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Wednesday, July 20
 

10:00am

Amaro per Amore: Rare & Modern Amaro
Not all things bitter leave a bad taste in your mouth and this exactly the case with the history of Italian Amari. Somehow lost in translation, Amaro 'means' Bitter and for to long it has been out of focus for professionals but finally the category is facing a new golden age amongst bartenders and cocktail connoisseur. Share a unique tasting with italian spirits experts, Giuseppe Gallo and Francesco Lafranconi, and discovery how these elixirs went from apothecary medicinal to the best bar in the world and how did influence the cocktail culture globally. The tasting will cover the entire italian peninsula from Sicily to Milan with a variety of Amaro, herbs and spices to please your palate with a dash of bitter love..SALUTE!

Moderators
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Giuseppe Gallo

Founder & Director, ITALSPIRITS
The italian spirits expert Giuseppe Gallo is one of the world’s most respected mixologists, with an inherent passion for the drinks business and an inimitable source of knowledge and insight into the world of drinks. He has worked in almost every type of drinks and hospitality business... Read More →

Speakers
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Francesco Lafranconi

Executive Director of Mixology and Spirits Educator, Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada
One of the world’s foremost mixologist, Francesco Lafranconi is the Executive Director of Mixology and Spirits Educator for Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada. Francesco’s personal appeal has made him a hit with his A-list celebrity clientele, world-class corporate clients... Read More →

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Amaro Lucano 1894

Quality. Knowledge. Tradition. Ideas. These are the values that, for more than one hundred years, have made Amaro Lucano one of the most important reality in the spirit market. A story of passion, and authenticity, contained in Cavalier Pasquale Vena’s secret recipe.
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Amaro Montenegro

More than 130 years in the making, Amaro Montenegro is shaking up the bar scene one drink at a time. With its rich legacy and intriguing taste, it’s the name on the lips of the most inspired Mixologists and the liquid on the lips of every cocktails lover in the know.
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Averna

Averna is a traditional Italian after-dinner liqueur, known as amaro or digestivo (bitter or digestif). Averna's many ingredients give it richness, a full body and smooth taste with a delicate citrus fragrance that transports drinkers to the warm lands of Sicily.
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Cinzano 1757

Cinzano 1757 is a high-end, small batch, handcrafted Vermouth gently infused with the finest mature blend of aromas. It's made up of an infusion of fortified wine with aromatic hers and spices extracts, giving the liquid a deep, complex flavor with a pleasant bittersweet profile that... Read More →
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Cynar 70

Cynar 70 is a distinctive, natural Italian artichoke-based, bittersweet liqueur/cordial that can be enjoyed chilled, on the rocks or as a shot with a high-proof kick.
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Distilleria Varnelli

Distilleria Varnelli has been producing spirits since 1868 in the Marche region of Italy, in a pleasant inland area on the slopes of Monti Sibillini. The business started by the founder Girolamo Varnelli, a keen herbalist who applied his knowledge and skills to create an elixir with... Read More →
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Ditta Bortolo Nardini

The first Italian distillery. A family passion since 1779.Located in Bassano del Grappa, a medieval town near Venice, Nardini is the market leader in the production of premium grappa.The historic enterprise has successfully united their centuries-old traditions with the most advanced techniques... Read More →
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Edward Don

Owned and operated by the Don family since 1921, Edward Don & Company is the world's leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. Our knowledgeable sales representatives, unmatched product selection, nationwide distribution centers, and integration of new technology... Read More →
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Fernet Vittone

In Milan, in 1842 Domenico Vittone invents Fernet a bitter obtained by the infusion of more than 40 selected herbs, including myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom, aloe, and saffron, the most "Milanese" of all spices. Since then, at Vittone 1842 we produce Fernet according to the... Read More →
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Turin Vermouth

Originating in Piedmont, a land of great wines and great tradtiions in distillery. Our passion stems from our own land and its fruits. It is trhough our constant dedication in the pursuit of the highest quality ingredients and the revision of oldrecipes that we are recognized as innovators... Read More →


