- Made from 100% hand-harvested, slow-roasted agave, every sip of IZO Mezcal Joven speaks to centuries of Mexican tradition
- Produced sustainably right in the heart of rural Durango, according to centuries of tradition
- Each sip of IZO Mezcal Joven is a joyful celebration of both old and new: the centuries of local tradition behind it and the establishment of an environmentally-focused and community-centered legacy
- Every batch of wild agave is hand-harvested from Durango ranches, slow-roasted in volcanic ovens, then fermented and distilled onsite for a locally-crafted product from start to finish.
- IZO pays respect to its point of origin, from the locally-sourced Onyx cap featured atop the bottle, to the elegant, minimalist design that allows the artisanal spirit within to shine. The entire production process from ground to glass is meticulously controlled to ensure a perfectly-balanced, slightly smoky Mezcal Joven, delicious alone or in cocktails
Haven’t written about this yet, but it would appear that the subject won’t wait. Over the last few weeks, and possibly many more to come, our new normal has been to stay at home as it’s safer at home. While we’ve been making a small dent in our wine cellar, and an even bigger dent in our liquor cabinet, it’s made me wonder what others are doing. So I reached out to pals on social media to find out what they’ve been enjoying at home now more than ever before. (Note: Those of my friends in the industry are noted as such.)
Joe W. “Much like you, I’ve gotten a lot of wine samples sent for review. Rose and sparkling have been personal preferences. Keep it light during these heavy times. Somehow focusing on making a variety of appetizers to eat instead of bigger meals.” (Industry)
Elana H. “We have been putting a dent in our wine cellar and liquor cabinet as well! Margaritas w/fresh squeezed Meyer lemons, Grand Marnier and tequila over ice with a salted rim. Then wine with dinner. Had a delicious 2014 Terra De Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir from Whetstone Wine Cellars last night. During the day we have been sending out our wines to people all over the country and hosting tastings through Zoom. https://prioritywinepass.com/prime-solum-napa-valley-virtual-wine-tasting/
Michelene L. “Southern sweet tea and I have no idea why.”
Brenda R., “All the wine and spirit stores in PA have been closed since March 16. Thank God for CA wineries. Ordered some (and they) came in two days. Will have to order more.
Judi L. “Consciously unboozing limiting to, at the most, a glass of wine (whatever’s around) or one cocktail or a shot of mezcal/whiskey/rye. Oh yeah…beer…I love booze but actually not a big drinker. I’m an excellent sniffer and sipper.” (Industry)
Nelson L. “Sales and cheap shipping.”
Michael D. “We went through some great whites early on from Williams Selyem and Guy Farge that paired really well with the cheeses that we got from Lucques. Late night has been about Armagnac and Angel’s Envy Rye. I’ve also recently bottled a Brut IPA and am getting ready to brew a Belgian Tripel…(drinking) a wee bit more (than usual).
Karen B. “Finishing up the last of my 2018 Rosés to make room for the 2019s. Paul Lato 2018 in my glass right now! I was buying at cost, so helluva deal. I’m actually drinking less because we’re open just 3 days a week now and there is no social drinking or tasting with friends.” (Industry)
Nancy F. “I’m either vodka with sparkling soda, gin or vodka martini, or Negroni which are delicious and way too easy to drink! Or it’s wine. Like to switch it out as a I love all. However, the last 2 nights I started out with a fresh orange and lime juice margarita on the rocks with a salt rim…(And you may not have known that) I was a bartender for many years.
Taylor K. “Sales from local restaurants!”
Rick P. “This could be our only salvation; people are drinking all stockpiled wine. Hopefully we will see a buying surge when it’s all over. Otherwise say goodbye to a lot of small wineries.” (Industry)
Jennifer S., “Small dent in the wine cellar and a VERY large dent in the liquor cabinet. Need more scotch, whiskey and vodka. Thank goodness the liquor store is essential.”
Annette S., “Making a definite dent in the wine cellar.” (Industry)
Michael F. “Wine… Wine… & Oh Yeah; WINE! Along with some craft beers and a few fine spirits!” (Industry)
Dan C. “Old Fashioned!”
For me: Local deals from local and Paso wineries including Byron Blatty, Parhelion Cellars, Hoi Polloi, Pagter Brothers, Opolo, Thacher Winery, Hammersky…deals on wine and cocktails-to-go from The Press Room, Egg Plantation, Wolf Creek Brewery and Restaurant, Route 66 Classic Grill, Salt Creek Grille, Dario’s…Zoom tastings with our Napa friends…curbside pick-ups, free shipping and one dollar shipping incentives also. It’s all good during a very trying time.
