Kodiak and Zac Efron Partner To Inspire Healthier Eating And Wilder Lives

Kodiak, the fast-growing food brand known for its 100% whole grain and protein-packed breakfast and snacking products, and actor/producer Zac Efron are joining forces to further Kodiak’s brand, growth, and impact on the planet. Zac joins the Kodiak team as its first Chief Brand Officer, with plans to put his unique spin on new product innovations, brand strategy, national brand campaigns, and Kodiak’s giving-back initiatives. He also becomes a shareholder in the company and has joined Kodiak’s Board of Directors.

Zac has been a long-time fan of Kodiak’s products and is eager to bring Kodiak into new territory. He is passionate about inspiring Kodiak’s loyal consumers to explore nature, elevate the food they eat, and give back to worthy causes. He also comes with valuable insights thanks to his globe-trotting exploration of sustainable agricultural practices and life-long focus on wellness and fitness.                    

“We’re really excited to welcome Zac and his valued perspectives to Kodiak”, said Joel Clark, Kodiak’s Co-Founder and CEO. “We’ve all watched Zac build a life of adventure that prioritizes wellness from the inside out, which he attributes in part to his belief in real food, making this collaboration feel so right. His global reach, passion for the outdoors, and focus on balanced nutrition makes him an ideal partner. We are teaming up to influence the future of food and keep America wild for future generations”.

My fast-paced lifestyle requires the right food and a good amount of protein, which is why I love Kodiak’s products. Having the chance to be a part of Kodiak’s team in a much bigger way is super inspiring to me.

 Zac Efron

Zac’s already rolled up his sleeves to work on Kodiak’s new products, campaigns, and conservation efforts that will launch throughout the year.

“It’s awesome to work with Zac,” said Matt Leeds, Partner at L Catterton – the global consumer investment firm which backs Kodiak. “We see a uniquely authentic fit between Zac’s priorities and Kodiak’s principles, and we’re excited to see this collaboration come to life”.

Stay tuned and follow along on social: @zacefron and @KodiakCakes. Come into the beautiful world of Kodiak.

Win a Trip of a Lifetime in Provence Chateau De Berne and Ultimate Provence Celebrate National Rosé Day

Château de Berne

Provence Rosé Group celebrates the upcoming National Rosé Day with a contest to win a trip of a lifetime in Provence. The winner will enjoy luxurious accommodations for two people for four days and three nights including breakfast, receive a flight credit of $1,000, along with: Dinner at Michelin Star Restaurant – Jardin de Berne at Château de Berne, Dinner at Ultimate Provence, Dinner at Château St Roux, and enjoy VIP wine tours at the three Estates. Guests can enter starting on June 11, 2022 (National Rosé Day) when the contest opens Register to win by following both @chateaudeberne and @ultimate_provence on Instagram and go on the contest form the link and simply fill it out. The winner will be announced by on the Estate Instagram pages on September 5, 2022.

Château de Berne is nestled in the rolling hills of Provence, in the South of France, one hour from Saint-Tropez between the villages of Lorgues and Flayosc. A remote winding road leads to the exquisite estate in its stunning, pristine natural environment. The five-star Relais & Château de Berne estate includes a hotel and private villa accommodations, as well as a Michelin-starred restaurant ‘Le Jardin de Berne’ which features an eco-conscious approach to fine dining and in 2021 received the new Michelin Green Star distinction, awarded for exemplary sustainable restaurant practices. Completed by the spa, cooking school and various leisure activities, Château de Berne offers food and wine lovers, athletes, adventurers, and those simply looking for quiet contemplation, the promise of an unforgettable experience.

We look forward to welcoming the winners to our exquisite estates so they can experience first-hand the wonderful lifestyle that Provence has to offer.

Bob Gaudreau, CEO of Provence Rosé Group. 

World-famous for its rosé wines, the Côtes-de-Provence appellation alone spans six vast territories, running from East to West, each with its own unique soil type, geography, and climate. Located in the Haut-Pays (Highland) area, Château de Berne is characterized by limestone hills and shallow valleys. This little known, secret backcountry of Provence yields structured reds and fruity, delicate whites and rosés. The estate combines the best of two worlds in terms of geology and altitude. The heart of Berne’s vineyard, where 80% of its vines are rooted, is located on a chalky plateau, at an altitude of 980 ft. Cool nights, combined with a broad daytime temperature range, allow the grapes to mature at a slower pace, thus enhancing the wine’s freshness and delicate aromas.

