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Santa Monica Pride Bar Crawl

June 22 is officially the day to be gay in Santa Monica. Join us in painting our town with color at the FIRST EVER Santa Monica Pride Bar Crawl, hosted by iHeart Radio/HereTV’s On the Rock’s Alexander Rodriguez. The crawl encourages crawlers to love proudly and drink responsibly at some of Santa Monica’s most fabulous bars while raising money for the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
This exciting inaugural event kicks off on the historic Santa Monica Pier where the first 50 participants will receive a complimentary Kona Beer or Whiteclaw at the Pier 360 Paddleboard Race Beer Garden. From there, crawlers will shantey their way through the streets of downtown Santa Monica under miles of rainbow lights, sip on pride drink specials at participating locations and end at the official after party “Club Love” at 1212 Restaurant on the Third Street Promenade with The Abbey’s DJ Brynn Taylor, disco ball dance party, photo booth, and more.
Pride Crawl participants are encouraged to dress as freely as they wish to fully decorate the streets of Santa Monica with every color of the rainbow. There will be glitter face painting and flags and SaMo Pride swag passed out at the starting/check-in location. An Instagram costume contest will award the crawlers with the most impressive gear with special prizes (#SaMoPrideCrawl).
Participating locations include: Rusty’s Surf Ranch, 1212 Santa Monica, Barney’s Beanery, Cabo Cantina, Makai, Ye Olde King’s Head, Red O & Britannia who will have a karaoke party. 
Where: Check-in will take place at the Pier 360 Paddle Board Races Check-in booth. (200 Santa Monica Pier). 
Time: Registration is from 3pm – 6pm, crawl goes until 2am
When: Saturday, June 22nd 
Tickets: Tickets are $10 in advance and available at samopridecraw

Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier

Bulleit’s 3D Printed Whiskey Experience

Bulleit will return for its second year to the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC on April 24th, bringing its latest Frontier Works project – the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier, an immersive and intimate 3D printed whiskey experience – to one of New York’s hottest cultural events. In collaboration with the architecture and design practice FAR frohn&rojas, and fabrication team at Machine Histories, Bulleit will transform Studio 525 into an experiential lounge, highlighted by a jaw dropping 3D-printed bar.

The bar will serve some of the world’s first 3D printed cocktails featuring award-winning Bulleit bourbons and ryes, courtesy of robotics pioneer Benjamin Greimel. The space will be brought to life with music from cutting-edge New York-based DJs, Odalys and Angel and Dren, as well as a series of high-tech lighting projections featuring some of the hottest films debuting at this year’s festival.

WHAT

Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier Lounge at Tribeca Film Festival

WHEN

Wednesday, April 24th OR Thursday, April 25th OR Friday, April 26th (7-10PM ET)

WHERE

Studio 525 (525 W 24th St – in Chelsea, right under the High Line).

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Finlandia Drinks for Kentucky Derby

The countdown for the Kentucky Derby is on!  
Finlandia has created a number of exciting and delicious cocktails such as The Finlandia Oaks Lily (Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby) and the Finnish Line to celebrate the most exciting two minutes in sports. Whether you’re in attendance or at home watching on the big-screen, everyone can be a part of the fun with Finlandia drinks!

The Finlandia Oaks Lily®
1 ¼ oz. Finlandia Classic Vodka
1 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix
¼ oz. Triple Sec
3 oz. Cranberry Juice
Combine ingredients over crushed ice in glass. Garnish with a fresh blackberry and lemon peel.

The Finnish Line
1 ¼ oz. Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka
4 oz. Sparkling Grapefruit Water
Grapefruit Slice
Combine ingredients over crushed ice. Garnish with a grapefruit slice.

Wine & Spirits Business MBA

The Wine & Spirits Business MBA Program Visits New York

From April 29 to May 3, the first cohort of this exceptional program will take a long-distance field trip to New York City to meet top industry professionals so they may better understand the important and ever-evolving US wine and spirits market.

