Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Grape Blossom Gin and Vodka

G’Vine, gin de France, has broken away from the traditional juniper based "London dry" and offers an exclusive ultra-premium and contemporary gin starring the subtle and rare green grape flower. For the first time in the spirit history, these delicate flowers are being carefully handpicked to preserve their exhilarating and spellbinding fragrance. They are infused in grape neutral spirit during several days to obtain the best floral essence.

G'Vine is unique because it is made from grape neutral spirit. The wine obtained from the Ugni Blanc grapes growing in the Cognac region of France is distilled 4 times to produce a neutral grape spirit, which is much more suave and heady than the grain spirit commonly used to make gin. It is infused with Ginger Roots, Liquorice, Green Cardamom, Cassia Bark, Coriander, Juniper Berries, Cubeb Berries, Nutmeg and Lime.

G’Vine is made by EuroWineGate who have also teamed up with Diageo to make Ciroc, the world’s first vodka made exclusively from grapes. Ciroc Vodka takes its name from the combination of 2 French words: cime, meaning peak and roche, meaning rock. Ciroc is made in the Gaillac region which is the highest wine growing region in France and uses the Mauzac Blanc and Ugni Blanc grapes.

Most other vodkas are produced from common starches such as wheat or potatoes. The grapes in Ciroc are hand-selected, from bunches left on the vine for an extended period of ripening.
The juice pressed from Ciroc grapes is cold fermented. Cold-fermentation has not been used before in the making of a luxury vodka. Ciroc is 5-times distilled to preserve the essence of the grape.

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