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2015 Apothic California Inferno Review

2015 Apothic California Inferno Review

2015 Apothic California Inferno Review

7/10 – Hint of whiskey from the barrel it was aged in, very fruit flavored, great buy!

Tasting Notes
This small batch wine has been aged for 60 days in whiskey barrels. Red and dark fruit flavors combine with layers of maple and spice, giving way to a long, clean finish.

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Mandala Tequila Award Winning Ultra Premium Extra Añejo Tequila

Mandala Tequila – Extra Añejo Ultra Premium Tequila Review

Mandala Tequila the most awarded and most coveted extra añejo tequila.

A Mandala has remained valid in all cultures around the world for thousands of years, it is not limited to borders, religions or cultures, it is accessible to all humanity, which is why it has very strong and broad meanings, all derived from a circle for us a mandala is a circle of joy, peace and above all life.

In our family Circle, generations, friends and acquaintances, we always give ourselves the time to sit down together and decide what will be our next outing weekend, anniversary, our vacation next summer, our winter holidays etc, usually in our Mexican culture and in general human nature we all enjoyed a good weekend on a beach, a cabin or a little gateway anywhere, but most important spending time with family, friends or colleagues.

This custom is most pleasant for us as Mexicans, being in a place, relaxing , laughing, being out of the normal routine and enjoying your stay.

Tequila Mandala, was born with that weekend in mind, that vacation or just that moment surrounded by our family, friends, loved ones, and those good times.

Tequila MANDALA, is that family circle, friends and loved ones that we spend the most wonderful moments of life, that circle, time or time where we have fun, relax, but mostly live.

Tequila Mandala is the combination of our beautiful traditions, art and our Iconic pleasure Tequila.

We decide to give life to Mandala, as unique and different, with traditions and art that distinguishes it, to enjoy it with that circle of family, friends or acquaintances at a good time, relaxing and allowing us to live experiences.

Tequila Mandala, are those good times we had in life. Because life is made of moments, do not wait for them to pass, enjoy those moments, enjoy Mandala!

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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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NEAT Glass Official Glass of Craft Competition

NEAT Glass Official Glass Of Craft Competition

Craft Competition uses a glass engineered to expose all the aromas hiding behind nose-numbing alcohol. NEAT Glass allows you to taste the truth and discover what’s hiding in your glass.

In 2003, a simple mistake in a glass blowing class created a misshapen tumbler which was used in a pinch for want of a clean glass. The amazing change in expression led to a new approach to glass design which is called Naturally Engineered Aroma Technology (NEAT). By studying links between human physiology and molecular behavior, they unlocked the hidden dimensions of distilled spirits for your exquisite pleasure and hedonistic enjoyment, with a spirits glass that directs strong alcohol away from the nose. Over the next nine years, fifty two different design iterations, hundreds of tastings, and GCMS studies led to the perfect ultimate spirits glass now known as the NEAT glass.

Science builds better glassware: The NEAT glass…Design driven by science brings truth in taste.

The Patented Design: Create a wide vessel to enhance evaporation, short enough to allow heavy aromas to reach the nose, and squeeze the vapors so lighter molecules like ethanol alcohol move faster. Flare the rim so squeezed molecules have room to expand, and alcohol scurries over the rim to disappear and never numb the nose, while the other slower moving aromas are detected in the sweet spot, without alcohol. This design patented in the USA D663165, utility patented in the People’s Republic of China, and utility patent pending in Austria, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Definition of Flavor: The blend of taste and smell sensations evoked by a substance in the mouth. A thousand aromas, five tastes define flavor. The total impression includes mouth feel, from sensors that detect oily or dry, temperature, texture, minty, and many others. Aroma (90%) + Taste (5%) + Mouth Feel (5%) = Flavor.

Evaporation: The “engine” that powers aromas to the nose aided by large evaporation area and vigorous swirling. Without evaporation, there is nothing to smell.

Compress and Release: The neck of the NEAT Glass compresses, and the wide flared rim allows expansion as vapors pass through the narrow opening. The lightest vapor – ethanol alcohol – diffuses and disperses.

What’s the benefit?

No more nose burn or numbness. Your nose is free to detect, savor, and enjoy the subtle, wonderful aromas the distiller intended. Your nose will also tell you if the distiller did his job with care, making the proper head and tail cuts, using clean equipment, and even the condition of the barrels. Without alcohol dumbing down your sense of smell, absolutely nothing can hide from your nose.

What’s the scientific verification?

The NEAT Glass was designed for maximum drinking enjoyment and tested under controlled, uniform conditions against other spirits glasses at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) Chemistry Department to verify our claims.

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NEAT Glass Official Glass of Craft Competition
NEAT Glass Official Glass of Craft Competition

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33 STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY AWARD WINNING WHISKEY

33 Straight Bourbon Whiskey is limited so try to pick up a bottle ASAP. The small release, small batch whiskey had a big following. They celebrate the events of 1933 that ended the Era of Prohibition in the United States. 33 combines distinct barrels, each aged for 6 years in a private rack house. The distinct flavors from each barrel are then expertly blended, at Cutler’s Artisan Distillery in Santa Barbara, California. With an end result being a very smooth whiskey with balanced sweet notes of honey, smoke, caramel, vanilla as well as spice, with a dry finish, I do like the fact that this is a higher proof (86 Proof) whiskey, you would not know it, yet when I wrote this I looked and was impressed once again at how smooth it is, Cheers!

AWARDS

2014 Craft Spirits Competition Gold Medal Winner
2014 SIP Awards Gold Medal Winner
2014 Los Angeles Spirits Competition Bronze Medal Winner

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2015 Oscars Neil Patrick Harris Whitie Tighties

Oscars 2015 Neil Patrick Harris Whitie Tighties Highlights

The 2015 Oscars, kicked off with Neil Patrick Harris, it was his first-time host the Oscars. He went straight into a song and dance, “Moving Pictures”, with Anna Kendrick and Jack Black. NPH did a great job hosting the event, getting crowd participation from many of his long time supporters like Oprah Winfrey. Not that he needed to but NPH came on stage with whitie tighties standing in his underwear he stated how “Acting is a noble profession”. It is a long show yet Neil Patrick Harris took it to a new level keeping the viewers involved, he is sure to be back in years to come!

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2015 Oscars Neil Patrick Harris Whitie Tighties
2015 Oscars Neil Patrick Harris Whitie Tighties
2015 Oscars Neil Patrick Harris Whitie Tighties
2015 Oscars Neil Patrick Harris Whitie Tighties

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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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