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Wine Pairings, Gambling and Casino Games

wine glass pic Wine Pairings, Gambling and Casino GamesWhen you think of playing casino games, you usually think of someone having a martini, some vodka, or the old standby of beer.  However, there are many that prefer a good glass of wine while they are playing at the casino.  Let’s take a look at a few wine pairings while playing at the casino.

A wine that is frequently enjoyed by casino guests is the Carneros Chardonnay by Rombauer Vineyards.  This classic win is one that is frequently served at Station Casinos in  Las Vegas.  Another very popular wine comes from the Napa Valley and is the 2005 Conn Creek Anthology.  While this is a solid wine to enjoy at the tables, it is also often enjoyed with a good steak.

Of course, some of you prefer to play US casinos online and save the expense of going to the casino.  For you, try the Gaja Sito Moresco made by Langhe Rosso.  It has a nice fruity taste, but is also elegant and provides a solid balance.

Now, there are other wine lovers out there that have a little bit more of a refined pallet.  Those of you that fall into this category would be wise to inquire with the casino host about any premium or specialty wines that the property may offer.  The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas provides the ultimate in choice for patrons of the Aureole restaurant.  They have over 10,000 bottles of brand from all over the world on the premises.  In addition they have won the Wine Spectators Award for the last 12 years straight.

Some of you probably are wondering why someone would want to drink wine while playing casino games at a casino.  First, those players want to relax and have a good time.  Also, they are not looking to get hammered at the table.  Next, they like to enjoy the experience and a plain beer or shot of whiskey is more like something you would do at home or at the bar, not while gambling.  Others find that they feel a bit more sophisticated drinking wine over other drinks.

Hopefully some of the examples of wines above will give you an idea of some of the choices you can run across when playing at a casino.  For more information about the wines a property has to offer, contact your casino host.  If they don’t have the information, they will know who you will need to ask.  Good luck to you at the tables.

 

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Ty Ku Soju: A Japanese Style Soju Spirit

Ty Ku Soju 11 279x300 Ty Ku Soju: A Japanese Style Soju SpiritA Korean Style Vodka with Half the Alcohol

By Matt Goldstein

One of the largest selling spirits in the world, Korean soju, is now being made all over Japan by numerous distillers. TyKu, a premium sake brand has branched out into multiple spirits and their soju is available on American shelves. In Korea, most drink Chamisul by Jinro, and Korean BBQ is designed to match the spices of the food with the soju. Mixing the soju with Korean beer is also part of the culture, about a shot of soju dropped into a full beer. About half the alcohol as vodka but made with a grain base like most vodka’s, soju also has half the calories. Ty Ku boasts that their soju is half the calories and twice the taste of vodka but the tastes are very different as soju is a mellow, sweet flavor completely different from vodka.

Soju also known as Shochu in Japan is the #1 distilled spirit in the world. Tyku soju Its superiority made in small batches and cold filtration. TY KU Soju is crafted from the all natural ingredients with no additives, no preservatives and no sweeteners.

The Ty Ku Soju Tasting Notes:

Served neat at room temperature, the Ty Ku Soju is sweet, soft and very smooth. Slightly complex the Ty Ku Soju is good but not great but it does get better as you sip. We like the Ty Ku but recommend the Chamisul at less than half the price. The Chamisul is much more complex and less than half the price.

BARLEY – The highest quality in the world, handpicked in Oita, Japan.

SPRING WATER – Naturally filtered by the cedar forests of the Kyushu Mountains.

KOJI – Handmade white koji evokes and enhances flavor and aroma.

*68 calories, 0 carbs, 0 pro, 0 fat per 1.5 oz as tested by Warren Analytical Laboratories. TY KU Soju, 24% alc/vol (48 proof). Produced in Japan. Imported & bottled by TY KU Soju, Rochester, NY.

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Siku Glacier Ice Vodka a Solid Martini

siku glacier ice vodka Siku Glacier Ice Vodka a Solid MartiniMade from Pure Glacier Ice from Greenland

By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight

The Siku Glacier Ice Vodka is made from pure glacier ice from the 60,000 year old Qalerallit Sermia Glacier in Greenland.  The ice from the glacier never even becomes water but actually is made straight into the vodka, a characteristic completely unique to Siku.  Five times distilled and imported from the Netherlands, Siku is a small batch grain vodka.  Meaning ice in Greenlandic, the Siku vodka makes a solid martini for experienced vodka drinkers.  With a grainy and complex taste, Siku is a very flavorful vodka.  Full bodied, full flavored, sharp and crisp but smoother as you sip, the Siku works very well with the vermouth and olives, complimenting each other.  At times, the Siku vodka can be a bit too sharp for the amateur drinker, but it’s a solid vodka for the experienced and those looking for real vodka flavor.  As always, we taste the vodka with an in and out style of martini, using the least amount of vermouth as possible.