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video (over 16k views), authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru and the Global Wine Awards. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits
WAILEA, Hawaii /PRNewswire/ — After an acclaimed first year event, Four Seasons Resort Maui has announced the second annual Four Seasons Maui Wine & Food Classic line-up for Memorial Weekend 2020. Developed in partnership with “wine therapist to the stars” president and principal of Wally’s Wine & Spirits Christian Navarro, the weekend of events promises opportunities to connect with an all-star line-up of world-class vintners, master sommeliers and celebrity chefs.
“This year, we’ve raised the bar even higher,” says Four Seasons Maui General Manager Marc Bromley of the annual event, awarded Robb Report’s “Best of the Best New Wine Festival 2019” in its inaugural year. “Some of the world’s most coveted wineries and most star-studded chefs will join us here in Maui to create pure magic.”
Navarro’s curated list of over 30 wineries include powerhouses such as GAJA, BOND, Dom Pérignon, Opus One, and many more. Acclaimed spirit producers Casa Dragones tequila, Michter’s whiskey, and Dos Hermanos Mezcal by Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston will also join the weekend.
Four Seasons Maui Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst will welcome superstar chefs Wolfgang Puck of Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group and Spago Maui, Francis Mallmann, Michael Mina of Mina Group, Josiah Citrin of Melisse, Jackson Yu of Omakase, and Erik Anderson of Four Seasons Napa Valley.
Guests who reserve the Four Seasons Maui Wine & Food Classic event package will have an all-access pass to the entire weekend of events.
EVENT SCHEDULE (details are subject to change):
Thursday, May 21, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
The weekend’s events kick off with a meeting of the stars, under the stars, featuring famed Italian wine producer GAJA, Wally’s Chef Ryan Kluver, Four Seasons Maui’s Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst and Four Seasons Napa Valley’s Executive Chef Erik Anderson. Fifth generation vintner Giovanni Gaja will host this extraordinary evening.
Friday, May 22, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Over 35 world-renowned wine and spirit producers and bites prepared by celebrity guest chefs will be showcased at this grand tasting event set on the Resort’s stunning Oceanfront Lawn. Guests will mix and mingle with visiting vintners and master sommeliers, as well as the Resort’s robust staff of more than 20 sommeliers providing the Resort’s legendary service.
Saturday, May 23, 2020 & Sunday, May 24,2020, Daytime
Guests will enhance their wine IQ with access to two of the following Masterclasses that feature the world’s best wine, caviar, coffee and more:
- Champagne and Caviar: Billecart-Salmon and Calvisius Caviar
- Napa Valley Superstars: Dana Estates, Marciano Estate, Realm, Sinegal Estate
- Glassology: A Discovery of How Glass Shape Affects Taste
- The Great Terroirs of California Pinot Noir: Barden, The Hilt, Kistler, Occidental, Williams Selyem
- House of Roederer: An Exploration of Biodynamic Champagne
- The World’s Rarest Coffees: A Tasting with Two Coffee Sommeliers
- Central Coast Superstars: Aleksander Estate, Barden, Crown Point, Daou, Jonata, Margerum
- Super Tuscan Legend: Solaia
Saturday, May 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Celebrity chefs pair up with select wineries to present five break-out dinners across the Resort’s stunning venues. Guests will choose from the following exclusive options:
- Opus One featuring Chef Wolfgang Puck
- BOND featuring Chef Josiah Citrin
- Memento Mori featuring Chef Michael Mina
- Dom Pérignon featuring Chef Jackson Yu
- Casa Dragones Tequila featuring Chef Melissa Perello
Fire & Feast with Francis Mallmann
Sunday, May 24, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
Sparks will fly as South America’s most beloved chef Francis Mallmann brings his celebrated style to the shores of Maui. Mallmann, who has developed a cult-like following after Netflix documented his story on Chef’s Table, will pull the meal right out of the fire, which guests will enjoy alongside Uruguayan Bodega Garzón wines.
Brunch & Bubbles
Monday, May 25, 2020, 10:00 a.m.
The weekend concludes with a lavish brunch featuring only the best Champagne houses. Producers include Billecart-Salmon, Dom Pérignon, Moët & Chandon, Ruinart, and Veuve Clicquot.
