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November 28, 2017

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New Zealand Winegrowers congratulates the first ever Canadian sommeliers selected to participate in the New Zealand Winegrowers International Sommelier Scholarship.

The 2018 scholarship winners are:

Jascha Baraness, 360 Restaurant (Eastern Canada)

Jackie Cooke, Avec Bistro and Provision Restaurant (Western Canada)

First launched in 2015 as a scholarship for Australian sommeliers,  the New Zealand Winegrowers International Sommelier Scholarship is now a global initiative with the two Canadian sommeliers joining scholars from Australia, Asia, the UK, Ireland, Europe, New Zealand and the USA.

Each scholarship recipient attends a Sommit™ event, which is limited to just 20 sommeliers with content targeted exclusively to their interests. Next year’s Sommits™ will take place in Nelson and Central Otago, two of New Zealand’s top winemaking regions.

Hosted by Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas and Master of Wine Stephen Wong, the events are a celebration of the lesser known aspects of New Zealand wine, with emphasis on the facets that resonate with the sommelier community.

Marketing Manager Canada, New Zealand Winegrowers Robert Ketchin says the response was overwhelming and there was an impressive caliber of applicants, showing the commitment from sommeliers in Canada to learn more about New Zealand wines.

“We look forward having Jascha and Jackie come back to Canada as scholars and ambassadors for New Zealand wine, sharing personal wine discoveries and insights from their trips with restaurant guests and the wider sommelier community – something we simply can’t replicate in a classroom.”

New Zealand wine continues to perform strongly on the global stage, with over two decades of uninterrupted value growth. Canada is New Zealand’s fourth export market with wine exports valued in excess of CAD$200 million in sales.

Visit nzwine.com/en/events/new-zealand-wine-sommit for more information.

 
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This year, meteorologists are predicting a wild Canadian winter. Recent forecasts call for months of blizzards, blasting Arctic wind and freezing rain. Those kinds of conditions might scare some people (like maybe our friends south of the border), but adventurous Canadians will correctly interpret the coming weather as an opportunity to ski, skate, snowboard and sled even harder than usual. You won’t find a comparable winter celebration in the States, and you won’t find Red Bull Winter Edition there, either. In anticipation of a Canadian winter to remember, and in appreciation for the special role that winter plays in the Canadian identity, Red Bull is limiting the North American release of the Red Bull Winter Edition to Canada only.

Red Bull Winter Edition is the latest entry in the successful Red Bull Editions series, and it’s not just for Canada’s fearless winter athletes. With the taste of Plum Twist, the Red Bull Winter Edition promises to refresh Canadians of all stripes throughout the long winter as they work, study, exercise, travel or brave the elements to go watch “Hockey Night in Canada” with friends.

  • The new limited-edition Red Bull Winter Edition is available nationwide with an MSRP of 2 for $6.00
  • Official Nationwide launch at retail is Friday, December 1, 2017
  • Taste Profile: Plum Twist with the taste of Cinnamon
  • For further information, please visit energydrink-ca.redbull.com/en.
 
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. / PORTLAND, Ore. (November 21, 2017) - Eastside Distilling, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESDI) a producer of award-winning craft spirits and John Rich, the multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer and one-half of the award-winning duo Big & Rich, announced the signing of an exclusive global spirits licensing agreement with Rich’s burgeoning Redneck Riviera lifestyle brand. The “Work Hard, Play Hard” brand celebrates the working men and women who are the backbone of the U.S. For further information, please visit Redneck Riviera or Eastside Distilling.  

Production has already begun on the Redneck Riviera branded spirits poised to be the favorite for those looking to enjoy a great spirit at the working man’s price point. The line includes American blended, aged, flavored and premium-blended whiskies, as well as vodka and rum. Award-winning distillers Travis Schoney and Mel Heim will craft each recipe using the best of ingredients. 

“This is an exciting time for the Redneck Riviera brand," Redneck Riviera's John Rich said. "It has always been my goal to have a spirits line, and to be announcing this so young into the company's launch is such a thrill and an honor. To be able to roll out this custom blend whiskey made in America by some of the top distillers in the country is a big win for us. I love a smooth blend of whiskey and a tight cigar to chill out after a rocking Big & Rich show or just a nice evening at home. This team is hard working and they play even harder, just like we do."   

Eastside has formed the Redneck Riviera Whiskey Co., a Tennessee LLC and wholly owned subsidiary of Eastside, as an operating entity to manage and promote sales of the whiskey and any follow-up products. They plan to be highly focused on the Southeast initially, with a roll out to the rest of the country in the months to come.

Eastside Distilling CEO Grover Wickersham says, “When I met John Rich I knew right away that we were going to do great business together. His energy and drive to succeed is unmatched, and when we saw the tremendous growth that the Redneck Riviera lifestyle brand has made in a short time, we knew that this was the right brand to forge a partnership. The spirits line is an obvious next step to the brand's line of apparel, boots, food and honky-tonks.”

