BEST IN THE WEST

14 Mar 2005, 05:47:53 PM

Reporter: Sharon Dale

Best Cocktail Bartenders

Jared and Sam – Luxe Bar Beaufort Street Mt Lawley

Sam Astbury won the Suntory Cup – Australia's Premiere National Cocktail Championship with his irresistible cocktail SAMURAI.

Jared Plummer won the Grand Marnier Trophy 2004 – this was the first year that a WA has been represented in this competition and it was Jared's creation, the GRAND CUBAN that most impressed at the national competition.

Wine

The Shining Lights Awards are Australia's newest wine industry awards, organised by Australian Wine Selectors Magazine. Ferngrove Vineyard Estate's Winemaker Kim Horton won the Young Winemaker of the Year Award, for exceptional winemaking ability.

The Shining Light awards cover every facet of the wine industry and predict those people who will be the Shining Lights of 2005, and they aim to showcase the most passionate performers in the wine industry. 2005 is the inaugural year of the competition.

The Frankland River winery, located approximately 360km south of Perth in Western Australia, was established in 1997 by local dairy farmer Murray Burton and has quickly gained a reputation for premium cool climate wines.

In the 2004 National Wine Show Circuit, seven wines from two vintages received a total of 11 gold medals including the trophy for the Best Western Australian Dry Table Red Wine at the Royal Perth Wine Show.

CHEESE

Margaret River Dairy Company

Winners:

Geographe Bay Farm Style Oven Baked Ricotta – Finalist in Champion Fresh Unripened Cheese Section at the 2005 Grand Dairy Awards

Also the Margaret River Dairy Company's Brie won Gold Medal at the Dairy Industry Association of Australia 2004

Located in the heart of Margaret River you expect nothing but the best from the region and the Margaret River Dairy Company don't disappoint with their range of fettas, ricottas, cheddars and soft cheeses.

The most unique part of this company is that all Cheese Makers are WA born and bred and they have more than reached the bench mark in terms of meeting world wide standards their cheddar range is a feature in 'Emirates' World Class, Business Class flights and are well received by high flyers all over the world.