Discover the full list of featured wines and spirits here.
Ticket and Accommodations Information
Guests will experience the entire schedule when they choose to book the event package. A la carte tickets are available for the Oceanfront Gala only. Guests must be age 21 years or older to attend all events. Accommodations must be reserved separately. Visit fourseasons.com/mauiclassic for more information.
The presenting sponsor for the Four Seasons Maui Wine & Food Classic is ultra-high-end luxury watchmaker Richard Mille. Additional sponsors include NetJets, Riedel, Alaska Airlines, Martin Katz, and Chef Works.
About Four Seasons Resort Maui: To learn more about the legendary resort, visit the website.
DENVER (PRWEB) – Wine Country Network, publishers of Wine Country International magazine and producers of professional beverage competitions have announced the annual Tequila Mezcal Challenge (TMC) is now accepting entries in more than sixty categories of Tequila, Mezcal and Agave spirits.
The company is organizing the TMC and selecting a prestigious panel of Tequila & Mezcal professionals consisting of Master Sommeliers, F&B Directors, Journalists, and Retailers Buyers. Several recognized Tequila Mezcal experts from around the US will participate as guest judges.
Christopher J. Davies, Wine Country Network, CEO and Co-Founder stated, “Our goal is to create a well-rounded panel of experts that will taste the Tequilas, Mezcal & Agave Spirits “double-blind” and achieve the fairest scoring results possible. For our popular categories, we plan to separate spirits in different price points to maintain an even playing field. We are looking to identify the absolute best products in this exciting category!”
There are currently around 150 distilleries in Mexico, making Tequila, Mezcal and Agave products. There are now over 1,500 Tequila brands with more coming online every week.
The 1st Annual Tequila Mezcal Challenge will take place on October 19-20, 2019 at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colorado. The competition is now open to Craft Distillers, Merchant Bottlers, Brand Marketers, Commercial Distilleries and Duty-Free Spirits Producers. Producers, Importers, and Distributors are now encouraged to enter their products online before October 10, 2019. For details visit: TEQMEZCHALLENGE.COM
Already the world’s largest wine store with over 15,000 wines, Wine.com now offers a selection of over 2,000 spirits, including rare and collectible items not easily found in stores. With many wine enthusiasts enjoying premium spirits and craft cocktails at home, Wine.com will delight consumers with the ease of one-stop shopping for all their wine and spirits online.
“Wine.com has serviced consumers with wine for 21 years – offering a comprehensive array of spirits is a natural progression. With so many wine consumers also enjoying craft cocktails and experimenting with their own home bars, we are thrilled to offer the same selection, education and guidance in spirits as we already offer in wine.” – Mike Osborn, founder of Wine.com
Wine.com‘s spirits selection includes a deep assortment of whiskey, vodka, tequila, mezcal, gin, rum, brandy, cordial, and liqueur. With a focus on premium spirits, including a wide array of rare, collectible and limited-edition products, Wine.com offers the ideal selection for the classics connoisseur and the artisanal explorer alike.
Consumers can browse spirits using the wide range of filters standard on the website. In addition to reading descriptions of a product’s style, the distillery and region of origin, consumers can also engage spirits experts through chat to find the perfect bottle for them. Wine.com will also offer customers tips on how to serve and mix their drinks in the future.
The same convenient shipping options provided for wine are provided for spirits. StewardShip, Wine.com‘s free shipping program, applies to all products alike. Customers continue to be able to choose specific-delivery dates and have packages delivered to their home, work or local pickup location.
Wine.com is the nation’s leading online wine and spirits retailer, offering selection, guidance and convenience not found in brick and mortar stores. The company provides its customers access to the world’s largest wine and spirits store, with experts available to chat 7 days a week on its website and app. With multiple fulfillment centers and the most sophisticated alcohol retail distribution network in the United States, Wine.com delivers in 1-2 days to most addresses, offering date-certain delivery and convenient pickup options from 11,000 Walgreens and FedEx Office locations nationwide. The company’s popular free shipping program, StewardShip, provides unlimited shipments and exclusive access to new releases for $49 per year. Wine.com‘s mission, to inspire the wine lifestyle through innovation, is captured in its brand manifesto video, viewable here. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.wine.com or download its app in the Apple Store or Google Play.
