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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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HOTMIXOLOGY IS ON THE FUSION TV NETWORK

HOTMIXOLOGY TV SHOW On The FUSION NETWORK

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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.

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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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Beverly Hills Awards 90210 California

Beverly Hills Awards For High End Brands

Beverly Hills Awards is the original competition, California boasts the top restaurants, bars, hotels, shops and top critics. There is not a better place or venue to bring together the most exclusive brands in the world and have them carefully tasted and judged for excellence. The Beverly Hills Awards is the elite competition recognizing the very best, the industries top, luxury, classic, reputable… brands. Establishing the highest standards, through an experienced panel of respected judges to award perfection through extensive blind tastings. Competitions are held by classification of category in the most exclusive location in Beverly Hills, California. Every step of this competition will guarantee that Beverly Hills Awards be regarded as the most elite, credible, reliable and coveted competition in the industry. Note that these exclusive tasting events will only be open to the judges and preregistered media members and photographers, they will not be open to for general public. Beverly Hills Awards is thankful to all brands who participate, as Beverly Hills Awards has become a brand that brands want to be associated with each and every year.

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Beverly Hills Awards 90210 California
Beverly Hills Awards 90210 California
2015 Beverly Hills Awards Medals
2015 Beverly Hills Awards Medals

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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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Home Bar Basics And Not So Basics

Home Bar Basics Book Review

Home Bar Basics, because making great drinks at home is fun, cheaper than going out, and easier than you might think. Dave Stolte has twenty years of home-bartending experience along with the advice of some of the country’s best professional bartenders to assist in creating the book “Home Bar Basics (and Not-So-Basics),” a pocket-sized Cocktails 101 guide. Dave covers The Basics: twelve drinks that form the core of a home bar menu. If you master these you’ll be ready for the more advanced recipes in The Not-So-Basics. If you are making cocktails in your home, this is a must have book, fine tune your skills and reap the rewards. Buy a copy of Home Bar Basics Now!

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Plan B Wine Cellars Santa Barbara California

Plan B Wine Cellars 2011 Mourvendre Review

Plan B Wine Cellars, has a 2011 Mourvendre from Happy Canyon in Santa Barbara, California. The 2011 Mourvedre works well on it’s own or with just about anything, it’s my new go to wine. If you ask the winery they will say that the cool and wet growing season led to them reducing the crop load a bit and opening up the vine canopy to encourage light and air circulation around the fruit. The result is a wine that is a bit more fruit driven with plum and spice with the familiar smoky earthiness that they are known for. You could save this bottle but temptations will be there as it drinks well today. If you go to Santa Barbara, California wine trail, Plan B is a winery in an industrial part of of town yet they do everything right so make sure you stop by. Janis, wife and co-owner of Plan B is enjoyable and husband, Marlow knows his craft. You will be taken back with all the wine barrels yet realize after you start tasting that they need to supply the demand. They have an elegant wine bar that is both comfortable and educational. Marlow said that they chose this over retirement, Plan B. Marlow and Janis are taking Plan B and creating amazing wines, a must have is the Plan B 2011 Mourvedre.

Awards
Artisan Awards Plan B 2011 Mourvedre Gold Medal Winner 2014

Plan B Wine Cellars Santa Barbara California
Plan B Wine Cellars Santa Barbara California

Plan B Wine Cellars Santa Barbara California
Plan B Wine Cellars Santa Barbara California

Artisan Awards www.artisanawards.com
Artisan Awards www.artisanawards.com

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Corvus Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

2010 Corvus Cabernet Sauvignon Review

Corvus Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Award Winning Wine, no surprise as it’s from Walla Walla, Washington. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is a vineyard designate wine from the world renowned Red Mountain AVA. This cooler year wine is an elegant and balanced wine that opens with a big cherry nose and a hint of spice. Allspice, nutmeg, coffee, vanilla, and subtle tar notes appear on the mid-palate. The nice acidity and bright fruit graduates with a long clean finish that has been a cornerstone of the Corvus Cellars 100% Cabernet Sauvignon since they made their first bottle.

Awards
Sunset International Wine Competition Silver Medal 2014
Seattle Wine Awards Gold Medal 2014
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