Stoli® Vodka Launches Harvey Milk Limited Edition Bottle to Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Harvey Milk

The Harvey Milk Foundation inspires individuals, communities, and organizations to carry on Harvey’s values in a timeless vision for a better, more inclusive world.

Stoli® Vodka, the original premium vodka with uncompromising quality since 1938 (and one of the first multi-national companies in the past four decades to embrace and celebrate the LBGTQ community), announced today the launch of the Stoli® Harvey Milk Limited Edition bottle. Designed to celebrate the life and legacy of Harvey Milk, the Stoli Harvey Milk Limited Edition bottle continues Stoli®’s long-time history supporting the LGBTQ community and commemorates the 40th anniversary of Milk taking office in 1978 as the first openly gay elected official in California. Each bottle is individually

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Today, Stoli Vodka introduced the Stoli Harvey Milk Limited Edition bottle, as a part of the brand’s Raising the Bar program, which supports LGBTQ partner organizations, including the Harvey Milk Foundation. (Photo: Business Wire)

numbered and the bottle’s label was inspired by a mural by Paraguayan artist Oz Montania featuring the famed Milk quote, “Hope will never be silent.” The initiative will help raise funds for the Harvey Milk Foundation.

Stoli has unveiled the limited-edition bottle on May 22, also known as Harvey Milk Day, with a kick-off event at San Francisco’s The Café, where Montania unveiled a new Harvey Milk mural inspired by his original mural at an LGBT community center in Paraguay. The event featured remarks by Global LGBTQ rights campaigner Stuart Milk, Harvey Milk’s nephew and the co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation, who spoke about the impact his uncle has had on equality and freedom across the globe.

The Harvey Milk Foundation is a global non-profit NGO that utilizes Harvey Milk’s inspiring story and legacy to be a catalyst for human rights education and LGBT outreach across five continents. In 1977, Harvey Milk (1930-1978) became the first openly LGBT elected official to a major office in the United States. He was assassinated in San Francisco’s City Hall 11 months later. The volunteer-run foundation was founded in 2009 by Harvey’s nephew, Stuart Milk, and Anne Kronenberg, Harvey’s campaign manager. For nearly 10 years, the Harvey Milk Foundation has provided on-the-ground support and award-winning programming to struggling and emerging LGBT communities on 5 continents with long-term partnerships in over 30 nations.

Stoli has worked with the Harvey Milk Foundation for years and is donating to the nonprofit to support its award-winning work towards global equality and acceptance. Proudly produced and bottled at the historic Latvijas Balzams, the donations from the Stoli Vodka Harvey Milk Limited Edition bottle will help support Harvey Milk Foundation’s LGBTQ programming in Eastern Europe and the Baltic nations.

The limited edition bottle is a part of Stoli’s “Raising the Bar” program, the brand platform dedicated to the LGBTQ equality movement. “Raising the Bar” celebrates individuals and organizations central to advancing diversity and originality within the LGBTQ community and reinforces Stoli’s recently launched “Loud and Clear” global advertising campaign, created to encourage people to find what drives them and celebrate their bold and authentic selves.

We are excited to take our partnership with Stoli to a higher level this year as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of my uncle’s historic 11 months of public service,” said Stuart Milk. “The Stoli Harvey Milk Limited Edition bottle recognizes our history and commemorates who helped lead us forward towards visibility, a visibility that will be enhanced by this wonderful tribute from a creative and passionate brand.”

Stoli has a long-time history of championing the LGBTQ community and giving back through a variety of philanthropic initiatives,” said Stoli LGBT National Brand Ambassador, Patrik Gallineaux. “We couldn’t be more excited to continue our partnership with the Harvey Milk Foundation and honor one of the most important activists in the community.”

The Stoli Harvey Milk Limited Edition bottle is 80 proof, or 40% alcohol by volume (ABV), and a suggested retail price of $19.99 for 750mL.

To learn how you can join Stoli in supporting global equality and acceptance, please visit Milkfoundation.org and HeroesRaisingTheBar.com. For more information, visit www.stoli.com or follow Stoli on Instagram @Stoli, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stoli and on Twitter @Stoli.

