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Daniel Boulud’s Le Pavillon Debuts in New York

Canlis executive chef Aisha Ibrahim; exterior shot of Canlis
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Chef Daniel Boulud opens his highly anticipated, sprawling new seafood restaurant in Midtown Manhattan’s One Vanderbilt skyscraper this week. Le Pavillon debuts with a limited number of dinner reservations May 20, followed by a full opening on May 28. The restaurant takes its name from the New York destination that’s widely credited for putting French cuisine on the national stage during its run from 1941 to 1966. “Le Pavillon was synonymous with French dining in New York in the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s,” Boulud told Wine Spectator. “Bringing back that name here to New York was very important.”

The cuisine focuses on seafood and vegetables, with an emphasis on seasonal and local ingredients. Menu items include roasted beets with sesame, poached halibut and baked lobster with purple potatoes.

Daniel Johnnes, wine director for Boulud’s Dinex Group, built the wine list to complement the delicate nature of the menu. His 650 picks comprise a plethora of seafood-friendly wines such as Chablis and Champagne, but that’s rounded out by a range of selections to ensure guests can find what they’re looking for—even if that’s a powerful Cabernet Sauvignon with fillet of sole. “We don’t like to lecture people and limit them in what’s available,” Johnnes said. “We want them to have a broad spectrum to choose from.”

“That’s really the DNA of many of my wine lists,” Boulud said. “It has always been a strong balance of French and American wines, but also others.”

Le Pavillon’s seafood cuisine is dependent on seasonal ingredients and local sourcing. (Thomas Schauer)

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Trinchero Family Estates adds to fine wine portfolio with Ceretto

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Tianyun International Releases 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report: Promotes Innovative Food & Beverage R&D, Fulfils Corporate Social Responsibility

… enjoy nutritional fruit products and beverages, promotes a healthy dining culture … and aluminium foil bags and beverages ii) trading of fresh fruit … on an OEM basis. The beverages are sold under its own …

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Review: Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond 8 Years Old Spring 2021 Edition

Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond 8 Years Old Spring 2021 Edition

Christopher Null May 20, 2021

The first bonded Old Fitzgerald release for 2021 is here, and it’s the youngest of the whiskeys released in the series to date (which spans up to nine releases, depending on how you count them). This bourbon uses Old Fitz’s traditional wheated mashbill and was distilled in the spring of 2013, then bottled in spring of 2021.

The whiskey is instant proof that age isn’t everything when it comes to quality. While the nose initially keeps things close to the vest, with minimal fruit showing and an earthiness that evokes cloves and pepper, characteristics more closely related to rye-heavy bourbons, not ones made with a wheat recipe. The spice lets up in time, however, letting some barrel char and peach fruit notes emerge.

On the palate, the whiskey is pretty, sweet, and again delightfully spicy — it’s a pity this is a spring release, because it kind of feels built for the holidays. Light notes of peanut and cedar box open the door to a gently green herbaceous character, with rosemary and thyme in evidence as it develops, but the inherent sweetness offers the spirit an astounding level of balance. In time, the finish pushes a sizable note of chocolate and caramel and a smattering of spice box elements, again upping the complexity and showcasing the bourbon’s gorgeous physique.

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Big Drop launches alcohol-free beer packs with Waitrose

UK-based brewer Big Drop is hoping to introduce more people to its non-alcoholic beers with a new multi-pack.

The Big Drop Explorer Pack - featuring a selection of its best-selling alcohol-free beers - is going on sale exclusively through supermarket chain Waitrose, with which Big Drop collaborated on the new format. 

On sale from 17 May, the packs include eight 330ml cans, including best sellers from Big Drop's core range such as Pine Trail Pale Ale, Uptime Lager, Paradiso Citra IPA and Galactic Milk Stout, plus the new 0.5% ABV Cobo Mayo Cerveza.

