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Cuisine Wine Country judged Best Drink Magazine

Press Release                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       5 May 2010

Cuisine Wine Country judged Best Drink Magazine in the world
Cuisine’s top-selling biennial wine and food tourism guide, Cuisine Wine Country 2009 has won the gold ladle for Best Drink Magazine in the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards 2010 in Adelaide.

This is not the first time Cuisine has starred in these awards, which recognise excellence in the international food and drink publishing and broadcasting industries. The magazine was judged Best Food Magazine last time round and was again named as a finalist in this category in 2010. More than 700 entries overall were judged by 60 international jurors.

Says Cuisine editor, Sarah Nicholson, “Cuisine Wine Country is a real celebration of New Zealand’s burgeoning wine areas and we’re delighted that the publication has been acknowledged on the world stage.”

More wine drinkers look for the Cuisine recommendation than any other endorsement in New Zealand, with over 2.2 million Recommended by Cuisine bottle stickers sold in the past year, says Nicholson. “That’s up nearly 100 per cent on the previous 12 months – yet another indicator that Cuisine is a trusted authority when it comes to selecting wine.”

In the past year the Cuisine wine-tasting panel has reviewed close to 1500 wines, making Cuisine Wine Country the ultimate go-to-guide for wine enthusiasts. The 2009 edition offers the definitive guide to New Zealand’s 13 wine regions, inviting visitors to explore vineyards, cafés, restaurants, farmers’ markets and more the length and breadth of the country.

Fairfax Magazines general manager, Lynley Belton, says Cuisine is honoured to receive such a prestigious award. “The calibre of the competition is incredibly high and to be recognised for the second year in a row is testament to Cuisine’s ongoing high standards on the international stage.”

This week’s win is particularly rewarding as the team is now working on the 2011 edition of Cuisine Wine Country, due out later this year on 8 November, Belton says.



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