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North Lake Tahoe, Calif. / Nev.- The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and Northstar California announce the 2018 culinary winners from the 33rd annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival, Sept. 7-9.

Among over 20 total culinary events at the festival, winners were selected from four major competitions: The Grand Tasting & Culinary Competition (Judges’ Awards and People’s Choice Awards), Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off, Charbay Annual Release Party Bartender Competition and the Mountain Kids Cook-Off.

The Grand Tasting & Culinary Competition challenged culinary experts in six food and beverage categories, awarding one gold, silver and bronze recipient for each.





California’s pioneering Charbay Distillery enters their 35th year as one of the first craft distilleries in California and the US, celebrating with the release of the 2018 Doubled & Twisted (D&T), a unique blend of select aged 3 and 7 year old Charbay Whiskeys. The flavor profile pleases both whiskey connoisseurs and beginners alike, with balanced flavors and smooth body.

“Doubled and Twisted” is an old distilling term for when “the best stuff” begins to run off the pipe from the still. The D&T story begins when Marko was working on his “liquid thesis” in 2009 to become the 13th generation Master Distiller in his family. Following the bottle-ready beer whiskey program he and his father started in 1999 (the first known whiskey distilled from bottle-ready beer in the US), Marko chose an IPA beer for his recipe. As this was the family’s first non-oak aged whiskey, he was finally awarded the title after 30 years of apprenticeship.



Archived Publications


Tapatio Añejo Paste Magazine 5/3/2017

The Beginner's Guide to Craft Tequila Richard Thomas


Tapatio Excelencia Cigar & Spirits 3/23/2017

Top 5 Tequilas of 2016 Randy Mastronicola


Fabulous intensity of flavor with all the aromatic elements perfectly delineated: intense cooked Agave, cake, spices, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla and caramel, nuts and light spices, all of which are assembled into a sumptuous whole, with the creamy taste of oak.

Tapatio ExcelenciaWall Street Journal 2/18/16 Tequila That's Aged - And Priced - Like a Cognac Matthew Kronsberg


Viscous and full bodied, redolent of smoke and dulce de leche, this tequila verges on being aromatically overwhelming.

Tapatio Blanco 110 Vinepair 12/14/2015

4 New and Unusual Spirits to Mix With This Holiday Sea Asodnrienne Stillman

https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/4-new-and-unusucaolc-skptiariilt sre-tcoi-pmei xin-wcliutdhe-tdhis-holiday-season/

Tapatio Excelencia Playboy 11/16/2015 7 Bottles of Booze Worth Breaking the Bank For Jason Horn


The heavy oak and long aging makes it taste as much like a fine cognac as a smooth tequila.

Tapatio Blanco 80 Vinepair 9/25/2015

The 7 Tequilas for Making the Perfect Margarita Aliza Kellerman

This a great introductory tequila for those looking to make margaritas on the fruity side.

Tapatio Blanco 110 Liquor.com 3/30/2015

Best High Proof Tequilas on the Market Ken Taylor


Monstrously rich and pure, changing from gently sweet to dry and tingly. This stuff is pure excitement at comparatively bargain pricing—big all over, deliciously agave-forward, and particularly hard to beat for its liter-size bottling.

Tapatio Blanco seriouseats.com 04/2014 The 7 Best Budget Tequilas Michael Dietsch


My favorite on this list—and at 30 bucks for a liter bottle, it's about the same price, per ounce, as the other spirits listed here.

Tapatio Blanco 110 Men's Journal 12/17/2013 The 18 Best Tequilas in the World


The company's recently introduced Tapatio Blanco 110 (110 proof) is also surprisingly sippable, with a big floral aroma and herbal flavors.

Tapatio Blanco Wine Enthusiast 5/1/2011 93 Points


Sweet and smooth, with light citrus notes and a faintly spicy, warming finish.


Whiskey, R5 Esquire Magazine 6/1/2017

The Best Whiskey In Every State Right Now, Aaron Goldfarb


Whiskey III Bourbonator 2016/2017 Bourbon Bar Review [and Whiskeys served there]


The nose on this was like nothing I had ever experienced, with distinct hops and fruit cake that intoxicated me to the point of almost forgetting to taste it.

Whiskey, R5 Redbook Mag 10/5/2016 10 Essential Gift Ideas for the Bourbon Drinkers in Your Laitfhey Garrard


Whiskey, R5 Punchdrink.com 1/25/2016 Whiskey's New Beer Infused Fringe Kenny Herzog


Whiskey, R5 Eater 11/23/2015 In Defense of Flavored Whiskey: The Best Bottles to Try Heather Greene


Charbay whiskies are pricey and coveted among those who know of their excellent quality and complexity.

