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In-depth coverage of Paris Cocktail Culture including French spirits, liqueurs, cocktail ingredients, bars and trends

Paris Cocktail Talk 52 Martinis

    • Society & Culture

In-depth coverage of Paris Cocktail Culture including French spirits, liqueurs, cocktail ingredients, bars and trends

    Bringing Foreign Wine and Spirits into France

    Bringing Foreign Wine and Spirits into France

    I recently went to a wine tasting with Ramon Bilbao, a Spanish company responsible for a large portion of the rioja wine  that is consumed around the world. It got me thinking about how hard it can be to find a large selection of foreign wine in France.  France has a lot of great domestic products, so I’m always curious to see how foreign products place themselves or make inroads into the country. Ii chatted a bit with Gilles Fournier of Zamora while at the tasting about this and invited him into the studio to talk to him about the challenges and interest of bringing foreign wine and spirits into France. 



    Gilles was born in Madagascar and grew up around Africa. He studied law and international trade in Bordeaux and subsequently specialized in wine and spirits. After working with some big names in the spirits world, as well as creating his own wine-related company, in 2016, he became involved with Zamora, which lead to his current position managing the newly created French subsidiary of Zamora.



    Spirits and liqueurs mentioned under the umbrella of Zamora during the podcast:



    Loléa



    Bodega Ramon Bilbao



    Licor 43



    Villa Massa Limoncello



    Martin Miller’s Gin



    Yellow Rose Texas Whiskey 







    COCKTAIL RECIPE: Limoncello & Tonic



    Gilles recommends taking a break from the usual spirits mixed with tonic and try it with their Villa Massa Limoncello for something sparkling and refreshing.  Simply mix the limoncello with your favorite tonic over ice and enjoy!



    If you’re looking for more cocktail and drinks talk between shows, head to our site, www.52martinis.com and if you’d like to carry me around in your pocket, download our iOS app, Paris Cocktails. 



    As always, thank you to today’s guest and you listeners for tuning in our downloading.  



    Additional thanks to:



    World Radio Paris for editing and production. Don’t forget to like their Facebook page!



    Emily Dilling of Paris Paysanne for show notes and web assistance and



    Son Little for the music we use



    As usual, we remind you to drink responsibly.



    And finally, if you like what we’re doing, drop  a quick review. 

    • 29 min
    How Cities are Shaping their Cocktails

    How Cities are Shaping their Cocktails

    Cocktails are global business. They are in every capital city and are thriving in second cities around the world. I travel when I can both internationally and within France and it’s always interesting to me to see how different cities approach cocktails. So, this month, I’ve invited friends and fellow bloggers, Mel and Anthony, into the studio to talk about how different cities are shaping their cocktail scenes and what that might mean on a global scale when ranking bars in different ways.







    Together Mel and Anthony started the site Le Cocktail Connoisseur, where they compile interviews with bartenders they meet on their global travels to highlight creative people who make the cocktails we love. And they have a new exciting project with Top 500 bars!



    Cocktail of the Month: Bamboo



    Being out often in bars, Mel and Anthony suggesat regularly ordering low abv drinks – both on trend and tasty. Their low abv cocktail suggestion for this month:



    Bamboo



    30ml Dry Vermouth
    30ml Fino Sherry
    2 Dashes of Orange Bitters
    2 Dashes of Aromatic Bitters
    Garnish Lemon Twist



    Add all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled.



    Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a lemon twist.



    Don’t forget, if you’re looking for more cocktail and drinks talk between shows, head to our site, www.52martinis.com and if you’d like to carry me around in your pocket, download our iOS app, Paris Cocktails.



    As always, thank you listeners for tuning in our downloading.



    And thanks to Mel and Anthony for coming into the studio. You can follow le Cocktail Connoisseur on social media here:



    You Tube
    Instagram
    Facebook
    Also, check out their new project Top 500 Bars to find out where the best bars are near you.



    Additional thanks to:



    World Radio Paris for editing and production



    Emily Dilling of Paris Paysanne for show notes and web assistance 



    Son Little for the music we use



    As usual, we remind you to drink responsibly.



    Finally, if you like what we’re doing, drop  a quick review. 



    for the music we use



    As usual, we remind you to drink responsibly.



    Finally, if you like what we’re doing, drop a quick review.

    • 28 min
    Digital Evolution in Wine

    Digital Evolution in Wine

    Sébastien Burel was so much fun to have in the studio this month to share his thoughts and observations on how technology is changing the world of wine and talk about his popup wine shop events and his application that makes it possible: Fermynt. 







    Sébastien is 50 years old (but doesn’t look it!) and was born in Montréal, Québec and adopted by French Breton family. He was educated in France (Bretagne and Paris : History BA). his first career was in photo reportage (Magnum Photos ) and Television (First Assistant, mostly on documentaries for Canal +). 



