Parched March Battle of the Booze Debate: Wine vs Cocktails

Battle of the Booze took place last night at theloft with Sarah Limacher and Jason Williams, Group Sommelier and Group Cocktail Manager of the Keystone Group pulling all punches.

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Sarah Limacher and Jason Williams

Wine vs Cocktails

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And it was going to get ugly.

Two teams battled it out with Jason Williams, Sean Baxter and Tim Philips hailing cocktails while Sarah Limacher, Nick Butler and Sydney Duckett put up a strong case for wine.

Cocktails were flamed. There was sabrage of Champagne Mumm.

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Sabrage by Sarah

Biblical references were made. Nitro cocktails were poured. Grange 2005 was served. Blue cocktails with umbrellas made an appearance. Pregnancy claims were made. Embarrassing photographs of both parties flashed on the screen. Even a Gourmantic photo was used to make a point!

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Gourmantic photo of the Roosevelt Degustation

Stuart Gregor of Liquid Ideas MC’ed the event in his inimitable style and voting was done by the clapometer with wild cheers leading the cocktail team to victory.

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Nick Butler, Sydney Duckett,  Sarah Limacher (Wine Team), Stuart Gregor (MC), Jason Williams, Sean Baxter, Tim Philips (Cocktail Team)

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Stuart Gregor (Liquid Ideas), Amy Cooper (Parched March), Tim Vasudeva (Animal Welfare League)

Battle of the Booze Debate was a Parched March event, an initiative founded by Amy Cooper that promotes the enjoyment of responsible drinking and supports animal charity. Tickets cost $10 on the door with all proceeds going to the Animal Welfare League of NSW.

For a photo gallery of the event, visit Gourmantic on Facebook and remember to “Like” the page.

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Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.


  1. Now that was a battle worth fighting! Whether it was the wine or the cocktails, looks like everyone had lots of fun. I’m always admiring other people’s cocktails, but usually end up just asking for wine — a good wine.

    • It was a lot of fun from both sides who put up a good case. So many laughs but cocktails had to win it 😉

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