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  • MY BARTESIAN JOURNEY…

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    Over the past 8 years I have had the pleasure of working on some amazingly cool and fun projects. I have worked with incredible brands, celebrities and in many different places all over the world…As many people tell me… I have a pretty cool gig…

    This past spring I received a call from an unlikely source. A couple of engineers from the University of Waterloo wanted to talk to me.

    Ummm…do they know that I don’t do MATH?

    Turns out this odd voicemail has turned into one of the funnest (it’s a word)…Most creative projects I have every had the opportunity to work on.

    Co- Founders Bryan and Jason were a world away in China with an idea, an ugly prototype and the dream of creating a single serve cocktail machine… There was only one problem…

    They had no idea how to create a delicious cocktail…

    I don’t do Math and they didn’t do Cocktails…

    After many 4 am texting, email and skype sessions…At this time we had never actually met and they were a ‘day away’ in China with sketchy internet so it made for some fun brainstorming sessions…..Along with the lovely Nadia our flavor development guru…we have created something FABOOSH and unique.

    Combining the world of technology (the ‘Math’ doers) with the world of Mixology we created Bartesian… The Ultimate Cocktail Machine…

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    Bartesian is a single serve cocktail machine that makes a fresh, FABOOSH tasting cocktail every time…

     

    For the record..I did A LOT of MATH…

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    Nadia and myself worked in the Lab for weeks, measuring, mixing, tasting, tweaking, perfecting the flavor profiles for these cocktails…

    It was a tough job but somebody had to do it. Let’s just say that we were very popular with her co-workers …It was not hard to find tasting volunteers…

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In the end…We created 6 FABOOSH Bartesian cocktails…all of which I am proud to put my name on and would serve to any of my guests. If you know anything about me or what I do…If they tasted like ASS..I would have no part of it.

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    It was really important that each cocktail tasted fresh and “REAL” every time. We used all fresh juices, the capsules are NOT powder. We sourced all natural flavors and premium bitters. Don’t believe me? Come on over and we can do a blind taste test…We may have to do it several times to make sure we get it right and it’s always more accurate with Disco music playing in the background…

     

    Just ask Amy one of our many taste testers…

     

    If you want to know more about this FABOOSH new project I am a part of..feel free to email me or comment below. Check out Bartesian on Kickstarter !!  You will find all the information there along with some more really cool videos and how to become a backer…

    HUGE CONGRATS to the amazing Bartesian Team… Everyone , math doers and cocktail doers alike are so very excited and proud of everyone for all their hard work..

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  • WINE AND CHIP PAIRINGS…

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    A couple years ago I tweeted a pic of my wine with a bowl of chips and stated it was my perfect wine pairing…The response I received from people, telling me their favorite Wine & Chip combo was CRAZY! Who knew so many people loved to drink wine with their chips…? Turns put about 50% of them…MY PEOPLE !!!

    When Woodbridge  by Robert Mondavi asked to share their wine pairings with Miss Vickie’s chips…It was a no-brain-er.

    So let’s get fancy shall we…

    Cabernet Sauvignon + Original Recipe

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    This delicious full bodied wine…coupled with the simple flavor and unique crunch of Original Recipe …Is the perfect pairing for a night of ACTION…movies that is. Weather your Mission is Impossible or you are ready to be Bourne again…This will be the perfect match for an evening of excitement on the couch….

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Sauvignon Blanc + Lime and Black Pepper

    This white has crisp tropical notes…So fly to a beach IMMEDIATELY!! Or..Pair it up with an evening in and a good drama…Then you can be The Judge on whether or not this is the pairing for you…

     

     

     

     

    Merlot + Balsamic Vinegar Sweet Onion

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    This wine is bright and fruity…So they are perfect to be paired with the tangy sweetness of these chips. The fun vibe of this pairing is perfect for a night of laughter. So call all your Bridesmaids over for a girls night in and figure out exactly when Harry did meet Sally.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Pinot Grigio + Seal Salt and Malt Vinegar

    There is a crisp nectarine and peach flavor to this wine which pairs so well with the acidic tang from the salt and malt vinegar. This yin and yang is the best companion for a night of reality television. So you can bet that Big Brother is watching your Amazing Race to the bottle of the bottle and the bag.

     

     

     

     

    Whatever your taste have fun with these pairings, mix and match and let me know your favorite pairings. If you are on Twitter or Instagram be sure to snap a shot of your pairings and hash tag them #UnwindTogether ..Would love to see what you are enjoying, also what you are watching these days, I am always looking for new TV show to obsess over.

    Be sure to get Social… Like Woodbridge Wines and Miss Vickie’s on Facebook. Follow on Twitter at @Woodbridge_wine and you can even follow @TheRealMissVickie .

