Spirits

This week we deviate away from the grapevine and explore another beverage, a spirit that reports are showing is the NEW way to a woman's heart included in the traditional flowers, candles and chocolate. Believe it or not, it is Bourbon. Yes its true, just recently Business Week Magazine attributed this phenomenon to a group of professional women, "The Bourbon Women" who have become quite enamored with Kentucky's sweet spirit and are hosting bourbon tasting parties in major cities across North America. So joining us in studio this week on The Wine Ladies TV to give us the scoop on this phenomena and the new woman's movement is Kentucky's own Bourbon expert, Master Distiller for Four Roses Bourbon, Jim Rutledge.


The Legend of Four Roses

It began when Paul Jones, Jr., the founder of Four Roses Bourbon, became smitten by the beauty of a Southern belle. It is said that he sent a proposal to her, and she replied that if her answer were "Yes," she would wear a corsage of roses on her gown to the upcoming grand ball. Paul Jones waited for her answer excitedly on that night of the grand ball!when she arrived in her beautiful gown, she wore a corsage of four red roses. He later named his Bourbon "Four Roses" as a symbol of his devout passion for the lovely belle, a passion he thereafter transferred to making his beloved Four Roses Bourbon.

Watch The Wine Ladies TV! Bourbon, the new way to a woman's Heart! Wed Oct 26th , 2011 at 2:30PM - 3:30PM on ThatChannel.com

Christmas Cocktails for the holidays with The Wine Ladies and the BSO

We are in the midst of the holiday season now with still lots of partying and entertaining going on, last week we talked about holiday wines so this week we thought we’d shake things up a little, and we mean….literally and explore the world of the holiday cocktail. From the traditional “Hot Toddy” to the romantic “Fireside cocktail” to the racy Reckless Rum Martini, we had a great TV show with lots of spirits, liqueurs and showmanship. Taking a break from the grape we’re into the HARDER stuff! Cocktails! This week, we welcomed to The Wine Ladies TV and he worked his magic, creating fabulous holiday cocktails, offering up tips on “stocking your bar just” for the perfect party, Jim Shaw also known as The Wine God is an instructor at the career college Bartending School of Ontario otherwise known as the BSO, voted as Ontario’s , #1 bartending school, 6 years in a row. Thank-you Jim for these wonderful, delicious and stunning cocktails for the holidays! Happy Holidays everyone. And please remember don’t drink and drive! wonderful, delicious and stunning cocktails for the holidays!

 

Jim Shaw of the Bartending School of Ontario. Christmas Cocktail: The Mistletoe (vs#1 & vs#2) Glass: Martini Type: Shaken Drink Ingredients: 1 oz Pomegranate Liqueur 2 oz Bar Mix ( Lime Ade) Juice of Lemon Wedge Or 1 oz Lime Vodka 2 oz Pomegranate Juice Juice of Lemon Wedge Theme: This colourful and equally refreshing cocktail will be garnished with a cherry wrapped with a small sprig of mint ( resembling a Mistletoe) Enjoy! be garnished with a cherry wrapped with a small sprig of mint ( resembling a Mistletoe)

 

Read more: Cocktails for the holidays.Your favourite feast in liquid form!

Collingwood Whisky, a new Canadian spirit hit the store shelves this month. Collingwood will be the only maple wood mellowed Canadian whisky available on the market. The whisky is triple distilled and then matured in white oak barrels. It’s finished by mellowing the blended whisky with toasted Maplewood, which adds sweetness to the spirit while reducing natural astringency. Collingwood, which sports an interesting men’s cologne shaped bottle is now available at the LCBO (#244186). Each bottle clocks in at 80 proof, and a 750ml bottle will retail for around $29.95. Collingwood delivers a refined flavour profile that can be enjoyed on the rocks or mixed in a cocktail. Check out 3 awesome cocktail ideas here:

In anticipation of the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton, we chat with royal mixologist Angus Winchester, having served royalty and created four special cocktails in honour of the wedding with 2 billion expected to watch and enjoy! Based on old British adage, Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, we sampled four delish drinks with one of the world's oldest white spirit and favourite to royalty, GIN.

Check out the recipes for all four drinks here or view video of Angus creating his cocktails here:

Read more: Royal Wedding Cocktails to celebrate the wedding of the century!

 



So we discovered on our recent visit to the city of Guadalajara and tour of Mexico's second oldest tequila distillery, founded in 1870 Casa Herradura. From the significance of terroir, to the "art" of harvesting, the relevance of natural yeast and the use of oak barrels, the parallels were great. Just as there is a ritual, if you will, with wine appreciation including nosing, swirling and slurping, so too is there one with this often misunderstood spirit. We learned of other similarities including basic rules of food pairings as well as the importance and impact of practicing organic methods and being 100% natural. Certainly a trend we are seeing today in our world of wine.

We'd like to share a few of our discoveries starting off with the appellation system or regulations pertaining to "place"

Just as our wineries must follow the regulations of our VQA, so must tequila producers follow rules set out by their governing body the CRT or Tequila Regulatory Council? Origin of the grapes, specificity of, and minimal natural sugar levels of grapes at harvest are dictated by VQA as are the origin of the agave plant for tequila, (predominantly produced in the state of Jalisco, however permissible in five regions including areas in four other states) the type of agave, it must be blue and the ripeness of the plant at harvest. As with wine, the relevance of terroir is key with a variety of soils and altitudes ranging from 6600 feet above sea level producing fruity, citrusy and floral notes while lowland, closer to the sea agave offering peppery spicy notes.

Read more: Tequila, the fastest growing spirit and wine show common ground.

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