What a treat Art Beyond the Glass was! A new venue in the arts district of downtown Los Angeles, Resident LA, hosted the event for hundreds of cocktail lovers one short week ago but my memories will be living on much longer!
Bartenders showcased paintings, sculptures, murals and photographs, retro barware, hand painted trash cans and – innovative cocktails everywhere you turned – all benefitting non-profit Global Inheritance!
And, as is our habit to do this, we created a 2-minute slideshow of some of the fun! View it here.
Favorites for the guests included: a spicy and cool gazpacho made with Jägermeister, as well as cocktails made with St. Germain elderflower, El Silencio Mezcal in the “Mezcal Mango-Colada” and served in a coconut shell, Chartreuse, Pisco Porton, Fords Gin, Bulldog Gin, Jameson Caskmate, Few Bourbon Whiskey, Clement Coco, Jack Daniel’s, Boomerang Liqueur, Amaro Lucano, Liquid Alchemist Ginger, Grenadine and Apple Spice flavors, Szechuan Infused Montenegro, Mixwell Dandelion Tonic, Bitter Truth (bitters) and my own favorites were the two cocktails with Auchentoshan single malt scotch and served in an embossed tin cup.
A few of the single spirits we got to try were Angel’s Envy, Toki Suntory Whisky and Stark Spirits Aquavit.
In conclusion I’d have to say the day couldn’t have gone any better. The bartenders and their support teams never had lines of people waiting to be served, their attitudes were just as exemplary as their talents. The drinks were innovative in both the recipes and presentations. And, as could’ve easily been the case, there were no duplicates that I found. Each drink was a new taste treat for guests, with many of the bartenders offering more than one selection.
If cocktails are your interest, if art is an interest, if the arts district of LA is an interest, or supporting the community is an interest – don’t miss Art Beyond the Glass VI or an inaugural Art Beyond the Glass in your city as the event has just gone Global!
The press release with all of the information including the names of the bartenders, the venue and the non-profit are below.
Press Release (2019 editor’s note: this is now a past event.)
The fifth annual Art Beyond the Glass (ABTG) is taking place on Sunday, June 26 at Resident in Downtown Los Angeles. ABTG V features dozens of L.A.’s top bartenders mixing cocktails and showcasing their artistry, from painting to photography, live music and more. ABTG V is raising funds for Global Inheritance, an L.A.-based nonproﬁt organization that creates experiences which inspire individuals to take positive action on global issues.
To celebrate its five-year anniversary, Art Beyond the Glass is expanding to a five-hour event, featuring an incredible lineup of top bartenders from across the L.A. area mixing cocktails and showcasing their art, music, photography and much more.
Bartenders returning for this year’s ABTG include: Aaron Melendrez (Salazar), Alex Barbatsis (BarToni’s), Alyson Iwamoto (The Varnish), Beau Du Bois (The Corner Door), Cari Hah (Big Bar), Chris Amirault (Fiscal Agent), Christopher Day (General Lee’s), Dan Sabo (Ace Hotel), Dustin Newsome (Salazar), Christine Wiseman (Break Room 86), Eugene Lee (Big Bar), Francois Vera (Pour Vous), Genie Gore (Melrose Umbrella Co.), Greg Bryson (The Wallace), Jeremy Lake (Lost Property), Joe Valdovinos (Salazar), Karen Grill (Wolf), Kalani Ben (Sassafras Saloon), Katie Emmerson (The Walker Inn), Ryan Wainwright (Terrine), Una Green (Belcampo Meat Co.), William Cutting (Resident), Yael Vengroff (The Spare Room) and the Godfather of the L.A. cocktail scene, Vincenzo Marianella (Copa d’Oro).
First-time participating bartenders include: Adam Fournier (Chestnut Club + Areal), Bethany Ham (Corner Door), Brad Fry (Michael’s Restaurant Group), Florence Hartigan (Big Bar), Jodi Calderon (Normandie Club), Jonathan Joy (Belcampo Meat Co.), Josh Suchan (FOH), Julie Bersani (Big Bar), Michael Lay (Broken Spanish), and many more TBA.
Hosted by Matt Robold (aka rumdood), ABTG V is taking place at Resident, a stunning indoor-outdoor venue located in the heart of the Arts District of Downtown L.A. Housed in a historic industrial building, Resident features a craft cocktail program by Randy Tarlow (Liquid Alchemist), a beer garden and an eclectic calendar of live music and DJ sessions.