Redneck Riviera is the brainchild of the award-winning multi-faceted entertainer and entrepreneur John Rich.  Redneck Riviera celebrates the men and women who make America the greatest nation in the world through their hard working attitude that deserves to be celebrated.  In addition to Redneck Riviera apparel, footwear, food and beach accessories, Redneck Riviera has two honky-tonks. Redneck Riviera Vegas is now open at the Grand Bazaar Shops adjacent to Bally's Las Vegas on the famed Sin City strip, and Redneck Riviera Nashville is set to open in spring of 2018 on Nashville's Lower Broadway. 

 
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November 20, 2017

At Wagstaff we have noticed a recent trend in which classic cocktails are being modernized with the addition of a fun, new twist. Below is a compilation of such cocktails, with venue name, location, recipe, images, and more. 

Cocktail Name: Insanely Good Midori Sour

Venue and Location: The Up & Up, New York, NY

Mixologist: Chaim Dauermann

Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 oz. Midori

1 oz. Martin Miller's Westbourne Strength Gin

0.75 oz. Lemon Juice

0.5 oz. Lime Cordial

Egg white 

Directions:

Dry shake. Shake with ice. Hawthorne strain (slowly!) into chilled coupe glass. Express and discard orange peel over the top.

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Cocktail Name: Pumpkin & Orange Caipirinha

Venue and Location: JIMMY at The James, New York, NY

Mixologist: Johnny Swet

Recipe:

Ingredients:

2 oz. Avuá Prata Cachaça

1 heaping bar spoon of pumpkin butter

.5 oz. simple syrup

.5 oz. orange juice

2 limes, quartered

Orange wheel

Pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

Muddle the two limes, Avuá Prata Cachaça, simple syrup, orange juice, and pumpkin butter. Then shake with ice for about ten seconds, and strain into a rocks glass with Kold Draft ice. Garnish with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice and half an orange wheel.

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Cocktail Name: Daughters of Independence (a combination take on the Gimlet and Aviation)

Venue and Location: Philadelphia Distilling, Philadelphia, PA  

Mixologist: Canyon Shayer

Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz. Bluecoat American Dry Gin

½ oz. Lime

¾ oz. Celery Juice

¾ oz. Jasmine Chamomile Syrup

2 Basil Leaves

Directions:

Lightly muddle basil leaves in the bottom of a shaker tin. Add remaining ingredients and top with ice.  Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a slice of cucumber and cracked black pepper.

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Cocktail Name: Amburana Old Fashioned  

Venue and Location: Ward III, New York, NY  

Mixologist: Michael Neff

Recipe:

Ingredients:

2 oz. Avuá Cachaça Amburana

.25 oz. simple syrup

5 dashes Angostura bitters

Directions:

Stir and strain into a rocks glass, add an orange twist garnish.

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Cocktail Name: Howl at the Jun

Venue and Location: Cindy’s, Chicago, IL

Mixologist: Spirit Guide Nandini Khaund

Recipe:

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Beefeater Gin

.75 oz. grapefruit juice 

.25 oz. simple syrup or honey syrup

2 oz. 'jun' 

2 oz. dry sparkling rosé 

Directions:

Build all ingredients in wine glass, then add crushed ice. Add a skewer of crystallized ginger atop your chalice.  

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Cocktail Name: Insanely Good Scotch and Soda  

Venue and Location: The Up & Up, New York, NY

Mixologist: Chaim Dauermann

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz. Bruichladdich Islay Barley Scotch Whisky

1 dash Regan’s Orange Bitters

Club soda

Directions:

Fill a 10-ounce highball glass with ice.

Add scotch and bitters, and top with club soda.

Add a straw and no garnish.

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Cocktail Name: Walnut Manhattan

Venue and Location: The Bellwether, Studio City in Los Angeles, CA

Mixologist: Co-Owner / Beverage Director Ann-Marie Verdi

Recipe:

Ingredients:

2 oz. Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey

½ oz. Punt e Mes

½ oz. Nux Walnut Liqueur

2 drops Angostura Bitters

Directions:

Stir ingredients and pour into a bucket glass on ice. Garnish with two cherries.

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Cocktail Name: Cranberry Sauce Gin & Tonic

Venue and Location: JIMMY at The James, New York, NY

Mixologist: Johnny Swet

Recipe:

Ingredients:

2 oz. Botanist Gin

.5 oz simple syrup

.5 oz. lemon juice

1 heaping bar spoon of cranberry sauce

Tonic

Lemon wheel

Directions:

In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, and cranberry sauce. Shake with ice for about ten seconds, then strain into a tall glass with Kold Draft ice. Stir in tonic water and garnish with a lemon wheel.

