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Gracias a Dios Mezcal | Recanati Winery

100% Mexican owned and operated in Oaxaca, Mexico. Gracias a Dios translates to Thank God, a phrase that owners, Pablo López, Enrique Jiménez, Xaime Niembro, and Oscar Hernandez heard throughout their childhood. A deep commitment to family values & Mexican culture underline their approach to producing handmade, ultra-premium quality mezcal and agave gin.

Gracias a Dios Mezcal in an agave plant
Gracias a Dios Mezcal

Gracias a Dios values its people and the environment, employing eco-friendly practices that include water conservation, solar energy, recyclable materials & proudly offering local employees fair wages.

Fruit and Mezcal mixed together to form a cocktail
Cocktail made with Gracias a Dios Espadin

In 2008, Gracias a Dios started as a speak easy mezcal bar in Querétaro, México. The bar sold mezcal produced by different Maestros Mezcaleros from various Oaxaca state regions. After two years of traveling Oaxaca, owners Pablo López, Enrique Jiménez and Xaime Niembro met Oscar Hernández in Matalán. They were blown away by Oscar’s mezcal. In fact, they believed that Oscar’s products were the best mezcal they had ever tasted – Thank GAD!

Espadin Mezcal in agave field
Gracias a Dios Espadin Mezcal

Aside from quality products, their love for mezcal making extends to the environment and their workers. GAD is adamant about eco-friendly practices, which span from water conservation, to solar energy and recyclable materials. Approximately 60% of the water used for production is collected from rain, accumulating to 180,000 liters per year. Moreover, they take pride in working with locals for fair wages. They provide all employees with the 25% above the standard daily salary in Matalán, insurance, hot water and dorms for their workers.

Pechuga Mezcal surrounded by meat and spices
Gracias a Dios Pechuga Mezcal

The first planting of agave was in 2011, followed by production in 2013. Today, the brand produces a wide variety of agave-based products, including traditional, wild agave limited editions, flavored and special editions. This incredible collection is all handmade by Oscar Hernandez (4th generation) and his nephew Milo Jimenez (5th generation).

One of the owners of Gracias a Dios
Agave field at Gracias a Dios

The story of the Recanati Winery, a producer of high quality Mediterranean wines, begins with a profound bond with the Land of Israel coupled with a passion for fine wine. With the creation of the winery in 2000, Lenny Recanati's life-long dream to produce truly world-class wines reached fruition.

Wide shot overlooking Israel
Israel, home of Recanati

The Recanati winery is today the sixth largest winery in Israel and its wines can be found in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and Japan. Located in Israel's Hefer Valley within the Upper Galilee. the newly built Recanati winery obtains its grapes from some of the area's finest high-altitude vineyards, which enjoy a climate similar to that of California's Napa Valley.

Warm days and contrastingly cool nights, together with ideal chalky-gravelly soil conditions and limited rainfall, create an ideal environment in which to nurture these classic varietals. Recanati wines are certified Kosher.

Israel Cab Sauv Wine
Recanati Cabernet Sauvignon
Israel Cab Sauv
Recanati Cab Sauv

High Heaven Vintners | Gosling's

High Heaven Vintners, based in the beautiful Columbia Valley of Washington State, strives to craft creative and homegrown wines. The vineyards are located in an ideal climate for grape growing, protected by the Cascade Mountains from harsh weather. With a vineyard-first philosophy, High Heaven believes a wine can’t be perfect if the grapes aren’t ideally suited for winemaking. First-class technology and a deep understanding of the area allow the winemakers at High Heaven Vintners to craft beautiful and delicate flavors.

A pristine bottle of High Heaven Cab Sauv
High Heaven Cabernet Sauvignon

Take their Cloud Mountain Chardonnay, for example: best served between 45 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit, with a silky smooth texture and delicious notes of apple, pear, and brioche; the ideal wine for white sauce pastas or salmon. If you prefer a red? Perhaps the Roaming Elk Red Blend: woody, spiced, and deep notes of raspberry and cranberry; perfect for dark chocolate or that steak with plenty of pink in the middle. No matter which side of the color wheel your wine preference lands, High Heaven Vintners offers a mouthwatering array of reds and whites alike, for any occasion.

A High Heaven Riesling in its natural habitat
High Heaven Riesling
A mouth-watering pair of High Heaven wines
High Heaven Wines

The world famous Gosling Black Seal Rum has been around for over two hundred years. Founded by the Gosling family after being stuck out at sea for close to three months, they finally settled into St. Georges, Bermuda. The Gosling family has been producing its World Spirit Award winning Black Seal rum since the 1800s.

Gosling's Gold Seal Bermuda Gold Rum
Gosling's Gold Rum

In my opinion, no company has put out two more perfectly paired products, each ideally suited for the other. Between the rich, deep, Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and perfectly spiced Gosling’s Ginger Beer, Gosling’s created a match made in heaven. The two staples of Gosling’s actually make up the national cocktail of Bermuda, the Dark ‘N Stormy. Just drop some ice in a glass, add 4 or 5 ounces of Gosling’s Ginger Beer, top it with 1.5 ounces of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, add a lime wedge, and you have one of the most delicious cocktails this side of the Atlantic!

