Welcome to Our B(ooze) Log
Everybody, meet Tyler – Napa Valley Distillery’s newest Assistant Distiller!
Tyler was born in Monterey, California and has lived in Napa for four years. Tyler studied winemaking at UC Davis and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Viticulture and Enology. He has made wine all around the world – including Argentina. He even recently found a bottle of Argentinian wine at a grocery store that he made himself! (He totally bought it.)
Because Napa has a lot of famous winemakers and only a few famous distillers, Tyler discovered a new career path with Napa Valley Distillery.
Tyler started as a Spirits Expert at the Oxbow in April of 2017, where he worked for a year and a half. In August of 2018, Tyler moved into production, where he has been helping concoct your delicious spirits ever since!
As Assistant Distiller, Tyler supports the production team in conducting fermentation, distillation, bottling, packaging, and research development into new products.
Tyler’s 10-year plan is to help build Napa Valley Distillery, making world-class spirits in a region known for wine. He would like to be part of the outreach to the remainder of the alcohol industry. This would involve establishing relationships with other wineries and breweries to source wine, beer, barrels and other important components of distillation.
Fun fact: Tyler owns a USB drive with over 8,000 research papers on winemaking. He applies the best of this information to distillation!
Tyler claims to have never had a bad drink, because he sees all drinks as a learning experience. As a student of spirit, he studies what he tastes to uncover where and how certain flavor profiles come to be. His favorite place in Napa to grab a cocktail and a bite to eat is the Archer Hotel Rooftop Bar.
As far as cocktails go, Tyler prefers a martini. Whether it’s a clean gin martini or dirty vodka martini, he prefers it stirred – not shaken.
Tyler’s favorite product Napa Valley Distillery has ever made is the first run of the Whiskey Barrel Aged Nectarine Brandy. He loved it so much he bought 5% of the total production!
As far as what he’d like NVD to make, Tyler would like to see a scotch-style brandy using wines affected by the October 2017 fires. Tyler would like to make something considered largely unusable and reminiscent of dark times into something flavorful and special.
Come do a tour and tasting and, if you see Tyler, say hi!
NEW YEAR'S DAY GINN FIZZ
aka NVD Old Hollywood Ginn Fizz:
You may have noticed that we spend a lot of time discussing and writing recipes for Gin and other Fizzes. Well, what can we say other than we absolutley love them and thus we continuiously find new and interesting ways to make them. We hope you enjoy!
This easy-peasy recipe is perfect when you are entertaining and want to make a quick and easy version of the classic Ramos Fizz. Using a blender removes the pain of dry shaking leaving you and your guests with the great pleasure of Ginn Fizz CONSUMPTION.
This recipe is especially nice if you have imbibed a bit more than usual the night before. Please note: The NVD Booze Crew loves the craft of the traditional Ramos Fizz.
We also love this version as it is perfect for larger batches which are perfect and so convenient when you are entertaining on New Year's Day, Sunday Brunch, or Wednesday for breakfast ;-) Cheers!
Makes 1 batch = 4-8 Ginn Fizzes
6oz NVD Old Hollywood Ginn
4oz Organic Half and Half
2oz Organic egg whites from a carton
1.5oz Organic rich syrup (2:1 Sugar to water)
1 tsp Orange Blossom Water
1.25oz Organic fresh lime juice
1.25oz Organic fresh lemon juice
Garnish: Ground Nutmeg
Harware: Blender, measuring cups, teaspoon
Glassware: Cocktail Coupes or Champagne glasses (wine glasses are fine if you that's what you have)
Set out glassware.
Measure all ingredients out first.
1. Fill blender half full with ice.
2. Add NVD OH Ginn, H&H, egg whites, rich syrup, orange blossom water and blend on high until there are no ice chunks left and all ingredients are incorporated - 15 - 45 seconds depending on your blender.
3. Stop blender. Add lime and lemon juices. Blend again on high for 10 seconds.
4. Taste. Adjust ingredients to your taste (maybe add more Ginn, syrup, more citrus juices, or more orange blossom water) but don't stray too far.
5. Immediatly fill glasses evenly and sprinkle with nutmeg and serve.
Keep any remaining liquid in the fridge to top off your guest's glasses.