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From Cannes To Cape Town, Virtuoso® Names Nominees For The 2018 World’s Best Hotels Awards

Global luxury travel network Virtuoso® revealed the hotels and hoteliers nominated for its coveted Best of the Best awards this year. All nominees are part of the industry-defining Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts program, which boasts over 1,300 hand-selected properties worldwide and more five-star hotels than any other program. Guests who book their stay through a Virtuoso advisor enjoy exclusive benefits valued at more than $500 per stay at these properties, which span more than 100 countries. Travelers can now take advantage of booking their stay at more than 1,100 select properties online at www.Virtuoso.com and receive access to Virtuoso’s exclusive perks.Virtco_new_old

Virtuoso® is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 1,000 travel agency partners with 17,500 elite travel advisors in more than 45 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Drawing upon its preferred relationships with 1,700 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access.

This year’s contenders across nine categories were chosen by the network and the editors of Virtuoso Life magazine, and represent the height of achievement in their given category. The 10th category focuses on sustainable travel and recognizes the hotels that most embody the commitment to the three pillars of sustainable tourism: preserving the environment, supporting local economies and celebrating cultures.

Best Achievement in Design

  • Palácio Tangará, Oetker Collection, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Sagamore Pendry Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
  • The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel, New York, New York, U.S.
  • The Fontenay Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • The Silo Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

Best Dining Experience

  • Aman Tokyo – Arva, Tokyo, Japan
  • Capri Palace – Il Riccio, Capri, Italy
  • Hotel Belles Rives – La Passagere, Antibes, France
  • Meadowood Napa Valley – The Restaurant, St. Helena, California, U.S.
  • The London EDITION – Berners Tavern, London, U.K.

Best Bar

  • Brown’s Hotel, A Rocco Forte Hotel – The Donovan Bar, London, U.K.
  • Hotel Hassler – Hassler Bar, Rome, Italy
  • Mandarin Oriental, New York – The Office NYC, New York, New York, U.S.
  • Park Hyatt Vienna – The Bank Brassiere & Bar, Vienna, Austria
  • The Shelbourne – The Horseshoe Bar, Dublin, Ireland

Best Family Program

  • Hotel Barrière Le Majestic, Cannes, France
  • Kokomo Private Island Fiji, Yaukuve Levu Island, Fiji
  • Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
  • Soneva Fushi, Baa Atoll, Maldives
  • The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, Montana

Best Wellness Program

  • Ananda in the Himalayas, Tehri-Garhwal, India
  • BodyHoliday Saint Lucia, Castries, St. Lucia
  • Chablè Resort & Spa, Chocholá, Mexico
  • The Ranch Malibu, Malibu, California, U.S.
  • Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence, Büergenstock, Switzerland

Sustainable Tourism Leadership

  • Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Wolgan Valley, Australia
  • Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Landaa Giraavaru, Maldives
  • Mashpi Lodge, Quito, Ecuador
  • Singita Grumeti – Sabora Tented Camp, Serengeti, Tanzania
  • Six Senses Douro Valley, Lamego, Portugal

Best Virtuoso Newcomer

  • Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, Vilamoura, Portugal
  • Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel, Paris, France
  • Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, Grand Cayman, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Islands
  • The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives
  • Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

Best Virtuoso Hotel Ambassador

  • Andrea Filippi, Belmond
  • James Baker, The Set Hotels
  • JoAnn Kurtz-Ahlers, Kurtz-Ahlers & Associates, L.L.C.
  • Laurence Tafanel, Esprit Saint Germain
  • Ling Riley, The Palms and The Shore Club Turks and Caicos

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Award-Winning Barrell Craft Spirits Releases the Infinite Barrel Project

Barrell Craft Spirits of Louisville, KY, today announces the introduction of its Infinite Barrel Project, an exciting new whiskey blend crafted to honor the infinity bottle tradition celebrated by whiskey collectors and enthusiasts alike.transparent_BARRELL_logo

Barrell Craft Spirits, based in Louisville, Kentucky, is an independent bottler of unique aged, cask-strength sourced whiskey and rum spirits. The company blends products that explore the unique effects of different distillation methods, barrels and aging environments, and bottles them at cask strength. Every batch is produced as a limited release and has an intentionally distinct flavor profile.

