’s most popular and highly regarded showpiece for craft brewers, on the horizon it’s a good time to get yourself in an experimental mindset when it comes to your beer choices. Michael Donaldson has a look at a few brews worth stepping out of your comfort zone for. GALBRAITH’S MUNICH BAVARIAN LAGER The brewery: Galbraith’s is the doyen of Auckland’s brewpub scene; the granddaddy pub that’s been pouring beer made on the premises for 25 years. In the old Grafton library at the top of Mt Eden Rd, it’s a homely, English-style pub of dark wood and carpet. Set up by Keith Galbraith in 1989, Galbraith’s was well ahead of its time – predating the craft beer boom by a number of years. Long-time brewer Ian Ramsay recently retired, leaving the production in the hands of young Sam Williamson, who is doing a brilliant job in keeping this brewery at the forefront of the craft scene. The brews: When you think lager, you think Germany – after all that’s where the world’s most popular beer style developed about 500 years ago when a new yeast strain found its way into beer stored inside cool caves. Galbraith’s, Auckland’s famous brewpub located in what used to be a library, has long produced a traditional German lager, aptly named Munich Bavarian Lager. Made with genuine German malt and yeast, which delivers a silky clean and crisp finish, this is a classic lager as good as you’ll find from any of the major international breweries that dominate the lager landscape. And the best news? You can now get Galbraith’s Munich Bavarian Lager in a 4 pack of 330ml bottles – perfect for a party or an afternoon in front of the footy. GATEWAY Michael Donaldson is the current Brewers Guild Beer Writer of the Year. He is the author of Beer Nation - the Art and Heart of Kiwi Beer and his regular Pint of View column appears in the Sunday Star Times. Craft Beer tasting guide
  20. 20. COOPERS EXTRA BEST STOUT The brewery: Coopers is Australia’s largest independent brewery – having resisted a major takeover bid from Lion Nathan a few years ago. In fact it’s the only independent brewery anywhere in Australia or New Zealand that can truly claim to be continuously family- owned and run for more than 150 years. The Adelaide-based brewery has been in the Cooper family all that time and the sixth generation is now running it. It’s highly-regarded for its bottle- conditioned beer but is equally well known as a homebrew supplier – in fact, it’s regarded as the world’s dominant homebrew company. The brew: Across the Tasman is not the place you’d expect to find one of the best winter beers around. But Coopers Extra Best Stout is plush with flavours of cocoa, coffee and hints of plummy, stewed fruit – perfect for the cooler weather. There’s also a hint of molasses and a barely traceable note of smokiness. For a dark beer this has a lively carbonation and a crisp finish. It’s got a good alcohol punch too, the 6.3% adding to the already creamy, rich mouthfeel. This beer is pitch black, with a wash of scarlet shining through – it looks fabulous in the glass with its foaming mocha head. Like all Coopers beers, this is bottle conditioned, which means there is live yeast in the bottle, ever- changing the flavour. Do allow this bottle to warm up a little bit before drinking – there’s much better flavour to be found than when it’s straight out of the fridge. The brewery: Liberty Brewing is the one- time hobby of brewer Joe Wood and his wife Christine. They started out very small- scale in New Plymouth and just kept growing – until it was too much for Joe to keep up with production on his small system. Now most of the beer is brewed under contract at Tuatara in Paraparaumu while Joe also oversees some production at the Beer Fountain, the brewery inside the Hallertau brewpub near Auckland. Joe is the production manager at the Beer Fountain where he looks after the production of Hallertau’s beer range as well as his own brews. CULT LIBERTY BREWING KNIFE PARTY Originally brewed in limited stocks for the annual West Coast IPA Challenge at The Malthouse bar in Wellington. The WCIPAC, as it’s known, is a celebration of all the wonderful beer qualities that typify the west coast of the United States, where full-on hops rule the roost. The beers are powerful, redolent with citrus-rind, pine and grassy goodness coupled with slick oiliness from hops and alcohol. New Zealand’s best hoppy beer makers gather every July for the challenge, bringing unique beers as they seek to outdo each other in competition. Last year, Knife Party came out on top in an intense competition but stocks were limited and you had to be in the right place to get some. Now the right place is your local Liquorland as Liberty Brewing delivers a special batch of this special brew made just for Liquorland. ARTISAN LIBERTY’S OH BROTHER PALE ALE If the full-on American West Coast-style IPA is too overpowering – and it can be for some people – a better option is to try Liberty’s Oh Brother Pale Ale (artisan) – it’s not quite as pungent and full-on as Knife Party but gives you more than enough satisfaction. This beer started out as a collaboration with Auckland brewpub Brothers Beer – hence the name. It clocks in at 5.1% and is a balanced brew of lovely caramel malt and passionfruit hop flavours. It’s not high on bitterness and is so well balanced it is an ideal starter beer for those who’re not sure about super- hoppy beer. Plus Oh Brother is now available in a 6 pack. EMERSON’S LONDON PORTER The brewery: Brewer Richard Emerson was born deaf after his mother contracted German measles while she was pregnant but his disability means nothing when it comes to making great beer – Richard believes his body’s way of compensating for his deafness is to give him a sense of taste and smell that is superior to most people’s. A young Emerson fell in love with real beer while on a holiday in Europe and returned to New Zealand to start his own brewery with the backing of his family and a handful of friends. For years, the brewery was nothing more than Dunedin’s best-kept secret but soon the beers became too good for word not to get around. While the brewery is tiny by modern standards, the crew at Emerson’s never miss a beat and every classic brew that leaves the premises is among the best examples of its kind. The brew: While Emerson’s is now 22 years old, there is a direct connection back to the first days: London Porter. This was the beer that launched Emerson’s and is as good as ever. With traces of cold coffee and melted chocolate and a slightly tarry bitterness underlying the sweetness this is the definition of classical porter and the definition of a genuine cool-season beer. Definitely drink this after you’ve left it out of the fridge for a while – that way you’ll get the best of the complex roasty flavours. ARTISAN KNIFE PARTY BREW EXCLUSIVE LIQUORLAND KNIFE PARTY BREW EXCLUSIVE TO LIQUORLAND
