Aperitif La Troussépinète Imported by Heavenly Spirits Wins Top Prize for Best Aperitif at Ultimate Spirit Challenge 2012

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Heavenly Spirits of Lakeville, MA is pleased to announce that the top two winners of this year’s Ultimate Spirit Challenge in the aperitif category is La Troussépinète Red, and La Troussépinète White by Lise Baccara. The Red version of La Troussépinète earned the highest score and the Chairman’s Trophy with 96 points, followed closely by La Troussépinète White, which earned an impressive 95 points to place second.

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The aperitif hour is being rediscovered by a new generation of smart and stylish trend-setters as well as everyday wine drinkers.

The aperitif hour is being rediscovered by a new generation of smart and stylish trend-setters as well as everyday wine drinkers. It is a wonderful way to transition from a day of work to a night of relaxation or play. From the Latin aperire, "to open" an aperitif is a light, alcoholic drink designed to prime the palate and assist in the digestive process. "The aperitif celebrates a time of day - a state of mind really - a chance to reflect on the day," says celebrated mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim. "It is a stylish alternative to wine or higher proof spirits before a good meal."

An ancient and traditional aperitif, La Troussépinète has its origins in the Vendée, a coastal region north of Cognac. Since ancient times, local table wines were commonly flavored before being consumed. In the Vendée, winegrowers and distillers started to use blackthorn bushes to make Troussépinètte wines. The French word for “blackthorn bush” is “épinète,” which we find in the name Troussépinètte. Note: the scientific name for the blackthorn bush is prunus spinosa which produces the popular sloe berries; but berries are not used to produce
Troussépinète, only the spring shoots full of sap and almond like flavors.

The Lise Baccara Troussépinètte was created by Gerard Pagnon, a small wine grower and liquoriste from the Cognac area. Gerard uses the original ancient recipe; young blackthorn shoots are harvested in the spring, then sliced up and allowed to macerate in low alcohol cognac for 1 to 2 months to release the sap.
Wine (red or white) is added, as well as a little sugar and the blend is adjusted to a final content of 17%, then filtered and bottled. Priced at around $20.00 per 750 ML bottle, La Troussépinètte is best served straight up, chilled and in a tulip glass.

La Troussépinète was the featured aperitif at the 15th Annual French Evening and Silent Auction held on April 26, at the prestigious Stonegate Conference Center in Hoffman Estates, a suburb of Chicago, IL. Attendees enjoyed the flavors of France at the dinner with a 3-course plated meal prepared by guest Chef, Patrick Guat and his culinary students from sister city, Angouleme, France. http://youtu.be/AJuO_JQPMRk .

The purpose of Ultimate Spirits Challenge is to identify, recognize and reward those products which stand out in their respective categories, showing superior quality. Visit the Ultimate Beverage web site to see all the winners. http://www.ultimate-beverage.com/the-results/2012-spirits-results/

Heavenly Spirits LLC is a growing Massachusetts based importer specializing in award winning distilled spirits from France. For more information contact: Daniel Cooney or Christine Cooney dcheavenlyspirits(at)gmail(dot)com or visit http://www.heavenlyspirits.info

Contact: Daniel Cooney, Heavenly Spirits – 508 947-9973

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