Château de Berne

Ultimate Provence’s sleek modern design features a chic boutique hotel nestled in an oasis of fresh green surroundings, and the estate makes a lasting impression. Tucked away in the hills behind Saint-Tropez, it offers guests an unexpected taste of Provence, in a remarkable atmosphere that awakens the senses and jostles the codes of this terroir’s ancestral traditions. Ultimate Provence wines offer an explosion of delightful aromas and bountiful pleasures for the palate.

Chef Romain Franceschi’s colorfully creative and mouthwatering gourmet cuisine, a true sensorial experience in perfect harmony with the estate’s wines. This is a place of epicurean and aesthetic delights, conveying the feeling of a dream-come-true getaway experience. Be it waking up in a stylish and cozy room with breathtaking views of the Notre-Dame-des-Anges Mountain range, learning about the art of wine-tasting with an expert sommelier, or relaxing by the luxurious pool, UP offers a veritable oasis of charm for those seeking to chill out and enjoy life. UP received a 94-point score from Tasting Panel.

Château de Berne’s acclaimed Inspiration rosé

For those who can’t travel to France, we welcome wine lovers to experience the wines firsthand in the United States. Château de Berne Romance Rosé retails for $15.99, Chateau de Berne Inspiration Rosé $21.99 and Ultimate Provence Rosé $23.99; available where wine is sold and as trio from wine.com. The Romance bottle features a fun special effect inside the bottle, as a bubble motif appears when the wine is poured, Inspiration is an exclusive square bottle that is a tribute to the Roman architecture and a nod to the estate’s long history of winemaking dating back to Roman times. With the new 2021 vintage, all 3 wines have had scores greater than 90 points from Somm Journal. In addition, Inspiration has received a 92-point score from Wine Enthusiast and was named into the exclusive Wine Enthusiast Top 100 wines of the year.

Contest details

No purchase necessary. The trip must be redeemed in 2022 or 2023 and be used during the weekdays. July and August are excluded. The winner responsible for their ground transportation and must live in the United States.

In order to participate, people need to follow Instagram accounts @chateaudeberne and @ultimate_provence and complete the form here.

Come into the beautiful world of Château de Berne.

Domaine Clarence Dillon Launches The 2020 vintage of La Clarté de Haut-Brion

The 2020 vintage of La Clarté de Haut-Brion, bedecked with its new bottle and presentation, is now available for its connoisseurs. Sought-after around the world, La Clarté combines rarity, the excellence of the know-how of Châteaux Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion, and all the qualities of a fine white Bordeaux wine.

The magic of Haut-Brion’s terroir

While famed for its legendary reds, Haut-Brion’s magnificent terroir has also produced exceptional white wine since at least the early 18th century. Initially producing sweet wines, it was not until the late 1800s that the fine dry white wines came into their own. Every year, the uncompromising, meticulous work in the vineyards through the seasons, a bespoke vinification and ageing ensures the exceptional quality of these singular and acclaimed white wines.

The heir of two icons

A clear, golden colour, this white wine is made from a blend with a majority of Semillon (75%) bringing body and sweetness and Sauvignon Blanc grapes, bringing freshness and structure. The first nose is powerful and fruity, with lovely aromas of peach and quince and an unrivalled complexity. The first taste is smooth and full of flavour. The wine develops with rich body on the palate, almost sweet, giving a feel of Southern France. The finish, with some lovely bitter notes, is very refreshing. These are just a few of the reasons why wine enthusiasts around the world are keen to discover this incredibly fine and rare dry white wine: only approximately 1000 cases are produced every year.

La Clarté de Haut-Brion’ grapes are grown on the Haut-Brion terroir, it is born of two prestigious estates: Château Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut-Brion. This new bottle reminds of the wine’s extraordinary kinship: the bottle has adopted the shape of those of Château Haut-Brion, meanwhile, the label and capsule have taken in the codes of the eminent Château La Mission Haut-Brion. 