  21. 21. MOA FIVE HOP The brewery: Thanks to an audacious share float and some “out-there” marketing techniques, Moa has become one of New Zealand’s best known and more mainstream craft breweries. The brewery was started by Josh Scott, a trained winemaker, son of renowned Marlborough winemaker Allan Scott, keen on cross-pollination of ideas, such as using champagne yeasts in some of his beers. The business was taken over by the folks behind 42 Below Vodka who created a storm when the brewery was launched on the sharemarket in early 2013, though Scott is still onboard as executive brewer. The name “Moa” (New Zealand’s giant dinosaur bird) also derives from the region, as in the early days Josh hand delivered brews to archaeologists working on a Moa bone dig near the brewery. The brew: Moa Five Hop is one of those beers that possibly needs a new name – the implication is that this is a super-hoppy beer. It’s not – it’s a brilliantly made English-style extra special bitter, which means it does have good hop character but the bitterness is earthy and subtle, hiding just behind the lovely weight of malt. Anyway, a name change would just cause confusion because this beer has a dedicated band of followers who love its honey sweetness, warm, generous mouthfeel and sip-again bitterness. A gem of a beer. ARTISAN EPIC APOCALYPSE The brewery: These days Luke Nicholas is a brewer, beer judge and lately, a blogger under his self-styled Luke’s Beer blog. Nicholas started out at the gone-but-not- forgotten Cock and Bull chain in Auckland and when a chance came to branch out on his own under the Epic label eight years ago he grabbed it. His beer is made under contract at Steam Brewery in Auckland. Nicholas is an unabashed hophead and churns out as much of his hop-driven, American-style, big IPAs as the market wants. He has defined the art of making American West Coast-style IPAs and favours American hops for his challenging styles. The brew: Epic loves a good beer name and preferably one with an end-of-the-world feel. We’ve had Armageddon, Mayhem, Hop Zombie – and now Apocalypse: a black as night India Pale Ale. Traditionally an IPA is relatively light in colour - hence the name - but a recent trend towards making these beers darker adds a chocolate-coffee undertone that goes exceptionally well with certain citrus aroma hops, such as Cascade. So think chocolate-orange, or chocolate grapefruit. With this beer that is complemented by stunning layer of pine fragrance that jumps out of the glass. The malt is sweet, backed up by typical Epic bitterness levels to produce a highly complex, rewarding brew. ARTISAN 22 The 13th annual Beervana will be held in Wellington on Friday and Saturday, August 22-23 at Westpac Stadium, proudly sponsored by Liquorland. With more than 200 craft beers on offer and the opportunity to meet many of New Zealand’s best brewers, this is New Zealand’s premier craft beer celebration. Up to 12,000 people are expected to attend during two days of tasting, meeting brewers, beer seminars and enjoying food from some of Wellington’s best eateries. General admission tickets are $45 per person for a five-hour session at the festival, available from All tickets and packages, except Taste of Portland, include admission, an official polycarbonate glass, programme and currency card. Other ticket options include: The Ultimate Experience $150; hosted “Spring Release” sampling, $50 Festival currency, access to a private VIP area, food. Home Brewing Masterclass, $95; Your chance to engage in a  private home brewing session hosted by one of four brewers including Luke Nicholas from Epic, Kelly Ryan from Brew Mountain, Mike Neilson from Panhead Custom Ales and Jo Wood from Liberty. The Right Glass Matters Seminar, $135; Five excellent craft beers, tasted in their specially designed Spiegelau craft beer glass with glassware discussion from a sommelier and brewer. Price includes set of four Speigelau craft beer glasses. Beer and Cheese Seminar, $75; A beer and cheese matching taste experience hosted by award-winning cheesemaker Wendy Adams. Taste of Portland Seminar, $45; One hour beer and food matching seminar led by Chef Paul Kasten and medal-winning Brewers from Portland, Oregon. Note festival entry not included. A general admission ticket must be purchased as well. For more information and newsletter sign up visit We have ten double passes to the Saturday day session of Beervana to give away to ten lucky toast! readers. To enter email us at with Beervana in the subject line. Include your name, address, contact number and answer this question: How old is Emerson’s? Entries close August 1, 2014
  22. 22. PARROTDOG BLOODHOUND The brewery: ParrotDog, apart from its wonderful name, can lay claim to being the only brewery run by three guys called Matt – Warner, Kristofski and Stevens. What started out as a Wellington university student home- brew enterprise developed a cult following three years ago at Beervana when the team’s signature Bitter Bitch took top honours in the People’s Choice awards. Now they’ve got their own brewery in Vivian St, right in the heart of the city. The brew: Between a traditional IPA and a Black IPA there’s a growing body of beer known as Red IPA. Again these work on bringing notes of cut grass, passionfruit and pine to a malt base that accentuates caramel and biscuit. It’s a stunning combination and one well thought out in ParrotDog’s wonderfully-named Bloodhound. Toasty and warm with a hint of just-warm fruit loaf, the sweetness is soon overtaken by a well-weighted bitterness that makes you yearn for another sip. ARTISAN MONTEITH’S BARREL AGED PORTER The brewery: Stuart Monteith left Ireland for the Central Otago goldfields armed with a brewing recipe and a reputation for trouble. When he was arrested for not having a licence and fined six pounds, he refused to pay and ran away to the West Coast where he took over the Phoenix Brewery in Reefton. The brewery bore his name until 1927 when it amalgamated with others in the area to form Westland Breweries. DB took over in 1969 and when, in the mid-1990s they decided to rebrand the brewery, they chose the name Monteith’s. The brew: Aging beer in barrels is not new but it’s taken a new twist thanks to the craft boom. Brewers have used old rum, whisky and bourbon barrels to add character to their beer but because we’re in New Zealand, the tendency has been to use wine barrels – particularly pinot noir barrels – to create a vinous twist to a traditional beer. Monteith’s Barrel-Aged Porter achieves that effect wonderfully. The rich, coffee and chocolate malt flavours that define porter are given a fruity, berry twist thanks to the pinot. Some dry-hopping adds to the complexity. ARTISAN No more juggling your beer from store to home, or home to party. Coopers re-usable eco carry bags are available from Liquorland to help carry your Coopers purchases. COOPERS BEST EXTRA STOUT, a rich, complex stout with an uncompromising flavour that delivers an almost spiritual experience for the serious connoisseur. Perfect for winter drinking. Try it with slow-cooked meats, cheeses or even chocolate desserts. COOPERS PALE ALE, a refreshing ale filled with fruity and floral characters, balanced with a crisp bitterness. Try it with stir fries, salads, poultry, seafood and spicy foods. COOPERS SPARKLING ALE, with its famous cloudy sediment this has a distinctive balance of malt, hops and fruity characters. Best drunk after being gently “rocked” side to side to mix sediments. Try it with spicy or barbecued foods. Thirsty yet? PROMOTION Carry on
