Jacob’s Creek’s new Double Barrel range has made it across the Tasman, with Kiwis now able to sample chief winemaker Bernard Hickin’s successful concept of finishing wine in aged whisk(e)y barrels, the reverse of ageing whisky in old wine barrels. He believes that this hasn’t been done before, and the company has opted to use Scotch whisky and Irish whiskey barrels that had held their contents for up to 20 years.
âI wanted to express the character of the whisky barrel but not make it taste like whisky. I figured that, if you wanted something to taste like whisky, you would drink a whisky,’ says Hickin.
They begin their ageing in traditional French and American oak wine barrels first before being transferred to the whisk(e)y ones, hence the name.
As far as we can tell, he’s succeeded. The 2012 first vintage Barossa shiraz, finished in Scotch barrels, is smoother while the 2012 first vintage Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon, in the Irish whiskey ones, has a stronger aroma.
The process has taken Jacob’s Creek two years to perfect, says the company.
Jacobâs Creek Double Barrel goes on sale at leading liquor retailers throughout New Zealand from May 2015, priced at NZ$24Â·99.
Top Gemma Arterton arrives at the Australian premiĂšre of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Above Josefin Gustafsson won Monday night’s challenge on Top Model Sverige, and will model for Panos Emporio.
The Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters premiĂšre circuit has hit Sydney, NSW, where stars Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner, along with writerâdirector Tommy Wirkola and producer Kevin Messick, were in attendance at Event Cinemas on George Street.
Reviews for the film have continued to be mixed.
The Australian push is intended to help with the film’s global box office, with an expectation that fans might be more receptive than in the US and Europe.
Russia was the first market to show the film.
Meanwhile, Josefin Gustafsson was revealed as the winner of the Panos Emporio swimwear modelling gig on last night’s Top Model Sverige.
The challenge on the TV show saw Panos Emporio founder and designer Panos Papadopoulos head to Los Angeles late last year, working alongside America’s Next Top Model judge and photographer Nigel Barker.
Despite some inside knowledge, the final result was kept secret from us until we learned of Gustafsson’s win at the same time as the TV3 audience in Sweden on Monday night.
Episodes can be viewed on demand at www.tv3.se/node/13202. Panos makes his appearance 16 minutes in to the second episode of the current season.
Wordpress has summarized the year of this news section, and told us something we know already: that our story on Marine Lorphelin being crowned Miss France 2013 was the biggest of the year. This also correlates with our Facebook fan page numbers.
It also put France as one of the top countries accessing Lucire during December, though the United States remains number-one for our entire website. New Zealand, the UK and Australia were consistently in the top five each month.
Last year, we did some quick arithmetic on the interest in Miss France versus its rival pageant, Miss Prestige National. In 2010, the ratio of readers for our Miss France story versus our Miss Nationale one was 2Â·7: that means, of Lucire readers, nearly three times as many were interested in Miss France than Miss Nationale. Last year, the ratio rose to 8Â·6. This year, however, the ratio is at 35Â·6 for Miss France versus Miss Prestige Nationalânot great news for GeneviĂšve de Fontenay and her committee, though if their online viewing numbers are healthy, then their sponsors will continue backing them.
Our second most-read article was on We’ll Take Manhattan, and the interest in Bailey and Jean Shrimpton because of the BBC TV movie starring Karen Gillan and Aneurin Barnard earlier this year.
The passing of Whitney Houston netted a lot of interest globally, and our article on celebrities paying tribute to her came in at number three.
Interestingly, our Miss France 2012 article came in the top 10, as did a story on the Duchess of Cambridge wearing a dress by New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead in May. A 2011 story on Keira Knightley modelling for Chanel Coco Mademoiselle also showed up in our top 10, making Knightley our most searched-for celebrity this year. Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Jean Dujardin appear after our top 10, in 13th place.
The formula remains similar, with pageants, celebrity and royalty gaining the most public interest. As noted on our Tumblr, a number of countries were absent from our readership this year. This includes numerous African states such as South Sudan, Liberia and Lesotho, where fashion is hardly a priority with daily struggles, and Turkmenistan, where the state still has a say on what is and what is not permitted. One reader pointed out that in our map, Kosovo was also missing from our reader countries.