As well as making a welcome addition to Waitrose's beer range, the pack is designed to encourage more beer drinkers to take a dive into the category's non-alcoholic offerings.

The pack follows the success of Big Drop’s previous listings with Waitrose - Galactic Milk Stout and Paradiso Citra IPA - which first hit the retailer’s shelves last year. Retailing at £12, The Big Explorer Pack will be available to purchase in 220 Waitrose stores.

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Five Cocktails That Define Right Now

A mix of the familiar (spicy Margarita) and farther flung (prickly pear sour), here are the drinks that capture the current zeitgeist.

What defines the current cocktail zeitgeist? After poring over dozens of drink lists from top bars across the country, we identified the ingredients that appear with the greatest frequency, and we then asked bartenders to explain why and how to use each. Prickly pear is represented by Navy Strength’s Del Estroibo, the avocado boom by Better Luck Tomorrow’s Avocado Margarita, and the expanding fruit map by Patagonian crab apple, which turns up in the Walking Papers at Cure. The always-craveable spicy-plus-agave template shows no signs of stopping with Grand Army’s Johnny Blaze, while cocktail mashups continue their takeover in drinks like Dante NYC’s Cosmojito.

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La Martiniquaise-Bardinet to distribute Eden Mill gins

Scottish distillery Eden Mill has signed a new distribution deal with French drinks group La Martiniquaise-Bardinet (LM-B Group).

The partnership will see LM-B Group take on the distribution rights for Eden Mill's gin portfolio to multiple UK grocers from this month.

The St Andrews-based distillery hopes the new deal will increase the presence of its products in supermarkets and other off-trade venues across the UK. The development comes after a recent increase to capacity at Eden Mill's bottling and distribution hub in Glasgow.

Under the new deal LM-B Group will be promoting and distributing Eden Mill's gin, liqueurs and RTDs, including a repositioning of its Love Gin, which will be available for the first time to off-trade in a 70cl format.

Matthew Miller, head of sales for Eden Mill, said: "We are delighted to announce our partnership with La Martiniquaise, a group well known and respected for its unparalleled relationships with UK multiple retailers.

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What Defines the Cocktail Zeitgeist?

Is it possible to outline the zeitgeist of the current moment in cocktail history? We tried.

By poring over several dozen drink lists from top bars across the country and compiling a record of recurring trends, PUNCH was able to gain a bird’s-eye view of the national cocktail scene. Last year saw the entire industry forced to adapt and rethink their business model in the form of to-go cocktails and a return to comforting classics, and today’s menus reflect the lingering effects of a year unlike any other. Several familiar elements remain—spicy Margaritas and Cosmos aren’t going anywhere—while trends like aperitiki (aperitivo meets tiki) signal a growing taste for cocktail mashups. Naturally, after more than a year of limited recipe development, bartenders are eager to showcase their experimental side, whether in the form of pepita orgeat, a dollop of mascarpone or even Jolly Ranchers. Here are five trends that stood out, and the drinks that best illustrate them.

Prickly Pear

“Prickly pear adds electricity to cocktails,” says Chris Elford, of Seattle’s tropical-inspired bar Navy Strength. “It’s so craveable, and of course the color is compelling.” The cactus-grown fruit lends a distinct, highlighter-bright hue to drinks, but also imparts a singular flavor reminiscent of strawberries, raspberries and watermelon. Seen in Elford’s “eminently crushable” Del Estroibo, the sour template is sweetened with a combination of prickly pear syrup with an added tang from citric acid.

Elsewhere, prickly pear teams up with similarly desert-born agave spirits. At The International Bar in Philadelphia, where staff draws upon global ingredients in their cocktails, it’s paired with blanco tequila, citrus and desert flora honey. Leaning into prickly pear’s more playful side at the Broken Shaker’s Los Angeles outpost, it’s coupled with Aperol in the Spritz Me Away, alongside blood orange and a frothy crown of cava.

