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Hermosa Tequila Bottle Beach

Hermosa Tequila Ultra Premium Tequila

Hermosa Tequila

I had the opportunity to try this new tequila that will be out later this month. Wow, I have tasted many tequila brands but this tequila was so smooth I ended up drinking most of the bottle. This is an ultra premium silver tequila that is very drinkable and hang-over free, no impurities and made from 100% Agave. They said they will be out with a reposado and añejo soon as both are in barrels right now.

What does Hermosa mean in english?
Hermosa means beautiful… and so much more something described as Hermosa is not only beautful but quite possibly the most amazing person/thing on this planet and for reasons you can not describe in any language!

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Kentucky Liquor Brokers Wine Beer Spirits & Non-Alcoholic Brands

Kentucky Liquor Brokers, is an efficient way to have full time sales representation in the state of Kentucky for suppliers and brand owners. Working on and off premise we offer in state distributor management, brand ambassador, sales force training, brand education, tracking sales, work with distributor sales representatives, placements, new account distribution while maintaining existing accounts, promotions, hand selling and taking existing brands to the next level.

Kentucky Liquor Brokers works with suppliers and brand owners to attain goals, stating how long and how much it will take to get there. We specialize in targeting accounts that fit your brands demographic. Working with the staff in the account and key on and off distributor sales staff to make sure that your brand becomes a focus. Hand sells, incentives, strategic promotions, cocktail menus, drink/wine lists… recognizing opportunities that will increase case sales.

Kentucky Liquor Brokers has been representing Wine, Beer, Spirits & Non-Alcoholic Brands with a focus on sales. Brokers have relationships with distributors and accounts to get sales results. Setting up distribution in the state, brand education, working with key distributor sales teams, targeting key accounts, incentive programs, promotions, day to day inventory, tracking goals and making sure goals are attained.

For information on representation in the state of Kentucky email info@kentukyliquorbrokers.com

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Tasting Couch Podcast Show with hosts Forrest Cokely and Will Elger

Tasting Couch Podcast Show with hosts Forest Cokely & Will Elger talk Wine, Beer, Spirits & Food

Tasting Couch is more than day drinking or an excuse to open a bottle or wine or high proof whiskey before noon. It’s taking time out of our busy days to sample top products in the food & beverage industry, while giving reviews, talking to the brand owners and educating consumers.

Tasting Couch hosts Forrest Cokely and Will Elger talk spirits, wine, beer, mixers, food and so much more. They interview the creators of brands as they join them on the tasting couch. Dive into a craft bourbon or a wine sent to them from a new winery, each and every day is a different brand. The tasting couch podcast started after years of consulting for many different brands. Brands that would send products to review, give feedback/suggestions or want us to create seasonal cocktails. We would sit down with a brand or with the brand owner talking about their brand and each and every time we wished we could have recorded the session, and share it with consumers who love these brands and want to know more about them.

Do you have a Wine, Beer, Spirit, Mixer, Food… and want to be on The Tasting Couch, email info@tastingcouch.com

About the hosts:

Forrest Cokely is a Charter Member of both the Ministry of Rum Connoisseurs Cabinet, in good standing and Rum XP (Expert Panel), where he has judged many international rum competitions. A founding (board) member and Key-holder for the Orange County Bartenders Cabinet (OCBC). Bar Smarts Certified and a Society of Wine Educators, Certified Spirits Specialist (C.S.S.) He is also a member of the Compagnie des Mousquetaires d’Armagnac. Forrest has been featured in several articles calling for his spirits savvy, sharpened while judging spirit and mixology competitions. Creating tastings, workshops, Branded and specialty cocktails for a variety of clients, drink and pairing menus for restaurants has afforded Forrest the opportunity to stretch beyond what can be found in his over 130 cocktail book collection.

Forrest takes part in multiple forum sites surrounding all aspects of his passion for spirits. His blog can be found here: adrinkwithforrest.blogspot.com
Minister of Culture – Haas Brothers’
Key holder – The Bartenders Cabinet
Tohunga Waipiro – Tonga Hut
Qualified Member – Compagnie des Mousquetaires d’Armagnac
Member – Rum XP (Expert Panel)
Ministry of Rum Connoisseur’s Cabinet
Certified – Bar Smarts & TiPS

Will Elger author of The One Minute Bartender, a bartending book that helps establishments, bartenders and people who want to learn to bartend make cocktails in less time. Will has a degree in hospitality and marketing, has been a bartender, bar manager and restaurant manager in small bars to five star cruise lines. Will went on to sales positions with corporate liquor companies, working on the distributor and supplier side for the largest liquor brands in the world. Then as an ambassador and educator, which lead to starting the award winning brand Muchote tequila. Will also started then sold a wine bar and a distributor, and has helped entrepreneurs start and build successful liquor brands from the ground up. “I love helping consumers find quality brands that become a part of their life. They yearn to learn more about how and why they are made, and become ambassadors to the brands” Will Elger.
Certified – Bar Smarts & TiPS
Chilled 100 Member

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Nightclub & Bar Show

Start Date: March 7th, 2016
End Date: March 9th, 2016
Attendees: 40,000+
Location:
Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 892-0711
Tweet: .@NightclubBar brings together the best of bar & nightlife for another year in @Vegas! Register: #NCBShow16 Nightclub & Bar Show

The Nightclub & Bar Show is the biggest and best bar and nightlife event that happens each year in Las Vegas, NV. A great networking event for suppliers, distributors, bar owners, bartenders… Listen to speakers, go to educational workshops, parties and see what is happening in the industry.