  23. 23. 24 DARK BEER Don’t be afraid of the dark It’s time we let go of our lager love and embraced the dark side. WE KIWIS ARE CREATURES of the light – when it comes to our beer anyway. Thanks to the rise of craft beers there are more dark beers around than ever before and, as a nation, we are gradually dipping our toes into these murky but delicious waters. But we still have a long way to go. Kurt Gross, beer ambassador for Lion, believes Kiwis tend to hold a couple of major misconceptions about dark beers making us a little reluctant to try them. “Firstly I think Kiwi drinkers tend to lump all dark beers into one category; to think they’re all essentially the same. That couldn’t be less true, especially now. “Just as there are lagers and pale ales and pilsners, there are lots of different dark beer styles like porters and stouts but also dark wheat beers and even black pilsners,” Gross says. And that means there are lots of flavour profiles out there, from hints of chocolate and coffee to liquorice and burnt toffee. Then there’s the fact that as a nation we also tend to be a little “all or nothing” in our approach to dark beer. We think that if we’re going to drink it, we have to drink the darkest, strongest imperial stout or nothing at all. And then we tend to try quaffing it like a lager on a steaming hot day instead of giving it the taste attention it deserves. “And then we wonder why we don’t like it!” says Gross. “You can’t go from being a regular drinker of something like Corona to an imperial IPA; it takes time to get used to the stronger flavours. “That is even more true of the jump to dark beer,” he says. The best advice is to get advice. Talk to store owners and brewers whenever you get the chance about what your general beer tastes are and they will have some informed ideas on where you should start. Gross says it’s also a good idea to treat dark beers much as you would fine wine and pay attention to the flavours. What do you taste first? What’s the after-taste? What are the aromas? Get your mates together for a blind tasting and pay attention to the flavours they detect compared to you. That way you’ll start to distinguish between different beers and find a style that’s for you. “Places like Beervana are perfect for trying new things; instead of just hunting out the beers you already know you like, challenge yourself to try something new. And there’s nowhere better to get good advice on finding a dark beer you’ll like,” he says. Talk to your local Liquorland about what dark beers you should try – Stout and oysters – Porter, gingernuts and blue cheese – Try creating a steak marinade with your favourite dark beer, and complimentary flavours like orange marmalade, garlic, teriyaki sauce and ginger. – Try adding to stews and casseroles; then serve with a glass of the same beer – Dark chocolate: a good guide is to match the colour of the chocolate to the colour of the beer When it comes to the darker end of the beer scale it’s really between porter and stout, but what’s the difference? Well it turns out that’s the kind of question that causes hair pulling and family feuds, but here goes: Historically, stout was used to describe the stronger versions of a traditional porter. The best way to describe them is perhaps as brothers. Both emphasise dark malts and in modern New Zealand craft beers stouts are perhaps slightly richer, sometimes made with oatmeal. Let the debate start here!
  24. 24. DESSERT desserts, here are some broad ideas: dessert with chocolate, coffee, toffee or RED MEAT POULTRY & FISH Made to Match Tip: Try Apple Pie,matched withHoegaarden INDIAN ASIAN Made to Match Tip:Try a sushi platter, matchedwith Kirin Made to Match Tip: Try a creamy chicken curry, matched with Speight’s Triple Hop Pilsener Made to Match Tip: Try a spicyduck stew witha Speight’sDistinction Ale Made to Match Tip: Try a hearty beef pie, matched with Speight’s 5 Malt Old Dark How to make the perfect match Check out more recipes and matches at Matching food and beer isn’t fussy or formal – it’s about exploring and experimenting to find what works. When talking about beer and food matching, try our three guiding principles – selecting a beer to complement, contrast or cut. 1. You can choose a beer because of a flavour that complements the meal, like the rich maltiness in a dark beer paired with roast beef. 2. Or you can choose a beer because of a flavour that contrasts with the dish – like a hoppy bitter beer with a sweet dessert. 3. Because of the hop bitterness in beer, it also does a fantastic job at cutting through certain flavours like spicy foods and cleansing the palate. Remember, the best beer and food match is the one you like the most!
  25. 25. 26 BEER & CURRY Boundary Road Mumbo Jumbo British IPA At 5.2% ABV with specialty malts and cascade hops Mumbo Jumbo compliments the coriander and garam masala spices. The additional bitterness will also cut through the creamy texture, which in turn will tone down the bitterness a little. Curry favours There’s nothing like a good curry to warm up on a winter’s night. And while curry and beer have long been buddies – often at the point in the evening when you can’t taste much of anything anymore – we talk to an expert about why you should take your beer and curry matching more seriously, to make the best of both. We have three copies of Little India at Home to give away. To enter email your name, address and phone number to and include the word ‘curry’ in the subject line. Entries close August 31, 2014. LATE NIGHT LAGER AND a volcanic vindaloo – we’ve all been there. But beer with curry shouldn’t be about putting out a fire. Like any food and beverage match, the flavours of each should complement the other. Trevor Rollinson, technical brewer for Boundary Road says a good general rule for matching your beer and curry is “the more spicy the curry, the higher the alcohol of the beer for cleansing the palate”. So, for example a 5% ABV (alcohol by volume) beer is a great match for a mild curry, but a 6-7% beer will better suit a “chilli fest”. And, while the traditional lager/ curry combo is still a refreshing, palate- cleansing option, Rollinson says it’s worth experimenting with bolder beers, given we have so many great craft beers now available. “Stronger malt flavours – and more bitterness than you find in a mainstream lager – will complement the rich flavours in the curry,” he says. Win! Rogan Josh beer match
