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Stranded in Mexico with Jim Beam and a Blue Plastic Cup

It seems to me that the large Bourbon houses are sometimes treated unfairly by consumers.  The good old stand-bye brands are frequently overshadowed by the snazzy looking boutique labels.  Bottles that are smaller than 750 ml at full price claw at the market that was forged at a much earlier time.  But sometimes, when you are South of the Border, the only brands you can get are the big guys.  Sometimes they are the only game in town. … and that is exactly the place I am in – Merida, Mexico is where I am – the middle of the Yucatan peninsula. Tequila and beer is everywhere.  Bourbon, not so much. Proper glass tumbler?  No freakin’ way.  But at 175 Peso’s a bottle ($11 US), it is a great deal !!!

Since 1795, Jim Beam, has been produced in Clermont, Kentucky and was one of the best selling brands of bourbon in the world in 2008.[1] Since 1795 (interrupted by Prohibition), seven generations of the Beam family have been involved in whiskey production for the company that produces the brand, which was given the name “Jim Beam” in 1933 in honor of James B. Beam, who rebuilt the business after Prohibition ended.

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Posted by on October 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Highlighted Artist – Anthony Bridge

Anthony Bridge  is a Plein Air artist with a contemporary style.  Much of his work includes a modern and blocky take on the hills around Malvern (UK).  Allowing the natural colors to be replaced by a much more vibrant tones really makes for an interesting look of the peaks, valleys and fields

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Highlighted Artist – Mark Fehlman

Mark Fehlman is a lifelong artist that seems to have had an architecture “hobby” earlier in his career 😉  His impressionistic work clearly has a California, (Monterey-ish) vibe that he is able to convey fantastically.  I very much like the way he uses natural earth tones to produce images that show great motion and seemingly splash off of the page. To view more of his works click here OR see the galleries that have him on display

laguna-colors

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2015 in Art, Highlighted Artist

 

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Highlighted Artist – Michelle Condrat

Atelier 1904

Atelier 1904

Michelle Condrat’s website, shows a few of her pieces available today in several galleries in the South West.  Her work is a bright geometric-fadeaway-impressionistic style (my opinion) that is very sophisticated and fun. I was introduced to her work via PleinAir magazine, and have been a huge fan ever since.

Born and raised in Utah and a graduate from the University of Utah, with a Bachelor Degree in Painting and Drawing and a minor in Art History – Michelle represents the region in a fantastic way.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2015 in Art, Highlighted Artist, South West

 

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Highlighted Artist – David S Parker

  
Parker Fine Art is the home of David S Parker.  David is an artist with a style that crosses modern and impressionism with flavors of Van Gogh (from my eye), from his words on his site it says “Contemporary Impressionism used to convey optimism”. I think that either way it is magnificent work .  Learn more about David the artist here,  Facebook, and some of his available work .  @parkerfineart 

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Cotignac France – Mirabeau – “Pure” Rosé


While having a pleasant lunch in Cotignac at Cafe Du Cours had had the good fortune to enjoy a bottle of Mirabeau “Pure” Rosé. I might have been the lightest colored Rosé wine that I have every had.  On this particular warm day while house hunting, we found it very refreshing and perfectly paired with our lunch filled with locally grown greens. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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First Impressions – Corner Creek Reserve

The only place to start out with my review is by using the word “balanced”.   This bourbon is very light in color and incredibly balanced. The taste was so mild that I wondered if it was bourbon at all. That may sound like a bad thing, but believe me –  it is a good thing as it all somehow works for this special bourbon.  Corner Creek Bourbon was so unique, that I had to look a the label of the Pinot Noir shaped bottle again. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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