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National Wine Day May 25th

National Wine Day, is definitely a holiday worth celebrating. Get behind this holiday, head over to your local wine shop and purchase some wine you love and a bottle of something new, different something you might have read about or been reading about. We all get into a routine of buying the same wine, I like to celebrate National Wine Day by expanding my horizons, treating myself to something a bit more something worth opening on this special holiday. My something new is;
2011 EDICT. Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon, CA – Napa Valley – Napa Valley, An inviting nose of Raspberries and Black Current that continues on the palate. Located in Coombsville, the Collinetta vineyard offers an elegant texture with lots of dense ripe red fruits. The acidity reinforces and balances the structure which entails a mouth watering finish that lingers in the end of the mouth long after the wine is gone. Fine hints of coconut and vanilla discretely reveal the 100% French oak aging. Together, powerful dense fruit, bight forward acidity and balanced oak integration birth a cohesive ensemble showing off Coombsville AVA at its finest – making a wine that will grow effortlessly for years to come.

More ideas on how to celebrate National Wine Day, it’s a great time to purchase some new glasses, a wine refrigerator or some accessories.

Wine Glasses and Stemware, head over to Crate&Barrel or shop online, I have always been a fan of their selection. Also you can purchase one glass, yes you will break a glass and can order one more and not have to purchase a whole new set.

Wine Refrigerator, Wine Cooler Direct has both great products and great prices, visit their site to look at the top sellers.

Wine Accessories, I always head over to FRONTGATE, they have wine accessories that are well built, fun and functional.

Wine Magazine, I am a fan of continued education, if nothing else get a subscription to Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator or Food & Wine Magazine.

Note: Do not get National Wine Day (May 25th) confused with National Drink Wine Day (February 18th). National Wine Day is all about drinking and enjoying wine, National Drink Wine Day is about educating people on the health benefits of drinking wine. Things like moderate drinkers have lower risks for liver disease, type two diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and some cancers. Wine has also been known to reduce “bad” cholesterol, or LDL, and increase “good” cholesterol, known as HDL, a glass of wine has just 100 calories, and its fat-free and cholesterol free…

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Roxanne’s In Long Beach, California

Roxanne’s In Long Beach, CA Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary, Saturday January 9th at 7:00 PM the celebration starts. Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge & Latin Grill is located on 1115 East Wardlow Road Long Beach, CA 90807.

From the people who brought you an extensive selection of premium spirits to Long Beach’s first and now World Famous Speakeasy, comes the celebration of a local neighborhood business looking to elevate the community even more in the next five years.

Roxanne’s has become a staple and a brand, not only to the immediate community, but to Long Beach, California and news is spreading world wide. Roxanne’s is a go-to neighborhood joint for the Wardlow Strip and a home to Long Beach’s cocktail scene. Roxanne’s takes cocktail’s to a new level with an organic hydroponic garden for the freshest ingredients.

Roxanne’s celebrates this 5 year anniversary remembering all the hard work everyone has put into making this place so special. A bar with a reputation for quality, small-batch, craft spirits, beer and wine.

Roxanne’s is turning five years old and they want to invite everyone to the celebration, come by and enjoy an amazing craft cocktail while experiencing first hand The Exhibition Room, their Organic Garden that will be open to the public and see the plans for the future expansion to the building.

See you there,

When: Saturday January 9th at 7:00 PM
Where: Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge & Latin Grill
Address: 1115 East Wardlow Road Long Beach, CA 90807

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The Mixing Glass

The Mixing Glass Liquor Store Costa Mesa, CA

Have you ever dreamed of a liquor store that only has products you love. I found that store, The Mixing Glass is a craft cocktail lifestyle store, that sells the hardest to find spirits, best vintages and the most relevant books and bartending tools. If that is not enough to get you into the store they also carry hard to find mixes, bitters and more bitters. It’s not a big store, they don’t carry every brand, the carry the brands that bartenders and industry experts are drawn to, not high priced but highly regarded brands. And best of all they have a knowlegeble approachable staff to help make sure you get what you came in for.

Today as I stopped by to stock up for the weekend they had a celebrity guest, Forrest Cokely one of the most knowledgeable people in the spirits industry worldwide. He’s producer of the blog a drink with forrest… he has been a judge in top spirits competitions Miami Rum Renaissance, San Diego Spirits Festival, Craft Competition… He has been invited to distilleries worldwide and has helped produce respectable successful brands. He’s the guy you can ask about a product on the shelf and learn everything there is to know about that spirit. Forrest has a following and for all the right reasons, people are content drinking highly marketed spirits. Yet after “a drink with forrest…” or after a recommendation from Forrest, you become knowledgeable about what your drinking. Craft, artisan, small batch… there not just words put on a bottle for marketing, they are descriptive words that are used in describing unique spirits brands. Unique spirits brands are not in every liquor store and almost never at your local pharmacy. They are rare, handcrafted and mostly bottled by hand, they make great gifts as hard to find brands add value and yes they are worth the extra stop even on a Friday in rush hour.