Whiskey IV Wine Enthusiast 7/1/2015 95 Points Kara Newman


Distilled from Pilsner beer and aged for 13 years, this deep amber whiskey has a concentrated cocoa-hazelnut-caramel aroma, with an undercurrent of hops. The same flavors are echoed on the palate, although the hops are even more pronounced. It finishes long, complex and fiery, with pops of cinnamon, sarsaparilla, orange peel and clove, and a slight beer-like effervescence.

Whiskey III, R5 & Stout Brandy 1989 Food & Wine 3/31/2015 Best New Spirits Megan Krigbaum


Tesditors tasted dozens of new releases to find the best.

Whiskey III Wine Enthusiast 2/1/2014 95 Points Kara Newman


It's powerful, big and oaky on the palate, with lots of tannins rounding out into vanilla, honey and sweet-yet-bitter orange peel.

Whiskey, Stout Wine Enthusiast 2/1/2014 91 Points Kara Newman


The aromas are honeyed and sweet, with touches of beer and a faint floral note. On the palate, it shows oak, a bitter hoppiness and a wash of honey.

Whiskey III Cigar Aficionado 11/1/2013 Charbay's Beer & Whiskey Connection Jack Bettridge


Whiskey, R5 Wine Enthusiast 9/1/2012 93 Points


Although it's hot—as would be expected at nearly 100 proof—bright flavors still emerge, tempered by a touch of sweetness and ginger-cinnamon fireworks. A surprising effervescence makes the flavors pop.

Whiskey III, R5 & Stout



Brandy 1983 Robb Report 6/1/2011 Best of the Best 2011


#1 in CA and #3 in the US

Brandy 1983 Robb Report 1/3/2011 Charbay Brandy, 1983 Richard Carlton Hacke



Vodka, Green Tea Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2016 91 Points, Highly Recommended staff


Pretty greenish/topaz color. Smells clearly of green tea, but also citrus zest. Flavor is clean, engagingly tea-like, dry and slightly spicy. Unique. Delicious.

Vodka, flavored SF Chronicle 10/30/2015 Essential Checklist for the SF Home Bar Lou Bustamonte


Charbay distiller Marko Karakasevic keeps it simple when it comes to infused vodka, shredding organic fruit into high-proof vodka to create an extraction that they blend with even more vodka for a fresh and lively spirit.

Vodka, Meyer LemoRnobb Report 11/1/2007 Feature: Holiday Essentials Anthony Dias Blue


Meyer lemon flavor is powerful and shows great authenticity.

Pomegranate Vodka Wine Enthusiast 5/1/2007 92 Points


The bouquet features ripe fruit, pulp, red pepper and rind. The palate entry is acidic, astringent, and tart; the midpalate highlights the peppery, zesty side of pomegranate. Finishes more tart than ripe; more biting and sap-like than juicy.

Vodka, Clear Wine Enthusiast 6/8/2006 98 Points


Nosing passes detect subtle toasty, charcoal aromas. Entry is off-dry to sweet and properly oily; sweet graininess dominates the midpalate. Aftertaste is long, bittersweet and delectably oily.

Vodka, Green Tea Wine Enthusiast 4/3/2006 92 Points


The overall bouquet impression includes seductive fragrances of ripe green melon, sage and lightly honeyed green tea with later whiffs of jasmine and honeysuckle. The palate entry is gently tea-like and a touch honeyed


Rum, Double Aged Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2016 98 Points, Extraordinary, Highest Recommendation


This strong spirit has an earthy expression in the mouth supported by peppery spice and fruity tropical notes.

Rum, Double Aged Wine Enthusiast 6/12/2006 98 Points


A must have for serious rum fanatics.

Rum, Double Aged Uncrate Vices/Rum staff



Whiskey (general) Forbes 5/12/2017

Why We Don't Talk About Whiskey Loving Women Tara Nurin


Tapatio (general) Vinepair 4/28/2017

10 Best Selling Tequilas in the World staff


With its distillation process and its rich history dating back to the 1800s, it’s no surprise this brand finds itself in the top ten selling brands.

Whiskey (general) Eater 5/18/2016 From Brews to Booze: Turning Craft Beer Into Whiskey Mike Pomranz


"If you start out with something delicious, you are going to concentrate delicious."

Charbay (general) SF Chronicle 2/8/2015 Charbay Hits the Bullseye When it Comes to Distilling


The Karakasevic lineage and rich history distills down to pure legacy.

Tapatio (general) Tequila Aficionado 3/13/2014 Legacy Awards Lisa Pietsch

http://tequilaaficionado.com/2014/03/13/2013-braGnOdLsD-p rMoEmDisAeL-awards-legacy-brands/

Whiskey (general) Press Democrat 3/4/14 World of Whiskey Virginie Boone


S Whiskey Lot 211A is made with Bear Republic's Big Bear Stout for a serious taste of orange caramel and vanilla spice, perfect for sipping.