The Infinite Barrel Project involves an innovative approach to blending for the Company and offers consumers a new type of whiskey that is ever changing. This new product line will be a complement to the Company’s award-winning batch releases.

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Award-Winning Barrell Craft Spirits Releases the Infinite Barrel Project

Master Distiller Tripp Stimson and Company Founder Joe Beatrice began creating the Infinite Barrel by selecting a variety of barrels based on individual flavor concentrations and complexities and blending them into a single, larger or “infinite” vessel. At each bottling, a portion of whiskey will be removed and replaced with new barrels chosen to enhance the remaining blend. Details will be found on the Company’s website.

Stimson says, “In bringing our latest vision to the market, we invested a lot in R&D. The Infinite Barrel Project marks the first in a series of innovative product lines we plan to introduce. We are excited about our Infinite Barrel line and anticipate it will be well received.

Its award-winning Barrell Bourbon line of products is currently sold in 35 states throughout the United States. Barrell Craft Spirits has received numerous awards including Best Bourbon, Best Small Batch Bourbon, Double Gold and Best Over Proof Rum at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and has been highly rated by the Whisky Advocate.

For more information about the Infinite Barrel Project, follow Barrell Craft Spirits on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit www.barrellbourbon.com.

Travel News: Wind & Wine Croatia Launches A New Adventure Travel Company

The Company will Combine Luxury Yacht Travel with Custom Curated Winery Experiences in the Dalmatian Islands

7 days, 6 islands, 6 wineries, 6 historical towns

Croatia has been making wine for 2 millennia and is home to the oldest continuously-planted vineyard in the world — yet many people have never tasted Croatian wine. Wind & Wine Croatia is on a mission to change that. This adventure travel company takes small groups on week-long luxury sailing trips and organizes custom, curated winery experiences in the Dalmatian Islands. Travelers will experience the adventure of sailing and sleeping on a modern yacht while visiting six hand-selected wineries and exploring six historic islands and towns.

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Wind & Wine Croatia is co-founded by seasoned wine professional Lizann Grupalo and life-long sailor and certified yacht master Ivan “Pale” Paškvan. Both have over 20 years of experience in their respective fields and formed this company to share their two passions – wine and sailing — with others.

Wine in Croatia has a celebrated history of more than 2,500 years and offers more than 130 indigenous grape varieties,” said Grupalo. “The vineyards are planted in some of the most stunning regions of the country. With each passing year, Croatian wines garner more accolades and awards, yet they remain relatively undiscovered globally. We hope to change that with our wind & wine tour!

What You Will Experience

Wind & Wine Croatia is currently booking trips for June – August 2018. The itinerary includes one-way navigation under sail from the city of Trogir/Split, ending in Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful ancient cities in the Mediterranean known for its white limestone streets and ancient city walls.

One-way navigation under sail will begin in the city of Trogir/Split, the second largest city in Croatia. Renowned for its beaches and ambience, this exuberant city has just the right balance of tradition and modern innovation. At the end of the week, you will arrive in Dubrovnik, one of the most renowned tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. Known for its characteristic Old Town, Dubrovnik will be sure to charm as you stroll white limestone streets alongside ancient city walls surrounded by baroque buildings – all framed perfectly by the shimmer of the sea.

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In the comfort of state-of-the-art yachts outfitted with modern amenities, you will be transported back in time to the historical places and natural wonders that define the Adriatic. Combining nature and history, each day will welcome new discovery and exploration of native islands such as Brač, Hvar, Vis, Šćedro, Pelješac Peninsula and Korčula.

With options to hike, explore, swim and snorkel by day, the afternoons and evenings will provide ample opportunity to visit local wineries, enjoy olive oil tastings and sample the local cuisine, all while strolling the cobblestone streets of these quaint and charming towns.

You will surely find the Dalmatian islands to be your playground bringing peace, tranquility and a renewed sense of energy throughout your voyage.