During the week of April 29 to May 3, 2019, the first cohort of the Burgundy School of Business MBA in Wine & Spirits Business Program will take a field trip to New York City, where they will meet key trade professionals in this significant market in the wine and spirits world. Our objective: to give the students of this cohort the most comprehensive view possible of this market, how it best works, the challenges and opportunities of this market, and how to generalize that to the rest of the world wine and spirits business.

At the heart of international wine and spirits markets

Last month, program students went on their “London Wine Exporting, Distribution & Production” field trip. The “New York Distribution, Marketing & Communication” field trip promises to eclipse it as a program highlight of the MBA year!

“New York is the heart of the number one wine consumer market in the world,” said Jacques Thébault, Program Director. Spending a week there, meeting with the most influential professionals in the sector – importers, wholesalers, retailers, buyers, brand owners, PR and marketing agencies, and more – provides incredibly important experience to our students, giving them a historical, practical, broad and in-depth view into the issues, challenges and opportunities which surround the business there.”

The evolving and varied agenda of visits and meetings

Among the outstanding meetings already set up for the week:

  • The New York Wine and Grape Foundation
  • Macari Wines
  • Moët Hennessy
  • Pernod Ricard
  • R/West (Integrated Communications Agency)
  • Wilson Daniels (Wine Importer/Distributor)

Meet members of our dynamic and already accomplished first cohort…

The first cohort of the MBA in Wine & Spirits Business program is made up of 17 students, hailing from nine nations (China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Peru, Russia, US and Vietnam). Among them, you’ll meet:

Miranda McCage (US): A graduate from Indiana University with a BA in Journalism & Art History, her first career was business consulting, followed by time in the digital transformation field within an agency, and then with IBM iX.

Jacylyn Stokes (US): A graduate from University of Washington with a BA in International Studies, she worked in the banking industry, followed by being a global account coordinator for an international logistics company; her family is in the viticulture business in California.

Icy Liu (US): Studied at Columbia Business School and New York University, earning an MS degree. Initially she worked in Finance, and then moved to the wine business (retail and importing).

Bruno Ferrari (Peru): Originally in capital markets (advising high net worth clients), he moved to beverages (Red Bull), then to the spirits industry (spirits & cocktail manager, brand ambassador), before creating his own spirits and cocktails educating company.

Kevin Pengliang (China): Self-taught and self-made, he worked in the banking industry as an analyst before creating a wine education company; he has since become a major wine e-commerce player in China, first as Purchasing Manager, then Senior Buyer. Kevin displays an impressive depth of wine knowledge from around the world.

Dmitri Khlopin (Russia): With an engineering background from the top French engineering school, as well as a PhD in Optical Science, he initially considered a career in academia but then decided to go into the wine industry so he could develop a few entrepreneurial projects he had in mind.

About the School of Wine & Spirits Business (SWSB)

Created in 2013, the SWSB groups together a Burgundy School of Business degree with research activities in wine and spirits management. The institution is an international leader in its field, with its roots in the region of Burgundy with its Climats and Terroirs listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. More than 180 students of some 20 nationalities across all five continents are trained every year in one of the SWSB’s degree programs: Specialized Master in International Wine and Spirits Trade (taught in French), MBA in Wine & Spirits Business, the MSc Wine Management, and the Wine Tourism specialization in the Bachelor of Marketing & Business, all taught in English. The SWSB has its own facilities including the Wine & Spirits Business Lab, Tasting Room, Cellar, etc., and boasts an expert faculty. The School is part of BSB’s international professional network with more than 16,000 alumni, 2,000 of whom are in the sector of wines and spirits.

