Luis Pato

Recently Luis Pato came to visit us, all the way from Bairrada, Portugal. Sadly I was not able to attend the entire tasting. Lucky for us, Dianna Funnell from Sherbrooke was there and allowed me to re-post her musings on the day. Pato is an iconic producer with highly regarded and incredibly tasty wines - I am super happy we get to share some of his story with you! The King Of Bairrada by Dianna Funnell It’s amazing to participate in the wine & spirits industry. On an ongoing basis we have the privilege of meeting passionate winemakers and winegrowers and tasting the result of their efforts. Last month I found myself sitting at a table of colleagues tasting the wines of Luis Pato, otherwise

The Joy of Appleton Estate

One of the best known rum producers in Alberta has got to be Appleton Estate. Now owned by Campari the distillery has been in action since 1749. In a favoured spot on the island of Jamaica the region receives daily rainfall which is ideal for their 4000 ha of sugarcane. Rich and fertile it is one of the few sugarcane areas on the island that does not need irrigation. The property also has a natural spring, and this is the water used in the distillation process. It never runs dry and is one of the key components in ensuring Appleton has a unique flavour profile. Appleton is made from sugarcane spirit distilled in copper pot and steel column stills. All of the Appleton rums are made from

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