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Tales of the Cocktail Begins! We kick-off our coverage during Tales of the Cocktail on this show, which was aired live from the studio. (Sorry, we’re a little late with the podcast because, it was, well, Tales!) This show is just the tip of the iceberg! We will be rolling out various interesting interviews taped throughout the event, which took place in New Orleans between Tuesday, July 19 and Sunday, July 23. On this edition, we chat with Jonathan Fasano of Don Ciccio & Figli, Eric Rubin of Espiritus Group, and Boris Ivan & Álvaro Plata Franco of González Byass.

Pictured above from left – Bryan Dias of NOLADrinks along with Álvaro Plata Franco and Boris Ivan of González Byass.

The NOLADrinks Show – 7-20-17 – Tales of the Cocktail Begins!

Things start right away with a little mid-Tales of the Cocktail check-in. At the time of the show, we were right in the heart of the event on Thursday. So, it was already a wild ride!

Jonathan Fasano of Don Ciccio & Figli then comes on the show to talk about their unique liqueurs. It’s an interesting distillery located in Washington D.C. that has a strong connection to the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Jonathan tells us a bit about their story and their product line. We, of course, taste some of their terrific stuff – truly excellent.

Pictured above – at left, Bryan Dias and Jonathan Fasano of Don Ciccio & Figli. At right, Bryan Dias and Eric Rubin of Espiritus Group.

Eric Rubin of Espiritus Group joins the show. It’s a wide-ranging and fun chat where we talk about restaurant chains that no longer exist, seeing the Grateful Dead, Eric’s background, and we even get to some of their brands! One of which is Blue Nectar Tequila, that will be featured on a show in the near-future. Others include Purus Vodka, The Lost Distillery Company, and Berentzen Liqueurs.

Lastly, we close things out with Boris Ivan & Álvaro Plata Franco of González Byass, a long-time producer of Sherry (and other things, including London N°1 Blue Gin) located, of course, in the Jerez region of Spain. We talk a lot about Sherry touching on its tradition, production, variation in styles, and more. It’s a great conversation about, what can be to some, a misunderstood or forgotten beverage. Certainly, we learn more about Boris and Álvaro, as well.

Sorry for the truncated show notes – it’s already a little hazy (again, it was Tales!) on exactly what we did on the show – that’s part of the gig! The interviews are great and a lot of fun – packed with good info and some good laughs.

You can stream, download, and subscribe to the podcast below. Stay tuned for lots more from our Tales of the Cocktail adventures on the coming editions of The NOLDrinks Show with Bryan Dias!

Cheers, You All!

~ Bryan