Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 22: Raffaldini Vineyards

Proudly recorded from Test Pattern Studios.

In the News: Highland Brewing, Gizmo Brew Works, Swan Creek Wine Trail

Meet the Maker: J. Raffaldini, Thomas Salley and J’s nephew Ryan are all in the studio to let us taste some of Raffaldini Vineyards‘ fantastic wines. They brought a few for us to taste and Tim drank a good bit of red wines and he’s not really a red drinker, although that’s starting to change, especially with the wineries that are in this state. J. talks about the winery itself, the beautiful villa that sits on the property and why he does what he does.

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

Mix It Up (the art of the drink)The Drop Kick

2oz Sutlers Gin
3oz Beet-Lavender Syrup*
½oz key lime juice

*Beet Lavender Syrup
4oz Beet Juice
4oz Simple Syrup
1oz Lavender
1oz Sassafras Root

Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 21: Mayberry Spirits

Proudly recorded from Test Pattern Studios.

In the News: Childress Vineyards, Triple C Brewing CompanyUnknown Brewery, Laurel Gray Vineyards, Shadow Springs Winery, Raffaldini Vineyards

Meet the Maker: Vann McCoy brings in a few of Mayberry Spirits‘ delicious whiskeys and talks about his prior life as a monk, his family’s history of distilling and the history of the distillery. That’s great stuff.

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

Mix It Up (the art of the drink)The Barney Fife
4oz Strawberry Cream*
2oz Mayberry Spirits’ Vanilla Flavored Premium Whiskey

*Strawberry Cream
8oz sweetened condensed milk
6oz milk
2 tbsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
4 strawberries blended
3-4 basil leaves

Blend strawberries and milk, add condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon.
Strain and chill with 4 basil leaves for 24 hours.

Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 17: TOPO Distillery

Proudly recorded from Test Pattern Studios.

In the News: JOLO Winery and Vineyards, Raffaldini Vineyards, Adams Vineyards, Unknown Brewery, CraftFreedom.org

Meet the Maker: Scott Maitland, one of the owners of TOPO Distillery Skypes in to the show and talks about the history and future of TOPO and Tim and Jordan have a nice tasting of the TOPO Vodka, Piedmont Gin, Carolina Whiskey and Eight Oak. All very good stuff.

Mix It Up (the art of the drink)TOPO Cream
2oz Topo Vodka
3oz Lemon & Honey Cream*

*4oz Honey
4oz Heavy Cream
2 zested and juiced lemons
Thyme sprigs
2oz lavender

Shake and strain. Garnish with flowers or lemon zest.

Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 12: Copper Barrel Distillery

Proudly recorded from Test Pattern Studios.

In the News: Craft Freedom.org, JOLO Vineyards, Raffaldini Vineyards, Ponysaurus Brewery

Meet the Maker: George Smith and moonshine legend, Buck Nance come down the hill from North Wilkesboro and treats Tim and Jordan with some fantastic moonshine. Not only do we have the “white lightning” but the strawberry, blueberry and black cherry flavors, all available in your local ABC stores and some new stuff, apple pie and espresso flavors that will be soon. Great guys and great stuff.

Food for Drinkin’: Chef Tim sends us two items from his Umami Tsunami ramen pop ups: Turkey Paitan/Tonkotsu Ramen from Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar.

Mix It Up (the art of the drink)Mountain City Day Breeze
1 ½ oz. Copper Barrel White Lightning
2 oz. Caramelized Pineapple Reduction
1 oz. Passionfruit juice
¾ oz. Dark Agave

20oz crushed pineapple
4 oz. turbinado raw sugar
8 oz peach nectar
24 oz pineapple juice
10 basil leaves.

Take pineapple and sugar in a pot on high for 10 minutes until amber color. Add peach and pineapple juice and reduce by half. Steep 10 basil leaves.

 

Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 10: Broadslab Distillery

In the News: Boxcar Bar and Arcade, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Outer Banks Distilling, Providence Restaurant, Raffaldini Vineyards

Meet the Maker: Jeremy Norris, the owner and distiller of Broadslab Distillery is in the studio to talk about his distillery, its history, his grandfather, where the name of the distillery came from and yes, we tasted a right many of his fantastic spirits.

Also, Brent Lain of Old Southern Moonshine Revival (OSMR) is in the studio to talk about their new album that is coming out soon and we debuted a song from that album. A world-exclusive! And, we must say he has one of the most righteous beards ever seen.

Mix It Up (the art of the drink)Black Magic Woman
Muddle 5 blackberries in the mixing glass
1½ oz Broadslab Legacy Shine
¾ oz Broadslab Carolina Coast Spiced Rum
1½ oz Pomegranate Juice
Juice of ½ lemon.
1½ of honey saffron syrup (recipe below)
Shake and strain

1 part honey
1 part warm water
3 saffron threads
Mix and let set overnight.