This second wine makes an excellent introduction before discovering its elders.  To reveal its qualities, there are many occasions for tasting it. La Clarté de Haut-Brion can be enjoyed as an aperitif or with seafood or sushi it will be a marvellous accompaniment, as its structure and flavours blend perfectly with noble fish. 

Come into the beautiful world of Domaine Clarence Dillon.

Tequila Don Julio Primavera Returns For a Limited Time to Turn Every Moment Into a ‘Golden Moment’

As days last longer, temperatures get warmer, and sunsets burst in an orange and pink haze, the limited-edition Tequila Don Julio Primavera returns this season to help make the most of these golden moments that you wish would never end. Between spontaneous drinks with friends, an intimate dinner party just before dusk, or a sunset beach picnic – all you need is good company and the light citrus finish of Tequila Don Julio Primavera to make this golden season worth celebrating. Knowing the importance of chasing these moments, the brand is teaming up with actor Chase Stokes to inspire everyone to chase golden moments of their own this spring.

There’s nothing I love more than a memorable time with great people, which is why I’m so excited to help bring back Tequila Don Julio Primavera. There are very few things in life that are worth chasing, and of course I should know, so when it comes to moments that combine my favorite tequila with those closest to me, those moments are exceptionally golden and definitely worth the chase. That’s what it’s all about with Tequila Don Julio Primavera, so let’s just call me the Director of Golden Moments this spring.

Chase Stokes

Tequila Don Julio Primavera is meticulously crafted to ensure liquid perfection that honors the legacy of Don Julio González’s innovative spirit. This deliciously smooth expression takes Tequila Don Julio’s traditional Reposado and finishes it in highly coveted European casks that previously held wine infused with macerated orange peel. Featuring a flawless balance of notes including honeyed agave, a hint of spice and a light, citrus finish, Tequila Don Julio Primavera is best enjoyed on the rocks or in the signature ‘Primavera Sunset’ cocktail with club soda and a cara cara orange wedge.

Only 26,000 cases of Tequila Don Julio Primavera are being released this year, and it’s on shelves now, so let the chasing begin! Follow along with Chase Stokes as he chases his own golden moments with Tequila Don Julio Primavera, including a luxurious private celebration in Miami, FL that one lucky winner can receive an invitation to! Starting April 15th, consumers can enter for a chance to win a trip with up to three friends (21+) to chase their own golden moment in Miami, where they will enjoy a personal meet & greet with Chase Stokes. Text PRIMAVERA to 24272 to enter through April 22, 2022. Rules and restrictions apply, please click here to see official rules.

Tequila Don Julio Primavera is available for a limited time in the U.S. where spirits-based beverages are sold for an SRP of $149 for a 750ml bottle. Tequila Don Julio encourages consumers of legal drinking age to celebrate responsibly.

Come into the beautiful world of Don Julio.

Michter’s 10 Year Bourbon Release Held Back Until 2023

Louisville-based Michter’s Distillery will be waiting until 2023 to release its 10 Year Bourbon. Their goal is to put out the greatest American whiskey.

“Over the more than two decades since we restarted Michter’s in Kentucky, we have had several years where we’ve chosen to hold back particular offerings”, observed Michter’s President Joseph J. Magliocco. “Our goal is to put out the greatest American whiskey. When we think something is already wonderful, but will become spectacular with a bit more aging, we have not been shy about waiting to release it. When it comes to whiskey, there’s no substitute for patience and time”.

We have had several years where we’ve chosen to hold back particular offerings. When we think something is already wonderful, but will become spectacular with a bit more aging, we have not been shy about waiting to release it.

Joseph J. Magliocco, President Michter’s Distillery

“I’m proud to be at a company that is so laser focused on offering top quality whiskey. This continues the protocol set by our late Master Distiller Willie ‘Dr. No’ Pratt”, commented Michter’s Master Distiller Dan McKee. Many years ago, Pratt earned this nickname from Michter’s Executive Vice President Steve Ziegler for his refusal to release any whiskey until he felt it was just right.