12:30pm

Shochu, Japan's Native Spirit
Always wanted to learn more about Shochu? Thought so. Shochu is an incredibly diverse spirit with many unique processes, more than 500 years of history and produced mostly by family run distilleries. It has a huge range of styles and flavor profiles, which makes it hard to categorize by Western standards. Come and learn more about what makes Shochu unique in the spirits world and why and how you should be drinking it. Brian Matthys, a bartender in New York and passionate Shochu advocate will lead a seminar featuring Mas Takeda, an importer with Wine of Japan who can talk to Shochu's history and popularity in Japan and its slightly less lengthy history and popularity here in the U.S. Jesse Falowitz is an American brand owner of Mizu Shochu, produced in Arita Japan who has seen Shochu begin to work its way into leading cocktail bars. Toshio Ueno works for Mutual Trading Company and is a leading educator on Shochu and Sake with the Sake School of America will talk about the unique processes which go into making Shochu and how they create such diverse spirits. You will taste examples from every major Shochu category and cocktails featuring Shochu in a unique way.

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Brian Matthys

Brian Matthys is a bartender and consultant in NYC, currently at La Chine and The Gander. He was previously the head bartender at Le Bernardin for two and a half years and before that at Compose in Tribeca where he worked with a range of quality spirits, sake, beer and wine.  He... Read More →

Speakers
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Jesse Falowitz

Cofounder, MIZU SHOCHU 美鶴乃舞
Jesse Falowitz is a certified Shochu Advisor and Cofounder of Mizu Shochu 美鶴乃舞, a double-gold and gold medal winning craft shochu produced by the Munemasa Shuzo Co. of Arita, Japan. Falowitz spent 10 years in Asia, eventually leaving his career as a brand strategist to pursue... Read More →
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Masahiro Takeda

Vice President, Wine of Japan Import, Inc.
Masahiro Takeda, Esq. is the Vice President of Wine of Japan Import, Inc., a leading national importer and distributor of Japanese beverage alcohol for the last 40+ years. In this role, he curates a comprehensive portfolio of around 250 brands of Japanese beer, sake, and shochu... Read More →
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Toshio Ueno

VP, SAKE SCHOOL OF AMERICA
Certified Master Sake & Shochu Sommelier. Toshio is only one in the world who holds three prestigious Sake titles, Master of Sake, Master Sake Sommelier and WSET Sake Educator. Born in Japan where his family has grown Japanese wine grape, Koshu, for generations, Toshio grew up helping... Read More →

Sponsors
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Edward Don

Owned and operated by the Don family since 1921, Edward Don & Company is the world's leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. Our knowledgeable sales representatives, unmatched product selection, nationwide distribution centers, and integration of new technology... Read More →
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Mizu Shochu

Handcrafted in the traditional way, Mizu Shochu is single distilled from two-rowed barley, black koji rice, and the pure, famous waters of Black Hair Mountain. At 70 proof it is more concentrated, like shochus of old, to enhance the subtle complexities, body and finish. It is also... Read More →
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Mutual Trading Co., Inc.

MUTUAL TRADING COMPANY INC. is the premier Japanese food, alcohol beverage, and restaurant supply specialist. We are the Japanese food authority – true to the heart in upholding genuine Japanese cuisine traditions, and progressive in exploring new ways to provide innovative products... Read More →
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Sake School of America

SAKE SCHOOL OF AMERICA is an education and training center specializing in Sake, Shochu, and Japanese liquors, for Sake professionals and enthusiasts to expand their knowledge and to explore further enjoyment of the category.SAKE SCHOOL OF AMERICA aims toward fostering higher appreciation... Read More →
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Wine of Japan Import, Inc.

Founded in 1973, Wine of Japan Import, Inc. (WOJ) is a leading national importer and distributor of Japanese beverage alcohol for over 40 years.  WOJ's national portfolio consists of 250 brands of beer, sake and shochu, distributed through a network covering 30 states.  A family-operated... Read More →


3:00pm

Three Scotch Blends
A comparative tasting of three Scotch blends at benchmark periods over the last century, 1960s-70s, 1980s-90s, today Johnnie Walker Black Label, Buchanans 12, Haig Pinch At a time when there is growing interest in vintage spirits, a unique opportunity to deconstruct the flavour of three of the world’s most famous blended Scotches. We will look at the fascinating, complex history of each of these blends and understand how and why their unique signatures flavours and house styles developed the theory of 'regionality' and 'blend character' and take a unique opportunity to learn how major changes in distilling and maturation post 1945 might have impacted taste and flavour. Discover how the DNA of these blends persists through time Tasting history – we will use archive materials to reveal detailed blend specifications, many featuring long forgotten and never tasted distilleries. Moderated by Dave Broom, with Gregor Cattanach (Johnnie Walker), Ewan Morgan (Buchanans) and Dr Nick Morgan (Pinch)

