When vodka is distilled five times in a cognac copper pot from a place called “Spirits Valley,” France, you expect there’s going to be something special about your drink. When that bottle of vodka has the FAIR label, you can be certain it’ll exceed your expectations. Forming a partnership in 2009, The Fair Trade Spirit’s Company (FTSC) and The National Association of Quinoa Farmers (ANAPQUI), created Fair. Vodka, becoming the first fair trade certified vodka on the market. Fair. Vodka combined the quality of their ingredients and distillation with the promise of sustainability and long term commitment to produce “pure perfection.”
A recent vacation at the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina proved that there are still “dog friendly” towns. Three of my dearest friends and I spent four days charmed by this smoky mountain city and many of its residents. As one might suspect, friends of mine are usually animal lovers, and we were all particularly excited to see the number of dog lovers milling about everywhere we looked. Even on the Biltmore Estate grounds, people were walking all variety of dogs through the gardens to enjoy the festival of flowers.