Wine and Wildflowers

Wine and Wildflowers Make Gatlinburg The Perfect Spring Destination

By Patrick T Cooper

What is on your travel list for spring? Here is your specific guide to EAT, STAY, and PLAY in the  Great Smoky Mountains. Gatlinburg, Tennessee may have fallen under your radar. However, I have two reasons you should answer the call to action by The Great Smoky Mountains. I will humbly admit Gatlinburg, Tennessee was a sleeper for me. Beyond the fanfare and huge presence of the legendary Dolly Parton I was unsure what to expect from my visit. Fortunately, I was enamored with brilliant southern hospitality and a warm embrace during my visit for the Smoky Mountain Winefest Weekend and the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage. There is gallons of the good stuff (wine) in Gatlinburg and tons of activities that will have you returning seasonally to build a lifetime of memories.

Eat

When all is said and done wine tasting and hiking, then walk a half block from the hotel to the Log Cabin House. The food and service are unparalleled. Seriously, there a tons of dining experiences in walking distance from the hotel, I decided to patronize this establishment three times over my weekend stay. From my first dining experience, it was as if I met an old friend from the moment my server greeted me. Did I mention, the joint has the absolute best hash browns known to man. Take my advice and sprinkle your belly with this delightful southern dish you will not be disappointed.

Stay

Whether you are a solo traveler or with family and friends the convenience of being downtown Gatlinburg is a definite advantage. While the Swiss themed chalets and cottages in the mountains quite tempting, it is best to opt for the convenience of the Courtyard Marriott so that you may drink responsibly. Literally, steps away from the city center you can nestle down and perhaps stumble back to your hotel after dinner and enjoying local attractions. By the way, the indoor and outdoor oversized fireplaces make this hotel cozy, chic, and comfortable for fireside chats with friends to recap the fun of the day.

Play

Smoky Mountain Winefest Weekend

Who is ready to sip wine? We will not twist your arm but the local wineries make it easy to indulge. Wine is about what you love and by far my favorite wine find during this travel excursion was Tennessee Homemade Wines Proper Peach. Considering I’m a Georgia native it is only fitting that I gravitated to the acidic bliss of  this beverage. The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts serves as a cool backdrop for this friendly event paired with delicious local fare. Grab your tickets and get to Smoky Mountains. Click here for more details about Smoky Mountain Winefest Weekend

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

Don’t forget to wear your most comfortable shoes or footwear suitable for hiking in the great outdoors. Porters Creek Trail is phenomenal. While the hike is not arduous the rocks and  slippery paths require support to keep your feet firmly planted. The multitude and medley of exotic colors are will have you in heaven. The tour guides are passionate about educating you on the different species of wildflowers which will have you engaged the entire experience. Be sure to fully charge your camera as the flowers make for the most brilliant natural photography. Click here for more details about the Wildflower Pilgrimage

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My Wine Society

My Wine Society is a global wine app that provides a community for wine enthusiasts to interact, share, and get rewards. The ground-breaking wine app is run by a team of inspiring, passionate, and driven leaders.

This March, My Wine Society would like to recognize their dedicated and hard-working women entrepreneurs who help keep the company alive. Kristin Whitaker, Lynne Gerde, Brianna Lamb are just a few of the amazing women who help run the robust wine app.

“The most inspiring part of being on the MWS team is that we are exploring uncharted territory in the wine and tech space and we are writing the map as we make discoveries along the way.” – Lynne

Lamb is MWS’ Director of Community Management. MWS is a global wine community and it is her team’s responsibility to nurture the current community and to continually expand upon it. Lamb works side by side with our CEO Sean Evens to ensure that every wine enthusiast is getting the ultimate experience. This is Lamb’s first time working at a start up global app, but she has taken the challenge to help create the groundbreaking community for wine lovers.

“I have never been involved in a startup company before or been daring enough to be an ‘entrepreneur’ so for me this is an exciting thing because of the inherent risk we are all taking.” -Bri

Whitaker’s role is the Channels Coordinator. Channels is a feature on the app meant to serve as entertainment for end users by way of brief, fun articles. Whitaker works hard to find unique articles and news for app users to read about wine. Whitaker is driven to make MWS like no other app before. Her goal is to set an example to all women around the world.