Moderators
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Dave Broom

Dave Broom was born in Glasgow (Scotland) and has spent his working life in drink. He is chief engineer of www.scotchwhisky.com and writes for numerous international titles, including Whisky Advocate. He won Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer at the 2015 Spirited Awards. He’s written... Read More →

Speakers
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Gregor Cattanach

Master of Whisky, Director of Whisky Education, Diageo
As a boy, Gregor grew up at distilleries such as Caol Ila, Coleburn, Cragganmore andCardhu in Scotland where his father Evan worked as Master Distiller of these qualitysingle malts. This is where Gregor's apprenticeship truly began. Learning from his father issomething that he never... Read More →
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Ewan Morgan

National Director : Diageo Masters of Whisky, Diageo
Ewan is a third generation ‘whisky man’. His father was maltings manager at Tamdhu Distillery in Speyside and later the distillery manager at Highland Park Distillery on the island of Orkney. His Grandfather was the brewer at the famed distillery Cardhu. Ewan was born in Dufftown... Read More →
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Dr. Nicholas Morgan

Head of Whisky Outreach, Diageo
Dr Nicholas Morgan Head of Whisky Outreach, Diageo Dr Nicholas Morgan is Head of Whisky Outreach at Diageo plc, the largest Scotch whisky producer. Nick is an acknowledged authority on the Scotch Whisky business and a frequent speaker at Whisky and Spirits events around the world... Read More →

Sponsors
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Edward Don

Owned and operated by the Don family since 1921, Edward Don & Company is the world's leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. Our knowledgeable sales representatives, unmatched product selection, nationwide distribution centers, and integration of new technology... Read More →


 
Thursday, July 21
 

10:00am

It's Bond: Bottled-in-Bond
You remember that one time you bought a jug of whiskey, only to learn half of it was tobacco juice? In the 1800s, that scenario happened to millions of thirsty whiskey drinkers. Unsavory rectifiers and wholesalers purchased barrels of whiskey from the distiller and cut it with other liquids to make the whiskey appear darker and the barrel’s volume last longer. The issue was so vast and troublesome that Congress convened to pass the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, a law that still gave consumers absolute assurance that the spirit was not cut with junk. Unfortunately, Bottled-in-Bond lost appeal in the 1960s and fell to the bottom shelf, where it became damn near extinct. But the regulation stood strong and the once forgotten category has grown from just a handful to more than 20 on liquor shelves. It’s Bond: Bottled-in-Bond is the seminar for history buffs, value seekers and those looking to find the next big trend in American spirit. In aged spirits, consumers face constant uncertainty. Where does it come from? How old is it? Just like in 1897, Bottled-in-Bond tells you all you need to know.

Moderators
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Fred Minnick

Author, Author
Author of Bourbon & Rum Books

Speakers
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Erik Ettner

Brandymaker / Winemaker, O'Neill Vintners & Distillers
Erik Ettner is a Central California native who embodies the hard working and innovative nature of those who inhabit the area.  Before his career in distillation he studied wine making at Fresno State University while working in a viticulture research laboratory.  His roots in winemaking... Read More →
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Allen Katz

Co-Founder, New York Distilling Company
Allen Katz is the co-founder of the New York Distilling Company in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he produces Dorothy Parker – American Gin, Perry’s Tot – Navy-Strength Gin, Chief Gowanus – New-Netherland Gin, Mister Katz’s Rock & Rye…and Ragtime Rye. He is also the Director... Read More →
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Bernie Lubbers

The Whiskey Professor, Heaven Hill Brands
Known as The Whiskey Professor, Bernie Lubbers is the Global Whiskey Ambassador for the family owned and operated Heaven Hill located in Bardstown and Louisville, KY; the largest American owned bourbon company, and holders of 25% of the world's aging bourbon. He hosts the popular... Read More →