Cocktail Mashups

For the past few years, the concept of the cocktail mashup has been picking up steam. In 2018, Washington, D.C.’s Columbia Room debuted an entire menu of mashups, featuring drinks like the Daiquiriac (Daiquiri Sazerac), The Last Cup (Last Word/Pimm’s Cup) and the Cosmogroni (Cosmo/Negroni), to name a few.

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Big Peat, the award-winning Islay Malt Scotch Whisky brand from family-owned Douglas Laing & Co, today unveils “his” special bottling for Summer 2021: Big Peat “Peatrichor” Limited Edition.

Bottled at a natural cask strength of 53.8% alcohol, Big Peat’s latest bottling celebrates the Islay rainfall – after all, today’s rain is tomorrow’s Whisky! The word Peatrichor (or petrichor) describes the earthy scent produced with rain falls on dry earth / soil.

Packaged in a premium gift tube, the packaging depicts Big Peat himself in a yellow rain jacket as the heavens open on his island home of Islay. Just over 5,000 bottles of this special commemorative bottling are available globally. In line with the Big Peat philosophy, the new release is proudly offered without colouring or chill-filtration.

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The Singleton and chocolate tasting alert! at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

May 20th, 2021

Virtual Whisky and Chocolate Tasting!
The Singleton x COCO Chocolatier

Whisky and chocolate lovers rejoice! We have the ultimate treat for you.

On Thursday 27th May at 19:30 GMT we will be hosting a virtual tasting led by Diageo Brand Ambassador Jo Last, where she will be guiding us through the core range of single malts from The Singleton – the 12, 15 and 18 Year Old expressions. These will be paired with indulgent chocolates from Edinburgh based COCO Chocolatier featuring their Orange and Rhubarb & Ginger Milk Chocolates.

Tickets are now live and cost £24.95pp. The perfect tasting for a sweet tooth – why not treat yourself (or a friend!) and join in?

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Return of a Massively Popular Collectible: Suntory Hibiki Harmony Japanese Whisky at K&L California – Japanese Whisky News

A Tightly Allocated Whisky That’s In Stock Now
Suntory “Hibiki Japanese Harmony” Japanese Whisky (750ml) ($74.99)
“Today, we…want to let everyone know it’s here. The trick is, with the insane popularity of all true Japanese whisky, it won’t be here for long.” — Andrew Whiteley, K&L Spirits Buyer

Our most recent allocation of one of the best buys on the market in Japanese Whisky has just landed. The Suntory “Hibiki Japanese Harmony” is always a hot item, considering its reputation as a go-to for many collectors. It also just happens to be one of the most compelling and versatile spirits in our shop. Our spirits buyer recently opened a bottle to taste, and he was “blown away by the richness in particular. The flavors are a delight…” It’s a no-brainer to load up now while it’s still available, as this whisky always sells out.

Suntory “Hibiki Japanese Harmony” Japanese Whisky (750ml) ($74.99)

Wine & Spirits: “You can’t be a Japanese whisky enthusiast without having noticed that there’s a shortage of the stuff. What once was readily available is now hard to find. What once was affordable now costs various bodily limbs. It is due to more than a fad. The best Japanese whisky is remarkable stuff, and none are better than the top single malts from Suntory, Yamazaki, Hakushu and the blended whisky Hibiki. Hibiki comes in 12-, 17- and 21-year-old expressions, but even the youngest of these is now allocated. Harmony, the newest release, carries no age statement, indicating that it contains younger whiskies than other bottlings. Nevertheless, this is a welcome concession, with Suntory’s classic sense of balance, nuance, and delicacy. *Best of 2015* (JM)” (11/2015)

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 30, 2021

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Maltstock ‘May 2021 Newsletter’… Hello again! – Whisky News

We hope you all are managing to stay relaxed and healthy. I’m sure you all had your fair share of MS Teams and Google Meet sessions. Often with some very relaxed drams. I know we certainly did! But, let’s Zoom in on Maltstock!!