  26. 26. Put the principles to the test with this tasty classic curry recipe from Auckland’s Little India restaurant: Rogan Josh Lamb Rogan Josh is a great go-to curry for first-time lamb curry cooks. Rogan is the oil that rises to the surface of the dish when cooked correctly. Serves 6 ¼ cup canola oil 6 green cardamom pods 6 cloves 1 onion, pureed to a fine consistency 1 tbsp crushed fresh garlic 1 tbsp crushed fresh ginger 500g lean lamb leg, cut into 3cm cubes 1 tsp ground turmeric 1½ tsp garam masala 1 tsp salt 1 tsp paprika 3 medium tomatoes, diced ½ cup tomato purée ½ cup chopped fresh coriander 2 cups cold water ¼ cup plain unsweetened yoghurt Salt and red chilli powder to taste Chopped fresh coriander to garnish (optional) Heat oil in a large pan over a low heat. Add cardamom and cloves. Cook over a low heat until you start to smell the spice aromas coming through. Add onion, stirring continuously so it doesn’t stick to bottom of pan. Cook until almost brown. Stir in garlic and ginger and cook until softened and browned. Add cubed lamb and cook until just browned. Add turmeric, garam masala, salt and paprika and continue cooking until you start to smell the spice aromas. Stir through diced tomatoes and keep cooking until you start to see oil separating from onion and spice mixture. Be sure to take your time with this and keep stirring so that it does not stick to bottom of pan. Add tomato purée, coriander and water and cook until this combines. Turn heat down low and stir through yoghurt. Slowly increase heat so that yoghurt does not curdle. Put a lid on the pan and continue to simmer over a low heat until oil has separated from sauce and comes to surface. This can take a few hours. You may have to add some more water if sauce reduces too much. Once oil has separated and lamb is tender, the dish is done. Season to taste with salt and chilli powder. Garnish with chopped fresh coriander, if wished. Cook’s note Lamb dishes take a long time to cook. You will need to be patient and cook the lamb until tender, which can take 2 hours or more. You can use a pressure cooker to speed up the process. ReproducedwithpermissionfromLittleIndiaatHome.PublishedbyPenguinGroupNZ,$40.Photography©SeanShadbolt,2014 PROMOTION Keeping your winter get-togethers interesting and up-to-date with these three great brews 3MONTEITH’S DOPPELBOCK: First released in 2003 what makes Doppelbock unique is its six malts which combine to create a voluptuous, rich, warming beer that pours with a red hue. Doppelbock was originally brewed in Bavaria in the 1600s to provide nourishment during the traditional German fasting period. It was affectionately nicknamed “liquid bread”. 2MONTEITH’S SOUTHERN PALE ALE: Our brewers in Greymouth wanted to have a crack at making the most of the flavoursome yet soft notes of the Kiwi Southern Cross hops. Southern Pale Ale is brewed with lightly roasted pale malts, and is characterised by a slight hop profile rather than the more aggressive profile of an IPA. The hops in a Pale Ale give the beer a hop forward aroma characterised by a heady mix of lemon peel and pine needles layered beneath the clean spiciness flavour. 1MONTEITH’S AMERICAN PALE ALE: Monteith’s brewers have gone a little red, white and blue in creating their latest addition to the Brewer’s Series range, introducing the new American Pale Ale (APA). The iconic West Coast Brewery has created a full flavoured interpretation of an American classic – a refreshing beer with a pronounced, almost precocious, hop character and citrus aroma. It’s brewed with imported American Citra hops, mixed with a good ol’ dose of New Zealand bittering hops to create a mid-strength 5.7% ABV American Pale Ale styled brew. Winter wonderland
  27. 27. 28 Return to port For too long we’ve left the port at the back of the liquor cabinet to be dusted off only at Christmas and grandma’s birthday. It’s time for a fresh look at this sophisticated drink. PORT? SURELY THAT’S SOMETHING enjoyed only by people with a sweet tooth who don’t like “proper” wine? Or by stuffy men in period dramas when they toddle off to the library after dinner? Certainly in New Zealand port has been traditionally pigeon-holed as a drink for the more mature tippler, unceremoniously consigned to the drinks trolley of the retirement village on bridge night. But it’s time for a pause and re-think. In this golden age of the gourmet, in which we increasingly pride ourselves on our sophisticated palates and willingness to experiment with new flavours, it’s time to dust off the port and re-introduce it to our drinking life. In Europe, port has long been enjoyed by hip, young foodies who appreciate its sophisticated range of flavours and styles which match with a surprising range of foods. And since we, as Kiwis, dislike being outdone by anybody on anything, let’s debunk some port myths. “All port is super-sweet and tastes the same” While port does contain some of the natural sweetness of the grape it is always balanced by the wine’s tannins or acidity, so the result is more complex; a smooth, silky richness rather than the cloying sweetness of, say, a dessert wine. WHITE PORT& TONIC apéritif TAWNY PORT anytime
  28. 28. PORT Port or not Not all ports are created equal. Within the variety, which can only be called port if it is made in the upper reaches of the Douro River Valley in northern Portugal, there are several different styles; ruby, tawny and even white port. There’s even an emerging trend in Europe for rosé-style pink port, though the jury seems to be still out on whether it’s any good. Ruby port These have the deep purple-red colour of a young wine and tend to be fresh and fruity in style, with red berry and woodland fruit flavours. Ruby ports are usually bottled after two or three years and are matured in oak vats where contact between wood and wine is relatively limited. Tawny port These on the other hand, have a seductive russet colour which becomes paler and more amber as the wine ages. It’s most noticeable in aged tawny ports such as Taylor’s 10yo or 20yo Tawny. Tawny ports are matured in oak casks which encourage contact between the wine and the wood. Tawnies also tend to be smoother and mellower with a spicy, nutty character. Vintage It’s also worth making a note of vintage port, which has a specific meaning in this context. As with wine “vintage” refers to the year in which it was made, but producers of port generally restrict year-labelled bottles to only the best years. If they decide the wine is worthy it is officially declared a vintage year and a vintage port. White ports Made from white grapes, white port is usually aged for two or three years in large vats and is available in sweet or dry styles. Try it as an aperitif topped with tonic water and a slice of orange, or try substituting the orange for a squeeze of lemon or a few bruised mint leaves; delicious with salty almonds or olives. “It doesn’t mix well with others” Though the full flavours of port do make it a great digestif for after dinner or a night cap, it does also match well with foods, so could be served with desserts, or a cheese course. And among the hipsters of Europe and the US there’s an increasing revival of the port cocktail. Ruby port is generally your best bet for cocktails, as the lighter, fruitier flavours make it better for mixing. For a rich red spin on a martini try 2 parts ruby port, with 1 part vodka and a ½ cranberry juice. Combine in an ice-filled shaker, shake and strain into a chilled martini glass, garnished with olives. CRANBERRY PORTMARTINI cocktail hour SPICED MULLED PORT winter warmer
