Emirates’ stellar wine programme was recognised at the Business Traveller Cellars in the Sky 2019 Awards held in London.
The airline picked up multiple awards including 2 Gold awards, 2 Silver awards and a Bronze award for its carefully curated wine lists. The awards include:
Business Class Fortified – Dow’s Colheita Port, 1992, Douro Valley, Portugal
First Class Fortified – Vin de Constance Klein Constantia 2013, Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa
Business Class Rosé – Whispering Angel 2018, Côtes de Provence, France
First Class Red – Les Forts de Latour, 2005, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
First Class Fizz – Dom Pérignon Vintage 2002 – Plénitude 2, Champagne, France
The winning wines represent Emirates’ varied offering which come from 12 of the main wine producing regions including France, Australia, South Africa and Portugal. The Emirates wine strategy is to buy exceptional wines at the earliest opportunity and let them mature to allow them to express their full potential before serving them on board its aircraft.
Emirates’ wine cellar, located in France, is the largest of any airline and currently holds 7.4 million bottles of fine wine, some of which will not be ready for serving on board until 2037.
Emirates also recently launched its new set of wines for the Emirates Vintage Collection, a selection of the finest bottles from its cellar in France. These exceptional wines are exclusively served in First Class on selected flights and for a limited period of time.
Emirates was awarded a Bronze award in the First Class Fizz category for Dom Pérignon Plénitude 2, 2002. Dom Pérignon has been a mainstay in its First Class wine lists for over 28 years and Emirates is the number one global partner of the maison. Over the years, Emirates has served several Dom Pérignon vintages, some made available to Emirates as global airline exclusives. .
The Business Traveller Cellars in the Sky Awards recognise the best wines served in first and business class on board airlines around the world. Emirates’ careful wine selection and procurement strategy are highlighted on The Wine Channel on ice – its award winning inflight entertainment system.
Selassie Atadika And The Successful Midunu Brand
Selassie Atadika has built an enviable globally-recognized brand.
The Ghanaian chef is making giant strides with her Midunu brand of luxury Ghanaian chocolates truffles, a direct heed to President Nana Akufo-Addo’s call to ensuring manufacturing finished chocolate products do well both in Ghana and abroad.
Launched recently, it has garnered a lot of traction within the market, placing the brand and Ghana’s cocoa credentials on solid footing.
The hand-crafted chocolate truffles are available to consumers in the United States and Canada. Midunu’s chocolates take you on a journey, blending unique herbs and spices from across the African continent with ethically sourced and produced Ghanaian cocoa.
As a proud African, Selassie’s focus is to ensure that Midunu chocolates first of all are available in Africa with focus especially on Nigeria and South Africa and she hopes to partner with GEPA to push this Proudly Ghanaian brand further internationally.
Born in Ghana, Selassie passion for the culinary arts led her to start a chocolate company. After completing her Master’s degree from Columbia University in International Affairs, Selassie embarked on a decade of humanitarian work through the United Nations throughout Africa.
Inspired by the rich origin stories of the cuisines she encountered and troubled by the injustices that plagued food systems throughout the continent, Selassie set about introducing her “New African Cuisine” to her home in Ghana – bringing local, seasonal, and underutilized ingredients to the forefront in the dishes she creates.
Her culinary approach has caught attention all over the world and granted her international awards and recognition including being a finalist in the 2019 Basque Culinary World Prize, #73 in the Best Chef Awards 2020 and 2021 recipient of the La Liste New Destination Champion Award for Africa.
Despite being the world’s second largest producer of cocoa, very little chocolate is actually produced in Ghana – the vast majority of the cocoa beans are exported to the Western world to be processed and packaged. Selassie saw chocolate as a familiar vehicle to introduce lesser known herbs, spices, and teas from across Africa to conscious customers around the world while creating jobs, supporting local producers, and adding value locally in Ghana.
Each chocolate is expertly crafted by a team of female chocolatiers in Ghana and named after a different African woman – the culinary custodians of the continent. There is “Aicha” – the perfect pairing of an earthy green tea and a refreshing mint drenched in dark chocolate, “Almaz” – a blend of fragrant spices and Ethiopian chilli blend known as berbere, “Kukua” – a white chocolate ganache infused with moringa.
Selassie describes Midunu as her love story to Africa – a means of celebrating and preserving Africa’s culinary heritage. Atadika is one of a handful of local artisanal chocolate maker and chocolatiers who have been working to add value to chocolate in Ghana.
The Midunu Chocolates have stood out internationally and earned Atadika respected publications and appearances in The New York Times, Washington Post, Bon Appetit Magazine, CNN African Voices, The Financial Times, Al, Jazeera, The Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), OmVärlden, as well as mentioned in Vogue, National Geographic’s The Plate, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Ebony. Her cuisine has been featured at a State Dinner and the prestigious James Beard Foundation in the US.
Rison Set To Release A New Song Christened “Aye”
It’s one thing to be doing music and another thing to tell a story through your sound but having them both volume the magnitude of the craft.
One artiste undoubtedly carrying both attributes is Rison . Rison is Ghanaian- Nigerian recording artiste, songwriter and a performer based in the USA.
Rison after his latest smash “Nobody has to know “ is back with a new one “AYE” Where he talks about the Reassurance of his love for his woman.
The style of the song is a combination of Afro pop and Afro beat and it was produced by Nektunez. It has the vintage feeling of Fela Kuti and also a newer modern sounds of Burna boy and Wizkid. Which is no surprise since he talks about wizkid having a big influence on his style of music.
The singer has promised his fans more music after “Aye”, In an interview with Mc Coaches of Starbuzz Music he said; “I am always recording, have quite a number of unreleased joints looking for the perfect timing to release them”
The release of AYE is scheduled for Friday May 21st 2021 so music lovers should be on the lookout for another classic from the singer.
Pre-Order “Aye” on all streaming platforms with the link below:
Dr. Fauci Gives Recommendation On If Children Should Still Wear Masks
Children will still need to wear masks while indoors and around others, despite the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s announcement that fully vaccinated individuals will no longer need to do so, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden, told CNN Thursday (May 13) that children will still need to wear face protection in public until they are fully vaccinated.
“The children do, when they’re out there playing with their friends and, you know, particularly in an indoor situation they do,” Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
The CDC announced Thursday that fully vaccinated individuals are now safe from becoming infected and from infecting others with coronavirus, however, vaccines for children have not yet been approved.
“But, you know, one of the things that’s also important, that’s happened most recently, is the approval of vaccines for children 12 to 15 years old,” Fauci added. The CDC signed off on using vaccines in that age group Wednesday.
Fauci confirmed vaccine makers are also focusing on younger age groups such as 6-9-year-olds, 2-6-year-olds, infants and toddlers and are expected to reach out to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to authorize or approve vaccinating those age groups soon.
“Then by the end of the year we hope to vaccinate anybody. Right now, the 12- to 15-year-olds can get vaccinated by the Pfizer vaccine,” Fauci said.
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