In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
Clare Smyth to open Sydney restaurant
Clare Smyth, chef patron of the two Michelin-starred Core in Notting Hill, is to open a restaurant inside Crown Sydney, the city’s tallest building housing a hotel and casino.
How you can support the Australian wine industry after the fires
In light of the on-going wildfires in Australia, which have so far burnt an area larger than Portugal, we’ve rounded up some of the ways that you can support the wine industry and affected areas.
Australian fires: Vineyard damage reported in New South Wales
Following news that as much as a third of vines growing in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills have been burnt, damage has been reported in the state of New South Wales, specifically in the Tumbarumba region.
McGuigan Wines wins IWC’s White Winemaker of the Year
The first Australian winery in history to achieve the award four times, McGuigan Wines has been awarded White Winemaker of the Year at the 2019 International Wine Challenge (IWC).
Australia satellite maps all its vineyards
Australia’s entire vineyard area has been comprehensively mapped in the country’s first ‘National Vineyard Scan’ and was found to be 8% bigger than previously thought
Australian restaurant rewards customers with wine – if they can turn off their phone
A restaurant in Sydney will reward their customers with a free glass of wine if they can give up their mobiles and go offline for the duration of their meal.
Italy protests Australian ‘Nero d’Avola’ in the UK
Italy’s quality and anti-fraud agency under the Ministry of Agriculture has called for wine merchants in the UK to block the selling of Australian wines bearing the name of the variety Nero d’Avola on their wine labels, the latest protest from Italy against Australia following the contentious wrangling over the use of ‘Prosecco’ on Australian sparkling wines.