“Over the years and across industries, I have learned that directing is easy, but leading is a whole different ball game.” – Kristin

Gerde, the Creative Director, works with her team to gain brand awareness and credibility for MWS in the public eye. She leads the creative side of MWS, including videos, PR and socials. Gerde helps her team through whatever bump in the road that may come, and handles it with confidence. Gerde loves to explore uncharted territory in the wine and tech world. She believes that technology connects us in ways that were once unimaginable, but leading through change while staying connected to your people is the challenge.

“When I put my head on the pillow each night I think about 3 things; what did I learn, who did I impact, and how can I be better? It’s this level of awareness and humility that shapes and guides the women of tomorrow.”

My Wine Society is lead by an inspiring group of women that are passionate about the wine community. These women are full of amazing ideas and are excited to bring these along to the team to create new and exciting projects to wine lovers across the world.

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California Wines Down to Earth Month

The eighth annual California Wines Down to Earth Month kicks off in April with sustainability-focused wine events and offers across the state, including Earth Day festivals, vineyard hikes, food and wine events, eco-tours and more. Created by Wine Institute, the association of nearly 1,000 California wineries, the month-long celebration highlights the winemaking community’s commitment to protecting the environment, being a good neighbor and producing high quality wines with sustainable farming and business practices. See here.

The Taste of Mendocino is at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco April 27, and Handley Cellars will be one of 30-plus wineries pouring wines, including many that are sustainable, organic or biodynamic.  April 20 is Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Day with 40-plus participating wineries, many with “green” certifications. Ridge Vineyards is celebrating that day with a special flight of organic wines.

Coinciding with this year’s Down to Earth Month is the release of “Wine Country Table, With Recipes that Celebrate California’s Sustainable Harvest,” a book showcasing California’s rich sustainable bounty and the winegrowers and other farmers across the state who are helping to set the standard for innovation and responsible farming, along with 50 recipes and tips on food and wine. Acclaimed food writer, Janet Fletcher, is the author.

California is a global leader in sustainable winegrowing based on vineyard acreage and winery case production following these practices.  As of 2018, 70% (209 million cases) of California’s total wine production and 25% of statewide wine acreage (150,000 acres) are CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE.

To celebrate California sustainable winegrowing, 40 Down to Earth Month events are happening in April at wineries statewide including the region-wide events listed below.  New events are being added daily to the list here:

11th Annual Wine 4 Paws Weekend, April 5-7, Paso Robles: Visit San Luis Obispo County wineries and stock up on fine wines during this benefit weekend to help homeless cats and dogs. Nearly 100 wineries and other participating businesses will share their proceeds with the pets of the Woods Humane Society.

Drink Green: A Toast to Sustainable Winegrowing, April 6, Madera County: Participating wineries of the Madera Wine Trail will celebrate the region’s sustainable winegrowing and winemaking practices by offering special tastings and education about eco-conscious winery practices.

El Dorado Passport Wine Adventure, April 6-7, Placerville: Pick up your passport for access to more than 20 participating wineries in El Dorado County in the Sierra Foothills, including many committed to sustainable growing and winemaking practices.

Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Celebration Day, April 20: Join more than 40 participating Santa Cruz Mountains wineries—many of them pouring sustainable and organic wines—for a day of tasting throughout the region.

Stags Leap District Wineries: Vineyard to Vintner, April 26-28, Napa Valley: Celebrating 30 years as an American Viticultural Area, the Stags Leap District Vineyard to Vintner anniversary celebration includes dinners, seminars on terroir and winegrowing, and tastings that include coveted library wines and new releases. A portion of the proceeds benefit a scholarship fund.

Taste of Mendocino, April 27, San Francisco: Head to Fort Mason Center in San Francisco to sample wines from more than 30 Mendocino County producers—known for their high rate of participation in certifications for sustainable, organic, biodynamic and fish-friendly farming practices—along with artisanal food bites.