  29. 29. Or try equal parts brandy (or cognac) and ruby port with one small egg and a teaspoon of simple syrup, all shaken well in an ice-filled shaker then strained into a glass, garnished with grated nutmeg. It’s called a Classic Coffee despite the total absence of caffeine, though its weak latte-like appearance makes it a great post-dinner drink – or even at a special occasion brunch, provided you don’t have much to do the rest of the day! And it’s not just for after-dinner How about hosting a port and cheese, or port and chocolate tasting for your mates? Get everyone to bring a different bottle and a different cheese and take it from there. It’s a great way to find ports you love. For nights in with movies or games and a pile of friends, try substituting port into a mulled wine recipe. Gently heat a bottle of good ruby port with ¼-cup of sugar, two oranges sliced, a cinnamon stick or two, and a teaspoon or so each of allspice, mace, nutmeg and about a dozen whole cloves. Leave it to simmer for at least 15 minutes, although longer is better; just don’t let it boil. Pour into heat-proof glasses. How about a new spin on the ubiquitous and traditionally mildly dull high tea by matching your ports with rich pastries, or cakes with a ginger or nutty base and few dark chocolate truffles? Food for thought When it comes to food matching in general terms ruby ports tend to go well with chocolate and berries, or cheddars and some blue cheeses. They also make excellent reductions to pour over venison, beef or poached pears for dessert. Aged tawny ports, such as the Taylor’s 10yo, go well with hard, nutty cheeses such as parmesan or manchego, or, try it with classic desserts such as tarte tartin, apple pie or crème brulee. The aged tawnies can also be served with savoury meat dishes such as a terrine or a game paté. It should only be drunk from tiny glasses This is probably one of the biggest misconceptions. Port should never be drunk from the dainty, thimble-sized liqueur glasses that have long been traditional as they don’t allow the wine to breathe. The best guide is if you can’t swirl the port, as you would a wine, without spillage, the glass is too small. A good quality white wine glass works well, or for a fine vintage port, a red wine glass is even better. Here’s a few ports we recommend Here’s a few ports we recommend Readily available at your local Liquorlandj RUBY TAWNY Ruby port White Port Classic Coffee Brandy or cognac 1 egg Nutmeg Simple syrup Mulled port Sugar Oranges Cinnamon sticks Allspice Mace Cloves Port martini Cranberry juice Vodka Olives Port & tonic Lemon Tonic Water Mint Shopping list
  30. 30. As well as being home to some of Australia’s best known wineries, the Barossa Valley is also home to some of its oldest 32
  31. 31. Shiraz and the Barossa go hand-in-hand; like Central Otago and pinot noir or Marlborough and sauvignon blanc. But what makes the wines world-class and is the South Australian region more than a one-grape wonder? Seeing red BAROSSABAROSSA AS A KIWI VISITING South Australia’s famous Barossa Valley the first thing you realise is how young our own wine history is. As well as being home to some of Australia’s most famous wineries, the Barossa is also home to its oldest with some stretching back six generations. The histories of these wineries is important, not just for the depth of experience but, more crucially, the age of their vines. In the mid 19th century an outbreak of phylloxera (an aphid-like bug) all but destroyed Europe’s vineyards, leaving the shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, grenache and mataro (or mourvedre) vines of the Barossa as the oldest in the world.
  32. 32. 34 offers black cherry, plum, black pepper, liquorice, and dark chocolate flavours. What can I drink it with? Again it will vary winery to winery but hearty meat stews, game and chocolate are all good places to start. Is there more to the Barossa and South Australia than shiraz? Absolutely. The region also produces world-class cabernet sauvignon, grenache and mataro. But it’s not just about reds either. Chardonnay and viognier are also widely planted in the region and the neighbouring Eden Valley has earned international recognition for its rieslings. On that note it’s also worth remembering that the Barossa Valley is just one of 18 different wine regions in South Australia, producing the full spectrum of wine varieties from familiar favourites such as chardonnay, malbec and merlot to less well known European varieties such as The vines, particularly shiraz, thrived in the Barossa’s fairly Continental climate, and this unique ability to draw from old vines producing small concentrated fruit parcels led to the making of complex full-bodied red wines. The wines that put the region on the map can be a tad pricey for the average consumer – Penfolds Grange retails at more than $700 a bottle – but all the Barossa’s key wineries create beautiful shiraz for all price points. What should I expect it to taste like? Originally Australian shiraz, including those from the Barossa, made its name as a full-bodied wine, high in alcohol with plenty of smooth tannins. These days, winemakers such as Yalumba’s Kevin Glastonbury are pulling back from that style, picking grapes earlier to create wines that are a little more sophisticated and lighter on the palate. Generally shiraz Photograph supplied by Tourism South Australia Originally, Barossa shiraz made its name as a full-bodied wine, high in alcohol. Ask Joss
  33. 33. petit verdot and sangiovese. If you venture further south near the border with Victoria you’ll find yourself in Coonawarra, which as well as shiraz is making a name for itself with cabernet sauvignon. Luke Skeer, winemaker for Wynns Coonawarra Estate says the region’s cool, maritime climate makes it perfect for cabernet sauvignon’s longer growing season. Although he says the shiraz is pretty good too, just different to their FROM THE CELLAR: YALUMBA When it comes to examining the role age has played in the Barossa Valley’s high standing in the wine world, Yalumba – celebrating its 165th year in 2014 – is a good place to start. Founded in 1849 Yalumba is Australia’s oldest family-owned winery, and senior winemaker Kevin Glastonbury says they are still finding out just how important that heritage is to the brand. For a start it has led them to pioneer the “Old Vine Charter” among Barossa wineries. There are no laws determining what vines can officially be called “old” for the purposes of marketing a wine, leaving it up to personal interpretation and therefore the possibility of misleading consumers. The Yalumba-led Old Vine Charter defines “old vines” are those aged 35 years or older. Antique vines are 70 years or older, a centenarian vine is 100 years and a tri-centenary vine must be 300 years old. Though there is no legal requirement to adopt the charter most Barossa wineries have taken it onboard – simplifying things for consumers and creating an industry standard in the region. It’s not the first time Yalumba has pushed for innovation. It is the only winery in Australia to run an onsite cooperage to make its own oak barrels, meaning it has the unique advantage of controlling the quality of the oak that ages its wines. That willingness to experiment and innovate should see the winery well into its next 165 years. Everyday affordable wines: · Penfolds Koonunga Hill Range – Shiraz and Shiraz Cabernet · Wolf Blass Yellow Label Shiraz · Jacob’s Creek Reserve Shiraz Speciality wines: · Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz (commonly known as Baby Grange) · Wolf Blass Gold Label Shiraz · Saltram Mamre Brook Shiraz · Jacob’s Creek Centenary Hill Shiraz · The People’s Shiraz · VNO Shiraz Generally speaking the vintages to look out for in stores now are the 2010 and 2012, both considered exceptional vintages thanks to good amounts of rain over the winter, leading to lush healthy vines and early picking. “When people come in for a tasting and say they want to start with the shiraz or the cabernet, we’ll try and urge them to try the whites too. They’re always pleasantly surprised.” Luke Skeer, winemaker Wynns Coonawarra Estate Which ones should I buy? As well as Penfolds, large wineries such as Wolf Blass, Jacob’s Creek and Yalumba all have a large range of great quality shiraz readily available in New Zealand from Liquorland. Here are some great ones to try. Barossa cousins – not as full or rich; more elegant. For drinking now he recommends Wynns Siding Cabernet Sauvignon. He adds that great whites are some of Coonawarra’s hidden treasures. “We’ve been making riesling since the 1970s and chardonnay since 1982. When people come in for a tasting and say they want to start with the shiraz or the cabernet, we’ll try and urge them to try the whites too. They’re always pleasantly surprised.” BAROSSA
