Jonathan, Emporium Eatery & Bar
Glowing with Gold
Te Awa's Single Estate Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 was named this year's Champion Wine of the Show.
Hawke's Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards chief judge Rod Easthope said the supreme award was "extremely difficult" to judge, with decisions boiling down to pure subjectivity.
"Great wines have an amazing juxtaposition of freshness, balance, poise and intensity of flavour and this wine has that in spades.
"Classic Bordeaux style in flavour, Te Awa's Merlot Cab Sav oozes structure and texture with its base notes of cassis, blackberry and plum but its floral/dried herb, spicy lift is what really sets it apart."
Check out more about this award winning wine.
Do you Booch?
Kombucha, also known as booch, is a hot topic right now.
Were continuously hearing chat about this mystical drink. But if you're still scratching your head as to what it is, we're here to help. Here's the low down on what kombucha actually is and why there's so much fuss about it.
What is it?
Kombucha is an ancient ferment tea beverage that has a natural effervesence (fizziness) that originated in China dating back 2,000 years!
So why the fuss?
There are lots of claims of health benefits including benefits of probiotics which are good for gut health, inflammatory health and immune system support.
Regardless of health claims its a pretty tasty drink as an alternative to fizzy and we have a clever producer, Kombucha King, right here is Hawke's Bay.
The Humble Flat White
Paris. Tokyo. London. Santiago. The humble flat white now appears on café menus around the globe.
The precise birthplace of this kiwi staple, however, is a point of contention in the coffee world. Many have claimed to be the creator of the flat white creating a bit of a trans-Tasman feud.
Some say it was invented by New Zealand coffee pioneer Jeff Kennedy at Wellington's Caffè L'affare, which he founded in 1990. Others say it grew from Australia's love of instant coffee - piping hot coffee with a small amount of milk, no froth.
Regardless of where is originated from, the flat white has become one of the most popular coffee beverages in New Zealand, but what exactly is a flat white? Similar to a latte or a cappuccino, the flat white includes two key components; espresso shot and steamed milk. However the difference is definitely in the preparation.
The flat white is prepared by pouring micro-foam (steamed milk with small, fine bubbles and a glossy or velvety consistency) over a double shot or espresso creating a strong creamy beverage. You'll find the flat white is stronger than a cappuccino or latte and has far less micro foam (and none of that stiff foam or sprinkles of chocolate or cinnamon you'll see on the top of a cappuccino!).
Pop into any cafe around Hawke's Bay and your bound to find a the perfect coffee for you, but how about giving the humble flat white a try!