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Meet the Entrepreneurs Behind Your Favorite Spirits


Meet the Entrepreneurs Behind Your Favorite Spirits

By Katie Jackson | February 25, 2020 | Food & Drink

These are the masterminds behind your favorite local elixirs.

La Fête du Rosé

La Fête du Rosé, Donae Burston’s line of inclusive rosé wine.

“Rosé all day!” is a phrase you’ve heard before and you’ll hear it again because we love our pastel pink wine. And no one knows this better than Donae Burston, founder and CEO of La Fête du Rosé. After traveling to major cities across the world, Burston realized that every single color and culture really enjoyed the rosé experience. He created La Fête du Rosé to be geared toward multicultural consumers who have a thirst for life and travel (and, of course, the premium pink drink). “To us, La Fête is much more than a traditional rosé brand; it’s a feeling and a lifestyle,” says Burston. “The world we live in is multicultural, and we wanted to create a wine that reflected that. La Fête aims to be inclusive.” Made in conjunction with Domaine Bertaud Belieu Winery in the heart of St-Tropez, La Fête features flavors of dried fruits, bonbon and hazelnut, balanced with touches of curvature and a long finish with aromas of cherry that will make you want to stop and smell the rosé (sorry, we had to!).

Donae_Burston_at_Domaine_Bertaud_Belieu_Winery_in_St_Tropez,_France.jpgCEO and founder Donae Burston at the Domaine Bertaud Belieu Winery in St-Tropez, France.


DSC04313.jpgThe makers behind Sacrvm are the undisputed masters of mezcal.

Throughout the past few years, mezcal has quickly become the go-to ingredient in your favorite drink at your local watering hole. It’s so popular that mezcalerias have popped up all around the 305 just to solely sell the Mexican spirit. But if you haven’t jumped on the mezcal bandwagon just yet, Miami restaurateur (and resident cool guy) Jason Odio will convince you to get on board. As the owner of ultrapopular spots including Baby Jane and Ariete (and the newly opened Bebito’s in Flamingo Point Center), Odio knows what makes a good drink great. His latest secret? Sacrvm. Made in Oaxaca, Mexico, Sacrvm is an award-winning sustainable mezcal made with 100% pure agave. It’s so good that Odio partnered with the undisputed mezcal masters and even launched #MezcalMondays at Baby Jane. So whether you decide to enjoy it in a margarita, a mule or by itself on the rocks (we recommend Baby Jane’s signature Bebito cocktail)—Sacrvm will definitely turn you into a mezcal devotee.


543A6859.jpgThe complete Encantadora collection.

Former Miami real estate maven Alexa Iacovelli wanted to drink a line of premium spirits that were supremely healthy, sustainable and tasted incredible—a line that was virtually nonexistent. Until now. Iacovelli, along with a few of her close like-minded friends, decided to create her own. Enter Encantadora (translation: “enchantress”), a health-conscious alternative to the popular spirits that still maintains the highest-quality flavors. Case in point: The brand’s Blanco Electrolítico, Joven Cristalino Electrolítico and Ultra-Añejo Electrolítico tequilas are the first spirits to ever be infused with electrolytes. Basically, they totally remove components that can contribute to headaches and bloating through the use of four-stage charcoal filtration technology. (Hello, shots sans hangovers!) Encantadora also offers the Cafe Fino, a coffee tequila that contains caffeine without all the added sugar, calories and artificial milk products, as well as a matcha mezcal that has an insanely smooth espadin base (a sugar-free antioxidant blend). In addition, Encantadora is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)—a group that advocates for women entrepreneurs. A guilt-free line of spirits that supports and empowers women? We’ll drink to that!

Team_Distillery.jpgRafael E. Gill Bianchi, Alexa Iacovelli, Camilo Rios (aka RIOCAM) and Mikhael Porter of the Encantadora team.

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