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We just got word of this fantastic U.S. Sherry Cocktail Competition that is taking place until Monday, August 15, 2014. We are huge proponents of Sherry with selections from Bodegas Osborne, Valdespino and La Guita. So mixologists…here is your chance to shine your sherry genius flag! Good Luck Chicago!

For the Winner: The winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to Jerez, Spain and a full scholarship to Beverage Alcohol Resource 5-Day Program…as well as loads of press announcing the winner and the recipe on our website and social media.

Submissions should be sent via email to winegeek@akawinegeek.com. You can submit your recipes at any time, but the deadline for entry is Monday, August 15th, 2014.

Official Rules: You may use any style of Sherry from any bodega in Jerez.

Please tell: · the precise recipe · the proper garnish · the ideal glass

You must explain in writing: · why your cocktail is great · when to serve, and how · the exact preparation and steps of assembly · the perfect [bar] food match, and why

You must provide: · a copy of the cocktail menu of the bar/restaurant where the cocktail is placed and being served · a photo of the drink · a video of yourself making the drink and explaining why your cocktail is great, when to serve, exact preparation, and the perfect food match; if you use Twitter or Facebook, please post it using #SherryCocktailComp and include a link to the posting.


Champagne Duval-Leroy & Cream Saber Olympics 2014

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Hello Ladies & Gentlemen,

In less than two weeks a spectacular competition will be upon the Illinois wine trade. Proven athletes as well as those novice with the sword will stand side by side on Monday, July 21st for the chance to reign champion of the first ever Champagne Duval-Leroy & Cream Saber Olympics!

Do you have what it takes to win Gold?

Saber Olympics is for the trade and media only. Athletes and spectators* are both allowed and both must RSVP with Tori@creamwine.com. Please RSVP with your full name; restaurant, retailer or media association; and your Cream Sales Rep (if appropriate). If you wish to compete, then you must register by Saturday, July 19th. Athletes, please specify in your email subject line “Athlete Registration.”

The efforts of Gold, Silver and Bronze will be rewarded. Rules, regulations and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be detailed in a follow-up email to those who RSVP.

Arena: Fulton Market Kitchen has generously partnered with us in hosting the first ever #SaberOlympics! Flying corks, beautiful artwork, West Loop…let the games begin! Fulton Market Kitchen is located at 311 N. Sangamon, Chicago IL 60607.

1pm: Athlete check in 1:35pm: Games begin Athletes who arrive after 1:20pm will not be able to participate.

*All athletes and spectators must be 21 years of age.


FEATURED: Brawn & Brains: Paso Robles' Rhone Blends

If ever there was a winegrowing region that felt like a frontier, it’s Paso Robles. Situated along the Pacific Coast in Central California, the landscape is straight out of Easy Rider: rugged, tawny hills are littered with chaparral and oak trees as they roll on for miles. Harley Davidsons cruise along narrow, twisting roads under the blazing sun. It’s been dubbed the wild west of the wine industry, for more than just its many cattle ranches. The town’s roots go back to real cowboys: it was cofounded by Jesse James’s uncle, and the outlaw himself spent time in Paso while healing from gunshot wounds from a bank hold up. But history aside, there’s an ethos here among winemakers that matches the pioneer spirit. Paso’s winemakers are pathfinders, eschewing standard practice and forging ahead with whatever their hearts—and tastebuds—dictate.

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