The Legend of Four Roses.Bourbon, the new way to a woman’s heart!

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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

Collingwood Whisky

Collingwood Canadian Whisky, first new major Canadian whisky in 10 years.

Collingwood Canadian Whisky

Collingwood Canadian Whisky

Collingwood Canadian Whisky, a new Canadian spirit hit the store shelves this month.

Thos whisky  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.

On Canada Day enjoy Collingwood Whisky with a post-blending maple mellowing process. How Canadian is that?

Royal Wedding Cocktails to celebrate the wedding of the century!

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:

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Casa Herradura

Casa Herradura, Mexico’s second oldest tequila distillery founded in 1870.

Casa Herradura

Casa Herradura

Tequila, the fastest growing spirit and wine have a common ground.

So we discovered on our recent visit to the city of Guadalajara. We toured 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 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.

Georgia harvesting Agave at Casa Herradura.

Georgia harvesting Agave at Casa Herradura.

With more and more vineyards moving toward organic and biodynamic farming we are seeing the results in better fruit and ultimately better wines.

Casa Herradura also subscribes to this philosophy and practice, being the sole 100% natural distillery in Mexico. The proof was in the vat, sort of speak as we toured the facility, learning that the fermentation was spontaneous, wild yeast with no addition of specific yeast to kick-start or accelerate the process. The various open vats showed the agave juice at different levels of fermentation, with pure juice in the first, a partial transformation in the second, still sweet but with some alcohol, and the final, which we sampled, perfectly dry and still. The factory is meticulously maintained so as to allow for this natural process to take place in the vats. The process continues post fermentation, with Herradura distilling the remaining agave juice twice, cutting the heads and tails during both distillations to leave only the purest tequila for aging.

Our guide, Tequila Herradura International Brand Director Ruben Aceves, Casa Herradura

Our guide, Tequila Herradura International Brand Director Ruben Aceves, Casa Herradura

Stocked exclusively with 200 litre American white oak barrels.

The parallels between barrel use with wine and this complex spirit is once again very evident. Oak chips, larger oak barrels, as available in the wine industry are also utilized in the production of tequila, although not here at Casa Herradura. The small barrels, of varying levels of “toast” are selected to flavour and add complexity just as they are with respect to wine. The duration of oak aging is also a factor, transforming the potential and the flavour.

The highlight of the tasting we enjoyed on the beautiful grounds of the Herradura Hacienda was tequila that had been aged for forty-nine months!

It was the Seleccion Suprema, very dark copper in colour with an intense aroma of brown spice and floral notes, with a creamy and soft finish. It retails in the vicinity of $400.00 per bottle. But what the heck, we heard just recently that three bottles of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1869 went for an unprecedented $232,692 per bottle. Breaking a new record for the world’s most expensive wine ever sold at an auction.

The Tequila tasting at Casa Herradura.

We could go on and on, as we so enjoyed our wonderful journey of discovery with this often-misunderstood spirit. We remarked over and over again, “just like with wine” and felt compelled to share. We’ve only just scratched the surface, as there are many other parallels, so please read on and enjoy.

Importance of stemware
Riedel, The Wine Glass Company, the founder of the “functional” wine glass.  This company has an extensive array of stemware to suit every wine and innumerable specific grape varieties. A glass for all wine lovers needs, has seen fit to introduce a glass specifically designed to showcase tequila.

An elegant slender glass with a tall stem, meant to lift fine Tequila to the level it deserves, to allow it the appreciation and respect of which it is worthy.

Ritual for appreciation

As with wine, nosing, swirling and encompassing the span of the palate is key.
For maximum appreciation of tequila, place your nose in the middle of the glass, and smell. Taste and swirl the tequila to reach all corners of the palate. This allows each area to register the flavour and texture. After swallowing, allow a moment to register the finish.

Food Pairings
Just as there are basic rules for food and wine pairings, so there are for food and tequila.
We asked our Ambassador Ruben Aceves for his thoughts on this. Here is what he said, “Tequila can be paired with any food, the basic idea is just like wine”

Starters and light food with Blanco, the more basic, crisp authentic tequila with subtle cooked agave taste. As with wine, no need to over power a simple, light appetizer with too assertive a flavour and mouthfeel.Main courses with Reposado, meaning “rested” in Spanish, aged for a minimum of 2 months. Could be fish, chicken, seafood or beef. Possibly an Anejo, aged minimum one year in barrels not to exceed 600 litres.Desserts definitely paired with Alejo.

