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Balvenie Roadshow Masterclass Tasting Notes

Balvenie 12 year DoublewoodFirst off I want to say I’ve been a scotch drinker for a very long time but the scotch we normally drink, made by William Grant is a great blended drink but it’s just that. For the price, it works for our household right now since we’re not living in extreme decadence *g*

However when an opportunity arises to not only experience a Pure Indulgence moment but to share it with the world, and for FREE, I say let’s take it! On the night of May 3rd, we were invited to a private tasting with about fifteen others at Le Colonial in San Francisco.

The restaurant itself is an older style building with a definite feel for exquisite food and clientele. Our private tasting was held upstairs by a man named Nicholas Pollachi, one of five Balvenie Ambassadors in the world who charmed us with humor, education and of course his Scottish accent. Sadly I didn’t get any video of this like I did with the Los Gatos Cigar Tasting. But here are my notes on five different releases:

First up: Balvenie 12 year Doublewood -Aged not once but twice. First in bourbon casks typical of how whisky is kept, and then a second aging occurs in more impressive oloros sherry casks giving the 12 year a slight sweetness. More often than not this is what I’m drinking at Occidental with my cigars.

Next: Balvenie 15 year single cask – This particular juice has hints of vanilla and oak from the Bourbon cask it was aged in. It’s a slightly dryer scotch with a nice finish and some floral notes on the nose.

The 14 year Carribean Cask -I had the privilege of tasting this at Occidental a few months back and was wowed. The nose had hints of things you’d normally associate with quality rum. A medium finish complimented the floral flavors on the nose and palate. Even better was the fact that this particular scotch is very easy to drink.

The Portwood 21 year – For fans of port, this particular offering has just the perfect nose, smells of porn infuse into the scotch from the barrels it was aged in. With an easy mouthfeel, this particular scotch is smooth with a floral back end on the palate with port-like notes and a light smokiness.

Lastly, we sampled the 17 year peated cask – This is for fans of the peated whiskies. The process used to achieve is rather unique in that it’s not a true peat malt offering . A good amount of smokiness followed by a soft nose, compliments this whiskey. This is a dryer style offering.

Overall, the tasting was fantastic and even better, Nicholas is a cigar smoker so when he returns to San Francisco we’ll have him on Radio Dentata’s Pure Indulgence.

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Don Cervantes Interview Part Four

Max Myers continues talking to Pure Indulgence about the Don Cervantes cigars, charity and worker treatment in the Ecuadorian Factory while we enjoyed the Masterpiece Platinum. Review here

The interview was conducted in November of 2010 for Radio Dentata‘s Pure Indulgence at the Occidental Cigar Club

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Los Gatos Cigar Event featuring Don Cervantes

We had a great time at Los Gatos Cigar Club talking to other cigar smokers, interviewing a few of the folks to talk about libations, cigars and of course learn more about Don Cervantes luxury cigars.

Below you’ll see a few pictures of the event, mostly the cigars, Max from ACC Cigars, some of the cigar accessories, and soon I’ll have a link to the podcast interview on Radio Dentata

It was definitely a fun event and I’m looking forward to doing more. Thanks to the folks at JMG for all their hard work and a special shoutout to Rich at Los Gatos, for his shop promoting the Good Life.

Look for more on Don Cervantes and the exciting things coming from ACC Cigars soon!

Urban Legend May Newsletter

Urban Legends Cellars is a local winery in Oakland near Jack London Square that features quality wines, and a great staff. Recently I helped them bottle the latest release.

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Jack London Art
First Friday May 6, 6 – 9 PM
Urban Legend Cellars, 621 4TH ST
Joaquin Joaquin Newman, Photo by Eduardo Pineda

We’re doing second Friday early this month! We’ll be at the Indie Awards 2nd Friday….

Marilee and I have been frequenting La Borinqueña Mex-icatessen, where we have admired Tina “Tamale” Ramos’ gallery of Joaquin’s work. We’ve been drawn in by the mix of humor, history, and culture in his works. As a salute to Cinco de Mayo we’ve asked Joaquin to be our May artist.

Joaquin is a co-founder of the Forrealism Movement and studio in Alameda.

“The Forrealism Movement is composed of a group of mixed Indian and Latino artists who create works collectively, drawing from our own traditions and those of our elders who have shared gifts of their wisdom and experience. We do not purport to be religiously bound to these traditions; rather we strive to deconstruct racial barriers in order to construct cultural bridges toward a greater indigenous consciousness.

As urban Indians working in a city where many cultures come together, the scope of our work spans the Americas. It is not limited to symbolism from our particular cultural background; we serve our community more generally. No one of these traditions defines us, nor do we attempt to expose the complexities and rites of traditions that require specific intention to understand.”
Pink Out!
6:30 – 9:00 PM, Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Butterfly, Pier 33, The Embarcadero, The City (SF)

We’re packing up the pink flamingos and once again heading across the Bay Bridge to join our fellow Rosé fanatics with the 2010 version of our Best Micro Winery-winning Rosato di Barbera!

Join us for an evening of great food, fun times and, of course, fabulous Rosés from around the world

Tickets are $35 in advance and expected to sell out! Purchase Tickets

Urban Legend: 2011 Indie Awards exclusive wine supplier
6 – 10 PM, Friday May 13, 2011
Kaiser Center, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

Look for an uptown theme this year. Uptown cupcakes, Urban Legend Uptown blend on tap, and more. Being newbies, we’re not sure what to expect but with cupcakes on roller skates it should be Oakland style fun. We hope to see you there!
Uptown gets outta town, and Rosato gets around!