    His passion for wine – especially organic and natural wines –  led to a move to Burgundy in 2001 for a degree in viticulture and winemaking and he has been involved with wine making in various places like France or South AFrica. He’s worked various wine related jobs such as at Galeries Lafayettes or as an importer in Moscow. 



    He has three years in the Masters of Wine program and a master’s degree in European Affairs from SciencesPo Paris, is a consultant  (Millésime Bio, Vinisud) 



    Find out more about him on the Fermynt website or FaceBook page. Instagram and Twitter.



    The technology salon mentioned on the show was VivaTech.



    The wine technology Sébastien referenced was the Coravin.



    Cocktail of the Month: Gin & Tonic



    When Sébastien isn’t drinking wine, he recommends a Gin & Tonic.  It’s easy, crisp and refreshing.



    G&T recipe



    Fill collins glass or balloon wine glass with lots of ice.



    Pour in about 60 ml of your favorite gin



    Top with tonic of your choice



    Drop in a lemon or lime slice for garnish



    For all it’s simplicity, the G&T is a cocktail that allows for all kinds of variation in flavor depending on the gin, tonic and garnish used as well as the proportion of alcohol to tonic. Play around with the recipe to find your favorite!



    If you’re looking for more cocktail and drinks talk between shows, head to our site, www.52martinis.com and if you’d like to carry me around in your pocket, download our iOS app, Paris Cocktails. 



    As always, thank you to today’s guest and you listeners for tuning in our downloading.  



    Additional thanks to:



    World Radio Paris for editing and production



    Emily Dilling of Paris Paysanne for show notes and web assistance 



    Son Little for the music we use



    As usual, we remind you to drink responsibly.



    Finally, if you like what we’re doing, drop  a quick review. 

    • 27 min
    Philippe Guillon of Riedel France

    Philippe Guillon of Riedel France

    We talk a lot about cocktails, spirits, wine and other alcoholic drinks here on the show. But, none of us (well hopefully none of us) spend our time drinking alone in dark rooms, thinking only about the liquid in the glass. There is more to the experience than just the drink. That’s why we drink with friends to enjoy the conviviality of it. Or why we go to bars to experience a different or special ambience and watch the show of it all. It’s why presentation can be a focus for some bartenders. And, it’s why the glass that your drink comes in can also make a difference.











    If you like wine and you’re listening to the podcast i’m pretty sure you’re already familiar with the Riedel brand of glasses.  if you aren’t, they are basically the top when it comes to varietal specific stemware – basically they make glasses that are very specific to the drink that’s in them. They’re also simple and beautiful.  I won’t chat too much about that myself, because fortunately we have an expert on the matter with us today to tell you all about how the shape of the glass can affect the experience of drinking whatever is in it.  Today I have Philippe Guillon, Managing Director of Riedel France.



    Philippe Guillon graduated from ISEG Business school in international trade in 1993, found his first job as business development manager in 1994 in the printing / packaging company TPG. 



    Philippe decided to go back to school parallel to his work and graduated from the CNAM in marketing management in 1999. 



    He won at that time first prize during a top European business school marketing contest organized by the EMC (European Marketing Confederation).



    In charge of developing the high-end packaging channel he quickly established solid relationship within the Cognac industry, developing special packs for them. He fell in love with the Cognac so much that he decided in 2000 to create is own company Spirwine and started representing smaller quality producers such as Cognac Croizet, in the US market. 



    He later added the Bordeaux négociant Bordeaux Rive Droite who belonged to Jean-Jacques Moueix to his portfolio. In 2006 Philippe sold his business and met with Georg Riedel who hired him to become Export manager for the group (Riedel, Spiegelau, Nachtmann) and overlook a territory including Southern Europe, North Africa, and part of the Middle East. 



    In 2016 Philippe convinced the Riedel family to invest in creating their own subsidiary in France where so far the brand had been available through a distributor. 



    Philippe has been running the French sub in Paris since as Managing Director. Father of three sons, married to an American, Philippe has a passion for wine, spirits, cooking, photography, traveling and reading.



    Come back next month for more Paris Cocktail Talk!



    And, if you’re looking for more cocktail and drinks talk between shows, head to our site, www.52martinis.com and if you’d like to carry me around in your pocket, download our iOS app, Paris Cocktails. 



    As always, thank you to today’s guest and you listeners for tuning in our downloading.  



    Additional thanks to:



    World Radio Paris for editing and production



    Emily Dilling of Paris Paysanne for show notes and web assistance 



    Son Little for the music we use



    As usual, we remind you to drink responsibly.