We would like to thank Ruben Aceves, International Director for Brand Development Brown Forman Tequila Herradura México. Reposado is currently available across Canada.

HERRADURA REPOSADO TEQUILA LCBO 452615 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 79.95 Spirits, Tequila 40.0% Alcohol/Vol. Made in: Mexico By: Tequila Herradura S.A. De C.V. Tasting Note Medium amber colour; very peppery nose, spice flavour, wood aged for a relatively mellow finish, interesting finish. Serving Suggestion Try neat or in favourite cocktail.

Georgia eating worms, Casa Herradura.

Tequila and More Show! Win tickets to the Tequila and More Show here!

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

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!

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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)

 

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Craig Peters, Founder Tag # 5 Vodka.

Sniff, Swirl and Slurp with Tag No.5 Vodka! Kerr Village Farmers Market, Oakville.

Tag #5 Vodka

Tag #5 Vodka

Engage all your senses.Tag No.5 is it!

Sweet corn based premium vodka with delectable treats!

What does a local farmer’s market, Kerr Village Farmers Market  and vodka have in common? Sweet delicious corn grown locally, the base for this quadruple distilled and filter polished five times vodka. Tag #5 Vodka .

The ultimate vodka experience!

We invite you to join us Saturday, Sept 25th, 2010 for a very special tasting event! Come experience the sensational taste of one of Canada’s finest vodkas made locally in Oakville, Ontario paired up with the delectable food prepared by Liaison College Oakville campus, Ontario’s largest trainer of chefs and cooks.

Richard Messer, Heads up Kerr Street, BIA.

Richard Messer, Heads up Kerr Street, BIA.

We invite you to shop at the local Kerr Village Farmers Market.

Buy your fresh vegetables and fruits. Then join us for a lovely culinary and vodka tasting at Coast Bar & Grill , 355 Kerr Street, Oakville, Ontario. Buying local is buying smart!

Explore and enjoy one of the most popular spirits today, that of vodka
Swirl and sniff? Does this apply to vodka and wine?
Is the “finish” of a vodka as important as it is with wine?
To vodka and vodka cocktails food pairing: Are the principles the same as with wine?
Optimum way to get the most out of your vodka.


There is no cover to attend the event and space is limited to just 40 people. In order to avoid disappointment, it is recommended that you R.S.V.P. in advance. Call 905-338-6797or email info@thewineladies.com (Kerr Village/Tag Vodka event RSVP)

Event Details:

Place: Coast Bar & Grill , 355 Kerr Street, Oakville, Ontario
Date: Saturday, Sept 25th, 2010
Time:11:30 a.m. -1:00pm.
Price: No charge

Every Saturday, many people spend their Saturday afternoon at the Kerr Village Farmers Market form June to October. — with Georgia, Susanne Seelig-Mense and Dale Roosien.

Every Saturday, many people spend their Saturday afternoon at the Kerr Village Farmers Market from June to October. — with Georgia, Susanne Seelig-Mense and Dale Roosien.

About Kerr Village Farmer’s Market

Now entering its fourth season at Heritage Square, in the heart of Oakville, this year’s expanded marketplace has something for
everyone – whether looking for locally grown produce, seeking seasonal ingredients for a favourite family recipe, or simply in search of a trendy community gathering place.

When shopping at the KVFM, you support local family owned farms, as well as independent businesses. This means you get your food directly from the source. Fresher food translates into better taste. And ultimately, better health. As well, precious resources are not wasted on long distance transportation.

You enjoy the most delicious, nutritious and reasonably priced seasonal produce, while meeting face to face with the very people who raise, grow and make your food.

In addition to providing the highest quality products, all KVFM farmers and vendors are committed to the long term well being of our fragile environment. And while some are actually “certified organic,” all practice sustainable farming methods – preserving the richness of their lands for farming generations to come.

The Kerr Village Farmers Market is open every Saturday, June 19th through October 9th between 9 am and 1 pm. This family friendly venue also features the Market Cafe.