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Cocktail Name: Tavernonna’s Gin Rickey

Venue and Location: Tavernonna Italian Kitchen at Hotel Phillips Kansas City, Curio Collection by Hilton, Kansas City, MO

Mixologist: Nicholas Boden

       Recipe:

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Builder’s Gin (which is a lavender forward botanical gin)

A dash of Citrus Acid (new technique that replaces citrus juice)

House-made Lavender infused soda water

Directions:

Shake, and double strain. Pour into a smoked martini glass and garnished with edible flowers. The martini glass is smoked with rosemary.

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Cocktail Name: Mexican Mule

Venue and Location: Casa Vega, Los Angeles, CA

Mixologist: Second-generation owner Christy Vega creates many cocktails both for the restaurant and for her personal lifestyle website

Recipe:

Ingredients:

ice cubes

1 1/2 oz. Don Julio Blanco tequila

1/2 oz. lime juice

1 teaspoon agave or cranberry syrup (reserved from sugared cranberries)

1/2 cup ginger beer

rosemary for garnish

sugared cranberries for garnish

Directions:

Add ice cubes to mug. Pour tequila, lime juice, agave, and ginger beer over ice cubes. Stir to combine. To prepare garnish, remove rosemary leaves from half the stem. Gently push sugared cranberries onto stem. Garnish cocktail.

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Cocktail Name: The Tuscan Villa (Copine’s take on the Manhattan)

Venue and Location: Copine, Seattle, WA

Mixologist: Ruven Muñoz

Recipe:

Ingredients:

2 oz. Rye

1 oz. Amaro del Capo

3 dashes lavender bitters

Brown sugar

Directions:

Coat ½ of Rim of Coupe Glass with Brown Sugar. Build on ice the lavender bitters, Rye, and Amaro del Capo. Stir/strain into Coupe Glass and garnish with lavender sage leaf and smoked cherry.

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Cocktail Name: Fall Fashioned

Venue and Location: Grain within Playa Provisions, Playa del Rey, CA

Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 oz. bourbon

1 oz. apple brandy

¼ oz cinnamon syrup

1 dash Allspice dram

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Directions:

Stir over on large rock, garnish with cinnamon brulee'd apple fan.

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Cocktail Name: Insanely Good Gin & Tonic  

Venue and Location: The Up & Up, New York, NY

Mixologist: Chaim Dauermann

Recipe:

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Brooklyn Gin

0.5 oz. Suze

0.25 oz. lime cordial (lime juice can be substituted)

Dash of Angostura Bitters

Q Tonic

Directions:

Add gin, Suze, lime cordial and bitters to a chilled Collins glass (12oz size). Top with ice and Q Tonic, and garnish with a lime wheel garnish.

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Cocktail Name: Mezcal Brown Derby

Venue and Location: JIMMY at The James, New York, NY

Mixologist: Johnny Swet

Recipe:

Ingredients:

2. oz. Montelobos Mezcal

.75 oz. honey syrup

1.5 oz. grapefruit juice

Directions:

In a cocktail shaker, add the mezcal, honey syrup, and grapefruit juice. Shake with ice for about ten seconds, then strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

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Cocktail Name: The Izzy

Venue and Location: David Burke Kitchen, New York, NY

Mixologist: Moses Laboy

Recipe:

Ingredients:

2 oz. Fidencio Classico Mezcal

.75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1 oz. house-made Jalapeño/Rosemary Sweetener

3 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Directions:

Add all ingredients into shaking tin. Add ice, vigorously shake till cold. Double strain into a double rocks glass over fresh ice (preferably a large cube) garnish and enjoy.

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Cocktail Name: William Faulkner

Venue and Location: The BoardRoom, Los Angeles, CA

Mixologist: Christina Russo

Recipe:

Ingredients:

2 oz. Coconut fat washed Four Roses Bourbon

.25 oz. demerara sugar (1-1 ratio)

2 dashes miracle mile toasted pecan bitters

orange peel garnish

Directions:

Stir all ingredients with ice in a mixing glass and strain over a fresh cube in a double old fashioned glass. Express orange peel over drink.

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Cocktail Name: Italian Mule

Venue and Location: Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, Los Angeles, CA

Recipe:

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. elyx vodka

.75 oz. ginger syrup

.5 oz. lemon juice

.5 oz. lemoncello

Directions:

Shake and top with soda.

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Cocktail Name: Rembrandt’s Sazerac

Venue and Location: The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago, IL

Mixologist: Freddie Sarkis

Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 oz. Hennessy WSOP

1 oz. Glenmorangie 10 Year Old Scotch Whiskey

.25 oz. Demerara syrup

Peychaud’s bitters

Absinthe rinse

Directions:

Stir and serve in rocks without ice

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