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2016 Barnard Griffin Rosé of Sangiovese Wine

2016 Barnard Griffin Rosé of Sangiovese Wine Review

2016 Barnard Griffin Rosé of Sangiovese Wine Review

They are serious about this festive and flavorful dry wine. Quality rose starts with grapes grown specifically for this purpose. At Bernard Griffin used the best roses are a deliberate result of careful winemaking, not an incidental byproduct of red production. Their rose is conceived in the vineyard at pruning and matured to be crisp, lean and fruity.

Accolades

11 time Gold Medal winner and 3 time Sweepstake award winner in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2013 – 90pts & Best Buy – Wine Enthusiast

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Scuba Schools International

Scuba Schools International Learn to Scuba Dive

Scuba Schools International or SSI grew out of the passion of a few avid divers who were intent on making it possible for anyone to learn how to scuba dive.

For more than 40 years, SSI has provided training, scuba diving certification, and educational resources for divers, dive instructors, dive centers and resorts around the world. Started in 1970, SSI has expanded to include more than 30 Service Centers, is represented in more than 110 countries with over 2.500 International locations, and has materials printed in more than 30 languages.

SSI is clearly the name to trust in the diving world, and we attribute that success to our uncompromising standards and focused methodology.

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PADI Scuba Diver Certification Review

Professional Association of Dive instructors also known as PADI is a great way to get into SCUBA diving and great courses to advance your certification. PADI develops programs that encourage and fulfill the interest of recreational scuba divers worldwide. It is the largest recreational dive organization and is well known all around the world, producing more certifications than other organization.

The PADI System of diver education is the most instructionally solid system in diving. PADI courses are designed to make learning enjoyable and worthwhile. Under the guidance of your professional PADI Instructor, you gain confidence while mastering important safety concepts and skills. PADI Instructors are trained and held to diving’s highest standards, backed up by a solid, proactive quality management system.

As a PADI Diver, you join millions of others to form a growing force that can and does make a difference in the effort to preserve the underwater world. PADI courses encompass environmental awareness and protection philosophies that emphasize the importance of protecting fragile aquatic ecosystems. The worldwide PADI organization is committed to preserving the aquatic environment for future generations. Diving won’t survive without beautiful places to visit, and PADI Divers are encouraged to take action with Project AWARE and make every dive count for a clean, healthy ocean planet.

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NAUI Open Water Certification

SCUBA Certification, NAUI is the Best!

Why NAUI is the best option for diving. The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) is training and a commitment to “Dive Safety Through Education.”

NAUI is also the future of diving due to NAUI and its members. The Association is all about “Dive Safety Through Education”, the same motto established in 1960’s. NAUI members are known and respected all across the industry for the quality of their teaching, concern for the individual diver, safety and the environment. As NAUI grows, they remain an association of members who share common values and trust in one another’s commitment. There has never been a better time to become a NAUI diver or instructor. As scuba diving continues to grow in popularity and in the number of participants, your decision to earn the right to join NAUI will be one for which you can always be proud of if you have been thinking about it now is the time to get your NAUI Open Water Diver certification.

NAUI Green Diver was started in 2010 by NAUI, National Association of Underwater Instructors, with a start-up grant by the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF), the NAUI Green Diver Initiative (GDI) is a community of individuals dedicated to conserving and preserving our ocean planet.

GDI is a grass-roots 501 (c) (3) organization fueled by NAUI Worldwide members and friends. Although divers are important to our community, they are open to everyone. Members may be environmental activists, scientist, beach-goers or boaters, all sharing a common and genuine concern for the vitality of the marine environment. A vibrant and clean environment is vital for the long-term sustainability of the diving industry, donate today!

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Summer Of Tequila

Summer Of Tequila is this summers theme for Muchote a popular brand of tequila. Kicking off the Summer Of Tequila with three refreshing Muchote cocktails, All Natural Margarita, Paloma and Batanga.

All Natural Margarita Recipe
Margarita or rocks glass
Rim ½ the top of the glass with a lime wedge
Dip the rim in a dish of salt to coat
In a shaker 2/3 filled with ice add
Add 2 oz. Muchote Reposado Tequila
2 tsp. Agave Nectar
Fresh squeezed lime juice ½ a lime
Shake and strain into glass
Garnish with a lime wedge

Paloma Recipe
Highball or tall glass
Fill glass with ice
Add 2 oz. Muchote Reposado Tequila
Squeeze ½ a lime
Add a pinch of salt
Fill with grapefruit soda
Stir gently
Garnish with a lime wedge

Batanga Recipe
Highball or tall glass
Rim the top of the glass with a lime wedge
Dip the rim in a dish of salt to coat
Squeeze the juice of ½ a lime into the glass
Fill glass with ice
Add 2oz. Muchote Tequila
Fill with Coke
Stir gently
Garnish with a lime wedge

Muchote tequila is available at retailers in many states if it is not available in your state you can order it online, Hi Time Cellars will ship Muchote tequila to almost any state, order a case today for Summer of Tequila!

