A Slight Pause

Hiya folks. I suppose you’re wondering why there’s not a podcast this week from us. Well, we want to address that. 

Let us start by saying the podcast isn’t going away. We are still going to produce them. However, we’re taking a short hiatus. Why? There are a couple of reasons for that. First, sadly, Derrick, Jordan’s stepson (to be) was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He’s only 16 years old. That’s a lot on a kid. Christina, Derrick’s mother, and Jordan want to make sure they’re there for him every step of the way for his surgeries, treatments and recovery.

First, sadly, Derrick, Jordan’s stepson (to be) was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He’s only 16 years old. That’s a lot on a kid. Christina, Derrick’s mother, and Jordan want to make sure they’re there for him every step of the way for his surgeries, treatments and recovery. So, we’re asking for positive vibes, happy/good thoughts and a little bit of time for them to get used to all of this.

Second, Jordan had just started his job as North Carolina Spirits Ambassador and with needing to be with Derrick, he’ll need all the work time he can get to push and peddle the fine spirits we have in this state. So, to help him get established, we felt the time off of the podcast was good.

Let us reiterate, we aren’t stopping the podcast. We have guests that we’re relining back up and we will be recommencing soon. We’re figuring about a month at this point. That could be extended as it is all about what is needed for Jordan to get all his affairs in order. So, we have a plethora of back episodes and The Less Desirables Network has four other shows that you can listen to in the mean time. There’s a lot of podcasts happening over here. Don’t give up on us… we’re not giving up on you.

Keep Derrick, Christina and Jordan in your thoughts and keep drinking those delicious NC libations! Slàinte mhath…

Tim and Jordan

ps… don’t forget to also eat at Spring House Restaurant and Quanto Basta!

Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 24: Westbend Winery & Brewery

Proudly recorded from Test Pattern Studios.

In the News: Burial Beer Company, Old Nick Williams Spirits, Homebrewers’ Clubhouse, CraftFreedom.org

Meet the Maker: It wasn’t that long ago that Westbend Winery & Brewery was closing up their winery and brewery. But, they’re now back with a vengeance and we have Ethan Brown, the wine master and head brewer of the new-and-improved company. We tasted two of their beers and a bottle of wine.

Food for Drinkin’: Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar is our food sponsor!

Mix It Up (the art of the drink): Widowmaker

2½oz Covington Vodka
4oz Cranberry Puree*
Rim glass with Cabernet Molasses**

*Cranberry Puree
1½ Cups Dried Cranberries
¼ Cup Black Peppercorns
1 tbsp Thyme
1 qt Water
Reduce for 30 minutes
Puree and Strain Mix

**Cabernet Molasses
2½ Cups Cabernet Red Wine
1 Cup Sugar
Reduce for 10-15 minutes