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L’Chaim: A Kosher Vodka from Israel!

LChaim Kosher Vodka from Israel L’Chaim: A Kosher Vodka from Israel!Triple Distilled in Small Batches: L’Chaim to Life!

By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight

When a friend of ours invited us over for a New Years Day feast of the traditional Dutch Pork and Sauerkraut, we thought it would be funny to bring over a kosher vodka from Israel to pair it with and it was a hit.  The L’Chaim Kosher Vodka from Israel is a process and recipe is based on a formula handed down through several generations of European and Russian Jews.  L’chaim sources its own spring water shunning any filtering and de-mineralization treatments.  Many vodka’s go out of their way to brag about their pure water and filtration processes and proclaim how much better it makes the vodka, however, we are not so sure.  L’Chaim Vodka is triple distilled in Or Akiva on Israel’s coastal plain.  A small batch vodka, L’Chaim is a solid buy for about $22 if you can find it on sale.

L’Chaim Vodka Tasting Notes:

Smooth, spicy and flavorful with a good enough bite and a little complexity.  We tried L’Chaim Vodka straight, on the rocks and in an orange martini style cocktail and enjoyed all three.  Basically, we just squeezed a couple of very small oranges into the vodka put what was left of the oranges in the very.  Very simple to make and very good, not too much sugar or syrups or anything else needed.  This is a solid vodka.

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LChaim Kosher Vodka Poster L’Chaim: A Kosher Vodka from Israel!From L’Chaim Vodka:

L’CHAIM is a message of unity and inclusiveness, The theme TO LIFE is a compelling concept. L’Chaim brings together all people from everywhere regardless of social, political, cultural, economic or religious backgrounds. Enjoy L’CHAIM branded products and celebrate life. L’CHAIM!

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Syfy’s Ghost Hunters to Feature Buffalo Trace Distillery

syfys ghost hunters Syfy’s Ghost Hunters to Feature Buffalo Trace DistilleryGhost Tours to Kick Off at Distillery

FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY – Apparently there are more spirits at Buffalo Trace Distillery than those aging in the warehouses, at least according to the investigators from a popular ghost hunting show that airs on the SyFy network. Buffalo Trace Distillery was investigated by television’s number one paranormal reality series, “Ghost Hunters®” and the episode will air on Wednesday, Nov. 16th at 9:00 p.m. EST on the SyFy network.

The show’s two lead investigators, Jason and Grant, said Buffalo Trace was one of the few sites they had been to where all of the investigators on the team had a paranormal experience. The show’s producers came to Buffalo Trace asking to film there, due to viewer demand. It is the first time the TV show had ever filmed at a distillery.

Although the Ghost Hunters® findings are confidential until the show airs, it did prove to be a “touching” experience for Jason and Grant.

Now visitors can have their own experience as Buffalo Trace Distillery kicks off its Ghost Tours on Thursday, Nov. 17th at 7 p.m. The tours will run Thursday-Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. each evening, starting Nov. 17th and running indefinitely. (No tours Thanksgiving evening, Nov. 24th, Dec. 1st, or Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve.)  Admission to the tours is complimentary, but guests do need a reservation, which they can make at 1-800-654-8471 or email giftshop@buffalotrace.com. Children are permitted, but those under 18 do need to be accompanied by an adult. The tours will conclude with a tasting.

 

The Ghost Tours will last approximately an hour, and follow the path as seen on “Ghost Hunters®,” including some rarely-toured areas of the Distillery.   “We’re really excited to be able to offer this new tour to complement our other three tour offerings,” said Elizabeth Hurst, visitor center manager for Buffalo Trace Distillery. “In addition to our Trace Tour, Hard Hat Tour, and Post Prohibition Tour, we now have a Ghost Tour that will undoubtedly appeal to a whole different audience. We’re hoping it will really increase visitation to this region in Kentucky.”

 

 

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

 

Buffalo Trace Distillery is a family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The distillery’s rich distilling tradition dates back to 1787 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Malt Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskeys.

