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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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Craft Spirits Competition 2015

Craft Spirits Competition International Awards

Craft Spirits Competition International Awards attracts craft distillers’ top craft spirits worldwide. Just to let you know how craft spirits are growing, take a look at the U.S. from a few dozen distilleries ten years ago to over two hundred fifty today and growing, now multiply that worldwide! Independent owned distilled spirits from the master producers, making the best spirits possible using the best ingredients. It could be organic, small batch, hand made, local, new flavors, family recipes…but always unique. An expert panel of judges with years of expertise both in the field and judging spirits will award Gold, Silver and Bronze medals using 100-point blind tasting. Craft Spirits Awards International Competition results will be posted on the site and brands can use winning medallion on bottles and marketing materials. All Craft Spirits Entries for the 2015 Competition need to be in by March 31st 2015, tune in mid April for Medal Winners!

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Craft Spirits Competition 2015
Craft Spirits Competition 2015

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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

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Artisan Awards www.artisanawards.com

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El Silencio Joven Mezcal

El Silencio Joven Mezcal Joven Review

El Silencio Joven Mezcal, is an artisanal, hand crafted spirit made in San Baltazar Guelavila, Oaxaca by Master Mezcalier Pedro Hernández, a ninth-generation “Maestro Mezcalero”. El Silencio produces only “Premium” and “Super-premium” 100% Agave Mezcal. As an organic Mezcal, we use only the finest and carefully selected 10-12 year old Agaves, our products are handmade in small batches resulting in the smoothest, most elegant, and delightfully complex expressions in the market. El Silencio’s production does not involve any additives or industrial processes. The result is a craft spirit of the highest quality with an infinite range of flavors, dimensions, and character.
As an organic Mezcal, El Silencio’s production does not involve any additives or industrial processes. The result is a craft spirit of the highest quality with an infinite range of flavors, dimensions, and character.

The harvest takes place when the plant is fully matured, at about eight to twelve years. After removing the leaves (or paddles) with a machete only the pineapple shaped heart remains.

Cooking the pineapple is then chopped to pieces and cooked in a stone pit anchored into the ground. The cooking duration is three to five full days.

The Tahona Grind is when shrapnel remains are split again and put to a grinding stone (Tahona), which is pulled by a horse or mule.

Fermentation, after the grind, the resulting mash (bagaso) is poured into large wooden vats. Natural spring water is added. The mixture now becomes “mosto” which begins to generate its own alcohol.

Copper Distillation, the mosto is then double distilled in copper stills (alambiques) where the alcohol is vaporized and transformed into Mezcal.

Robb Report – Lightning in a Bottle
Beverly Hills Awards – Gold Medal Winner 2014

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Azunia Anejo Tequila

AZUÑIA AÑEJO TEQUILA REVIEW

AZUÑIA AÑEJO TEQUILA, is a ultra-premium sipping tequila that is aged no less than 12 months in American Oak barrels. Very smooth with a buttery finish of vanilla, chocolate and a nose full of fruit and caramel. A perfect tequila to enjoy straight or mixed in your favorite cocktail.

Quick Overview
100% Weber Blue Agave
Clay Hornos – 36 Hours
2 Times Distilled
Aged in American Oak Barrels – 12 Months Min
Craft Competition Gold Medal Winner 2013

Azuñia Tequila starts with only perfectly aged Weber Blue Agave, which grows harmoniously for 8 to 10 years in sun-drenched fields surrounding the small town of Amatitan. Each agave plant receives naturally produced rich nutrients from the fertile volcanic earth and a regime of seasonal weather.

While many producers source their agave from a variety of other growers, their agave is from acres owned and maintained by Sergio Zuñiga. This quality control produces consistency and full ripe flavors. Also allowing the agave plants to grow to the perfect peak of ripeness, between 8 to 10 years, or until the sugars are at the optimal level. The fields and rows are marked with the date each row of agave was planted. Expert Jimadors carefully hand-select the agave plants that are ready to be harvested, using a razor sharp tool called the coa, to cut the spiky leaves away from the precious core, the piña.

After each agave is harvested and split by hand, the prized piña is loaded onto a truck and transported to the distillery, where the process begins. The first step is cooking the piñas. For Azuñia Añejo they use the traditional clay ovens, called hornos, to steam the piñas, slow roasting each batch for up to 36 hours. The cooked piñas are then crushed in the pressing mills in order to extract the agave juice. Since the agave fibers may reabsorb much of the juice, the fibers are rinsed in order to obtain the optimal amount of juice from each press. The result of the wash is called aguamiel or honey water.

Other tequilas use commercial yeasts to speed up fermentation. Azuñia uses natural fermentation, which produces yeast naturally during the process. Azuñia tequilas ferment for 5 to 7 days, depending upon outside temperature and humidity—part of the natural fermentation process. Although it takes longer to ferment, only naturally produced yeast is in the tequila. This traditional method helps create the distinct flavor of Azuñia Tequila.

After the natural fermentation process, Azuñia Tequila is double distilled for purity. During the second distillation process, they separate the heads and tails of the juice, leaving only pure, clear tequila. Unlike others, Azuñia Tequila is then filtered one more time through our unique process in order to achieve its smooth, luxurious flavor.

After the fermentation, double distillation and final filtration, they achieve the perfect unaged tequila, which we call Platinum which is put into barrels for a minimum of 12 months creating Azuñia Añejo.

