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WineFairy chats about the new Coombsville AVA; with Cognac Expert Mauro Mahjoub, on "Tales of the Cocktail" Conference and with Cocktail Expert Jonathan Pogash

Segment-1: Wine Education - The proposed new 'Coombsville' Appellation the in SE Corner of Napa Valley - Curtis Strohl
 
01: The proposed Coombsville Appellation adjoins or is located near the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley viticultural area to the northwest, the Los Carneros viticultural area to the southwest, the Wild Horse Valley viticultural area to the east and the Solano County Green Valley viticultural area to the southeast. Coombsville’s 11,075 acres, 1,360 acres of which are in 26 commercial vineyards, are at an elevation between 300 and 500 feet on the south-east ridge of Napa Valley. Coombsville vintners production focuses on Cabernet Sauvignon. Due to its varied soil types and the numerous meso- climates spread throughout its rolling landscape, excellent examples of Syrah, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir are also produced. Curtis Strohl is Director of Ancien Wines, producers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

 

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Segment-2: Spirits Education - International Cognac Expert Conducts Tasting of Cognacs (VS, VSOP, XO) and Workshop Focusing on Sidecar - Mauro Mahjoub
 
02: At the recently held Tales of the Cocktail festival in New Orleans, Mauro Mahjoub owner of the Negroni Club, Munich, along with Todd Appel (Piranha Bros, Chicago), conducted a hands-on tasting and workshop that focused on VS, VSOP and XO Cognac and the Sidecar cocktail; “The exact origin of the Sidecar is unclear, but it is thought to have been invented around the end of World War I in either London or Paris." Not only is the Sidecar a historic cocktail, but it has also spawned numerous famous drinks such as the Margarita. The original recipe called for equal parts Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice, now known as "the French school." Later, an "English school" of Sidecars emerged which call for two parts Cognac and one part each of Cointreau and lemon juice.

 

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Segment-3: Spirits Education - Tales of the Cocktail Annual Conference is for All, Not just Professionals - Becky Sue Epstein
 
03: Tales of the Cocktail's mission is to be recognized as the world’s premier brand dedicated to the advancement of the craft of the cocktail through education, networking and promotion. The founder's mission is to be instrumental in advancing the craft of the cocktail through education, networking and promotion. "It’s open to anyone interested in cocktails, not only professionals." And, Becky Sue Epstein, Palate Press’s International Editor, says yes, it really was fun. "It seems every seminar was hosted by spirits, liqueurs, and other cocktail components. Hence, the Golden Rule: three sips, then PUT IT DOWN. I followed this rule throughout the conference and I’m convinced it saved my life. You know that other rule about not mixing your alcohol? Impossible here. But I could always count to three. Three sips, then firmly jettison the drink.

 

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Segment-4: Spirits Education - The European Bartending Perspective Includes Marie Brizard a Staple in Mixologist’s Arsenal - Jonathan Pogash
 
04: Jonathan Pogash is a New York City-based cocktail developer and mixologist specializing in bars, restaurants, and liquor brands. He consults for fine dining and cocktail establishments across the U.S. Jonathan creates signature drinks for liquor companies, as well as private and corporate events. Pogash moderated The European Bartending Perspective seminar at the 2011 Tales of the Cocktail festival in New Orleans. Historically, the two continents practiced the craft of tending bar with different attention and substance. Today we have created a universal bartending community, in which ideas are shared and techniques emulated.

 

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