“Drink better not more”, proclaims Dimi Lezinska Grey Goose Global Ambassador to the Stars

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It’s not about drinking more, it’s about drinking better, announced Dimi Lezinska, Grey Goose Global Ambassador.
Grey Goose vodka is considered the world’s favourite luxury vodka. Made in Cognac, France it is often the choice of vodka aficionados, the who’s who and celebrities of the world. Just back from Cannes, France, Dimi was here in Toronto as part of his cross-Canada tour bringing knowledge of this summer’s hottest cocktail trends and tips. We were invited to a private tasting at Celebrity TV Chef Roger Mooking’s Kultura Restaurant www.kulturarestaurant.com Friday afternoon to enjoy Dimi’s latest cocktail creations for the summer made with GREY GOOSE

Going Green for St. Patricks Day! The Wine Ladies TV!Quinn's Steakhouse & Bar

Going Green for St. Patricks Day! The Wine Ladies TV!Quinn’s Steakhouse & Bar

Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day with Irish whiskey, Irish coffee and pub fare.

The place to be on St. Patrick’s Day and for that matter every other day too is Quinn’s Steakhouse & Bar.

Joining us in studio Chef Paul Pisa from Quinn’s who will prepare everything you’ll need for a delicious St. Patrick’s Day including an Irish cheese board, cabbage, smoked beef soup, Guinness and beef stew and more.

Chef Paul Pisa, Quinns Steakhouse

Chef Paul Pisa, Quinns Steakhouse & Bar

Kelly McAlonen Bar Manager Quinn's Steakhouse & Bar

Kelly McAlonen Bar Manager Quinn’s Steakhouse & Bar

Also on tap to explore a taste of the Irish, Guinness beer, Bushmills Irish whiskey and more with Kelly McAlonen Bar Manager Quinn’s Steakhouse & Bar.

Liam Mcglashon

Liam Mcglashon

Special guest the Fiddle Kid, just 11 years old, fiddler virtuoso, Liam Mcglashon, will join us in studio and will have our toes tapping.

Everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Watch the show here now.

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Episode: Going Green On St. Patrick’s Day TV

The Wine Ladies Video Podcast “One Sip at a Time”

“One Sip at a Time” follows the adventures of The Wine Ladies, Georgia and Susanne; sisters, entrepreneurs, wine lovers and food aficionados who embrace their travels with a sense of adventure and discovery. Bringing the audience the latest and the coolest in everything wine,culinary and lifestyle related.
Georgia and Susanne have a knack for discovering wine, spirits and culinary treasures in the most unlikely places. Whether stomping grapes in Italy, driving a mechanical harvester, horseback riding among the vineyards along the foothills of the Andes, or sabering champagne at a red carpet event,The Wine Ladies always take life one sip at time.
Each episode focuses on an adventure and special guest appearance by a winemaker, master chef, restaurateur, or celebrity from many walks of life whether in sports, music, entertainment or leading business entrepreneur. It’s all intertwined with the love of the grapevine!

The Spirit World reigned Supreme with Mad Mixologist and Halloween!

The Wine Ladies explore great Halloween-inspired cocktails with Mad Mixologist Dean Serneels and Armando Russo of Tappo Restaurant and Wine Bar

Having enjoyed a fantastic Halloween the night before, the theme continued the next day on the radio show as the topic of the morning was all about Spirits! However we weren’t really talking about the spirit world but in fact a spirited discussion was held that day all about the spirit, Whiskey!

Dean Serneels otherwise known as the “Mad Mixologist” was in studio and brought along a ghost and a goblin of his own, his son Ryan and daughter Megan. Much too their delight they put on the official headsets and microphones and enjoyed the experience of being live on the air. Also in studio was Armando Russo proprietor of the fabulous Tappo Restaurant & Wine Bar located in the historic Distillery District in Toronto. On the phone all the way from Vancouver was John Malloy, the Jameson Brand Ambassador who got up extra early to call in to the radio show to talk about his passion whiskey!

Several weeks earlier Tappo Restaurant & Wine Bar hosted the Jameson Whiskey tasting and served delightful appetizers that matched perfectly with the whiskey. Armando explained that smoky style food like Salmon is an excellent match for whiskey. Armando Russo and Shane Corson (formerly a power forward with the Leafs) are partners and make sure there is always a constant with the food, wine and design and all are thoughtfully presented.

We are proud to say that this restaurant is one our personally selected The Wine Ladies Romantic Dinner for Two Experiences. You can buy the gift card directly at any Shoppers Drug Mart in Ontario or check out our offers online

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