The all-inclusive ticket includes cocktails, art, entertainment, and bar bites. For the first time, Bar Keeper will be featuring a pop up store at ABTG. In addition, guests will be able to purchase bartender art, buy raffle tickets and bid on silent auction items such as artwork, photography, rare spirits and more. All proceeds will be donated to Global Inheritance.
Art Beyond the Glass V is being made possible with the generous support of our sponsoring brands: The 86 Co., Auchentoshan, Aviation, Bacardi, Back Bar Project, The Bitter Truth, BroVo Spirits, Classic & Vintage, Courvoisier, El Silencio, FEW Spirits, Golden Road Brewing, House of Agricole, Jack Daniel’s, Jägermeister, La Niña del Mezcal, McCluskey Group, Owl’s Brew, Pisco Porton, The Rum Society, SelvaRey Rum, Stark Spirits, Chartreuse, Liquid Alchemist, Miracle Mile Bitters, West Coast Ice Provisions and Winship’s Bitters.
Once again, Art Beyond the Glass is being produced with the participation and support of the USBG Southern California Chapter.
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com
(Santa Clarita, CA) – This spring, San Diego, Ventura and Santa Cruz’s beloved Tequila & Taco Music Festival will be making its way to debut in sunny Santa Clarita on the weekend of May 10th and 11th, 2019. The festival will feature exclusive tequila sampling exclusively on Saturday, with entertainment, good eats and other libations for guests 21 and up available throughout the festival. Ticket holders will have access to delicious gourmet street tacos, craft beers, margarita booths, art vendors and live music on both Friday and Saturday, as well as a huge Kids Zone on Saturday.
Among those performing will be the one and only Vanilla Ice, headlining the festival’s 90’s stage on Friday evening. Performing at the festival on both Friday and Saturday will be Cumbia and Spanish-language rock outfit Adelaide, whose electrifying performances have become Disneyland’s resident Latin dance and rock representatives, with others to be announced. Saturday’s entertainment will be lead by reggae/Soca/Caribbean music allstars Upstream, joined by top-tier Bruno Mars tribute group Bruno & the Hooligans.
Confirmed brands participating in the festival’s Saturday-exclusive tequila tasting include: Los Vecinos Del Campo Mezcal; Corazon Tequila; The Bloody Cure; Puente-Internacional; Dulce Vida Spirits; Casa Madana Mezcal; and Sazerac – with many more to be announced in the coming weeks. While there will be no tequila tasting for Friday’s festivities, a wide array of delicious margaritas and other beverages will be available for purchase.
Additionally, attendees can expect to enjoy delicious gourmet street tacos from a variety of food vendors, to be announced in the coming weeks.
About the Tequila & Taco Music Festival
The Tequila & Taco Music Festival will take place on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 4:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. and Sunday, May 11, 2019 from 11:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Saturday tequila sampling tickets are $40, and the tasting takes place from 11:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. There is no tequila tasting on Friday. General admission tickets are $15 per individual Friday and $10 per Saturday ticket. Children ages 10 and under are free with a ticketed adult on Friday, and children ages 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult on Saturday. Individuals must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to consume alcohol. Tickets will also be sold at the door while supplies last. For more information, please visit http://tequilaandtacomusicfestival.com/santaclarita.
Thinking that in my ten years of writing about wine and spirits, I must’ve set some goals, written them down and shared them in past articles. Did a quick Google search and found yea, sounds familiar as I did it once, just last year, in the column titled: Why Not Have…Drinking Goals for 2018? And No, it’s not too late to set them!
So I gave my 2018 article a gander, to see how many of my goals were met, to see if I should even attempt goals for 2019. The first goal, to learn about Mezcal, wasn’t a complete failure as I got to taste at least one in 2018. So that goal has a continuance for this year. I also went to more wine bars this year…or maybe I should say visited one wine bar more: Newhall Press Room. So that goal was partially met.
I made it to the Japanese Food and Restaurant Expo again, co-hosted our first Wine on the Roof and fourth Cocktails on the Roof for the WiSH Education Foundation, visited Salt Creek Grille and had wine, attended another Peatin’ Meetin’ organized by the LA Scotch Club and didn’t die…
But I still need my WSET Level 2 in spirits to be offered hands on as online classes are still the only type being offered. So I may have to give in on that goal, bite the bullet and try the online course this year.
