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(PLAYA CONCHAL, Costa Rica)Reserva Conchal – the gated resort community in picturesque Guanacaste – will host the Wine World Festival Sobre las Olas on May 19.

The family-friendly event, which begins at noon, will occur at the community’s private beach club. Guests will enjoy world-renowned wines from around the world (with the opportunity to buy at the winery prices), outdoor cuisines from the best chefs in the Guanacaste region, gin and tonic mixology and wine tasting, and a live concert at sunset. Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased online.

“We are thrilled about hosting the Wine World Festival Sobre las Olas,” says Irene Jimenez Gonzalez, marketing manager for Reserva Conchal. “Visitors will not only get a chance to sample the best wines from all over the world, but also experience the serene and beautiful beaches our residents and members enjoy daily.”

Set within Reserva Conchal’s vast 2,300 acres is the all-inclusive Westin Golf Resort & Spa, featuring a 60,000-square-foot private Beach Club. Highlights of the resort include an extensive swimming pavilion, modern workout facilities, fine dining, an exquisite spa and a Robert Trent Jones II-designed championship golf course.

Later this year, the W Costa Rica, Reserva Conchal will open and place this part of Costa Rica among the elite in world-class destinations. The W will offer 151 guestrooms, and contemporary luxury touches and amenities such as a W Living Room lifestyle lounge, specialty restaurants, meeting space, a destination bar and lounge, an infinity edge pool and spa.

Residents of Reserva Conchal can be as busy or carefree as they desire – and this “Pura Vida” lifestyle that embodies Costa Rica also characterizes the community. Property owners have access to Reserva Conchal’s Beach Club facilities – pool, gym, restaurants and spa.

In addition to the Wine World Festival Sobre las Olas, weekly social events occur at the Beach Club, and nearby activities for the entire family include hiking the numerous trails found inside the community, partaking in many events and happenings at the resort, or enjoying the nearby white-sand beaches and tranquil waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Reserva Conchal is ideal for both primary and vacation home ownership. Only 40 minutes from Liberia International Airport (LIR), it is close to exemplary schools, quaint restaurants, supermarkets, hospitals and endless outdoor activities. The famed beach towns of Guanacaste – Tamarindo and Flamingo – are just minutes away, and World Property Journal recently named Costa Rica the “Best Place to Live and Retire in 2018.”

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NEW ORLEANS, LA, May 14, 2018 - The Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is excited to announce the 2018 Cocktail Apprentice Program (CAP) class, sponsored by BarSmarts® and Pernod Ricard USA.


Developed in 2008, the Cocktail Apprentice Program gives 40 accomplished and up-and-coming bartenders the opportunity to learn alongside some of the world’s most respected bartenders and cocktail experts as they work the seminars and large-scale events at Tales. These first-time apprentices will be joined by an experienced group of veteran apprentices, who will use their previous apprentice experience to lead this year’s program. Throughout the festival, apprentices can be identified by the color of their chef coats: white for managers, black for assistant managers, grey for leaders, and red for first-time apprentices.


“BarSmarts and Pernod Ricard are thrilled to have sponsored the Cocktail Apprentice Program at Tales Of The Cocktail since 2014,” said Jamie Gordon, Senior Manager of Brand Advocacy for Pernod Ricard USA. “The CAP has been instrumental in TOTC’s continued success, and we couldn’t be more proud of our relationship with this talented and hardworking team.”


This year’s incoming class of Red Coats hail from 18 states and 10 countries, including Canada, China, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Republic of Korea and U.K. Apprentices were selected through a competitive process that considered recipe submissions, professional experience, and ability to work with a fast-paced, global team. The team was selectively chosen in order to promote global diversity and ensure that a balance exists between newer and more experienced professionals.


“It was really important for us to curate a diverse CAPS class, as representative of cocktail culture on a global scale as possible,” said Neal Bodenheimer, Board Member of Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. “It is incredibly rewarding to watch first-timers and veterans alike come together, grow, and rise through the ranks in this program. Further to that point, it is humbling to see how their collective global knowledge enriches the Tales experience on the whole.”


By working directly with seminar presenters, program apprentices hone their skills while simultaneously learning about both the history and future of their craft. After the festival, apprentices are able to apply their new skills to their home and work environments, making the experience of being a CAP member a long-term investment. In addition to technical skills, the valuable professional connections and the team camaraderie fostered during the event have been consistently praised by former members as the most valuable assets the program has given them.


