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The Holy Trinity Cathedral is inviting Grecophiles of all ages out to Bayou St. John for goat burgers, traditional music and dancing, and regional libations
The Convention Center (2:00PM- 5:00 PM)
An experience for both foodies and wine connoisseurs, with live music by The Nigel Hall Band
Michalopoulos Studio (2:00PM and 8:00 PM)
An interactive and sparkling performance presented by Nari Tomassetti
Zephyr Field (4:00PM and 6:00 PM)
New Orleans baseball against the Omaha Storm Chasers
Gerken Bike’s 5 Year Anniversary Party
Gerken Bike’s Back Yard (7:00 PM)
Drinks! Snacks! Thanks! And music by Raya Brass Band and others
Tulane University’s Dixon Hall (8:00 PM)
The final evening of a chamber music festival that has something for classical aficionados and dilettantes alike
Shadowbox Theatre (8:00 PM)
Straightforward conversational drama explores one area's gentrification through 50 years
Howlin’ Wolf (9:00 PM)
A funky two night celebration of the band’s 30th anniversary
Hi- Ho Lounge (11:00 PM)
Weekly dance party with the Queen of Soul
Tropical Wine Smoothies Come to Bourbon Street
by Emma Boyce
Bourbon Street gave the world delicacies like the hurricane, the hand grenade and the Big Ass Beer. So what does this lane of libations have to offer for its next to-go trick? The Tropical Wine Smoothie. Blend one cup of fruit wine and a half-cup of smoothie mix with ice and there you have it. The combination of wine and a mixed Bourbon Street drink the creation would likely make the owners of Napa Valley vineyards cringe. But in fact, it is quite delicious.
Flavors like dreamsickle, blackberry, strawberry margarita, peach mango and cherry hurricane, offer plenty of choices for every sophisticated palette.
“It’s our take on the frozen daiquiri,” says bartender Chapman Sowash, serving up a sample of blackberry to a new customer. A little older and classier than most Bourbon Street bartenders, Sowash is a testament to the draw of wine smoothies.
“We do equally well with locals and tourists [and] we have a lot of repeat sales,” says Sowash, suggesting that one taste is usually not enough.
While Nola Tropical Wine Smoothies has only been open for a little over two weeks, the wine smoothie originated in the Riverwalk at the Nola Tropical Winery, where you can find not only wine smoothies, but also fruit wine.
“It is there [at the Nola Tropical Winery where] we first started selling wine smoothies and we since came up with our own mixes and got the idea to do just a wine smoothie bar in the Bourbon Street area,” owner and creator Todd Judice said.
Because the wines do not involve grapes, and thus do not contain tannins, they don’t have the same bitterness that one would normally get from the average Merlot.
“The smoothies are made from a combination of a non grape based wine such as blackberry, peach, or orange and a special mix that are combined to create the wine smoothie,” Judice said.
At the moment, Nola Tropical Wine Smoothies shares a space with Krazy Korner, just off of Bourbon on St. Peter St. But Judice plans to open a second location at Voodoo Vibe right on Bourbon.
“It’s a hard district to start up fresh in,” said Sowash. But he still predicts the new product will help the establishment get a lot of foot traffic.
All of the Tropical Winery's fruit wines are locally grown from Amato’s winery in Independence, Louisiana. For those not brave enough to try the wine smoothie, they also offer plenty of beer on tap.
“We thought we’d offer something different by going with Louisiana fruit wines,” says Sowash. “A little gets you happy, but not as bombed as a frozen hurricane.”
Tropical wine smoothies: keeping Bourbon Street classy.
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