Sponsors
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Edward Don

Owned and operated by the Don family since 1921, Edward Don & Company is the world's leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. Our knowledgeable sales representatives, unmatched product selection, nationwide distribution centers, and integration of new technology... Read More →
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Heaven Hill

America's largest family-owned and operated distilled spirits producer and marketer, Heaven Hill Brands has grown beyond its traditional roots as a Bourbon distiller to become the country's seventh largest overall distilled spirits producer and marketer with a portfolio of well-known... Read More →


12:30pm

Age≠Maturity: The Rise of NAS Whiskies
"But, how old is it?" you ask when you see a bottle of whisk(e)y without an age statement. This question is coming up more and more often as new whiskies are released without a number on the bottle. For years consumers have become entranced with the "years old" indicator on a bottle of whisk(e)y, and have come to rely on this number as the key indicator of quality. A recent growth in the release of "Non Age Statement" (NAS) whiskies that have lead consumers and hospitality employees to many questions about the contents of the bottle. This seminar will address the growing trend with a panel of whisk(e)y experts from a cross section of the industry. We will discuss the reasons for the changes along with the potential impact on the industry. We will discuss a movement for a third category of classification for Scotch whiskies that would include full disclosure of the contents, rather than just the youngest whisky in the bottle. We will also delve into how wood affects a whisk(e)y's flavor (angel's share, oxidization, etc.) and the barrel selection process by tasting multiple rare selections of different whiskies from around the globe. By the end you will have a better understanding of why whiskies taste the way they do, how to tell the difference between good whisk(e)y and better whisk(e)y, and you'll see why the answer to, "how old is it?" is most often, "old enough!"

Moderators
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Josh Gelfand

Master of Scotch, Pernod Ricard
Though he now lives in San Francisco, Josh was born and raised on the freeways of Los Angeles. Having lived in Lake Tahoe and San Diego, he considers himself a true Californian and a bridge of the north-south chasm. Introduced to scotch through his father, an avid fan of The Glenlivet... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. Don Livermore

Master Blender, Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd
The Master Blender for one of North America's largest distilleries located in Windsor Ontario. Responsible for the following award winning whiskies: JP Wiser, Lot No 40, Pike Creek, Gooderham & Worts, and Hiram Walker. Don graduated from the University of Waterloo as a microbiologist... Read More →
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Johnnie Mundell

Ambassador for Suntory Whisky, BeamSuntory
Love & MarriageWhisky & Japan
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Noah Rothbaum

Chief Cocktail Correspondent, The Daily Beast
Noah Rothbaum is The Daily Beast's Chief Cocktail Correspondent. He is also the author of the book The Art of American Whiskey: A Visual History of the Nation’s Most Storied Spirit, through 100 Iconic Labels (Ten Speed Press), which was published in the spring of 2015, and the associate... Read More →

Sponsors
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Edward Don

Owned and operated by the Don family since 1921, Edward Don & Company is the world's leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. Our knowledgeable sales representatives, unmatched product selection, nationwide distribution centers, and integration of new technology... Read More →


3:00pm

Uniquely Australian
Discover what makes Australian spirits so unique, everything from production methods to the native ingredients used, the sustainable practices and the charming characters behind the brands. Kathleen Davies the owner of Nip of Courage who represents only Australian made and owned brands from artisan distilleries all over Australia with the help of her Aussie distiller mates will take you on a journey through some of Australia’s rarest small batch spirit releases. Taste an exclusive spirit flight of twenty products that includes a world first release of a 100% Rye Whisky that has been peated in the world’s greenest distillery, a delicious unreleased Single Malt Whisky project release, a native Australian black spiced Rum, beautiful rare aged Rums, a swag of small batch Australian inspired Gins with native botanicals and a cheeky Vodka inspired by Australian humor. You will be captivated by the unique flavors and amazing stories behind these products. These guys are traveling a long way to share this wonderful experience with you, seats are limited and so is this fantastic booze line up so don’t miss out!