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Victoria Secret Chambord Vodka Martini Cocktails: Raspberry Bombshell & Dream Angel Martini

Raspberry Bombshell Cocktail Victoria Secret Chambord Vodka Martini Cocktails: Raspberry Bombshell & Dream Angel MartiniAs some of the world’s top models prepare to hit the catwalk for The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in NYC on November 9, 2011, Chambord Liqueur is also preparing for its part! This year, Chambord is the official sponsor of the show’s legendary After Party, which will be held at the new, downtown Dream Hotel!  The show when it airs on CBS on Tuesday, November 29th at 10/9C, and here are two must-try cocktails, which Chambord will be pouring at the event.  The Raspberry Bombshell and the Dream Angel Martini are sparkly pink cocktails, a seductive accessory.  Mix them up at home and you can imbibe just like the beautiful Angels of Victoria’s Secret, Chambord style.

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Raspberry Bombshell

0.75 oz Chambord Flavored Vodka

0.75 oz Chambord

2 oz Lemonade

1 oz Cranberry juice

Squeeze of lemon

Directions: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and a black raspberry.

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Dream Angel Martini

1.5 oz Chambord Vodka

0.5 oz Chambord

3 oz Pineapple Juice

Directions: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with black raspberries.

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Jinro Soju Cocktails: Cosmopolitan, Mojito, Bloody Mary, Margarita, Apple Martini

mojito cocktail Jinro Soju Cocktails: Cosmopolitan, Mojito, Bloody Mary, Margarita, Apple MartiniBy Matt Goldstein

Korea’s Jinro and Chamisul Soju vodka esque spirit is starting to take off in the United States, so naturally, so are the Soju cocktails.  We’va had a few Soju cocktails and believe it, we’ll be drinking them for a long time.  Smoother an easy drinking spirit, Soju is a great mixer for any cocktail, try Chamisul Soju with any of the classic cocktail recipes listed below, from the Margarita, the Bloody Mary, Mojito and more, Soju can also be enjoyed neat, on the rocks and mixed with beer.    

 

Cosmopoliton

3 oz Jinro Soju,
1 oz Liquid Mixers
Cosmopolitan Mix,
Juice of 1 lime wedge

Garnish with a lime
Wedge
Serve straight up

 

apple martini appletini cocktail Jinro Soju Cocktails: Cosmopolitan, Mojito, Bloody Mary, Margarita, Apple MartiniApple Martini

3 oz Jinro Soju,
1 oz Liquid Mixers
Sour Apple Mix,
1/2 oz sweet and sour

Garnish with a Granny
Smith apple slice
Serve straight up

 

Mojito

3 oz Jinro Soju,
1 oz Monin Mojito
Mint Syrup,
Juice of two lime wedges,
Fill with soda Water

Garnish with lots of
fresh mint and a lime wedge
Serve on the rocks

 

bloody mary cocktail Jinro Soju Cocktails: Cosmopolitan, Mojito, Bloody Mary, Margarita, Apple MartiniBloody Mary

3 oz Jinro Soju,
6 oz Fresh
tomato juice,
1/2 oz Dimitris
Bloody
Mary Seasoning

Garnish with
a celery stalk
Serve on the rocks

Margarita

2 oz La Quinta
Agave Wine,
1 oz Jinro Soju,
4 oz Fresh
Margarita Mix

Garnish with
salt rim and lime wedge
Serve blended or on the rocks

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The Jinro Chamisul Original Soju

jinro soju poster korea 218x300 The Jinro Chamisul Original SojuThe Fastest Selling Spirit in the World

By Matt Goldstein

South Korea is the #2 country in alcohol consumption per capita in the world and the main drink is Soju, specifically Jinro Soju.  With almost 12 billion bottles consumed annually, Soju is Korea’s main alcoholic beverage.  Mainly distilled from rice, Soju can also be made with wheat, potato barley and tapioca.  Comparable to vodka with much less alcohol, Soju is a clear liquor but sweet and drinkable without much burn.  Many Koreans pour 1 shot of soju in every glass of beer, usually a light lager like Cass lager.  As well, the food at many Korean BBQ’s is designed to complement the soju.

Jinro Soju is the #1 selling spirit in the world and the Jinro Chamisul Soju is a record selling and legendary soju, and considered the fastest selling spirit in the world after it was introduced.   Chamisul Soju is the first pure and clean soju filtered four times with charcoals made from bamboo in Korea.  This filtration method eliminates any harmful substances or impurities leaving only the clean and smooth tasting soju.  While Jinro Soju is smooth, light and very drinkable, the Jinro Chamisul Original Soju is smooth, crisp, flavorful and complex.   We recommend Chamisul Soju to be sipped straight and sip back and forth between a lager, rather than mixing the two, but both are must try.  Koreans love to drink and soju is just what they do.  According to my main man Joon Lee, when an actor or actress makes it onto a Jinro Soju poster, they’ve reached super stardom.  I don’t know who the girl is in this poster bu she’s a super star in my eyes.