So what did I purchase today you ask, my usual for the wife and for me ArteNOM Añejo 1146 Tequila, yes I could tell you more about this tequila than my go to tequila I have been drinking for over a decade, thank you Forrest.

The Mixing Glass is located at The OC Mix, Orange County’s Acclaimed shopping destination, located within Costa Mesa’s SoCo and home to many locally owned boutiques, specialty food spots and a weekly farmers market.
3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

  

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Artisan Awards, Beer, Wine, Spirits, Mixers,

Artisan Awards For Artisan Wines, Beers & Spirits

Artisan Awards : a competition that showcases traditional made products from producers around the world. An annual event that assists suppliers with brand awareness, and helps bring consumer attention to artisan brands. Independently owned distillers, brewers, winemakers… enter their top brands and compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, not every brand is guaranteed to win a medal.
What makes a product qualify as artisan? If you have to ask more than likely it is not artisan. It’s not about the money as artisan brands make more than mass-produced brands. It’s not about the quantities as artisan brands gain popularity/sales each year. Artisan Awards is more about the skill, ingredients and traditional methods that goes into making the product.
Select judges will perform a blind tasting of all products submitted. Annual judging is highly respected as we hand pick the experts in each field according to skill. As the industry continues to grow year after year the artisan brands need to get the well-deserved attention for going the extra mile to insure the best possible product is made. If you want to be a judge please email info@artisanawards.com and let us know what category (i.e. wine, beer, spirits…).
Artisan Awards recognizes products made by people who truly love what they do- craftsmen, creating rare, handmade, organic, single barrel… products that keep consistency year after year trough traditional methods. Artisan Awards attracts consumers as each year the largest growing segment is artisan brands.

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Top 100 Craft Wines

Craft Wine Competition Top 100 Wines

Craft Wine Competition International Awards, brings together vintners best wines from all over the world. Independent, craft, artisan, boutique… flagship wines that reflect what wine making is all about. Producers are focused on wine making, unique yet with a common constant commitment to quality. Craft wines have the ability to focus intensely on every aspect throughout the wine making experience. Start with geography, climate, and interaction with the soil to certain characteristic qualities that go into the fermentation process and aging or just the sum of the effects. Craft wines are made with passion and the unique flavors in each varietal present themselves in the finished product. Wines are tasted blind by an expert panel of a dozen sommeliers with years of expertise both in the industry and judging wine. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded on a 100-point system. Craft Wine Competition International Awards results will be posted on the site and brands will use winning medallion on bottles and marketing materials. To see the results from last years competition click here, Cheers!

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Oak & Steel Fine Wines And Spirits NYC

Oak & Steel Wine & Liquor Store Midtown, NY

Hours – Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 12 midnight, Sunday, 12 noon – 9 pm
Oak & Steel, a great liquor store, with a great selection, comparable prices and an amazing location. Oak & Steel is my go to liquor store when I need to pop in and out and get a great bottle of something unique. The staff makes the place, very knowledgeable in wine and spirits. Dena, I think her job is operations and marketing yet she really has customer service down. All the staff appear to love what they do and make great recommendations. Their prices are very comparable with other liquor stores near by, but the elevated level of service here is worth so much more. I do not live in NY but I visit often, Oak & Steel does give a discount to some hotels, mention what hotel you are staying at and you could get a 10% discount. Also they invited me to a tasting, from time to time they have in store tastings where you can try new or unique items. Oak & Steel, keep up the good work I look forward to my next visit to both New York and your fine establishment.

Oak & Steel Fine Wines and Spirits is located in Midtown West, 1776 Broadway New York, NY 10019 Phone 212-262-7702, @oakandsteelnyc and join their mailing list.

Oak & Steel Fine Wines And Spirits NYC
Oak & Steel Fine Wines And Spirits NYC
Oak & Steel Fine Wines And Spirits NYC
Oak & Steel Fine Wines And Spirits NYC
Oak & Steel Fine Wines And Spirits NYC
Oak & Steel Fine Wines And Spirits NYC

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Barefoot Wine Review

I was at a friends house right on the beach drinking wine and eating lunch, as I went to take my plate into the kitchen I noticed Barefoot Pinot Noir bottle. She told me we were drinking Pinot Noir yet never mentioned the brand. I am no wine snob but I do pay a bit extra when I purchase pino’s. A quick review, it was smooth as I have already stated, smooth with a bit of spice, dark cherry, berry but more wild raspberry, a lot of fruit up front and a light earthy flavor. We were eating vegetable lasagna, yet I would pair the taste of this wine with just about any lunch I had this week. Another great thing about Barefoot Pinot Noir is the price at just over $6 it tastes like it could be $12. Barefoot, Wine, Beach.

Barefoot Pinot Noir Bottle
Barefoot Pinot Noir Bottle

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