The Louisville-based distiller plans to keep the barrels originally slated to be bottled this year for one further year of aging. Michter’s Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson stated, “Bourbon enthusiasts often tell us how much they love our 10 Year Bourbon for its depth and complexity. While we know our Michter’s supporters will be disappointed, just know we are continuing to stay true to our philosophies of who we are as a company and as a brand by always delivering extraordinary whiskey to those who are willing to wait.”

Michter’s has a rich and long legacy of offering traditional American whiskeys of uncompromising quality. With each of its limited production offerings aged to its peak maturity, Michter’s highly acclaimed portfolio includes bourbon, rye, sour mash whiskey, and American whiskey. Currently all types of Michter’s are being allocated because demand exceeds supply. In October 2021, Michter’s was named the Most Admired American Whiskey in a survey conducted in 25 countries. In January 2022, Michter’s was named the #1 Top Trending American Whiskey brand by Drinks International in their Annual Brands Report.

Michter’s 10 Year Bourbon has a suggested retail price of $160 in the United States. Come into the beautiful world of Michter’s.

Beam Suntory Launches limited-edition Bowmore™ 1965 Precious Metals Exclusively to Global Travel Retail

Beam Suntory is thrilled to introduce the limited-edition Bowmore™ 1965 Precious Metals, designed by master craftsman John Galvin, exclusively to Global Travel Retail.

Inspired by the rich heritage of Bowmore’s remote island home in Islay for over 240 years, John Galvin captured centuries of tradition to create four individual presentation boxes that pay homage to legendary craftsmanship and the distillery’s legacy. Each handcrafted oak box is adorned with a brass plaque made from the former spirit safe, dating back to 1924.

We’re delighted to present the exquisite limited-edition Bowmore 1965 Precious Metals exclusively to Global Travel Retail. Master craftsman John Galvin captured the essence of the Bowmore distillery and has a proven track record of designing incredibly desirable pieces for collectors. With only four bottles available worldwide, our customers are invited to get their hands on unique art that immortalizes the Bowmore craftsmanship and celebrates the brand’s rich heritage.

Manuel González, Marketing Director of Global Travel Retail for Beam Suntory

Bowmore 1965 Precious Metals celebrates the evolution of the distillery as the 1960s represent the golden age of Bowmore, when some of the brand’s most prolific and admired whiskies were crafted. Today, these whiskies are scarce, and the spirits are limited to only a handful of casks.

Radiating a shimmering amber hue, Bowmore 1965 has been elevated to legendary status through maturation showcasing the iconic fruit notes and deep flavour that are revered in Bowmore single malts. On the nose, this whisky offers elegant bursts of fragrant fruits, sweet bees wax and intense dark chocolate, developing into burnt heather and a fresh spring flower finish. Perfectly balanced with a touch of jasmine, dried fruit and apricots, this single malt is best savoured neat.

Each of the four bottles are available at a RRSP of $50,000, with each individual box being a bespoke collectable and artifact capturing over 240 years of heritage. The bottle will also be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and numbered to preserve their rarity.

The bespoke one-off art pieces represent the ultimate pathway into the Bowmore legacy for whisky collectors worldwide and will be available to travellers at airports in Dubai, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Amsterdam.

The first bottle will become available at the Taipei Downtown DF store from 11th March 2022. Come into the beautifiul world of Bowmore.

Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004 Voted Best Champagne In The World

For 7 years, the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships have been rewarding the best sparkling wines in the world. This year, Maison Ruinart is pleased to announce that Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004 in magnum format has been crowned the best Champagne in the world.

Rosé champagne has a special place in the history of the House. Indeed, its creation dates back almost 260 years. In 1764, Ruinart was the first champagne house to market a rosé champagne, then called ‘Oeil de Perdrix’.

Consecrating the finest harvests, the Dom Ruinart cuvée gives pride of place to Chardonnay, the emblematic grape variety of Maison Ruinart. Always vintage, it was born in 1959 and has since known only 26 vintages. The Chardonnay matures for almost ten years with great care and patience in the perfect conditions in their Crayères (old limestone quarries). This is followed by the remuage (turning of the bottle) and the disgorgement phase (de-fermentation), following the old Champagne tradition.