JINRO CHAMISUL ORIGINAL SOJU
ALC. 20.1% BY VOL

 

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The Honey Pig Korean BBQ: The Most Authentic Korean Food in America

honey pig gooldaegee korean bbq The Honey Pig Korean BBQ: The Most Authentic Korean Food in AmericaMinutes Outside of Washington D.C., Virginia Locks it Down with the Gooldaegee Honey Pig

By Joon Lee, Amy K. Haight & Matt Goldstein

Great Korean BBQ outside of Korea is difficult to find but the Honey Pig in Annandale Virginia is the most authentic Korean BBQ you can find on this side of the Pacific Ocean.   The Honey Pig, or Gooldaegee, design the Korean BBQ style food to compliment the Soju, a Korean spirit much like vodka but sweeter with about half the alcohol.  With a casual laid back atmosphere and the main grill in the front of the restaurant, the walls are pasted with Korean posters, a style straight out of Seoul.      

Each table has its own grill with the waitress / cook laying the meat down right in front of you.  The warmth of the personal table grill is comforting and the aroma from the sizzling meat extremely enticing.  To start, our native Korean host ordered Charmisoul Jinro Soju with Cass Korean lager.  The Cass lager is much like the classic American lager, Budweiser, simple, crisp, light and refreshing.  This type of lager is perfect for mixing with Soju, as many Koreans drop 1 shot of Soju in each glass of beer.  However for this meal, we drank the beer and soju straight.     

For starters we had the egg soup, bean paste tofu soup, spinach and kim chi, all studs and all spiced appropriately to compliment the soju.  For the main course Joon ordered the pork belly.  With two different style cuts, the waitress first grilled up thin round cuts, which looked like a cross between bacon, prosciutto and cappicola.  Very red in color, the thin slices of pork belly grilled to a beautiful grey.  The thin slices are fatty on one half and meaty on the other.  The flavor is a cross between bacon and roast pork.  It’s absolutely outrageous.  The second style cuts of meat were thick and long, basically like the biggest and thickest pieces of bacon we’d ever seen.  This cut is a three layer style with one part skin, one part fat and one part pork.  The meat on this cut is thick juicy and flavorful. 

One of the great parts about having the grill on the table and serving your self is that you can let the meat cook as long as you want.  So towards the end of the meal, the last few pieces were perfectly crispy.  All in all, this is one of the best meals we ever had and a must try for any fan of Korean food, let alone Korean BBQ.  Not to mention, the price is just right, almost every entrée on the menu is $12.99.  This is one of the best meals you’ll ever have less expensive than almost any restaurant.  Bottles of Soju are $10 and double bottles of Cass are $6.  We would eat here again and again and again, just like Joon Lee has been doing since it opened.         

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Rokk Vodka of Sweden: Less than $15 for a Great Vodka

rokk vodka Rokk Vodka of Sweden: Less than $15 for a Great VodkaA Vodka Made with Freeze Filtered Glacial Water

By Team Goldmine

The newest vodka out of Sweden, Rokk Vodka, won a double gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition and costs about $13 per bottle.  Rokk vodka is made with glacial water from Sweden and with a unique “freeze filtered” process.  Through freeze filtration the Rokk Vodka is filtered through frozen charcoal which Rokk claims removes more impurities than the average filtration process.  According to Rokk, “freeze filtration” raises PH Levels, reduces acidity, which makes the vodka smoother.  Forget all that.  We don’t even like vodka’s that are too smooth.  Rokk vodka though, has a great flavor, especially for the price.  Smooth but also crisp, this vodka is solid all around and worthy for sipping straight in a martini.  Why spend ridiculous amounts of money on premium vodka’s when Rokk vodka’s and others like Svedka, Tanqueray and Pinnacle are just as good for under $15.  It’s a no brainer.  We absolutely recommend Rokk vodka.  Go Vikings!        

THE RÖKK RUNESTONE
(Swedish: Rökstenen) is the most famous runestone in Sweden, featuring the longest known runic inscription. It is considered the first piece of written Swedish Literature and therefore marks the beginning of recorded history in Sweden.

PURE SWEDISH SPRING WATER
RÖKK is made with clean water from glacial sources in Kalby, Sweden – the picturesque countryside five hours west of Stockholm. The spring is adjacent to the distillery and is renowned for its ultra-crisp, clean water.

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