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Angel's Envy Award Winning Bourbon

Angel’s Envy Bourbon Review

Angel’s Envy Bourbon is sampled throughout every step of the finishing process, they blend every batch to taste. Rooted in 200 years of bourbon heritage, they create hand-finished spirits that aren’t afraid to improve on the classic tradition. Inspired by legendary Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson’s lifetime spent crafting fine spirits, Angel’s Envy is a masterpiece. The 5% of spirit lost each year during barrel aging is called the “Angel’s Share.” After tasting the finished whiskey, Lincoln joked that we’d finally gotten a better deal than the angels. And so Angel’s Envy was born.

Often describe as malcontents, for Angel’s Envy ‘malcontent’ means that they can never be satisfied with good enough, and better still isn’t the best. Restless creators who respect and celebrate the bourbon tradition, but try not to shackle themselves to it. Approaching each spirit that is finished with a craftsman’s passion to experiment and improve, and work every day to ensure that Lincoln Henderson’s exacting standards and legacy of excellence continue with each batch.

A small company, very particular about their finished spirits. While this might make their product a little harder to find, they will never sacrifice our quality. Also never hosted or sponsored a competition in order to ‘earn’ awards. All of our high rankings and accolades have been earned the old fashioned way—unsolicited.

Awards
Wine Enthusiast Magazine Rated 98 Points
Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal 5 Stars
Craft Competition Spirits Gold Medal Winner 2013

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Hotmixology Party Box Bloody Mary Mix www.partyboxmix.com

Hotmixology Party Box Bloody Mary Mix Review

Bloody Mary’s are real good, especially when you use the Hotmixology Party Box Bloody Mary Mix, just add 80 proof vodka. Hotmixology makes it easy, the creators of the Party Box launched the Party Box Bloody Mary Mix. An award winning, premium Bloody Mary mix, the recipe includes a hint of Horseradish, a touch of onion, garlic, red pepper, Tabasco, Worcestershire and other spices that bring all these flavors together, creating the perfect mix. If you want to add more spice, heat or a secret ingredient just add it when you add your spirit and then shake it all up together.
Created by the host of Hotmixology Dave Elger and his mixologists, they created the perfect Bloody Mary mix, a great addition to the line of Hotmixology Party Box Mixers. Hotmixology Party Box Bloody Mary Mix is easy, you can prepare it in a few minutes before your guests arrive. No need to worry about making drinks individually, enjoy the party. It’s also economical I spent less than $15 on the Party Box Mix and a little bit more for a bottle of vodka.
Here is how it works, Hotmixolgoy Party Box is made with two spouts one on top- open to add your favorite spirit (750ml – 1.75ml) then reseal, shake it for a minute, then use the second spout on the side to pour a perfect cocktail. Party Box comes with 3 liters of premium mix there is room to add 2 more liters of spirits, it will make just over 2 dozen cocktails. Compare this to a pitcher with ice that creates ice melt if it is not consumed right away, this invention makes the perfect cocktail that stays perfect for the duration of the party and if there is any left you can enjoy it days later.
DIY, I like to do a Bloody Mary buffet/build your own Bloody Mary it’s social and a lot of fun. Hotmixology Party Box does all the work, no need to individually make a Bloody Mary for each guest. Start by adding vodka to the Hotmixology Party Box Bloody Mary Mix. Prepare a tray of glasses, a bowl of ice, a saucer with salt and one with celery salt (for rimming). Add a few garnishes I like to do lemon and celery stalk, and done. You can customize your Bloody Mary Bar a bit more by adding things like cracked/cayenne pepper, salt, sea salt, pickles, bacon, garlic, pickled okra, jalapeño, asparagus, cucumber, crushed red pepper, Himalaya salt, shrimp… add a comment with things you like to add to your Bloody Mary.

Hotmixology Party Box Bloody Mary Mix www.partyboxmix.com
Hotmixology Party Box Bloody Mary Mix www.partyboxmix.com
Hotmixology Party Box Bloody Mary Mix www.partyboxmix.com
Hotmixology Party Box Bloody Mary Mix www.partyboxmix.com
Hotmixology Party Box Bloody Mary Mix www.partyboxmix.com
Hotmixology Party Box Bloody Mary Mix www.partyboxmix.com
Hotmixology Party Box Bloody Mary Mix www.partyboxmix.com
Hotmixology Party Box Bloody Mary Mix www.partyboxmix.com

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Hollywood Rated Rating Wine, Beer & Spirits

Hollywood Rated, where experts review more than 10,000 wines, spirits, beers… from around the world, right here in Hollywood, California. Putting the spotlight on each and every brand as brands are linked to Hollywood, California. Hollywood Rated features reviews, scores and tasting notes. The goal is consistency, the unique system was created for dozens of experts to taste and rate each brand blind on a 100 point scale. The expert judges don’t have to judge everything, there are some judges that just like Mezcal, Lagers or Cabernet Sauvignon, this helps create true ratings for each brand.

Submit a Wine, Beer or Spirit is easy, print the form out and send it in with your samples. The new website will be live soon, I know one of the added features is a buy now button next to the brand, something consumers have been asking for.

For more information go to www.hollywoodrated.com or email info@hollywoodrated.com.

Hollywood Rated, features score inside a star.
Hollywood Rated, features score inside a star.
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