The highly anticipated 2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards were hosted at the prominent Stokehouse restaurant in St Kilda, Melbourne. The ceremony celebrated the best of the best, recognising Australia’s top wines, winemakers, viticulturists, and wineries, setting the industry benchmark.
Glenn Goodall from Xanadu Wines in the Margaret River was named Winemaker of the Year, and Tom Carson from Serrat, Yarra Valley was named Viticulturist of the Year.
When it comes to wineries, Living Roots in Adelaide Hills won Best New Winery, and L.A.S Vino in Margaret River was awarded the Dark Horse Winery honour. The last major award was for Best Value Winery, which was awarded to Deeps Woods Estate in Margaret River.
As you can see, Western Australia still remains a top wine region, although Tasmania is making a name for itself. The state makes up just 5% of submitted wineries yet achieved one major Award win, three further major Award nominations and two varietal Awards.
Pinot Noir of the Year was awarded to Lowestoft in Tasmania for the La Maison Pinot Noir 2020.
A $50 shiraz from one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, Perth Hills, has won Shiraz of the Year—the first time this region has won a Companion Award. The wine mentioned is Battles Wine Granitis Shiraz 2020.
Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.
Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.
You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.
As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.