  34. 34. With more than 35 years’ experience at Jacob’s Creek behind him, winemaker Bernard Hickin is the perfect custodian to ensure the brand’s continued reputation for high quality, contemporary Australian wines. The flow of Jacob’s Creek Bernard Hickin’s picks for Australia’s best varietals:j BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ “Rich generous wines from ancient soils and a warm temperature climate.” BENCHMARK DRY RIESLINGS FROM EDEN VALLEY, a high altitude region of the Barossa “Delicate lemon-mineral flavours.” COOL CLIMATE CHARDONNAY FROM THE ADELAIDE HILLS “Delicious wines that are complex, stylish and with ageing potential.” CABERNET SAUVIGNON FROM COONAWARRA “With its unique soils, topography and climate, Coonawarra produces some of Australia’s great cabernets.” MEET THE MAKER HAVING GROWN UP A city boy, with no thought of winemaking, Bernard found his calling on a visit to a friend who was working in a winery in Adelaide’s north-east. “Walking in, I remember the aroma of the reds fermenting, the vibrant purple colour of the red caps; it was just like being in another world.” Bernard was sold and began the winemaking degree that would eventually see him take a job with Pernod Ricard Winemakers (then G Gramp & Sons), makers of Jacob’s Creek in 1976, the year the label was launched. Now in 2014, Bernard says the future of Jacob’s Creek is bright with a dual focus of protecting the quality of its current wine portfolio while allowing style evolution to meet consumer demand, and to embrace innovation to release new wines. In the meantime, he says 2014 is a good year for reds with intense colour, rich, ripe tannins and fresh varietal flavours. “There’s some excellent Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and some exciting Barossa Shiraz. The Jacob’s Creek Reserve range captures the proud history of the brand’s winemaking since 1847, with a focus on premium varietal vineyards from South Australia’s acclaimed viticultural regions. Only the best grapes are ‘reserved’ for this premium quality range, producing wines with intense varietal expression, great flavour and classic structure and length.” 36
  35. 35. 38 GLASS The art of glass Put down the plastic cup or that tricep-straining goblet. If you’ve invested in good wine, the least it deserves is to be drunk from the right glass. REMEMBER BACK IN THE day when all wine glasses were created equal? It was probably about the same time some bright spark decided all wine should come in foil bags and boxes instead of bottles. Those glasses were well-built and sturdy, constructed rather than created, with stems the width of your thumb and could probably stand up to a game of volleyball without breaking. Good news if you’re worried about party breakages; not such good news for your taste buds. The idea that wine changes when drunk from different shaped glasses is not a scam to make you buy more wine glasses. We promise. Around the 1950s Claus Riedel, who’s family business had already been creating glassware for 300 years through nine generations, discovered that glass thickness, shape, colour and cut all had an impact on the aroma, taste and overall impression of the wine they carried. And moreover the impact varied according to the wine varietal. It was a revolutionary idea and Riedel spent much of the next 25 years researching and creating glassware to showcase different wines. If you remain sceptical, the easiest solution is try it for yourself. Gather some friends, wines, and a range of glasses of different shapes and sizes. Taste each wine methodically from different glasses and make a note of how the flavour, aroma and even the mouthfeel of the wines change. Below are some basic principles when it comes to what wine to drink from which glass but as Riedel Australia managing director Michael Baulderstone says, the first rule is to think about what wines you like and work from that perspective. Width matters: Your tongue can really only distinguish four basic tastes: sweet, salty, bitter and sour which are in different areas of the tongue. The degree of taper at the mouth of the glass will help determine which part of your palate the wine will hit first, which impacts on the flavours you will taste most strongly. A narrow glass, for example, requires you to tilt your head further, directing the wine deeper into your mouth where bitter tastes are most keenly sensed. The narrow mouth also helps keep fruity aromas concentrated at the top of the glass. Fuller-bodied wines should be served in glasses with wider bowls which allow the wine to be aerated with swirling, releasing the aromas. With all that in mind the best glass styles for our favourite varietals are: SAUVIGNON BLANC – tall, and thin with a small bowl and tapered at the top CHARDONNAY – wide bowl and only slightly tapered with a longer stem to keep the wine cool; they’re also often larger to allow more room for swirling SHIRAZ – smaller than other red wine glasses with a wide bowl and a tapered mouth designed to show off the variety’s often bold tannins and peppery flavours CABERNET SAUVIGNON – large enough to allow plenty of swirling with a broad bowl to make the most of aeration PINOT NOIR – a tapered top with a wide bowl and smaller in size; some recent designs also include a flared lip to deliver the wine’s flavours to the palate quickly Shiraz Pinot noir Cabernet sauvignon Riesling & Pinot gris Sauvignon blanc Champagne Chardonnay (and Champagne) IMAGES SUPPLIED BY RIEDEL
  36. 36. Perfect for pinot But what about Champagne? Here’s where things get a little more controversial. Traditionally the best glass for Champagne or methode traditionelle is the flute. The flute began to replace the wide shallow champagne glasses of the 1930s when it was realised the tall thin glasses kept the wine effervescent for longer – useful when you’re lining up glasses by the dozen for a toast. But more recent thinking suggests that if you’re pouring and tasting it within a reasonably short period then something more akin to a chardonnay glass works well. The wider bowl and only minimal taper allow the aromas and flavours of the wine to come to the fore. And when you consider that many Champagnes feature chardonnay or burgundy grapes it begins to make sense. Biggest isn’t always best: Cabernet glasses tend to be the largest size and, says Baulderstone, consumers tend to love them for it. But, he says, a cabernet glass is the absolute enemy of pinot noir. To decant or not to decant: The purpose of pouring wine into a decanter before serving is to allow it to aerate which will