Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Vin Art Wines offers free Absinthe tasting

For those of you who have always wanted to try real absinthe, but haven't wanted to import it from France, now's your chance. Vin Art Wines will be offering tastes of the green fairy this Saturday from 1 to 5 pm.

Not only can you pick up a bottle of this stuff for yourself, but it's on sale, and they're going to throw in the spoon for free.

Click inside to read the full text of their invitation.

La Fée Parisian Absinthe is made in Paris based on a 19th century recipe containing Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) and other aromatic herbs. It's the only absinthe endorsed by Marie-Claude Delahaye, founder & curator of the Absinthe Museum in France, making it the most authentic in the world.

Like true French absinthe it has a dark green colour, rich bouquet of aniseed flavour and louches (turns cloudy with the addition of water) beautifully. And the La Fée Absinthe Spoon allows it to be served correctly -- it's truly the only connoisseur's choice.

Absinthe...the Green Fairy...La Fee Verte....no other drink has the same romantic history - the French Impressionists....Toulouse Lautrec, Degas, Manet, Van Gogh....Paris in the Belle Epoque....the cafes of Montmartre....the muse of writers from Verlaine and Rimbaud to Joyce and Hemingway. Of course, there's a darker side to absinthe as well - no other drink has ever roused the same degree of passionate condemnation, and no other drink has ever been banned outright in the way absinthe was in the years leading up to 1915.

Banned for almost a century until its recent revival, absinthe is something of a “living fossil”, a coelecanth amongst drinks, able to magically transport us back to the glittering world of Paris and the Belle Epoque, a world of bohemian musicians and writers, of the Moulin Rouge and the cafes of Montmartre, a world of starving struggling artists and glittering courtesans.

Come join Sommelier Derek McKinnon, the man responsible for this lovely beverage here in Nova Scotia, as he shows off cocktails, and the proper serving method of the "Green Fairy". The proper serving spoon will be provided with all purchases on this day only. ($49.95 and well worth it!)

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