Didn’t make it back to Utah or Denver for more spirits, but I did make it to SCOTLAND for plenty of Whisky!
Attended the tastings and classes at the Universal Whisky Experience in Las Vegas – which we plan to attend again this year in April.
So what’s up for 2019:
As the West Ranch Beacon* website shut down earlier this year, removing me from one weekly column commitment after about a decade, I thought I should look around for something new.
I can add more Eve Bushman Consulting Clients – so if you own a bar, restaurant, winery or wine bar and need some marketing ideas email me at Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com. My business partner Michael Perlis and I have been successfully consulting and marketing for our clients for many years now.
Also thinking about trying something new…starting out as a small Brand Ambassador might be a good fit, though I’d need some training as that part of the industry is very new to me. I have plenty of experience with wine and spirits via the numerous events we’ve created and hosted, as well as the many we’ve marketed, and have enough wine and spirit education under my belt to be able to easily learn about a brand that is looking for representation in Santa Clarita Valley, San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles. If you hear of anything email me at Eve@EveWine101.com
So, those these new goals aren’t drinking goals, they all still involve the industry I’ve been involved with for over 10 years. I’m not going anywhere! Regardless of what I may add to my workload to make up for the closure of the West Ranch Beacon, know that Eve Wine 101 and Eve Bushman Consulting will continue as they have for many more years to come.
*If you hadn’t finished reading a particular article of mine on the Beacon, or are looking for my archived articles, please email me: Eve@EveWine101.com. I have all of my articles saved. Those over three years old were shared again, under the title “Vintage Eve” on Tuesdays on https://www.EveWine101.com. Newer articles, including the last three I did in the Scotland series, I can email out as word docs to whoever wants them. These will also be re-purposed on EveWine101 on Tuesdays within the next three years.
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video (over 16k views), authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru and the Global Wine Awards. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com
Rome, Italy – Inside the D.O.M Hotel Roma, an elegantly modern hotel in a 17th century palazzo near the Tiber River with 18 guest rooms and suites and restaurant, another surprise awaits: the exclusive Liquor Room, with a far-ranging private collection of distilled spirits from around the world and the first of its kind in Italy.
The refined interior of the spirited space, curated by Italian architect Antonio Girardi, reflects a “modern meets classic” interpretation of Rome’s finest aristocratic homes. Hand-crafted furniture and original artworks create a comfortably elegant space in which to peruse the 33-page menu of the Liquor Room’s Distilleries Collection and then suitably appreciate the selected spirits.
“We are pleased to offer our guests one of the world’s finest private collections of distilled spirits in an inviting space designed to enhance tasting and convivial relaxation. Our Liquor Room menu features hand-selected Whiskys, Rums, Tequila, Mescal and Cachaça, Cognac, Bas-Armagnac and Calvados, Porto and Brandy, Grappa, Fruit Distilles, Vodka, Gin, Genever, Vermouth, Saké and Schochu,” said Matteo Fornasier, Hotel Manager.
“The collection was curated by the owners of Rome’s Enoteca Achilli al Parlamento who are highly respected as experts in wine and gastronomy. Research for unique and rare liquors for the Liquor Room is ongoing, with the menu updated based on findings. Sommeliers of Achilli al DOM oversee the Liquor Room along with Patrizio Boschetto, a world champion bartender.”
Whiskys include a selection of Single and Blended Irish and Scottish Malts, Irish Whiskey, Bourbon Whiskey, Rye Whiskey and New World Whisky from Japan. One of the most prestigious is the Banff Rare Malt Collection Cask Strength 21 Years that was distilled in 1982, with water sourced from Fiskaidly Farms springs. The celebrated Banff Distillery, opened in 1824 on Banff Bay in Inverboyndie, Scotland, ceased operations in 1983.
Rums are sourced from Martinique, including the Vieux Agricole – Carbat 1975, as well as selections from Cuba, Trinidad, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Marie Galante, Haiti, Venezuela, Guatemala, Panama and Nicaragua.
Tequilas from Mexico are offered in Anejo, Blanco, Plata, Silver and Gran Patron Burdeos styles by eight different brands, including Casamigos, Don Julio, Espolon and Patron. There are seven Mescal selections from Mexico and two Cachaça options from Brazil made from fermented sugarcane juice.
There are 10 selections of Cognac du Grande Champagne, including Lherand Vintage 1971, and two choices of Cognac du Petite Champagne.