Will Maltstock 2021 go ahead as planned?

The short answer is: we don’t know yet. But… we are rather hopeful. So do pencil it in the dates 10-12 September.

Let us be very clear: Maltstock will only happen if it can be done in a safe way. The health of our guests and our crew is our number one priority. Also there will be no Maltstock if social distancing rules are still in place.

So why are we hopeful?

Things are slowly but surely improving. People are getting vaccinated. And if everyone at Maltstock has been vaccinated or has a negative test result, we should all be safe.  A vaccination passport will certainly help us. The question remains of course if the speed at which people are being vaccinated is high enough. But more should be clear on that in a month or two.

Of course, social distancing rules will have to be lifted as well before we can have a relaxed Maltstock. We just need to be a patient for a bit longer. We expect to be able to get back to you by the end of June.

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society ‘OUR FESTIVAL TOUR CONTINUES’ – Scotch Whisky News


May 20th, 2021

Our journey through Scottish whisky festivals continues today, this time we’re exploring the rugged beauty of the Highlands and historic distilling hub of Campbeltown. With two very different styles and flavour profiles on offer, which tipple will take your fancy?


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 387: Secret Speyside 31 Year Old 1989 Asta Morris – Scotch Whisky News

May 20th, 2021

Secret Speyside 31 Year Old 1989 Asta Morris

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries a secret Speyside malt distilled in 1989. Asta Morris has finally released a new whisky, the first in 2021. It’s a belter! No less than 31 years of age and in new livery to boot. This Heritage is a Speyside malt from an undisclosed distillery. It can be found somewhat halfway between the Mackessack Park and the Rothes Golf Club. You do the math.


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Catering Mastermind and Mentorship Program Joins Education Revolution

Award Winning Author and Thirty Year Veteran Caterer Launches Virtual Catering Mentorship Course To Propel Caterers Into Post Covid Success

DENVER, COLORADO, USA, May 20, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- After three decades in thecatering and food service industry, Jerri Lee George, award-winning, bestselling author, adds to the menu of the world's Virtual Educational Revolution by dishing up her experience, expertise, tips and secrets on line! Ms. George owned and operated the franchise operation Wee-Bag-It Delivery Emporiums, breakfast and lunch caterer to the workplace; and companies by George! Catering in Boca Raton, FL and Upper Crust Catering in Denver, CO, making her extremely capable and keenly adept to help others.

Following a career-ending bout with Bacterial Meningitis in 2010, George, wrote CATER$AVVY "Secrets of the Trade Revealed" in an effort to teach others what she could no longer do. This how-to catering reference and guide book, launched as a bestseller and earned a gold award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association in 2013. Consulting and writing, when Covid19 brought catering and food service to a halt internationally, she found her mission by creating a 5-day multiple module Mastermind and Mentorship course targeted to teach and assist start ups and those starting over. Not a culinary class or food prep tool, it covers the meat and potatoes of operation, management, staffing, pricing, and so on.

Ms. George is familiar with both adversity, and overcoming physical and emotional challenges and considers Covid 19 "a second act" for her. "Rising to success and acclaim not once, but twice in my career to only have it cut short by illness, forced me to face death, experience the unknown, live through business and income losses, and watching employees separated from their livelihood. I had to work hard to recover and start again. When Covid struck, it was hard to comprehend that the entire world was now facing what I had already lived through." Known all over the Denver area, she is proud of her strength and leans on her faith while jumping into the virtual world. Reaching out to those fearful of losing it all and yet coming back to revive and recover. She sees it as a calling.

Cater$avvy Mastermind and Mentorship Program begins Monday June 14, 2021 with a FREE two-day workshop which culminates in a coaching Q&A.
A list of "Top Proven Marketing Methods for Caterers" is also complimentary.