I only drink champagne on two occasions. When I’m in love, and when I’m not!

Gabriella ‘Coco’ Chanel

Its rosé expression is even rarer because it is made from the base of Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs from the same year (about 80%), and blended with Pinot Noir vinified in red from the same year. The year must therefore be both exceptional for Chardonnay and Pinot. Only 20 vintages have been marketed since the first in 1966. 

Proof of the challenge of time, it is the Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004, 14 years old already, which invites itself to our end-of-year celebrations to close 2021 in beauty and in magnum, with its title of Best Champagne in the world. Time continues its work.

This cuvée was crowned by the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships, a benchmark international competition. This global wine competition, launched in 2014 by internationally renowned specialist writer and author Tom Stevenson, aims to provide consumers and professionals with the annual guide to the best champagnes and sparkling wines in the world. The jury is exclusively made up of champagne and sparkling wine specialists and the tasting is completely blind.

The 2004 vintage is marked by a complex and delicate aromatic palette, which brings together in this blended rosé, flavors of crunchy red fruits with smoky and spicy notes. The texture is supple, elegant. It accompanies a length in the mouth carried by a fresh and tense Chardonnay that time has not attenuated but more firmed up thanks to aging in magnums.

The magnum format is the one that best preserves the freshness of the wines. Thanks to a longer ageing, its volume allows the development of more intense notes. 

Veuve Clicquot celebrates 250 years aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train

To mark its 250th anniversary, Veuve Clicquot has conceived an exceptional journey with Belmond on board its mythic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Starting June 5, guests will spend two days discovering the history and savoir-faire of the Champagne Maison, traveling from Reims to Venice, retracing the route of the first bottles shipped abroad by the Maison in 1772.

Entitled ‘Voyage Solaire’, a name inspired by the signature sunburst yellow color of Veuve Clicquot labels since 1877, the celebratory journey follows the sun from dawn to sunset. It begins at sunrise in Reims, in the heart of Champagne, with a visit to the chalk cellars and a tasting of the Maison’s most prestigious cuvées, accompanied by Cellar Master Didier Mariotti.

The adventure and refinement then continue on board the legendary train in a timeless atmosphere. Immersed in an authentic décor elevated by art deco details, travelers will revel in a champagne pairing dinner.

The next morning they can watch the sun rise over the Alps from their cabins or the platform at Innsbruck station. The magical adventure culminates with a sunset dinner at Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice, on Giudecca island.

Guests who book a Cabin Suite or Grand Suite add to the experience with a celebratory breakfast in the dining car. And Grand Suite guests are invited to an exclusive pre-journey night at Veuve Clicquot’s private Hôtel du Marc in Reims.

Founded in 1772, Maison Veuve Clicquot remains faithful to its emblematic motto – ‘Only one quality, the finest’ – encapsulating two and a half centuries of savoir-faire at the heart of an exceptional heritage and the visionary spirit of Madame Clicquot, one of the first businesswomen of modern times.

Belmond has cultivated a unique art of refined travel since its acquisition of the Hotel Cipriani in Venice in 1976. From elegant train journeys to river cruises, safari lodges and hotels, each property in the Belmond collection has an incredible story to tell, bringing guests unforgettable experiences and an incomparable sense of service.

Come into the beautiful worlds of Veuve Clicquot.

T’ang Court at The Langham, Hong Kong is pleased to announce that it has retained the coveted Three-Michelin Star rating

T’ang Court at The Langham, Hong Kong is pleased to announce that it has retained the coveted Three-Michelin Star rating in the 2022 Hong Kong and Macau edition of the Michelin Guide for the seventh consecutive year.

Offering a fine selection of authentic Cantonese delicacies over the years, T’ang Court has been recognised by Michelin inspectors since 2009 when the distinctive red guide first launched in Hong Kong and Macau, and has kept its three Michelin-star status since 2016.

Helmed by Chinese Master Chef Kwong Wai Keung who has been in T’ang Court since its opening in 1988, and Executive Chef of T’ang Court, Wong Chi Fai who has been with the restaurant for nearly two decades and risen through the ranks since joining as a junior chef overlooking the steamers. This dynamic duo have led the team in maintaining the highest culinary standards and in achieving this coveted recognition in addition to numerous international culinary awards and accolades.