allow for the full expression of flavour. All wines benefit from aeration so Baulderstone recommends decanting whenever practical. Plus, he adds, it adds a wonderful sense of theatre to wine enjoyment. Keep it clean: It’s not all about shape. It’s also vital that glassware is immaculately clean. You don’t want a veneer of detergent or residue getting between you and your wine. For this reason alone it’s a good idea to think about glassware that can go in a dishwasher rather than having to be handwashed. And even then, give it a wipe with a clean tea towel before serving. Temperature control: Ideally have your wine glass at the same temperature as your wine when you pour. Talk to your local Liquorland about Riedel glassware today; all stores can order some for you. The good news: Riedel has done the hard work for you, releasing glasses already matched to wine varieties so you don’t have to memorise all of the above. As Baulderstone says: “We make glasses for each grape variety through a structured workshop process, you only need to know the varieties you enjoy the most and match the glasses to them. All the work has been done for the consumer, it is just a case of matching the glass to the grape.” Buying a full set of wine glasses to perfectly suit every wine variety out there is not financially practical for most of us. Riedel generally suggests starting with a glass to match the varietal you enjoy the most and build from there as budget allows. Chief executive of prestigious Austrian Riedel Glass Company, Georg Riedel, paid a visit to Central Otago earlier this year to gain a better appreciation for the region’s famed pinot noir – all with an eye toward creating panel to concentrate on how each wine performed in each glass. How did it feel? And did that vary glass to glass. Each guest was asked to rate the glasses and award points to those they thought best reflected the way the wine should taste, before scores were collated. Experienced winemaker Alan Brady, pioneer of wine in Central Otago, said he was “amazed” at how different his Wild Irishman Pinot Noir wine tasted in each of the glasses. “It was like I had tasted 14 different wines.” “The perfect pinot noir glass has a rounded, bulbous bottom and a thin pointed flow at the top. The glass controls the flow of wine to the palate in a spectacular way so the wine doesn’t become better, it tastes better,” said Riedel.“A wine as good as your pinot noir needs to be savoured from the correct glass.” The Riedel Central Otago pinot noir glass is planned for release later this year. the perfect glass from which to enjoy it. Riedel embarked on an intensive tasting with about 20 wine experts and local winemakers who each tried Central Otago pinot noir from 14 different types of Riedel glasses. Riedel said Central Otago Pinot Noir was selected for the new wine glass because of its quality and intensity. He said using the right glass was “crucial” when enhancing the art of drinking wine. He asked the tasting
  37. 37. 40 Press play SodaStream Source The sleek new-look SodaStream is the perfect way to make sure you never run out of mixers for your party drinks. This Source machine has a larger 60 litre gas cylinder and comes with a 1 litre carbonating bottle – and you can adjust the level of carbonation with the LED indicator. 4550Fly Buys points PS4 Bundle Want rich and immersive gameplay with powerful graphics and speed? Intelligent personalisation, deeply integrated social capabilities, and innovative second- screen features? PlayStation 4 is for you. This bundle includes NBA 2K14 - the best basketball gaming experience out there. Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant camera Bring your party to life with a little retro- fun. Fujifilm Instax Mini cameras let you print your party shots on the spot – no more crowding around a tiny LED screen. The Instax Mini comes with a 10-shot Rainbow Film which prints 85mm x 55mm images. There’s a flash for low light, and three settings for cloudy, sunny and very sunny conditions. Make it snappy! 680Fly Buys points FLY BUYS 865Fly Buys points Hunker down with family and friends this winter and dust off the board games or a few classic movies for entertainment. Or, if you want to be less retro, crank up the gaming console while you binge-watch some TV. The key to hosting a night to remember is having the right kit. Here’s some great Fly Buys rewards that can add that touch of magic to any party. Top gift Yes please!
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  39. 39. 42 It’s one thing to keep track of your alcohol intake at the bar, but quite another when you’re hanging at a mate’s place where the pours are a little more generous – and continuous. Jessica Venning-Bryan from Cheers has some tips on mastering the fine art of monitoring your intake. Portion control A standard drink is how much alcohol the average person can process in one hour. If you’re at a party drinking, the following figures are good to know: 330ml bottle of 5% beer: approximately 1.3 standard drinks 100ml glass of 13% wine: approximately 1 standard drinks 250ml can of 6.5% RTD: approximately 1.3 standard drinks 750ml bottle of 13% wine: approximately 7.7 standard drinks 1000ml bottle of 40% spirits: approximately 37 standard drinks AT CHEERS WE ENCOURAGE people to be really aware of how much they are drinking and one of the best ways they can do that is to school up on what a standard drink looks like (see sidebar and visit Once you have that visual it’s a matter of keeping count of your drinks. If you do that and pace yourself with non-alcoholic drinks, and eat protein-rich foods, you’ll be on track to staying in a safe and social zone. But for a little extra guidance here are a few more quick tips: For guests Serve yourself. It’s easy to lose track of your drinking when everyone’s relaxing over several hours so don’t let your host top up your glass. Serving yourself makes it much easier to keep track. Alternate. Space every alcoholic drink with a non-alcoholic one. This will help you maintain a moderate pace, and, if you choose water, it will help you stay hydrated. Eat. And make sure it’s something more substantial than chips and dip. If the host goes light on the snacks, take the initiative and suggest ordering pizza. For hosts Stay sober. The number one rule as a party host is to stay sober. If you’re in charge you need to have your wits about you. Offer alternatives. Always make sure there are interesting low alcohol and non-alcoholic drink options available. People get tired of orange juice really quickly. Think about light beer, spritzers, punch, a range of juices and soft drinks, or even just sparkling water served in a nice glass with a wedge of lemon. Cater well. Serve high-protein foods because protein stimulates the body to process alcohol. Salmon or chicken sushi, mini-burgers, gourmet sausages with relish, and frittata are all great options. And make sure you don’t leave the cooking until the last minute. Feed everyone early so they’re not drinking on an empty stomach. Provide entertainment. If you’re hosting an all-day get-together organise an activity to break up the day and get everyone focused on something other than eating and drinking; maybe a walk in the park, touch rugby or a game of charades. How much am I actually drinking?