Guests can choose between a modern, state-of-the-art sailing yacht or catamaran experience. Each yacht, with skipper and host, will accommodate six guests and be part of a small 4-boat flotilla, which provides travelers space to explore each island on their own or, if they wish, engage with other like-minded travelers as they discover the history and complexity of Croatia, its wines, and its people. Each yacht offers modern amenities including the tranquility and privacy of double bed cabins, each with their own bathroom. Priority is given to full boat bookings. Customized solutions are also available upon request.

Learn more and book your trip at www.windandwinecroatia.com. Follow @WindWineCroatia on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 List Announced in Macao

The 2018 list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, was announced at an awards ceremony at Wynn Palace, Macau. Now in its sixth year, the 2018 edition includes eight new entries.50BestASIA_2015_logo

The list is created from the votes of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 300 leaders in the restaurant industry across Asia. For the 2018 edition, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants is once again working with professional services consultancy Deloitte as its official independent adjudication partner. To see more details on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants voting process, visit http://www.theworlds50best.com/asia/en/our-manifesto.html

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list is published by William Reed Business Media, which also publishes The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched in 2002, and Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched in September 2013. William Reed Business Media is entirely responsible for the organization of the awards, the voting system, and the list.

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The winning chefs and restaurateurs celebrate at sixth annual Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, at Wynn Palace, Macau.

Gaggan in Bangkok claims the No.1 spot for a fourth year, retaining the dual titles of The Best Restaurant in Asia, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, and The Best Restaurant in Thailand.

The 2018 edition of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list includes Bangkok newcomer Paste (No.31), headed by Bongkoch ‘Bee’ Satongun, who is also named elit® Vodka Asia’s Best Female Chef 2018.

Japan

Den (No.2) earns the title of The Best Restaurant in Japan while La Cime in Osaka debuts at No.17, earning the Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by Aspire Lifestyles. Acclaimed Japanese chef Yoshihiro Narisawa is this year’s recipient of the peer-voted Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Estrella Damm.

L’Effervescence (No.20) in Tokyo won the inaugural Sustainable Restaurant Award in Asia, presented to the restaurant with the highest environmental rating, as determined by audit partner the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Singapore

Singapore claims seven entries on the 2018 list with Odette (No.5) named The Best Restaurant in Singapore. Continue reading

The Glenlivet® Launches New Mystery Limited-Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky, The Glenlivet Code

Released Without Cask Information Or Tasting Notes, The Glenlivet Code Challenges Consumers To “Unlock The Taste” Through An Immersive Digital Experience

The Glenlivet® takes whisky enthusiasts on a journey of discovery, while also putting their single malt knowledge to the test with the U.S. launch of limited-edition The Glenlivet Code, a mysterious single malt introduced without cask information or tasting notes. Inspired by the iconic British Code breakers, the latest innovation is a unique combination of flavors that will measure the senses of even the most discerning whisky drinker by entering a digital tasting experience where they will be challenged to “Unlock the Taste” of the mystery whisky.

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The Glenlivet Code Logo (PRNewsfoto/Pernod Ricard USA)

With The Glenlivet Code, we had a unique opportunity to create a whisky that has never been crafted before, using new casks and techniques to push the boundaries of what people expect from The Glenlivet,” said Master Distiller, Alan Winchester.This year’s limited edition is a labyrinth of flavors that will test the senses of even the most discerning whisky drinker and we’re excited to invite consumers worldwide to take on the ultimate challenge by unlocking its mystery taste. The interactive experience will allow whisky enthusiasts at all levels to build their knowledge of the category while also developing a deeper understanding of The Glenlivet.

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The Glenlivet Code Bottle (PRNewsfoto/Pernod Ricard USA)

The global launch for The Glenlivet Code is supported by the innovative digital campaign to cement The Glenlivet’s role as the definitive Speyside single malt, renowned for its heritage as an authority within the single malts category. Maintaining this exceptional quality that The Glenlivet is famed for, The Glenlivet Code embodies the brand’s smooth and fruity tasting notes with some additional twists to unlock. The mystery whisky is crafted from specially selected casks to produce a new, never-before created single malt scotch whisky.

