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NOLADrinks Show Notes 10-27-16 – Sherry and Roddie Romero

On this NOLADrinks show, we talk Sherry with members of New Orleans’ Sherry Mafia! We also speak with Grammy-nominated artist, Roddie Romero of Roddie Romero and The Hub City All-Stars!

In the first hour of the show, we talk about a couple upcoming events in the area to kick-off the show. Then we cover a little bit of beer news including a couple projects to recreate ancient brews as well as the world’s most expensive “crisp” (potato chip) designed to pair with craft beer. This is in our “Suds n’ Such” segment.

Next up is our newly minted “Soul Skillet” segment where, from time-to-time, we chat with a local musician not only about their music but also about their connection to food and drink in New Orleans and the region. More to come!

This time around on “Soul Skillet,” we welcome Roddie Romero, leader of the Lafayette-based band, Roddie Romero and The Hub City All-Stars who calls in. We discuss their diverse music that defies the single label, “Cajun.” It also blends elements of blues, NOLA R&B, swamp pop, and much more. We then talk about Roddie’s connection to food and drink in Acadiana.

As with many from the region, he grew up with parent’s who cooked and family meals that also featured playing music throughout the day. He’s also been known to get out on the water and shrimp for “pleasure and pain!” We mention the band’s gig coming up this weekend at Pontchartrain Vineyards. It’s the winery’s last show for the fall 2016 season!

Pictured above (from left to right) – Bryan Dias of NOLADrinks, CJ Nielsen of Angeline, Leora Madden of Pearl Wine Co. and Jake Kokemor of Vino Wholesale.

In the second hour of the show, the studio is taken over by three members of the NOLA “Sherry Mafia” for our “At the Bar” segment! We welcome Christine Jeanine (CJ) Nielsen of Angeline, Jake Kokemor of Vino Wholesale (a local distributor), and Leora Madden of Pearl Wine Co. All three are Sherry aficionados and share their knowledge and passion for the beverage. It’s a complex topic – the history, how it’s made, the styles, etc. We talk about the region of Spain – Jerez in Andalucía, how the wines are made, and the differing processes for most of the major styles. It’s a fascinating chat about Sherry and, certainly, it’s something we’ll revisit again soon. Of course we taste some tremendous examples of Sherry and discuss them (as well as a bonus Champagne to kick-off the segment brought in by Jake – thanks, Jake!)

International Sherry Week takes place around the world and in New Orleans with special events and tastings from November 7th to 13th. You can join the public group “Sherry Fest NOLA” here. Also, you can use the hashtag “#sherryweek” to join the conversation online.

The map below shows some of the locations featured on the show. Below that, you can stream, download, and subscribe to the NOLADrinks podcast!

Cheers, You All!

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