  40. 40. We’ll be bringing a new issue of toast! to you every three months and we’d love for you to become a regular VIP guest at the party. Each issue is filled with hot tips, expert advice, and new ways for you to enjoy your favourite drinks. Maybe we’ll even persuade you to try something you’d never thought to taste before. You can find the current issue of toast! at your local Liquorland but you can make sure you’re up to date between issues by visiting our website, and following Liquorland on Facebook. But for the real “velvet rope” VIP treatment make sure you head to the website and subscribe. That way you’ll be first in line for each issue and top of the list for hot deals and the lowdown on new products. You’ll never be bored by your drinks cabinet again. Join the party How to subscribe: Drinks index 2. Fill out subscription form 5. Happy as Larry when you go in store to collect your latest copy of toast! magazine 3. Magazine distributed to Liquorland stores 4. Magazine arrives at Liquorland stores 1. Go online to Beer, cider and ginger beer Boundary Rd 26 Budweiser 9 Coopers 21,23 Crabbie’s 7 Desperados 8 Emerson’s 21 Epic 22 Galbraith’s 20 Liberty Brewing 21 Moa 22 Monteith’s 23,27 ParrotDog 23 Steinlager 13 Tui 8 Liqueurs and spirits Absolut 11 Amarula Cream 11 Appleton Estate 11 Ardbeg Islay 11 Beefeater Gin 11 Bushmills 18 Canadian Club 11, 18 Chivas Regal 11, 15, 18 Courvoisier 3 Crystal Head 11 Devil’s Cut 6 El Jimador 11 Glenfiddich 8, 18 Glenlivet 11 Glenmorangie 11 Grand Marnier 11 Greenalls 11 Hendricks 11 Indiana State Moonshine 6, 19 Isle of Jura 11 Jack Daniel’s 7, 15, 18 Jameson 6, 11, 18 Jim Beam 6, 11, 18 Jim Beam Jacob’s Ghost 7, 17, 19 Johnnie Walker 11, 18 Laphroaig 11, 18 Monkey Shoulder 18,19 Smirnoff 11 St Remy 11 Talisker 11 Tanqueray Gin 11 The Dalmore 11, 18 Tullamore Dew 18 Wine Barros 30 Dow’s 30 Jacob’s Creek 35 Penfolds Father Grand Tawny 8 Saltram 35 Taylor’s 8, 29, 30 The People’s Shiraz 35 VNO 35 Wolf Blass 35 Wynns 31, 35 Yalumba 35
  41. 41. 44 6 6 1 2 3 4 6 5 VanguardSt SaintVincentSt Washington Rd ⇦Tahunanui RussellSt RutherfordSt CollingwoodSt Halifax St HavenRd Grove St TrafalgarSt Love local There’s a special occasion to celebrate we’re off to ... Hopgoods Restaurant (1) in Nelson city is always a consistent favourite, with relaxed dining and seasonally based dishes, the menu changes regularly and we love that they source their vegetables from a local organic farmer. They also offer a great range of wines and local craft beers. We are spoilt for choice though. Other dining favourites include Harrys (2), Fords (3), and Hangar 58 (4). I have visitors in town I’m taking them to … Smugglers Café and Bar Restaurant in Tahunanui. A notoriously good restaurant with great food, great atmosphere and the staff always make you feel welcome. All their portion sizes are generous and their ribs are to die for. Our relatives just love going there when they are in town and they have a spectacularly large table in the middle of the restaurant which is great for family functions. But if you want to catch up with mates l’ll go to … The Sprig and Fern, Hardy St, officially Nelson’s best bar as voted by Nelsonians. It’s a friendly, neighbourhood craft pub where you can enjoy superb award-winning craft beers brewed locally. The owner Lee always looks after us, plays great music and is never short with a good recommendation of one of his latest popular brews. Another favourite is Harry’s Bar, their menu has an Asian fusion twist and is a fun place to go for a drink and nibbles with friends. For a relaxed long lunch you’ll find me at ... The Boatshed Café (5) right on Nelson’s waterfront which has stunning views of the harbour and a great menu. You’ll often see big ships coming in and out of the port guided by the tug boats right in front of you; fascinating to watch. Or try the River Kitchen Café (6) which is perfect on a sunny day as it sits under some beautiful old oak trees on the banks of the Maitai River. The best thing about Nelson in winter is ... we have one of the best climates in New Zealand, and with an average of more than 2400 annual hours of sunshine, our winter is pretty mild. This means it is still a perfect time to visit Abel Tasman National Gavin Snowball of Liquorland Nelson shares his favourite local winter hideaways and haunts Gavin Snowball and Cheryl Scott, Liquorland Nelson Park, do some fishing or visit one of our many boutique wineries or craft beer breweries. We have also been getting some great feedback from our visitors on the new bike trails around Nelson which can be done all year round. The one thing everybody should know about the Nelson region is ... it has a great reputation for aromatic wine varieties and its own distinctive take on sauvignon blanc. It is also the craft beer capital of New Zealand and we stock a great selection in the store. A few of our local favourite brands include Hop Federation, Sprig and Fern, Mussel Inn, Stoke and Golden Bear. Lonely Planet currently lists the Nelson Craft Beer Trail among its “hot and happening”. Nelson LOVE LOCAL Liquorland Nelson 31 Vanguard St 03 548 3053 Hopgoods Restaurant & Bar 284 Trafalgar St 03 545 7191 Harrys Nelson Restaurant & Bar 296 Trafalgar St 03 539 0905 Ford’s Restaurant and Bar 276 Trafalgar St 03 546 9400 Hangar 58 58 Collingwood St 03 545 8158 The Boat Shed Cafe 350 Wakefield Quay 03 546 9783 River Kitchen Nelson 81 Trafalgar St 03 548 1180 Smugglers Pub & Cafe 8 Muritai St, Tahunanui 03 546 4084 The Sprig & Fern Brewery 53 Beach Rd, Richmond 03 544 8675 1 2 3 4 5 6
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