To begin the decoding challenge, consumers are invited to scan a code on the back of The Glenlivet Code bottle carton using the Shazam app to enter a virtual underground room. There, they will be greeted by a hologram of Winchester, who will challenge them to decode the taste of the liquid by selecting four aromas for the nose and four flavors for the palate from several possible combinations.

After decoding the flavors of the new whisky, participants will be given a score which they can post on their social channels to see how they rank against their peers. The official tasting notes will be revealed at the end of the year to give consumers the time to discover and enjoy the liquid themselves.

The unveiling of The Glenlivet Code follows the launch of our latest global campaign, ‘The Definitive Whisky, The Glenlivet,’ which celebrates the unwavering pursuit of our founder, George Smith, to create The Definitive Speyside single malt,” said Patrick Caulfield, Brand Director, The Glenlivet, Pernod Ricard USA. “We continue to follow in our founder’s footsteps by acting as a visionary within the category. The Glenlivet Code is our latest example of brand innovation within our portfolio and aims to build consumer knowledge of the single malt category while also developing a deeper understanding of The Glenlivet’s award-winning taste.”

The Glenlivet Code will be available at U.S. retailers from the end of April 2018 at a suggested retail price of $120 a bottle. Consumers can log onto www.TheGlenlivet.com to find out more about the digital experience and share their experience on social media using #TheGlenlivetCode.

Cocktail Artist® Launches Seven New Mixologist-Crafted Cocktail Mixes and Bar Ingredients

After a year of driving growth in the cocktail mix category, Cocktail Artist expands its footprint to fifteen premium mixes and ingredients that inspire home bartenders everywhere to make the glass their canvas

Cocktail Artist®, an innovative brand of premium cocktail mixes and bar ingredients, celebrates its one-year anniversary this month with the release of seven new products, crafted by award-winning mixologists from across America and the Bahamas. Starting in March 2018, all fifteen Cocktail Artist mixes and bar ingredients, including seven new ones, will be available nationwide in Walmart stores, and shortly thereafter, in supermarket chains across the country.Cocktail_Artist_Logo

Cocktail Artist® is shaking up the cocktail mix category with fifteen essential mixes and bar ingredients that are designed in collaboration with award-winning mixologists, whose premium products help demystify the art of mixology, so anyone can mix perfectly balanced craft cocktails at home. After a year of driving growth in the cocktail mix category at one of the nation’s largest retailers, the Cocktail Artist family now touts 15 products, including category mainstays Margarita Mix and Bloody Mary Mix, available nationwide.

Cocktail Artist has invigorated the cocktail mix category with its high-quality standards: eliminating high fructose corn syrup and unnecessary artificial ingredients; using natural cane sugar and fruit juices; and developing perfectly balanced flavor profiles in collaboration with renowned mixologists and cocktail tastemakers. The mixes and ingredients are packaged in artfully designed bottles that elevate the aesthetic of any home bar, and are available at an accessible price point.

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Cocktail Artist® Launches Seven New Mixologist-Crafted Cocktail Mixes and Bar Ingredients

The seven new Cocktail Artists and their curated mixes and bar ingredients include:

  • Skyy John (Los Angeles, CA; Host and Creator of Tipsy Bartender, top cocktail social media influencer with 27 million followers): Margarita Mix

I want to help people make delicious cocktails easily—and have fun with it,” said Skyy John. “My Cocktail Artist Margarita Mix is made with the very best ingredients, meaning there’s no high fructose corn syrup, just pure cane sugar and natural fruit juices. It’s so smooth that you can enjoy it on its own or with spirits, from tequila to rum or vodka. It is so versatile and perfectly balanced, you can’t beat it!

  • Carla Rivera (Miami, FL; Secretary of Miami’s Chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild; Top 15 Finalist at the Diageo World Class Cocktail Competition, 2014): Piña Colada Mix

Piña Colada was invented in Puerto Rico, and I like to tell people that while my ethnicity is Puerto Rican, my blood type is Piña Colada,” explained mixologist Carla Rivera. “My Cocktail Artist Piña Colada Mix is a great substitute for the classic recipe used at the Caribe Hilton Hotel in San Juan.” Continue reading