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Cognac Tasting with Hi-Time Wine Cellars

Hi-Time Wine Cellars and Bluewater Grill of Tustin have the pleasure to co-sponsor a Cognac Experience featuring rare cognac's from "The House of Comandon".

Treat yourself to experience a guided tasting of Cognac’s best kept secret and highly rated cognacs. This cognac tasting will feature Comandon Cognac at the Bluewater Grill restaurant in Tustin, and it will be presented by the owner of Comandon, Franck Vigneron whose cognacs have won three times ‘world best cognac’.

There are not too many that can say that!

Comandon was established in 1821 by first generation cognac maker Pierre Comandon. For more than a hundred years, Comandon was a leading brand of cognac producing repeatedly the same blended cognac day-after-day as it is the tradition for most cognac brands to this day.

In 2008, the new generation wanted to do something different and they revived the old concept of ‘cognac independent bottler’ which consists in making a wide range of diverse cognacs in small batches which cannot be repeated indefinitely. So everything is crafted in limited editions.

In an industry that is committed to keep everything the same and largely dominated by a few huge conglomerates, Comandon is appearing to go against the current. However, the world is changing and more people are interested in trying craft or small-batch spirits.

Comandon is continuously experimenting and searching for new ways to enhance the enjoyment of cognac within its traditional and legal boundaries. They are relentlessly coming up with new processes and innovative new ideas to broaden the appeal of cognac to more people.

They are breaking the stereotype of cognac being for old people in winter by the being for spirits fanatics looking for a unique and always changing, a surprising and cheerful cognac that does not try to intimidate you.

“We believe that making cognac in limited small batches allows us to individualize the crafting of each batch and significantly add to the authenticity of the spirits’ finish” says Franck Vigneron.

Comandon is motivated to preserve the ancient artisan skills while elevating the next generation of master craftsmen for the benefits of consumers looking for more authentic experiences. And if you go to Cognac remember to visit the Comandon House, in the center of old town, built by the Romans in the 4th century AC. That’s old!

During the approximately one and one half hour of the tasting, these often-asked questions will be answered:

  • What is the difference between cognac and brandy?
  • What makes the cognac color brown?
  • What are the differences between cognac and whisky?
  • How and where is cognac made?
  • What are the differences between commercial cognac brands and craft cognac brands?
  • What are the characteristics of a good cognac?
  • What is a cognac independent bottler? And why this is cool?


WHERE: The Bluewater Grill, in the District, Tustin, CA
Thursday April 27th, 6:30-8pm.

$55 per person paid to Bluewater Grill on the day of the event.

Mention the words: "HI-TIME" and pay $35 per person.

Registration: on by 25th April 2017. Clcik HERE to save your seat.

Your $55 ticket will include tasting:

  • Comandon Cognac VS, Batch Limited to 3600 bottles, Comandon Cognac VSOP, Batch Limited to 2400 bottles
  • Comandon Cognac XO, Winner of World Best Cognac 2010 *
  • Comandon Cognac XO Signature, Winner of World Best Cognac 2014 *
  • Comandon Single Cask Cognac 2012 Grande Champagne Cask #22, only 600 bottles produced
  • Comandon Single Cask Cognac 2004 Petite Champagne Cask #198, only 498 bottles produced
  • Comandon Single Cask Cognac 2007 Borderies Cask #69, only 180 bottles produced
  • Comandon Single Cask Cognac 2012 Bons Bois Cask #71, 100% Folle Blanche grape varietal and only 120 bottles produced
  • and a surprise sample!
  • Complementary to the event, you will receive 15% off for your dinner at the Blue Water Grill (not applicable to alcoholic beverages).

* from the world’s most prestigious spirit competition, i.e., the World Spirits Competition in San Francisco.

Seating for this VIP experience is limited to 25 people, so reserve your tickets for this exclusive event today. Blue Water Grill invites you to enjoy dinner that night and will offer a 15% discount on all food purchases. Credit cards will be accepted at the event.

Registration: on by 25th April 2017. Clcik HERE to save your seat.

DRESS CODE: smart casual. Must be at least 21 years of age to attend the event.