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Review: 2018 Aperture Cellars Sonoma County Red Blend

2018 Aperture Cellars Sonoma County Red Blend

Christopher Null May 19, 2021

This Alexander Valley wine is blended with Bordeaux firmly in mind, composed of 39% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot, 22% malbec, 3% cabernet franc, and 3% petit verdot. Though still young, it’s already drinking with finesse. Fairly tart up front with notes of cranberry and raspberry, the wine settles into a slightly sweeter groove featuring currants, vanilla, and dark chocolate — plus a hint of herbal basil that develops with time in glass. Silky on the tongue and gently floral on the finish, it’s a rarity that drinks beautifully on its own but also pairs well with a rich meal — and which has a few years of solid cellar time ahead of it to further develop its charms.

A- / $55 / aperture-cellars.com

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Trading water scarcity for sustainability

Water trading via a cap-and-trade model can be one way to use market signals to allocate resources, reduce scarcity, and enhance ecosystem sustainability.

UNITED STATES, May 19, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The United Nations defines water scarcity as a lack of availability due to the physical shortage, such as drought, or the failure of institutions and infrastructure to ensure a regular water supply. The UN World Water Development Report in 2020 reported, “four billion people currently experience severe physical water scarcity for at least one month per year, a situation that the climate crisis has exacerbated.” Water scarcity has devastating effects on public health, food security, economic development, education, community stability, and in some countries, safety for women and children.

The Paris Agreement’s aim to limit global warming to 1.5 Celsius above preindustrial levels could reduce water scarcity issues in some regions. However, even though water scarcity is linked to at least six UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the concept of water preservation is rarely documented in company climate target statements. Credit Suisse’s recently commented that the “reason why the issue of water scarcity has not received the necessary attention by the global community to date might be because water scarcity is perceived as more a local issue than climate change.”

Edward Barbier, the author of “The Water Paradox,” argues that water scarcity is primarily the result of inadequate water management practices where outed governance structures and inefficient pricing structures have resulted in overuse, undervaluation, and lack of innovative technology and ideas.

One response to the water scarcity issue is to cap water extraction to balance water availability between users (irrigation, farmers, industry) and the volume required to ensure the long-term health of the regional water source – ultimately to manage future scarcity. This model is often referred to as a cap-and-trade, where the government determines a cap on water availability and regulates how water rights can be traded.

Water trading benefits include the ability to buy and sell water rights on a temporary or permanent basis, the formation of a market-driven price for water, and the reallocation of water resources to where it is required the most.

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Tasting the Wines of Sella & Mosca, 2021 Releases

2015 Sella & Mosca Tanca Farra Alghero Rosso DOC

Did you know that Sardinia didn’t split off from Italy: It was once attached to France, and as such its soil and terroir are closer to that of Provence than nearer Sicily or Tuscany. Sella & Mosca is one of the most noteworthy wineries on this unique island, and today we make a return visit to these wines, for the first time since 2013.

2018 Sella & Mosca Torbato Brut DOC – 100% torbato, sparkling. A creamier take on Prosecco, this mix of brioche, lemon curd, and fresh-cut grass is refreshing but uncomplicated, a palatable aperitif, complete with an amply acidic and citrusy finish. B / $24

2018 Sella & Mosca Terre Bianche Alghero Torbato DOC – 100% torbato. Melon notes offer a lightly fragrant nose, hinting at almonds. First sips have some petrol pungency, but in time that blows off and a broader fruit character imbues the palate, again more focused on melon, with some saline notes giving it a real antipasto feel. Lingering notes of almond, honeysuckle, and a note of lime round out the finish. B / $21

2020 Sella & Mosca La Cala Vermentino di Sardegna DOC – Floral, soft, and again showing some melon notes and a hint of brine. Quite creamy on the palate, again the finish is quite nutty and soothing. Vermentino normally strikes me as rather more acidic, but this expression still manages to excite with its clearer focus on floral elements. B+ / $14

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