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Food and beverage stories

The following stories relate to Tasmania’s Food and Beverage sector:

Spanish glory for local cider

Willie Smith's is basking in the glory of its inaugural international award. The Huon Valley business's limited-edition Somerset Redstreak Single Varietal cider won its class at the Spanish Cider Awards in November. The competition, in Hernani, near San Sebastian, was judged by an international committee of renowned cider tasters from the United States, Britain, Germany, France and Italy. Willie Smith's co-owner Sam Reid said: "It’s a massive thrill to be selected as Best Traditional English Cider at a European awards competition. In Australia we’ve got a bit of a tradition at beating the English at their own game and, so, it’s nice to be able to do this in cider now too!" Willie Smith's was the only Australian product to collect a trophy at the event.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

Boag lionises Tassie water

Pioneer Tasmanian brand-builder James Boag & Sons has launched a new multi-channel advertising campaign using the State's quality water as its central theme. Promoting James Boag Premium beer, the Born of Tasmanian Waters campaign devised by the Host/Havas agency, sets out to show that some of life's most extraordinary and fantastic components are found in Tasmania, with pure water as their common element. Without it, they wouldn't exist. A spokesman for Lion, owner of the Launceston Brewery, said: "James Boag has been brewing its beers continuously and exclusively in Tasmania since 1888, and it's our Tasmanian provenance that makes our beers truly special and unique among other premium beers. Of all the natural riches Tasmania offers, its pure water is the most special — so many remarkable and renowned things are born of it — and we are excited about our new campaign that highlights the quality of the water that goes into our beers". The campaign rolled out nationally in time for James Boag Premium's major sponsorship of the Melbourne Cup racing carnival.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

Riesling stars in Halliday list

Ten of Australia's top 100 wines are Tasmanian, according to guru James Halliday, and one of the stars of his 2017 listing was a Devil's Corner 2016 Riesling awarded 97 points despite being in an under-$20 category. Brown Brothers Chief Executive, Ross Brown, said: “We bought our Tasmanian vineyards and wineries in 2010 because we ... wanted to have access to cool-climate-grown grapes and wine varieties such as pinot noir, riesling and pinot grigio that grow so well in Tasmania. We have found Brand Tasmania to be far stronger than we had anticipated. People are now looking for lively and refreshing wines and this exceptional Devil’s Corner 2016 Riesling superbly personifies the crisp minerality and the clean, green image that Tasmania is so known for.” Earlier, Tasmania winery Heemskerk won the James Halliday Trophy for Best Pinot Noir at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards for its 2016 vintage. The Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for Best Young Red Wine was awarded to Turkey Flat Vineyards in the Barossa Valley for its 2016 Grenache, the first time a wine of that variety has taken out the award.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

Food story has been a Tassie epic

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Brand Tasmania's long-serving Food and Wine Writer, Graeme Phillips, taps out his final story for our newsletter: serving up a 37-year Tasmanian gastronomic saga.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

Sparklers reach ‘champagne level’

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When sparkling wine expert Tyson Stelzer lined up Tasmanian offerings with champagne at an Effervescence dinner in November, he had an heroic tale to tell.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

Viticulturist honoured

Jansz’s Jennifer Doyle was named Viticulturist of the Year when the 2017 Australian Women in Wine Awards were announced in London in September. She told the gathering: “My viticultural journey began 25 years ago in my home state of New South Wales. However, my wine compass has been resolutely fixed on a southerly bearing. Tasmania’s Pipers River region is a very special place. A close-knit community that live and work on the land and the unique terroir that influences our award-winning sparkling wine has rewarded me with some of the most fruitful years of my career.” Virginia Willcock of Vasse Felix in Margaret River was named Woman Winemaker of the Year.

6 November 2017, Edition 189

Big win for our fish ’n’ chips

Tasmanian Gourmet Seafoods, in an out-of-the-way corner of the Hobart airport precinct, has taken out the People’s Choice award for selling the nation’s best fish and chips. The shop mustered 95,000 votes for Sydney’s National Seafood Awards to outscore fish ’n’ chip outlets in all other States and territories. Owners, Michael Blake and Tabitha Dodson, credited their win to hard work and using only fresh ingredients and never frozen ones. “We’ve been cooking for three years,” Mr Blake told The Mercury. “Prior to that we dealt just in fresh fish. I’m very fussy. Tasmania has great seafood and we wanted to cook it right … we just went on word of mouth. We thought if we got the product right, then news would spread about how good it was.” The delighted couple now has plans to expand. The Northern Territory’s Frying Nemo got the nod from National Seafood Awards judges.

6 November 2017, Edition 189

London gold for Crater chardy

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Riversdale Estate won a gold medal in October’s International Wine and Spirit Competition in London for its 2015 Crater Chardonnay.

5 November 2017, Edition 189

Kreglinger on Chatto worklist

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Nationally respected wine-maker and judge Jim Chatto has strengthened his Tasmanian presence, taking on the role of Chief Winemaker for Kreglinger Wine Estates at Pipers Brook.

5 November 2017

Seaweed in brain breakthrough

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Seaweed extracts produced by Tasmanian biopharmaceutical company Marinova are proving effective in the treatment of traumatic brain injury.

5 November 2017, Edition 189

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