Every year the Sonora Celtic Faire had been highlighting the finest Highland Scot’s whiskies and Irish whiskeys. The tasting event this year will feature four categories of spirit blends: Scottish Single Malts, Scottish blends, Irish whiskey and Bourbon. The official selected whisky from Gary this Year is SEXTON IRISH, ASYLA BLENDED, GLENKINCHIE 12yr, CRAGGANMORE 12yr, TOMATIN 12yr and GLENLIVET COGNAC CASK 14yr
A total of 6 tasting samples will be offered for $30 and get a commemorative Sonora Celtic Faire shot glass to keep. up grade for $35 and get a choice of one Classic Premium taste of CRAIGELLACHIE 13yr or HIGHLAND PARK 12yr.
After the tasting is served, you can sit back and listen to Celtic music, and enjoy the taste experience.
Gary is an accomplished beer, wine and spirit Connoisseur. He started off running through and playing in the grape fields and learning from the farmers around his house as a young kid. In the late 90s he worked for E&J Gallo Winery, Bronco Winery and as a rack and blender for Franzia Winery in Ripon California. He further expanded his knowledge on Spirits as a steel operator for the wine group making Brandy's and concentrated wine spirits.
In 2002 he had the opportunity to write a column for the celebrator magazine on California's West Coast microbreweries. In his research for this column he has traveled to over 50 breweries to learn the secrets and techniques of making the perfect malt, wort, and mash.
Gary found out that his true passion was in whisky. He has traveled to some of the US's largest bourbon distilleries as well as traveling to Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany for a taste of that perfect Celtic drink. In all of his travels he's had countless hours learning from roasters, spirit makers and rack house Masters in trying to unveil the secrets of a perfect whisky.