Aged Brandy from Malaga is offered in three vintages, 1780, 1857 and 1866. Jerez Brandy is a Gran Solera Reserva from Carlos I.
From Italy, the Liquor Room features an inspired selection of Grappa, including a Marolo Grappa di Barolo-15 anni, and a Poli Pavillac 2007, Bottle 2673/5000. Fruit Distillates from Caponella, known for the distilling artistry of Gianni Caponella, includes an Amarena di Montagna, made from sour mountain cherries, and Albiocche de Vesuvio, produced from apricots from Mount Vesuvius.
Eighteen different vodka options are sourced from Poland, Russia, Holland, France, Italy and Japan.
Gin selections include 14 choices from the United Kingdom, United States, France, Germany and Spain, as well as Coffey Gin by Japanese distiller Nikka, and two gins from Italy.
There are thirteen selections of Vermouth from distillers in Italy, Spain and France, ranging from Extra Dry, Rosso and Bianco to Vanilla from Italy’s Martini, Mulassano, Carpano, Martelletti, Cocchi and Galliano; Spain’s Sarti and Lustao, and France’s Lillet.
Six different choices of Sakè and Schochu from Japan by producers Sakè Company and Asahi round out the extensive Distilleries Collection offered to guests at D.O.M. Hotel Roma by Liquor Room.
The Liquor Room Distilled Spirits pricing ranges from €10 to €800 per pour depending on the spirit selected. Advance reservations are required to experience the collection. The Liquor Room is also available to host private events or intimate dinners for up to six people.
About D.O.M Hotel Roma
D.O.M. Hotel Roma is an intimate five-star hotel in a 17th century palazzo near the Tiber River with 18 luxurious guestrooms and suites. Set in the heart of Rome on historic Via Giulia, the richly textured interiors were restored and curated by Italian architect Antonio Girardi to reflect a “modern meets classic” interpretation of Rome’s finest aristocratic homes. Handcrafted furniture and artworks include original photographic works by Man Ray and Bert Stein and Andy Warhol silkscreen designs. Achilli al D.O.M. serves an inspired menu year-round, with service in season on the rooftop terrace noted for stunning views and an aromatic herb garden. The Liquor Room, home to one of the world’s largest private collections of distilled spirits that date from the 1780s to today, was designed to enhance tasting and convivial relaxation. D.O.M Hotel Roma, Via Giulia 131, Rome, Italy, derives its name from the initials of a Latin inscription, “Deo Optimo Maximo,” found on the original palazzo turned Claretian monastery. For more information, please visit https://www.domhotelroma.com/en/ and connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.
Santa Monica, CA – After a fun day of surf and sun, when the tide begins to rise and the moon makes its nightly arch, The Moon Bar at Lunetta opens its doors and welcomes guests to partake in an evening of progressive, chef-driven elevated New Californian Cuisine and masterfully Handcrafted Cocktails. Presented by Chef Raphael Lunetta and the Lunetta Team, The Moon Bar is coquettishly tucked inside Lunetta Dining, capturing the atmospheric California coast quiescence with the approachability of an evening neighborhood cocktail bar that welcomes guests from all over Greater Los Angeles!
Helming The Moon Bar beverage program is Beverage Director & Sommelier Kristine Bocchino, who contributes her expertise in food and wine to quarterly publication EdibleLA, Westlake Magazine, and has most recently served as a judge in Italy for the Cocktail & Bartending Competition at the Florence Cocktail Week 2018. Describing her approach to the House Libations, Bocchino says, “The cocktails are heavily influenced by Chef Raphael Lunetta’s menu, particularly his incorporation of produce from the Farmers Market.” Fortuitously, there is no need to vacate the alluring ambience of The Moon Bar once guests begin feeling peckish as the full menu from Lunetta Dining is always available.