Gosling's Bermuda Rum
Gosling's Black and Gold Rums
Black Seal Bermuda Rum Gosling's
Gosling's Bermuda Black Rum

Koloa Rum Co. | Piattelli Vineyards | Cedar Ridge

From the Garden Isle of Kaua’i in the sunny Aloha State, Koloa Rum Co. has been serving the “Spirit of Aloha” since 2009. Making use of the abundant natural resources of Hawai’i, Koloa Rum is crafted from pure cane sugar and rainwater from Mount’ale’ale.

Kaua'i Hawai'i
Koloa Rum Co.
Koloa Hawaiian Rum

The first commercial sugar production operations in Hawai’i were established in Kōloa in 1835 and rum production began around this time. In fitting with this tradition, Kōloa Rum was the first licensed distillery on the island of Kaua’i where sugarcane production is a way of life. Being deeply rooted in Hawaiian heritage, Kōloa promotes sustainable agricultural practices to provide support and diversity to the local agricultural industry, and preserve natural open spaces.

Koloa Hawaiian Coffee Rum

Kōloa offers a variety of handcrafted premium Hawaiin rums and ready-to-drink rum cocktails. These unique and delicious offerings include: Kaua’i White, Gold, Dark, Coconut, Spice, Coffee, Cacao, Reserve 12 Barrel Select Aged Hawaiian Rum, and ready-to-drink Mai Tai, Pineapple Passion, and Rum Punch.

Koloa Kaua'i Spice Rum

Kōloa is dedicated to supporting and building their Ohana, by bringing people together, creating great memories, and sharing the Aloha way of life.

Piattelli Wines are some of the finest South America has to offer. For close to twenty years Piattelli has lead the way in developing bold, complex, and delicious wines in the Mendoza and Cafayate regions of Argentina. These regions were selected specifically to grow only the very best of grapes, organically and with the purest melt water off the Andes Mountains.

Head winemaker, Valeria Antolin, a 4th generation winemaker, has been at the helm of production for Piattelli Mendoza since 2003. Piattelli-with the help of Valeria-takes French winemaking technique and applies it to an ideal climate for grape growing in the valleys of Mendoza and Cafayate. This marrying of tradition and modernity leads to some beautiful, award-winning wines.

Piattelli Vineyards Argentina

A Minnesota favorite, the Reserve Malbec, is a near perfect wine. With a deep burgundy hue, and a simple yet elegant bottle design, the Malbec has a smooth, long finish; filled with notes of blackberry, lavender, and a hint of smoke.

Another standout, and staple, from Piattelli is the Torrontes; a light and crisp white made with Torrontes grapes, uniquely suited to grow in the cool valleys of Argentina. Floral notes of orange blossom and tropical flavors of pineapple and peach make this a delicious pour, perfect for a lovely early-summer day in Minnesota.

Piattelli Reserve Malbec
Piattelli Reserve Malbec

While the wines themselves are the star of the show, the price-point is what makes Piattelli truly stand out from the competition. Piattelli Wines are rare in that they can be enjoyed by anyone, from the most experienced connoisseur to a relative novice.

Founded in 2005, Cedar Ridge became the first licensed distillery in Iowa since prohibition. Cedar Ridge was started by the Quint family, who have farmed and distilled spirits for generations. They believed it was time for the number one corn producing state, Iowa, to share its Bourbon Whiskey with the world. Releasing its first batch of Cedar Ridge whiskey in 2010, the distillery has quickly become a leader in craft spirits winning awards such as, American Distilling Institute’s “2017 Distiller of the Year” and “Best American Craft Whiskey” at the 2016 New York World Spirits Competition.

Cedar Ridge's Award Winning Iowa Bourbon Whiskey

Cedar Ridge is truly authentic by nature. Being grown, and stored on site at the Quint family farm in Winthrop, Iowa, Cedar Ridge’s process is affected by their location and weather. After being twice distilled, Cedar Ridge Whiskey is transferred to barrels that are stored in non-temperature controlled rick houses. This allows Iowa’s consistently inconsistent weather to aid in the expansion and contraction of the barrels, helping the whiskey to take on the rich aromas and flavors of the barrels more quickly than other regions.

Cedar Ridge Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Being that Iowa is home to the some of most fertile soil in the world, Cedar Ridge whiskey has access to the highest-quality corn on Earth. This helps make Cedar Ridge Bourbon one of the finest bourbons you can find. The fine craftsmanship of bourbon at Cedar Ridge is a reflection of Iowa’s mentality of doing the best with what nature gives them, while maintaining minimal waste.

Cedar Ridge Slipknot No.9 Iowa Whiskey | Iowa Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Cedar Ridge Iowa Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Cedar Ridge’s award winning lineup of whiskey includes: Iowas Straight Bourbon Whiskey, The Quintessential Single Malt, Straight Rye Whiskey, Wheat Whiskey, Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon, Slipknot No. 9, Slipknot Reserve, and Sir Maple Bourbon. The best bourbon comes from the best corn and grain, accessible to Cedar Ridge in the heart of America’s Grain Belt.