    • 27 min
    Craft Beer In France

    Craft Beer In France

    Welcome to the rentree (that’s what those of us in France call September/back-to-school/back-to-business) It’s a time where you are catching back up with ‘Real Life” so you might not have time to faff around with cocktails and recipes. So, this month we are talking about something simple: Craft Beer.  All you have to do is uncap it and sip. As craft beer has been steadily makes more headway into France, this month I invited a couple of friends into the studio to talk craft beer: Charles Kokougan and Jessamy Holland of Craft Beer France.  







    Charles is a former professional soccer player, born and raised in the Paris region and Jessamy is an an American living in Paris for nine years, who teaches at an international school in Neuilly. They got into the beer scene when Jessamy introduced Charles to American craft beer and one day they went to A La Bière Comme A La Bière in Montmartre and the distributor was delivering their favorite beer. They got to talking and he needed some extra help, so they were introduced into the distribution business. That was around five years ago and since then Charles has created his own company, Craft Beer France. 



    Drink of the Month



    This month Charles recommends you just crack open a can of a new to you craft brew.



    But if you really want a cocktail recipe, how about a Michelada?



    Michelada Recipe:



    Mix together:



    15 ml fresh lime juice



    2 dashes hot sauce 



    2 dashes Worcestershire



    2 turns of fresh ground pepper from a mill



    pinch celery salt



    Add lots of ice and then top with one Mexican lager beer and stir



    Optional: salt the rim



    Come back next month when we will be interviewing a Riedel rep on how glass shape affects flavor and aroma of the drinks. 



    And, if you’re looking for more cocktail and drinks talk between shows, head to our site, www.52martinis.com and if you’d like to carry me around in your pocket, download our iOS app, Paris Cocktails. 



    As always, thank you to today’s guest and you listeners for tuning in our downloading.  



    Additional thanks to:



    World Radio Paris for editing and production



    Emily Dilling of Paris Paysanne for show notes and web assistance 



    Son Little for the music we use



    As usual, we remind you to drink responsibly.



    And finally, here’s the latest iTunes review from KCdrew.



    “Loved the mezcal episode! Going to Paris in October and looking forward to all the tips I will hear before then.



    Maybe a speakeasy episode ?



    Thank you!”



    Hey KCdrew (and others) You can head over to the Earful Tower for a speakeasy episode I did with Oliver Gee there (and also get a whole load more tips about your visit to Paris)



    And thanks! I really appreciate getting reviews.  While I enjoy doing the podcast and bringing you what I hope is interesting news, getting the reviews not only helps other people discover the show, but makes me realize I’m not just shouting into a void and that someone is actually listening.  So, please, if you like what we’re doing, drop  a quick review. 



    Cheers!

    • 30 min
    Emily Dilling on Eating and Drinking in Paris

    Emily Dilling on Eating and Drinking in Paris

    This month we are chatting with Emily Dilling, author of My Paris Market Cookbook, which was released last month as an updated and revised edition. The new version of the book contains updated information and added content on the Paris food and beverage scene, as well as seasonal recipes for the home cook.







    Emily is originally from California, and has called France home for the last fourteen years. A writer who is passionate about food and the people who grow and make it, she runs ParisPaysanne.com, a blog dedicated to discovering Paris markets and French terroir. She can often be found exploring Paris’s craft coffee, beer, and food scene, tasting wine and making beer in the Loire, or growing tomatoes in her garden. She joined us to talk about her inspiration behind the book and how she incorporated her take on the Paris natural wine, craft beer and cocktail scenes into it. 



    Cocktail of the Month: Fifth Season



    Ingredients



    2 oz dark rum



    1⁄2 oz Blueberry and Lemon Zest Shrub (see above)



    3 large ice cubes



    Dash ginger beer



    Lemon zest



    Preparation



    Shake rum and shrub with ice. Serve in a martini glass straight up, topped with a dash of ginger beer and garnished with a small slice of lemon zest.



    This cocktail was created by Forest Collins of 52 Martinis. Based on the theme of stretching out the summer, Forest used rum, a splash of Blueberry and Lemon Zest Shrub, and ginger beer for a perky cocktail that makes you long for an extra season of summer.



    As always, thank you to today’s guest, Emily Dilling, and YOU listeners for tuning in or downloading. If you like what we’re doing, drop  a quick review to help other people find the show and give us much appreciated feedback!



    Additional thanks to:



    World Radio Paris for editing and production



    Emily Dilling of Paris Paysanne for show notes and web assistance AND being this month’s guest



    Son Little for the music we use



    As usual, we remind you to drink responsibly.If you’re looking for more cocktail and drinks talk between shows, head to our site, www.52martinis.com or download our iOS app Guide to Paris Cocktail Bars.

    • 29 min

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