|Thursday||10:00am — 11:30am||La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone|
Pisco, America’s first noble spirit, originated in the Viceroyalty of Peru in the early 1500′s near the Port of Pisco. This local grape distillate was, in fact, continuing the tradition of winemaking, of distillation and fortifying wine with its own aguardiente born in the region of Jerez, Spain and its tradition of delicious fortified wines, which have since come to be called ‘Sherry.’ Pisco was the preferred tipple of Spanish America for several hundred years, including when Chile and Peru both asserted their independence from Spain, and fully embraced their own grape distillate: colloquially called Pisco. Today, each country has its own D.O.C. to insure its unique standards of quality. But, whom can lay claim to Pisco’s origins? Which country has a richer history and a stronger tradition of producing Pisco? And, most importantly, between Peru and Chile, which style of Pisco do you prefer to tipple, to shake in your Pisco Sours and in your Pisco Punch? Join Pisco entrepreneurs Charles de Bournet (Kappa), Duggan McDonnell (Encanto), and Steve Olson (AKA Wine Geek) in a lively discussion on the State of Pisco in America.