Vodka + Gin employs the use of clear spirits to bring guests three light and revivifying cocktails beginning with the cheekily named Spicy Like a Sleepover, undoubtedly the star cocktail of the menu, and prepared with St. George Green Chili vodka, Becherovka, coconut cream, lemongrass, ginger, and lime; the East Side to the West Side featuring Fords Gin, cucumber, mint, lime, orgeat, and Angostura Bitters, and the Honey Ryder made with London Dry Gin, pamplemousse, lemon and bubbles. Creamy with a hint of spice, the Spirits from South of the Border sizzle things up with Tequila + Mezcal based cocktails such as the Mariposa Calor comprised of Espadin mezcal, Amaro Nonino Aperol, lime, Firewater bitters, or get a little pep in your step with the Tired but Wired featuring blanco tequila, Rhum Agricole, housemade chamomile-turmeric syrup, coconut cream, Blackstrap Bitters, and lime. What restaurant by the beach would be complete without a couple of Rum libations, starting with a creative twist on a beachy classic, the Oaxacan Mai Tai, comprised Plantation Pineapple Rum, mezcal, lime, Dry Curacao, orgeat, and Angostura bitters. Hang ten and bottoms up to the Gnarly Surfer, a mixture of Rhum Agricole, pineapple gomme, lime, Blackstrap Bitters, and vegan egg white. Three liquid amber cocktails await Whiskey enthusiasts, starting with the Salted Butter, featuring Japanese whisky, Cocchi di Torino, Suze, Italicus, and grapefruit bitters, while Bocchino breathes new life into two quintessential mixed drinks, first with the Pimms Cup 2420, with Buffalo Trace, lemon, honey peach bitters, and Pimms, and lastly, make no mistake this is Not Your Nonna’s Negroni, comprised of rye, Mr. Black Cold Brew, Cappelletti, and Cocchi di Torino.
If Wine is your pleasure, there is no better place to enhance your meal than The Moon Bar with eclectic varietals offered by the glass and by the bottle. Offering a tickle of Sparkling effervescence is the French Aubry Brut Rosé, and Hébrart Brut Cuvee de Reserve, or the Italian Ferrari Brut Sparkling. Pert and pink, Rosé includes the 2017 Liquid Farm “Vogelzang” Happy Canyon from Santa Barbara, as well as a Grenache based Rosé straight from the Sierra Foothills of California: the 2017 The Wither’s El Dorado. Essential for California coastal living, the White varietals start with a wine that Bocchino boasts is, “ideally paired with shellfish as it provides superb acid,” the 2015 Picpoul Forlorn Hope Rorock Vineyard, from Calaveras County, followed by a 2015 Viognier Yves Cuilleron from Condrieu, France, and all of the way from Kamptal, Austria the 2016 Gruner Veltliner Weinschlossl. Bold and sumptuous, a Red is sure to compliment the meal, such as the Spanish 2015 Grenache Palacios, Les Terrasses, or a bold and refreshing blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec, uniting to create the 2015 Alpha Omega II Rutherford from Napa Valley. With the final Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend, the 2010 Phélan Ségur Saint Estephe is sure to please every Bordeaux lover. For the true connoisseur, the Cellar Selections provide unique vintages such as the Bordeaux-Style blend from Napa Valley, the 2001 Joseph Phelps Insignia, or a wine born from the Nebbiolo grape in the mountains of the famous Piemonte region of Italy, the 1998 Gaja Costa Russi, also offered from Champagne, France is the 1997 Salon Les Mesnil Blanc de Blancs.
Creating The Moon Bar look and feel of comfortable but lush beach city cocktail bar is De JONG & Co. For the interior, De JONG & Co. employed contrast and drama as the timeless navy blue of the exterior is carried through The Moon Bar. Cached in the richness of the elements, walnut, soapstone and satin brass accents lend a density to the environment that is at the same time sophisticated and cozy, with custom plush green velvet furniture in a sea of green and teal encaustic tile, and custom designed shelving to showcase all that The Moon Bar has to offer. The details on its casework draw the eye up to a wall-to-wall ceiling treatment of ornate foliage, as though the ocean of the walls rise up to the forested sea floor. A skylight centers the room, with a single exposed beam cutting through like a ship’s mast, and tasteful brass lighting serve as portholes in this stately ship’s cabin. Funneling into the adjacent Lunetta Dining, the night sky is revealed in the constellation-inspired tiling laid out by the firm’s principal designer Ruth De Jong. Look closely and you can spy the Big Dipper.
Warm in attitude while relaxing in composition, The Moon Bar at Lunetta is a new sultry getaway in Santa Monica where you can sip a handcrafted cocktail by a fireplace, meet up with friends, or unwind with your own thoughts at the bar!
The Moon Bar at Lunetta is open every Tuesday through Friday from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm, and every Saturday from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm. For more information or to make reservations, please visit www.LunettaSM.com please call The Moon Bar at Lunetta directly at 310.581.9888.