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Our Spirits

Handcrafted
Aguardente

Carrie Nation
Vodka

Carrie Nation
Gin

Two Foxes
Grappa D’uva

ORIGIN

Many modern and trendy gourmet dishes have traditional origins: Ratatouille, Pot-au-Feu, Bouillabaisse, Cioppino, Paella, Risotto to name a few started as humble peasant meals. Whatever was available to working folk became fair game. Nothing was discarded and everything was used to create delicious, nourishing meals.

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Handcrafted Aguardente

Mulher Velha Aguardente has been created using an old world tradition, which I have carried with me from my childhood home in the Azores Islands of Portugal.

At Slo De Vie Distillery, we combine two traditional styles of this spirit: Vinica, which is distilled from young fresh wine, and Bagaceira, which is distilled from pomace (pressed grape skins). We use pomace from choice vineyards in Edna Valley on California’s Central Coast. It is processed immediately after the pressing to capture delicate flavors. Only destemmed grapes make it into our traditional Copper Pot still, thus avoiding any hint of wood alcohol.

Both Vinica and Bagaco are blended together, then aged in fine oak barrels to round up the flavor in order to satisfy the most discerning Aguardente connoisseurs.

A sue saude! Cheers!  – Thomas Darosa

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US

Carrie Nation Gin

“Great balance between London dry style and creamy botanical, good to seep alone or gin and tonic. A great base for a nice cocktail. I love this gin!”

Katie Levi, Mason Bar, Arroyo Grande, CA

Carrie Nation Grappa

“Smooth and lightly aromatic with floral and spice notes; soft and mild with pleasant flavors and a moderately long finish.” rated “Outstanding”

Carrie Nation Grappa

“Light amber color; soft grappa nose; mellow and lush with toasty notes, smooth, dense and balanced.” rated “Outstanding”

Carrie Nation Vodka

“Great to drink by itself, or good mixing vodka, super super clean, maybe a little hint of lemon peel, real nice and creamy”

Katie Levi, Head Mixologist at Mason Bar, Arroyo Grande, CA

Carrie Nation Vodka

“Soft vanilla nose; smooth, silky texture, dry with vanilla and a bit of heat on the finish; nicely balanced with a long finish.” rated “Outstanding”

Mulher Velha Aguardente

“Nice sweetness, reminds of light rum with spice notes while retaining brandy character.”

Katie Levi, Head Mixologist at Mason Bar, Arroyo Grande, CA

Two Foxes Grappa

“Light amber color; soft grappa nose; mellow and lush with toasty notes, smooth, dense and balanced.” rated “Outstanding”

Two Foxes Grappa

“Silver medal Winner of 2019 Sunset Magazine International Magazine”

about the distillers

Thomas and Anatoly come from two quite different geographical locations: Portugal’s Azores islands and St. Petersburg, Russia. Thomas is a successful real estate developer and Anatoly is classically trained musician, graduate of Juilliard school. For centuries Thomas’ family was making and consuming aguardent and Anatoly’s family, vodka. These home brews were like so many families efforts, a straightforward endeavor and all for personal consumption.

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