Moderators
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Kathleen Davies

Founder, Nip of Courage, Australia
Nip of Courage Founder - Kathleen is an experienced sales and marketing professional with over 20 years front line experience in the liquor industry in Australia and abroad. After completing university and working six years in the hospitality industry she later gained commercial... Read More →

Speakers
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Peter Bignell

Owner Distiller, Belgrove Distillery
Peter is often described as a renaissance man – farmer, sculptor, engineer, coppersmith, environmentalist and bio-fuel chemist, and now the distiller of Australia’s first 100% Rye whisky, and the world’s first peated 100% Rye whisky. Those who know of Peter's exploits at Belgrove... Read More →
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Genise Hollingworth

Partner, Distiller & Licensee, Black Gate Distillery
I am a mother of 3 girls, I live in a small rural town with a population of 400 people in Central West NSW Australia. In 2009 my husband Brian and I decided to make a big change and build a distillery. While still working full time, we had the shed built and then proceeded to do all... Read More →
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Cameron MacKenzie

Founder/Distiller, Four Pillars Distillery
Before throwing my lot into the production of craft spirits, I was a fifteen year veteran of the wine trade having made, sold, marketed and judged some really wonderful wines. Australia has some rare and unique botanicals and I am fascinated in how well they work in craft gin pr... Read More →
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Samuel Ng

Global Brand Ambassador, Four Pillars Gin
Sam loves talking gin! Especially the Australian stuff! Proud ambassador for Four Pillars Gin, based out of the famous wine region in the Yarra valley, in Victoria, Australia. Sam has his background in cocktail bartending, most notably at the Black Pearl in Fitzroy, where he was... Read More →
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David Vitale

Founder, New World Whisky Distillery
I'm the founder of Australia's best single malt whisky - STARWARD. Our distinctive whisky is matured in Australian wine barrels and Melbourne's highly variable climate matures our whisky much faster than in traditional countries without compromising the quality of the whisky. I'd... Read More →

Sponsors
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Edward Don

Owned and operated by the Don family since 1921, Edward Don & Company is the world's leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. Our knowledgeable sales representatives, unmatched product selection, nationwide distribution centers, and integration of new technology... Read More →
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Nip of Courage

Nip of Courage is a leading Australian Distributor & Exporter of Australian Craft Spirits. Based in Sydney Nip of Courage operates with an emphasis on providing customers in Australia and beyond with high quality boutique craft spirits sourced from authentic Australian Artisan Distilleries.Nip... Read More →


 
Friday, July 22
 

10:00am

Bespoke Gin & Collaborative Distilling
Custom-made gins created exclusively for certain bars are becoming more frequent. There are also more inter-distillery collaborations than ever before and the dawn of the guest distiller is bringing ‘Gypsy Brewing’ culture into the world of spirits. In this specialist 12 sample gin tasting, you will find out what’s driving this trend, who is doing it and what has been made so far. You will learn about how cross-proliferation of distilling knowledge is crucial for brand owners and distillers alike along with how it helps them to remain innovative. Lastly, you will also gain valuable insight into the impact it can have on customer retention for the end retailers, bar owners and distilleries who have embarked on these projects so far. Hosted by Gin Foundry, the session is a unique chance to get a 360% view on how “custom-made” works for all parties involved, how best to start a juniper-laced collaboration and what the future holds for this exciting recent development in craft distilling.

Moderators
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Olivier Ward

Co-founder and Editor, Gin Foundry
Since its launch in 2013, Gin Foundry has become one of the most authoritative and influential website on Gin. It has amassed one of the largest and most in-depth repositories of information about Gin online. Gin Foundry’s readers turn to the website to read in-depth brand reviews... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cameron MacKenzie

Cameron MacKenzie

Founder/Distiller, Four Pillars Distillery
Before throwing my lot into the production of craft spirits, I was a fifteen year veteran of the wine trade having made, sold, marketed and judged some really wonderful wines. Australia has some rare and unique botanicals and I am fascinated in how well they work in craft gin pr... Read More →
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Emile Ward

Co-Founder, Gin Foundry
Emile is the engineer behind Gin Foundry's operations in addition to being responsible for its bespoke projects, social media, SEO and e-commerce platform and generally keeps the wheels turning. Emile's commercial understanding, harnessed by his expertise in advertising and his unique... Read More →

Sponsors
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Edward Don

Owned and operated by the Don family since 1921, Edward Don & Company is the world's leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. Our knowledgeable sales representatives, unmatched product selection, nationwide distribution centers, and integration of new technology... Read More →
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Tales of the Cocktail