Urban Legend wines are making the rounds of local restaurants. Uptown is now served in Berkeley, and our Rosato is gaining a following all around town. We’ve got new places for you to try Urban Legend, and new wines in familiar haunts:

* 900 Grayson, 900 Grayson @ 6th St, Berkeley, CA
o 2010 Rosato di Barbera – Chris is a big fan of summer pinks
o Uptown- by the glass and 1L refillables!
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* Millennium,580 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102
o 2009 Petit Verdot
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Pappo, 2320 Central Ave , Alameda, CA 94501
o 2009 Sauvignon Blanc

* SR24, 5179 Telegraph Ave @ 51st , Oakland, CA 94609
o 2009 Tempranillo – almost gone
o 2009 Syrah – coming soon
o 2010 Rosato di Barbera – coming soon
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* Where would like to see Urban Legend?
o Send us the restaurant name: info@ulcellars.com

Earth Day 2011 – Amity Vineyards

I thought this was worth passing onto my wine drinkers here. I have toured the Amity Vineyards and tasted a number of their wines some time back before Pure Indulgence was even a thought The wines are quality, and a good representation of the local climate. The tasting room is quaint, and the odd (for me) thing you’ll want to try is the Almond sparkler made in the mothode champagne.

Every day is Earth Day at Amity
Since the beginning we have tried to make our footprint on the land we farm and the winery as small as we can.

We were the first Tilth Certified Organic winery, one of the first Salmon Safe, first Oregon Certified Sustainable Wineries(OCSW) and now one of the first UPS Carbon Neutral Shipping option wineries.

Our newest project is partnering with UPS to offer you the option of shipping in the Carbon Neutral Program. When you check out just choose the green logo. It will cost you an extra 5 cents for ground and .20 for air. How does this work? If the millions of people who ship packages every day all contribute a little and all that is added up and spent to plant trees and reclaim lands then greenhouse gasses are significantly reduced. Go to UPS for information about the program.

Try these Oregon Certified Sustainable Wines

Save 25% 4/18 thru 4/24

click on wine to purchase

2008 Estate Dry Riesling – $15 – reg $20

2009 Wedding Dance Riesling $12.75 – reg $17

2008 Sunnyside Pinot Noir $26.25 – reg $35

Wine Review: Urbano Cellars 2006 Syrah

This wine starts off with a vegetal taste that opens up into tart berry flavors. A warm nose, deep purple color with berry greets the swirl and sniff. After some time, the wine opens up with deeper but not overpowering tartness and subtle spices. A pleasing, easy to drink wine with a medium finish, balanced yet light tannins that remain prominent throughout the glass and bottle. Beautiful lilac and lavender coat the palate throughout the wine.

We’ll be doing more reviews of Urbano Cellars as they’re local to Oakland AND I intend to interview Bob Rawson, the winemaker. He talked to me a bit off air about his wines and I’m interested to know more about them. Their tasting room is located in the same space as Urban Legends Cellars.

Btw, the bottling event for both Urbano Cellars and Urban Legends was pretty sweet. I’ll blog about that in an upcoming post!

Cheers!

Wine Blog: Changes and Upgrades

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted my thoughts on wine and that’s been due sadly to drinking what I hoped were great buys but turned out to be less than mediocre. Many of the wines we’ve picked up have been deals at those prices but lacked flavor and that “thing” wines have that separate great wines from the rest. It’s not been for lack of trying.

I’d say we probably went through four or five cases of various wines purchased mostly from Grocery Outlet and they were good. But nothing had that “pop” that makes me want to include them for Pure Indulgence. Even the more current wines were less than stellar.

The challenge here is going to be finding those spectacular gems in a lot full of coal. It’s doable but it takes time. In the meantime, we’re going to feature more producers.

I’d LIKE to get an interview with Craig of Cornerstone Cellars out of Napa as we have reviewed his wines and even the lower end wines such as Stepping Stone line are examples of wines that have been crafted with care. The higher wines from this producer are good examples of why Napa Valley is a front runner in wine making and why Napa is on the map.

I’m aiming to bring more wine reviews to the site, along with podcasts for Pure Indulgence where we spend time sampling, talking about the wine making process and educating you, the reader/listener on the joys of the Pure Indulgence lifestyle.

News to many of you, I’ve decided to make Pure Indulgence a part of my career in hopes that the Lifestyle will become just that.

Until next time,

Cheers!

Upcoming Pure Indulgence

We’ve been lax in recording new shows due to my appearance at DragonCon 2010 where I was a panelist for one of the late night adult panels. Fun thing that, in the middle of our panel, the folks next door came over and offered us free homemade brew. The dark colored fuller bodied stout had flavor, personality and character but alas, I did not get to try much more than a tiny cup full.

Wine was not involved though I had plenty of scotch on hand and made sure to pack my humidor with plenty of Tatuaje Havana VI’s. Glad I did. Brought my pipe too and was joined on occasion by other pipe and cigar smokers. Nice to know that Atlanta isn’t a restrictive place nor are there noises being made to start that path.

During future episodes of Pure Indulgence, we’ll review Jason Stephens 2006 Syrah and talk about Rescue Ink. Did any of you read the latest issue of Smoke Magazine featuring these cigar smoking, animal saving ruffians? I’m hoping to get them on the show soon and talk smokes and booze. Stay tuned!

Pure Indulgence airs Fridays at 4 PM PST and again Sundays at 5 PM PST on Radio Dentata