About Muchote Tequila
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. The agave piñas are harvested and placed in brick adobe ovens (hornitos) where they are steamed for 24 hours then left to cool for 24 hours. Double distilled for smoothness, fresh agave flavor yet keeping the natural spice. Our traditional, handcrafted and careful process ensures a natural, smooth, and savory tequila. Muchote Tequila is a hand crafted small batch artisan tequila. Muchote Reposado Tequila is aged in American white oak seasoned whiskey barrels for seven months.

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Rent A Christmas Tree A Real Potted Tree

I’m dreaming of an ECO friendly Christmas… Do you like a traditional tree but don’t have a fire place, most people will dry the tree out after the holidays and use it for firewood. You don’t have a fireplace and you don’t like to think of a tree that is cut down just for a one month decoration then put in the trash and taken to a landfill. Now you can rent a tree, The Living Christmas Company, a Southern California company now allows customers to rent a living potted tree for the holidays. You can now have a fresh-smelling live tree in your home rather than one that is dying out day by day. A potted tree can only stay indoors for about three weeks before it’s health begins to deteriorate, so plan your three weeks, or do what we did this year and get one tree, three weeks later trade it out for a second one. After a tree is returned the trees are cared for in various lots around Southern California. When the Christmas trees become too big and can no longer be rented they are planted in the community. With delivery and pickup in a Bio Diesel truck this year renting a tree is one of the most eco-friendly options, it’s like Christmas for the environment. If you would like to rent a live tree go to The Living Christmas Company.

  

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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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Muchote Tequila 100% de Agave Tequila

The World’s Best Reposado Tequila Muchote Tequila

Muchote Tequila is produced in the heart of the Los Altos region of Jalisco, Mexico from 100% Blue Weber estate grown Agave. A traditional, handcrafted and careful process ensures a natural, smooth, and savory tequila flavor.

A partial list of awards include:
Highest Rated Tequila (94) –Tequila.net, Gold Medal & Judge Favorite – Agave Spirits Challenge Competition, Gold Medal – Spirits of Mexico Competition, Platinum Medal – The SIP Awards, Gold Star Award – SANTÉ Magazine, Gold Medal – Viewers Choice Hotmixology, Gold Medal – MicroLiquor Spirit Awards, Gold Medal – Craft Spirits Competition, Gold Medal – Denver International Spirits Competition.

Muchote Tequila has remained consistent both in price and excellent quality; a remarkable handmade spirit for $30 making it one of the best tequila values. Mucho in Spanish means a lot, what’s more than mucho, MUCHOTE.

For more information, please visit Muchote Tequila Please always enjoy Muchote Tequila responsibly. 
40% Alc./Vol. (80 proof) – To purchase a bottle or a case online click here!

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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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4 Ever Tequila Tastings Amazing Tequila Events

If you love tequila, are a tequila aficionado or even just like tequila connect with 4EverTequila on Facebook. They put together incredible tequila tastings with a very unique tequila brands mixed together with authentic Mexican food. I attended the 4EverTequila tasting at West End on 2/20/15 and had an amazing time.

For a set fee of $35 you got to taste silver, reposado, anejo and extra anejo tequilas from tequila brands Arte NOM Seleccion, Sin Rival, Don Nacho, Senda Real, Aguila Real, El Llano, Don Fermin, Cocula, PuraSangre… while you taste these incredible tequila brands the owners, founders and most knowledgeable ambassadors would let you know the story of their brand, what to look for when you taste it and where to go if you would like to purchase a bottle. Some of my favorites of the night were, Forrest with Arte NOM 1414 Seleccion it was a popular one. Rodolfo from Sin Rival was pouring Sin Rival Extra Anejo, Rosario with a Senda Real if you haven’t had it you must try it and Miguel introducing Aguila Real a new tequila from the highlands. If you wanted to take a short break from tequila tasting you could head over to the food and watch them make tortillas by hand and then have your choice of chicken, pork, beef, nopales… unforgettable Mexican rice, beans, quacamole… everything was incredible. I am looking forward to the next tequila event from 4EverTequila make sure you connect with them on Facebook so you don’t miss it, Salud!

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