Founded in 2002, Tales of the Cocktail® has grown from a small gathering of cocktail lovers into the world’s premier cocktail festival. Each year the international spirits industry is welcomed to New Orleans for a week of seminars, tastings, networking events and much more. With... Read More →


3:00pm

Spanish Vermouth: Dark Horse of Aperitif
Few may realize that Spain today has the highest per capita vermouth consumption in the world, a trend still growing well ahead of a nascent cocktail scene. Here vermouth is typically consumed on the rocks with olives and chips. And there’s probably no country with a more varied offerings: Spanish vermouths are often made with regional varietals and Mediterranean botanicals, and with some vastly differentiated production methods. To boot the finished product is quite often served on tap. Neither an imitation of French or Italian styles, it’s very much a marvel of its own. With almost a dozen Spanish vermouths now available in the United States, we’ll review their unique characters and potential for use in cocktails. Let vermouth experts Giuseppe Gallo, Eric Seed, and François Monti, author of a groundbreaking book on vermouth, tell you all about the history, the production methods and the culture behind the vermouths of Spain.

Moderators
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Giuseppe Gallo

Founder & Director, ITALSPIRITS
The italian spirits expert Giuseppe Gallo is one of the world’s most respected mixologists, with an inherent passion for the drinks business and an inimitable source of knowledge and insight into the world of drinks. He has worked in almost every type of drinks and hospitality business... Read More →

Speakers
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Francois Monti

Author & Journalist
François Monti is a Belgian cocktails and spirits writer who has been living in Madrid since 2009. He was one of the writers for French magazine Ginger (Spirited Awards finalist for Best Publication in 2014). His personal blog, Bottoms Up, available in both French and Spanish, is... Read More →
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Eric Seed

Principal, Haus Alpenz LLC
Eric Seed is the Founder and Principal of Haus Alpenz, an importer, distributor and brand manager for a wide range of wines and spirits. Established in 2005, Haus Alpenz is recognized for reviving a number of historic and important classic drinks components such as Creme de Violette... Read More →

Sponsors
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Edward Don

Owned and operated by the Don family since 1921, Edward Don & Company is the world's leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. Our knowledgeable sales representatives, unmatched product selection, nationwide distribution centers, and integration of new technology... Read More →
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Lustau

A huge range of exceptional Sherry wines, vermouth and brandies, endorsed by outstanding ratings and medals in international competitions confirms Lustau as the benchmark of quality when talking about Sherry. In 2012 Lustau was the Spanish winery to take most international awards... Read More →
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Martinez Lacuesta

Exceptional vermouth starts in the vineyard. Timely care and attention to the vines is necessary to ensure the base wine, the skeleton of any vermouth, is of the highest standard. As a renowned Rioja winery founded in 1895, Martinez Lacuesta has the vineyards, grapes and production... Read More →
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Petroni

St. Petroni: Only on Earth. Red Vermouth Albariño on lees & WormwoodSt. Petroni is produced following a careful selection of best vintages of Albariño grapes. To do this, we assure that the final production is obtained from an área spoliled by its unique microclimate, placed in... Read More →
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Yzaguirre

Between Tarragona and Reus (vermouth de Reus), in the heart of Camp de Tarragona (Tarragona land), the region where the first vermouth producers in Catalonia-Spain appeared at the end of the 19th century, the family Salla-Solé produces in their cellar, the CELLER SORT DEL CASTELL... Read More →


 
Saturday, July 23
 

10:00am

An Exclusive Tasting of Rare Pierre Ferrand Cognacs
Pierre Ferrand Cognac – a portfolio of Cognacs from Maison Ferrand and Alexandre Gabriel from the Grande Champagne region of Cognac – is a rare jewel in the crown of Maison Ferrand, the house owned by Alexandre Gabriel for more than 25 years. What he has done with these jewels will mesmerize your taste buds. Join Alexandre and Cognac expert Doug Frost and taste your way through vintages like 1972 and 1975 to curated blends. And then we come to the ‘piece de resistance’ – the unveiling and first U.S. tasting of The Last Cask – 1914. In the winter of 1914, when their husbands had gone off to defend their country in World War I, the women of a little village in Grande Champagne got together to distill the wine made from the grapes harvested a few months earlier. This became the legendary Pierre Ferrand Vintage 1914. Yes, the Last Cask means just that. This is the last cask that will be bottled for the 1914 vintage. Some of the Cognacs you will taste have never before been seen in the U.S. as they are from a collector’s private stock. If you join us, we assure you this will be a Cognac savoring event you won’t soon forget.

