Things we’re looking forward to this week

Pepito’s Revenge in Bar 45 at 45 Park Lane

You know it’s going to be a good week when it starts with drinks in the uber glam Bar 45 at 45 Park Lane. It’s impossible not to feel just the teensiest bit spoilt here, particularly when it’s so darned grey and dreary outside…

Tuesday is drinks at Bistro du Vin with the ladies from the must-have book Dangerous Women – A Guide To Modern Life (Ms S doesn’t really need any tips in that department but Mr G might learn a thing or two…)

On Wednesday it’s lunch at The Ivy Club. Not any old lunch mind but one where Andy Griffiths, champion of the Angostura Cocktail Global Cocktail Challenge will match an Angostura 1919 or 1824 cocktail with each course. Then it’s black tie and posh frocks for the International Wine & Spirit Competition Awards Presentation and Banquet at the Guildhall. Yes, we know it’s a lot to pack into one day but the chance to meet up with members of the wine and spirit industry from around the world is just too good to miss.

Thursday is the first in the monthly Gin & Jazz evenings at Arch Bar at The Intercontinental. We’re looking forward to Hendrick’s gin cocktails, matching canapes and live jazz from the Golden Age. Make it a fixture in your diary.

Words to the wise…

Over 60 awards will be made during the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2011. Here is the shortlist in the Spirits Producer category:

United Kingdom Spirits Producer
Shortlist
Beam Global Spirits & Wine
The Glenmorangie Co
The Edrington Group
John Dewar & Sons Ltd
Chivas Brothers
Diageo PLC
The BenRiach Distillery Co Ltd

European Spirits Producer
Shortlist
Brennerei L. Psenner
Bodegas Williams & Humbert SL
THS Bache-Gabrielsen
MackMyra Svensk Whisky AB
Cooley Distillery

American & Caribbean Spirits Producer
Shortlist
Demerara Distillers
St. Lucia Distillers
Campania Licorera de Nicaragua SA
Sazerac Company Inc
Desiladora San Nicolas S.A de C.V

African Spirits Producer
Shortlist
Distell Ltd
Henry Tayler & Ries Ltd
KWV SA
Oude Molen Distillery PTY

Asia Pacific Spirits Producer
Shortlist
King Car Distilleries
Unkai Shuzo Co. Ltd
Gem International LLC
Fosters Group Pacific Ltd~South Pacific Distilleries (SPD)

International Spirits Producer
Shortlist
Suntory International
Whyte & Mackay
William Grant & Sons
International Beverage
Burn Stewart Distillers
Borco International

The Suntory Distiller of the Year
Awarded to the Producer whose entries achieved the best overall results in the 2011 competition.

Bar 45, 45 Park Lane, W1K 1PN. T: 020 7493 4545. 45parklane.com
Dangerous Women – A Guide To Modern Life, (published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson) £14.99 or £8.84 from amazon.co.uk
Gin & Jazz, from 7.30pm monthly at the Arch Bar, Intercontinental Hotel, 1 Hamilton Place, w1J 7QJ. T: 020 7409 3131. ichotelsgroup.com

 

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