Passport to Dry Creek Valley- 30th Anniversary, April 27-28, Healdsburg: Join more than 40 Dry Creek Valley wineries for tastings, food and wine pairings, fine cuisine from acclaimed Sonoma County chefs, and educational tours that highlight sustainable operations in the vineyards.

Earth Day Napa, April 28, Napa Valley: Come to Oxbow Commons and celebrate Earth Day with the Environmental Education Coalition of Napa County. The event features music, activities for all ages, delicious local food, wine and beer. More than 75 organizations and vendors will provide information about green products, services, the local environment, and how to make a difference for the good of the planet.

About the Wine Institute

Established in 1934, Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy group of nearly 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses that initiates and advocates state, federal and international public policy to enhance the environment for the responsible production, consumption and enjoyment of wine.  California wineries generate $114 billion annually in economic activity to the U.S. economy and create 786,000 jobs across the country of which 325,000 are in California. The organization also works to enhance the economic and environmental health of the state through its leadership in sustainable winegrowing and a partnership with Visit California to showcase California’s wine and food offerings and the state as a top travel destination.

About California Sustainable Winegrowing

The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA), a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization established by Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers, received the governor’s top environmental award for increasing adoption of sustainable winegrowing practices in California and for initiating new educational tools and program improvements.  To learn more, visit here.

Wineries and vineyards around the state have also earned Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing status through the third-party certification program launched by CSWA.  Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing and other programs such as the Bay Area Green Business Program, Fish Friendly Farming, Lodi Rules, Napa Green and Sustainability in Practice (SIP) play a vital role in the California wine community’s successful efforts to produce high quality wine that is environmentally sound, economically feasible and socially responsible.

International Whisky Day

3 Countries, 3 Whiskies, 1 Day — International Whisk(e)y Day

Raise your favorite glass on March 27 and sip on some of the best whiskies from around world. Whether you’re a traditional Scotch whisky drinker or are looking to explore something new like premium whisky from India or France, understanding the history about the countries distilling the spirit makes it an even more fulfilling experience.

  • INDIA – Whiskies from India have been gaining popularity in the past few years and for good reason. With India having a predominantly warmer climate, the maturation process is much faster as compared to other countries like Scotland — some say 4x faster!
    • The Indian Whisky To Try: Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky (SRP: $70) knows there’s much more to the equation than age when it comes to creating a memorable expression. Nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas in the Indian city of Rampur, the spirit has a distinctive flavor profile replete with vanilla, honey, spices, and dried fruits. The spice is balanced but still present and representative of a premium-quality single malt whisky; to be savored neat or on the rocks.
  • FRANCE – In the land of Cognac, whisky you ask? The French have actually been distilling whisky for centuries and consuming it too! French Whiskies are often characterized by notes replete of fruit-forward flavor.
    • The French Whisky To Try: Bastille 1789 (SRP: $39.99) – Bright orange and amber in color, Bastille has intriguing aromas of orange marmalade, dried apricot, spice cake, pineapple blossoms and suede with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long accented finish. A remarkably fruity, exotic and enigmatic whisky that will make for a fabulous Old-Fashioned.
  • SCOTLAND – Not much needs to be said about Scotch whisky. As one of the most popular categories in the world, some scotches are flavored heavily by peat and smoke while others are light and fruity.
    • The Scotch Whisky To Try: The Famous Grouse (SRP: $29.99) is ranked number one by volume in Scotland for a reason. All at an affordable price, Famous Grouse offers candied fruits and buttery shortbread on the nose, with flavors of cinnamon and ginger, dried fruits and oak. Stir it in a Hot Toddy or enjoy it on the rocks, this whiskey will be your go-to after a long day, and a staple of bartenders around the world.

Joseph Magnus National Growth Strategy

D.C.-Based Heritage Spirits Brand Joseph Magnus Unveils National Growth Strategy

Initiatives include strengthened leadership team, expanded distribution and warehousing, new product introductions and revitalization of its D.C. cocktail room

Jos. A. Magnus & Co., a 127-year-old award-winning spirits brand, today announced details of its aggressive national growth strategy. Key initiatives include an expanded and experienced leadership team, broadened national distribution and barrel warehousing capabilities and the launch of several Magnus special releases in 2019.