Moderators
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Doug Frost

Managing Partner, Beverage Alcohol Resource
Doug Frost is a Kansas City author who writes and lectures about wine, beer and spirits. In 1991 he passed the rigorous Master Sommelier examination and two years later became America’s eighth Master of Wine. He was the second person in history to complete both exams and more than... Read More →

Speakers
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Alexandre Gabriel

President and Owner, Maison Ferrand
Alexandre Gabriel was born and raised in France, on a farm in southern Burgundy near the medieval town of Cluny, where his grandfather taught him how to make wine and distill spirits. Twenty-five years ago Alexandre Gabriel came upon an ancient Cognac house and built it into what... Read More →

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Edward Don

Owned and operated by the Don family since 1921, Edward Don & Company is the world's leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. Our knowledgeable sales representatives, unmatched product selection, nationwide distribution centers, and integration of new technology... Read More →
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Pierre Ferrand Cognac

In the heart of the famous “Golden Triangle” in Grande Champagne lies the production of one of the world’s most venerated Cognacs, Pierre Ferrand Cognac. Not only is this Cognac considered the “Premier Cru de Cognac” but the house of Cognac Ferrand is lauded as a Grande... Read More →


12:30pm

Vodka & Caviar: A Timeless Love Affair
Caviar and vodka have had an on-going love affair for centuries. A venerable russian tradition, the pairing of vodka and caviar is customary throughout the world of gastronomy. When served ice cold, vodka has a subtle flavor that allows the distinctive taste of caviar to prevail. Meet panelist, Mark Zaslavsky of world renowned Marky's Cviar and elit by Stolichnaya’s Global Ambassador, Brent Lamberti as they unveil an unrivaled series of vodka and caviar pairings, featuring the limited edition pristine water series by elit. Join us in demystifying your preconceived notions on caviar and reinvigorate your passion for vodka, the perfect food spirit!

Moderators
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Brent Lamberti

Global Brand Ambassador, elit by Stolichnaya, Stoli Group USA
International Barman of Mystery, Brent Lamberti, has been mixing and measuring cocktails for the masses for the last decade and a half. After a successful run working behind all different kinds of bars in NYC. Brent joined the groundbreaking bar consultancy group, Contemporary Cocktails... Read More →

Speakers
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Mark Zaslavsky

CEO, Marky’s Caviar & Sturgeon Aquafarms
A world renowned caviar expert and gourmet food entrepreneur, Mark Zaslavsky has been setting the trends since 1983 when he formed Marky’s Caviar in booming Miami, Florida. An explosion in gourmet food sparked an increase for Marky’s which led to the development of the first mall... Read More →

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Edward Don

Owned and operated by the Don family since 1921, Edward Don & Company is the world's leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. Our knowledgeable sales representatives, unmatched product selection, nationwide distribution centers, and integration of new technology... Read More →