Nightclub & Bar Show is in it’s 31st year, you will meet new brands, distributors and bar staff and network with industry greats that have been returning year after year for 20+ years. You will see people from all over the world, joining together to learn, taste, buy, sell, teach, party…

The 2016 Nightclub & Bar Conference program offers 92 seminars and workshops. Industry experts Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Bob Brown and Charlotte Voisey and organizations like MillerCoors, Constant Contact and Johnson & Wales University. Sessions on food, training tips, social media, design strategies… The 2016 conference will focus on eight tracks Bartending & Mixology, Promotions & Marketing, Social Media, Operations & Management, Beer, Food & Wine, Customer Experience & Liability, Industry Trends & Research and Nightlife.

EXPO (March 8-9) will Showcase 700+ exhibitors, new product, innovative technology, celebrity red carpet appearances. Cocktail competitions, entertainment as you connect with suppliers showing off their brands. Emerging Brands Pavilion features the hottest entrepreneurs featuring emerging products, sponsored by Hotmixology the national TV show. Host Dave Elger will be onsite filming a new episode of Hotmixology.

This is a must attend event the 2016 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show can visit www.ncbshow.com for more information or Register Nightclub & Bar Show 2016 today.

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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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Top 3 Tequila Gifts This Christmas

Casamigos Blanco Tequila Co-Owned by actor George Clooney and nightlife impresario Rande Gerber, this blanco is smooth and light. The aromas are restrained, but on the palate look for mild agave sweetness backed by lemon zest, ginger and white pepper sparks, plus a candied lemon-peel note on the gentle exit. 92 points $39.99 from Hi Time Wine.

Muchote Reposado Premium Tequila, is made by Feliciano Vivanco y Asociados, in Los Altos, Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico. The Vivanco family have been agaveros, growing agave for five generations. The Vivanco 800 acre Los Altos farms are known for rich red clay soil that produce a softer/sweeter tequila. Muchote Reposado Tequila is a single estate tequila, made from 100% Weber Blue tequilana agave. A great gift as scarcity adds value, known as the most awarded reposado tequila and a great tequila for a great price. 94 Points $29.99 from Hi Time Wine.

Casa Noble 2 Year Anejo Tequila is our most refined Tequila, this exquisite Tequila is matured in French White Oak barrels for two years and extra aged to perfection. This limited production spirit exhibits a deep golden tone, has an exceptional bouquet and body, and ranks among the finest distilled spirits in the world. It is beautifully contained in an artisan purple glass decanter. 94 Points $48.99 from Hi Time Wine

   
   

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HOTMIXOLOGY IS ON THE FUSION TV NETWORK

HOTMIXOLOGY TV SHOW On The FUSION NETWORK

Watch HOTMIXOLOGY EVERY WEEK ON FUSION CHANNEL
HOTMIXOLOGY EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
EVERY WEEK ON FUSION CHANNEL (Joint Venture Univision/ABC)
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Here’s where you can catch HOTMIXOLOGY on TV:

AT&T U-Verse – ch. 1206 (HD), ch. 206 (SD)

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And, you can also find us on Apple TV, Roku, Vessel and Flipps.

Want to know what’s on right now? Head over to the Fusion show lineup page

WHAT DAY AND TIME IS IT ON?

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HOTMIXOLOGY

Hotmixology hosted by Dave Elger, a life-long affair with liquor started as he recalls his father bringing home rare or hand made liquors and educating him about the importance of quality drinks.

Dave spent many years professionally representing a multitude of top liquor brands including Cabo Wabo, Pucker and Jim Beam, and launching some top brands of his own. Dave’s passion, personality and impeccable taste in fine spirits earned him the privilege to work directly with the Jim Beam family and with Cabo Wabo founder Sammy Hagar.

Today, and after decades of top experience, Dave is considered the “foremost authority on everything booze,” and is a leading industry expert regularly called upon by the media and industry heads. So hosting Hotmixology every week is the highlight of his and many viewers week. Dave’s passion for cocktails and entertaining pours through as he helps to shine the spotlight on some of the country’s best bartending talents while educating his audience on the art of mixology. Each week, Hotmixology brings its viewers uniquely themed episodes and accessible, fun-to-make cocktails in a “try this at home” style — perfect for any amateur mixologists interested in learning how to mix the perfect cocktail or expert mixologists who continue to learn and absorb inspiration from others in the field.

Tune in to the Fusion Network and watch Hotmixology!

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Urbano Cellars 2012 Barbera Award Winning Wine Review

This wine was a bit lighter than the bold blackberry and plumb taste that is evident, it is light on tannins and has a nice acidity very well balanced with a nice long finish, and I highly recommend it for any night of the week.

Facts
Alcohol 14.2%
Brix at harvest 24
PH at harvest 3.65
Harvest date 10/11/12
Bottling 4/3/14Appellation: Clements Hills
Vineyard: Lewis Ranch
Vintage: 2012
Composition: 100% Barbera
Vinification: Grapes were hand sorted, de-stemmed and transferred to 1 ton open bins where it cold-soaked for about 2-3 days before it began primary fermentation with native or naturally occurring yeast from the vineyard. The must was punched down by hand 2-3 times a day. The wine was aged, with minimal racking, in a mixture of mostly neutral French and American oak barrels for about 18 months.
Awards: Gold Medal Winner 2014 Artisan Awards

This wine would go well with rich cheese dishes to a simple pizza or something from the grill, I once again do recommend the 2014 Barbera from Urbano Cellars.

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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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