In addition, Magnus revealed plans to temporarily close and refurbish its Washington, D.C. cocktail room, consistent with the brand’s legacy. Updates will include the addition of pre-Prohibition artifacts on loan from the Magnus family archives, with the cocktail room expected to reopen in spring 2019.

The company’s bourbon and gin products are now available across 28 states, including California, New York, Texas, Illinois and Georgia. The leadership changes announced include:

  •         Ali Anderson has been promoted to general manager of Magnus from her previous position as director of sales. In her new role, she will work alongside a nationwide distributor of premium and craft spirits to leverage the company’s scaling production capabilities.
  •       Nancy Fraley, Master Blender, who has overseen the production of many of Magnus’ award-winning bourbons, including Joseph Magnus Bourbon, Cigar Blend Bourbon and Murray Hill Club, will continue to guide the Magnus production team and create several special releases for 2019.
  •         Thom Spelde joins Magnus as vice president of production, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the manufacturing industry to the Company. Peter Boardman joins Magnus as distiller from Philadelphia Distilling Co., maker of Bluecoat Gin. He has 10 years of distilling experience. Both Spelde and Boardman will oversee production and the construction of a new barrel warehouse facility in Virginia to meet growing demand.

“We are excited by the opportunity to share the Magnus experience with customers in twenty-eight states,” commented Ali Anderson. “We will continue to deliver remarkable spirits to connoisseurs in D.C. and across the country.”

For more information about Jos. A. Magnus & Co. or to purchase spirits, visit josephmagnus.com.

About Jos. A. Magnus & Co.

Inspired by the legacy of pre-Prohibition distiller Joseph Magnus, the premium bourbon and gins of Jos. A. Magnus & Co. promise “remarkable spirits for remarkable people.” Building on 127 years of rich history, the company now distributes premium spirits in 28 states and delights patrons at its distillery and tasting room located in Washington, D.C. The spirits have garnered the nation’s top awards, including multiple double gold medals, and best-in-class bourbon and gin recognitions, using the very same techniques that Joseph Magnus practiced more than 100 years ago. For more information on Jos. A. Magnus & Co. spirits, legacy and distribution, visit josephmagnus.com.

 

Jameson St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

MINT MOJITO

If you can’t decide between beer or whiskey

Ingredients:

• 1.5 parts Jameson Caskmates Stout

• Heavy cream, to top

• 7-10 drops peppermint extract

• 2 teaspoons turbinado sugar

• 10 mint leaves

• 2.5 parts hot coffee

Method:

• Put the heavy cream into a glass or stainless steel bowl. Add peppermint extract and whip it using a handheld mixer until it has thickened but is still pourable.

• Place the sugar in the glass and muddle the mint into the sugar. Pour the hot coffee in and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add Jameson Caskmates Stout and stir.

• Slowly pour the whipped heavy cream over the back of a spoon.

• Garnish with mint.

Pairs perfectly with Corned Beef and Cabbage Sliders

 

IRISH MIMOSA

Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day brunch

Ingredients:

• 1 part Jameson Caskmates IPA

• 12 parts IPA beer (hoppy and citrus IPAs are ideal)

• 3 parts grapefruit juice

• Grapefruit peel for garnish

Method:

• Pour Jameson Caskmates IPA and the grapefruit juice into a glass

• Top it off with the IPA beer

• Garnish with a grapefruit peel

Pairs perfectly with Jameson Soda Bread with Jameson Butter

CELTIC TWILIGHT

For those with a sweet tooth

Ingredients:

• 1 part Jameson Original

• 1 part hazelnut liqueur

• 1 part Irish cream

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Method:

• Combine ingredients in a shaker filled 2/3 with ice.

• Shake until thoroughly chilled, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass over cracked ice.

Pairs perfectly with Grasshopper Pie with Jameson Hot Fudge