Sherona Shng, Managing Director of The Langham, Hong Kong and Regional Vice President, Operations – Asia for The Langham Hotels and Resorts expresses her pride and delight with the winning team and their milestone achievement. “I congratulate our team at T’ang Court led by Chef Kwong and Chef Wong along with Restaurant Manager Rosa Lau for achieving the coveted Three-Michelin Star accolade for the seventh consecutive year! This is a feat that few restaurants in the world can stake claim to and our team has done it yet again despite the challenges of the last year. T’ang Court has been and will continue delighting our guests with the team’s culinary prowess, commitment to quality and impeccable service”.

Kwong Wai Keung, Chinese Master Chef, Right and Wong Chi Fai Executive Chef of T’ang Court Left – The Langham, Hong Kong

Chinese Master Chef Kwong Wai Keung states, “Despite this being our seventh time achieving this award, I am still surprised when the results are announced. Each day my colleagues and I come to work and we simply give it our best. I am delighted that this pleases our guests and honoured for the Michelin Team to confer upon us this highest accolade. We are grateful for the all the support and will continue to delight all our guests with our traditional Cantonese cuisine. We look forward to your continued patronage”.

T’ang Court creates authentic Cantonese cuisine using the freshest and finest seasonal ingredients; favourite signature dishes include the Stir-fried Fresh Lobster with Spring Onion, Red Onion and Shallot, Baked Oyster with Port Wine as well as the Baked Stuffed Crab Shell with Crab Meat and Onion.

T’ang Court reflects the classic timelessness of the Tang Dynasty, China’s golden age. It is a Michelin-starred restaurant that has been recognised by the coveted Michelin Guide, Hong Kong and Macau since 2009.

Amid lavish furnishings, graceful silks with a gold accent and contemporary sculptures adorn the walls, while a dramatic spiral staircase leads up to five private dining rooms which have been named after famous Tang Dynasty poets – Tai Bai, Le Tian, Zi Shou, Bai Yu and Zi Mei. This is one of Hong Kong’s finest Cantonese restaurants where many of Hong Kong’s top business leaders and celebrities are regular.

Two Michelin Stars Awarded to Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Mandarin Grill + Bar

As their first and flagship hotel, the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is as legendary as the city itself. The iconic hotel is the epitome of contemporary luxury combined with Oriental heritage. Having delighted guests with award-winning services and impressive facilities for over 57 years, it is a much-loved address for those seeking exclusive experiences in this dynamic city.

The hotel’s spacious rooms and suites offer magnificent views of the famous Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong’s skyline. A collection of nine outstanding restaurants and bars, including two with Michelin stars, a luxurious club lounge and a Shanghainese-inspired holistic spa make Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong the quintessential ‘home away from home’ for discerning leisure and business travellers alike.

Man Wah

Today celebrations are underway at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong following today’s ‘Michelin Guide, Hong Kong and Macau 2022’ awards ceremony where Man Wah and Mandarin Grill + Bar each retain one star status, joining 71 restaurants in the two territories to obtain this prestigious accolade. Mandarin Grill + Bar has been part of the Michelin family for 14 consecutive years, and Man Wah for 9 consecutive years.

Long renowned for excellence in dining, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is delighted to be able to offer guests time-honoured Cantonese cuisine at Man Wah, and contemporary adaptation of classic grill specialties at Mandarin Grill + Bar.

Man Wah: chilled marinated abalone cucumber

Leading the hotel’s culinary team is Executive Chef Robin Zavou. Right by his side is Chef de Cuisine Simon Guthridge at Mandarin Grill + Bar, and Executive Chinese Chef Wing-Keung Wong at Man Wah, who both lead the success in each of their restaurants respectively.

“To be recognised by the highest standard in the culinary world is a true testament of the labour of love that everyone has contributed. Our mission is to continue to be a world-class dining destination worth visiting, and we look forward to delighting guests with star-worthy experiences,” said Chef Zavou.

Come into the beautiful worlds of Man WahMandarin Grill + Bar and the Mandarin Oriental.