    And to sweeten the deal…On specially marked bottles of Woodbridge wines by Robert Mondavi you can get $2.00 your next purchase of Miss Vickie’s chips.

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    CHEERS LET’S #UNWINDTOGETHER !!

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    *Full disclosure I was given free wine and chips…Fuller disclosure…I would do just about anything for free wine and chips…*

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  • KNOW YOUR MARTINI WITH BELVEDERE CONTEST WEEK #3

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    World Martini Day was on June 19th, Belvedere Vodka and I have teamed up to have some fun and spread the Martini LUV!

    Sometimes however that Martini LUV can be expensive…One of the most expensive Martinis I have ever had was at Le Royal Monceau hotel in PaIMG_6319ris. It was a lovely warm ginger tea martini and cost… 29 Euro or in Canadian dollars $42.33…This broke my previous most expensive martini that stood at $29 US in Vegas…

    These are penny cocktails compared to one of the most expensive Martini’s in the world that is served up at the 45th floor lobby lounge at the Ritz Carlton Tokyo…The Diamonds are Forever Martini will set you back ¥1.8 million (approximately $18,000) …and it is garnished with a 1 carat diamond and is a regular menu item there! When one is ordered the live band will play the theme song from the James Bond movie of the same name…

    To enter this weeks contest you must tell what and where you had your most expensive Martini..Was it worth it? Send me a pick of it if you have one…

    Send me a Vine  or an Instagram…

    Just be sure to add @cocktaildeeva and either #BelvedereShaken or #BelvedereStirred depending on how you “Know Your Martini”…and for goodness sakes keep your clothes on..

    You can comment here on my Blog or to me on Twitter or my Facebook page…all the legal lingo is below…Be sure to follow @BelvedereVodka on Twitter…

    GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!!

    I will pic 2 winners from Contest one Monday morning June 23  before 11am ET. The Contest #3 will start right away…

    • What you WIN…

      This FABOOSH Belvedere branded Martini shaker and stir stick set…and then you have to invite me over for Martini’s !! Ok that part is not a must but always an option…

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      • Legal Stuff…
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      Belvedere Know Your Martini Contest – Rules and Regulations
      NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The Belvedere Know Your Martini Contest begins on Monday, June 9 at 11:00 am ET and closes Monday, July 7 at 11:59 pm ET.
      Entrants may enter the Belvedere Know Your Martini Contest on Twitter or Facebook. To enter on Twitter, entrants must answer a martini-related question posted by @cocktaildeeva on her blog (http://www.cocktaildeeva.com) during the contest period. Entrants must include #BelvedereShaken or #BelvedereStirred, and @cocktaildeeva in their Tweet and must follow @Belvederevodka on Twitter to be eligible. On Facebook, entrants may enter by commenting on the specified contest posts featured on Cocktail Deeva’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CocktailDeeva) during the contest period.
      There are five entry periods within the contest. On Monday June 9, June 16, June 23, June 30 and July 7 at 5pm ET, a representative of Cocktail Deeva will select 2 eligible winners based on the most creative and passionate response. The total number of winners for the duration of the contest period will be 10. Winners from each week are eligible to enter more than once per announcement period.
      The winner will receive the following prize pack, courtesy of Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka): one (1) Belvedere-branded martini shaker and one (1) Belvedere-branded stir stick (valued at $12.31 CAD each).
      The potential winner will be contacted via social media by a representative of Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka) to be deemed the official winner. No substitutions or alterations of any kind can be made to this prize except at the sole discretion of Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka).
      The prize is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash and cannot be substituted in any way. If the winner cannot be contacted within two (2) business days, the prize may be forfeited and another entrant may be selected from the remaining eligible entries.
      Contest open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec, who are 19 years of age or older. This contest is not open to partners and employees of Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka).
      By entering this contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless Cocktail Deeva, Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka) or any of its affiliated and related companies, promotional agencies and all of their respective directors, officers, shareholders, employees, agents, successors and assigns, from any and all liability for injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this contest or the prize won. By entering this contest, Cocktail Deeva, Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka) and its authorized agents will collect, use, and disclose the personal information entrants provide when entering the contest for the purposes of managing the user profile, administering the contest and prize fulfillment. By accepting the prize, winners agree that Cocktail Deeva and Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka) may utilize personal information the winners have provided to send additional communications about its products, upcoming contests, events and promotions. Cocktail Deeva and Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka) reserve the right to terminate or suspend the contest or modify it in any way and does not assume responsibility should the contest be cancelled, suspended or delayed for any reason beyond its control.