3:00pm

Cosmic Cocktails: The Final Frontier?
It’s a hard historical truth that where human beings go, drinks follow. Explorers loaded their ships with ale and beer before they’d even consider setting sail. Jacque Cousteau enjoyed wine in his underwater lab. And now cocktails are going cosmic, as space becomes the newest place alcohol is being mixed and prepared—and will one day be enjoyed. The marriage between outer space and alcohol has been going on for billions of years. Astronomers already knew that there is free-floating ethanol swirling through the interstellar medium. Just this year, investigators discovered that Comet Lovejoy, which sweeps through our solar system every few thousand years, is made up in significant measure of alcohol and ice—a great starter for the most naturally occurring cocktail if ever there was one. More important to the hospitality industry is the new push toward space tourism, with mixologists and distilleries looking for ways to develop and consume cocktails in space—not just for the benefit of eventual cosmic vacationers, but for manufactuers back home who want to learn more about the chemistry of their drinks so that they can offer ever more variety of flavors and experiences. In 2012, the Ardbeg Distillery flew small amounts of its whiskey distillate mixed with charred oak aboard the International Space Station to simulate the barrel aging process in zero-g. An identical control study was run on the ground. The result was two different mature whiskeys with two very different flavor profiles—both delicious. A California-based company has developed a 3D-printed martini glass that uses ribbing and surface tension to prevent a zero-g cocktail from simply floating out of the glass. More recently still, the Savoy Hotel’s Beaufort Bar flew one thousand copies of its menu to the edge of space aboard a high-altitude balloon and then recovered them, a way of bringing a small brush with space to the bar’s very demanding customers. Studies aboard the space station—even ones not directly connected to cocktail development—are revealing secrets about the physics of carbonation and convection, of how the simple act of shaking or stirring changes liquids in zero-g, and how flavor sensitivity is affected as well. All of that basic science has applications both both on and off the Earth. Join Claire Smith-Warner (amateur space geek), Jeffrey Kluger (co-author of Apollo 13 and science editor for Time magazine) and Tristan Stephenson (author of The Curious Bartender) to explore the history of alcohol in space and the ways those experiences can help us develop better, more interesting cocktails on Earth. The presentation will include some extraordinary footage from the space station showing just how otherworldly the behaviour of water and carbonation can be in zero-g. You’ll never look at liquids the same way again.

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Claire Smith-Warner

Head of Spirit Creation & Mixology, Belvedere Vodka
Claire Smith-Warner is Head of Spirit Creation at Belvedere Vodka and has been working with alcohol in its various forms for over 15 years. Committed to discovering new ways to drink ‘better’, Claire has developed a range of sugar free and 100% fresh fruit flavoured vodkas for... Read More →

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Jeff Kluger

Science Editor, Time Magazine
Jeffrey Kluger is the science editor for Time magazine and Time.com, principally covering science and social issues. His newest nonfiction book is Apollo 8. His newest novel is Freedom Stone, a young tale set on a South Carolina plantation in 1863, also published in 2011. He is the... Read More →
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Tristan Stephenson

Author, The Curious Bartender, Fluid Movement
Tristan has been involved in the hospitality industry for 16 years, as a chef, waiter and bartender. After leaving Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant in 2007, Tristan took a role as a Brand Ambassador for the Reserve Brands Group, training bartenders and consumers on the delights... Read More →

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3:00pm

The Ultimate Lagavulin Seminar
The coincide with the 200th Anniversary of one of the World's most renowned distilleries we bring the Ultimate Lagavulin Seminar. A true one off experience that will not only feature some of the rarest Lagavulin's ever sampled; coupled with a walk through the timeline of the distillery looking at the History and a technical deep delve into the distilling practices and how they have changed over the centuries. Moderated by Ewan Morgan and featuring two of the World's most renowned Whisky experts Dr Nick Morgan & Dave Broom expect a lot of information and lot of humor. If you're a Lagavulin fan this is not to be missed as there will be some real surprises

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Ewan Morgan

National Director : Diageo Masters of Whisky, Diageo
Ewan is a third generation ‘whisky man’. His father was maltings manager at Tamdhu Distillery in Speyside and later the distillery manager at Highland Park Distillery on the island of Orkney. His Grandfather was the brewer at the famed distillery Cardhu. Ewan was born in Dufftown... Read More →

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Dave Broom

Dave Broom was born in Glasgow (Scotland) and has spent his working life in drink. He is chief engineer of www.scotchwhisky.com and writes for numerous international titles, including Whisky Advocate. He won Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer at the 2015 Spirited Awards. He’s written... Read More →
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Dr. Nicholas Morgan

Head of Whisky Outreach, Diageo
Dr Nicholas Morgan Head of Whisky Outreach, Diageo Dr Nicholas Morgan is Head of Whisky Outreach at Diageo plc, the largest Scotch whisky producer. Nick is an acknowledged authority on the Scotch Whisky business and a frequent speaker at Whisky and Spirits events around the world... Read More →

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Edward Don

Owned and operated by the Don family since 1921, Edward Don & Company is the world's leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. Our knowledgeable sales representatives, unmatched product selection, nationwide distribution centers, and integration of new technology... Read More →


 


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