“Being a CAP means going back home to your bar community and teaching and helping those around you to enrich that philosophy,” says Jodi Calderon, Black Coat and Bartender at The Normandie Club. “The CAP program is mentorship, friendship, hard work, and hospitality. That’s why I return every year."


After Tales concludes, CAP members will be eligible to apply for the Cocktail Apprentice Scholarship Program. Founded by Tales of the Cocktail, the Scholarship Program has annually helped former apprentices pursue further learning opportunities for the past eight years. After undergoing a rigorous selection process, former apprentices are selected to receive funding for a wide variety of projects, from those designed to further their career to those designed with intent to educate the cocktail community.


“The whole CAP experience has been life changing for me. The mentorship, and the international networking that the program provides is like none other. Being from a very small market in Hawaii (and an even smaller market on my island of Maui), I would have never been exposed to what the CAP program has given me,” says Kaʻai Fong, Grey Coat and bartender at Andaz Maui. “This program is all about mentorship and wanting to learn, so you can take it back to your community and market to help it grow. It’s a global family that will always be a part of my life.”

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TULLAHOMA, Tenn., May 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- For more than a century, both George Dickel Tennessee Whisky and McIlhenny Company's TABASCO® Brand Pepper Sauce, have celebrated their Louisiana and Tennessee roots and legacy of craftsmanship. Now, with George Dickel TABASCO Brand Barrel Finish available in stores this May, these two iconic brands are coming together in one bottle. 

Finished in barrels used to age tabasco peppers for three years, George Dickel TABASCO Brand Barrel Finish has a deliciously spicy flavor. George Dickel takes its Tennessee whisky and rests it in these barrels for 30 days, allowing the spice and flavor imparted on the wood from the tabasco peppers to add its unique finish. TABASCO Brand Pepper Sauce is then distilled to create an essence, which is carefully blended together with the whisky to create George Dickel TABASCO Brand Barrel Finish. The result is a deliciously spicy shot, which recently won a Gold Medal at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

"George Dickel Tennessee Whisky and TABASCO are two of the most iconic brands the South has to offer for a reason – the craftsmanship that goes into creating these products is the real deal," said Jeff Parrott, Director of American Whisk(e)y Development at Diageo. "Both brands have such a rich history, and we're proud to collaborate with our friends at McIlhenny Company to marry their unique flavor with our quality Tennessee whisky."

With summer right around the corner, the release of George Dickel TABASCO Brand Barrel Finish signals the return of longer days, livelier nights and good times. For consumers looking for the perfect mix of fun and flavor, it can be enjoyed as a shot with celery salt on the rim, or with pickle juice or an ice chaser.  Whether enjoyed at your local barbeque spot or backyard party, a shot of Hot Dickel provides a peppery kick, but goes down with a smooth finish.

Hitting shelves nationwide in May, George Dickel TABASCO Brand Barrel Finish carries a suggested retail price of $24.99 for a 750 mL bottle and is also available in 50 mL and 1L sizes. The alcohol by volume is 35% (70 proof). Like the rest of George Dickel Tennessee Whisky brand's offerings, this shot is meant to be enjoyed responsibly.

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May 9, 2018 (Vancouver, BC) - Vancouver Island's deVine Wines & Spirits was delighted to be named British Columbia Distillery of the Year at the New York International Spirits Competition (NYISC), which was held in its namesake city on April 15, 2018. The accolade is only the most recent in a string of awards earned by the family-owned distillery for its handmade spirits, which include a selection of whiskies, gins, brandies, and more.

The recognition deVine received at the competition carries particular weight because the New York event is unusual in that all competition judges are real New York trade buyers. Tasting panels include industry professionals such as retail store buyers, sommeliers, hoteliers, and importers. Close to 600 spirits from around the world were judged blind in this year's competition.

Distiller Ken Winchester said, "Our team at deVine was thrilled to be recognized by industry critics, judges and buyers in a teeming, competitive market like New York City."

In addition to capturing the British Columbia Distillery title, deVine received high praise for its Genever Gin, which earned a Silver medal. Genever is Canada's only Dutch-style Gin, and competed with a number of global peers for the distinction.

The deVine tasting room is open daily 11:00am - 6:00pm. They can also be found at the Moss Street Market, James Bay Market and Peninsula Country Market on Saturdays, and the Saanich Farmers Market on Sundays.


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