As to our latest articles, pop to the main part of the site, where our Paris editor Lola Saab has her spring 2013 must-haves from New York.
Stuck on something to give the fashion person in your life?
Christchurch designers Mister have come to your rescue with a new range of jewellery using their signature scissors cast in sterling silver.
The new collection is available in limited quantities, much like their clothing.
The expansion into jewellery sees the design duo of husband and wife Mickey Lin and Ra Thomson offer something unique to their growing customer brand. It is an exciting move for the pair.
Although small, the collection of brooches, earrings, cufflinks and scissor pendant are hopefully just the start of a new venture. They are all presented in a beautiful jewellery box. This is one thing we wouldn’t mind receiving come Christmas morning.âSopheak Seng, Fashion and Beauty Editor
It’s not the first time that the movie version of the musical Grease has inspired a charity singleâBritons of a certain age will remember Hylda Baker (âShe knows, you knowâ) and Arthur Mullard teaming up for a cover of ‘You’re the One that I Want’ in 1978âbut this time, it is with the original stars, Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta.
Newton-John informed her fans earlier via Facebook that she would team up with Travolta in an album entitled This Christmas, but it was this week that a video of one of their numbers was released. The new song, ‘I Think You Might Like It’, joins others by Sir Cliff Richard, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Kenny G. and James Taylor to raise money for charities for children and people with disabilities.
The new number, composed by Melbournian John Farrar, who wrote many of Newton-John’s hits including ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’ and ‘Suspended in Time’, features Travolta’s wife, Kelly Preston, and their children in the video. Travolta and Newton-John recalling their Grease roles by wearing black and driving a 1950s car (a Ford Thunderbird, in this case).
Newton-John says, ‘My desire was to make This Christmas an intimate album, not something too ostentatious or showy. Gathering around the house listening to Christmas music has always been an important part of that time of the year to my family.’
Reviews online have been mixed.
Tilda Swinton at Chanel cruise 2015â16 in Seoul, photographed by Aldo Castoldi. Full story at http://lucire.com/insider/20150505/chanel-shows-cruise-2015-16-in-seoul-with-gisele-bundchen-kristen-stewart-razane-jammal-shin-hye-park-alma-jodorowsky/
Gillian Anderson on the red carpet at the Olivier Awards, April 2015. Photograph courtesy the Olivier Awards.
Blake Lively at her Allure magazine cover party, New York, NY, April 22, 2015, wearing look 16 from the Ralph & Russo springâsummer 2015 couture collection. The white, off-the-shoulder creation features monochrome and cornflower blue silk flowers, meticulously handcrafted by the maisonâs expert couturiers. Photographed by Startraks Photo/Rex Shutterstock (4700425a).
Birdy during a private dinner hosted by Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry at Brasilea Foundation on March 19, 2015 in Basel, Switzerland. Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images.
Izabel Goulart in Georges Hobeika, at the premiĂšre of Ice and the Sky, on May 24, 2015. Jewellery by de Grisogono.
Taylor Swift poses in the press room during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photographed by Jason Merritt.
Dita von Teese visits the Avakian suite during the 68th Cannes Film Festival at the Carlton Hotel on May 23, 2015 in Cannes, France.
Nicole Warne attends the Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry booth at Baselworld 2015 on March 19, 2015 in Basel, Switzerland. Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images.
Taeyang at Chanel cruise 2015â16 in Seoul, photographed by Aldo Castoldi. Full story at http://lucire.com/insider/20150505/chanel-shows-cruise-2015-16-in-seoul-with-gisele-bundchen-kristen-stewart-razane-jammal-shin-hye-park-alma-jodorowsky/
Fan Bingbing wears Ralph & Russo springâsummer 2015 couture to the Chopard Trophy Party at the 2015 Festival de Cannes, on May 16, 2015. The white silk crĂšpe off-the-shoulder fishtail gown features cascading silk organza and gazar ruffles.
Alma Jodorowsky at Chanel cruise 2015â16 in Seoul, photographed by Aldo Castoldi. Full story at http://lucire.com/insider/20150505/chanel-shows-cruise-2015-16-in-seoul-with-gisele-bundchen-kristen-stewart-razane-jammal-shin-hye-park-alma-jodorowsky/