Monica Uhm

Monica is an incurable dilettante, who is relentlessly curious about books, brews (the coffee kind) and bourbons.

Review: Le Mone Meyer Lemon Aperitif Wine

By Monica Uhm | August 16, 2022 |

An aperitif is technically any alcoholic beverage designed to stimulate the appetite before a meal. Which brings us to Le Moné, a new line of wine aperitifs with “no secrets” on their limited ingredients which comprise Meyer lemon (in the form of California lemon peel), dry New York farm white wine, California brandy, and 100%…

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Review: WhistlePig SmokeStock Whiskey

By Monica Uhm | August 14, 2022 |

WhistlePig has always leaned towards a bit of irreverence in their exploration of whiskey expressions. Their 100% rye whiskeys have been well regarded as well as their special releases (despite their price tag). For this latest release, the company collaborated with Traeger grills, creator of the wood pellet grill, to create a BBQ themed whiskey.…

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Review: Onda Tequila Seltzer – Watermelon, Grapefruit and Blood Orange

By Monica Uhm | July 31, 2022 |

Onda is a brand of tequila seltzers that leads with its lifestyle credo of “endless summer in a can,” replete with a retro vibe website that evokes the “surf style of the ’90s.” The drinks comprise blended tequila blanco, seltzer, and real fruit juice, nothing more, not even added sweeteners. (Though note: one never can…

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Review: Balcones Big Baby Corn Whisky

By Monica Uhm | July 22, 2022 |

  Balcones Distilling hails from Waco, Texas, and has long focused on heirloom blue corn varietals in their whiskies (many of which we’ve dipped into in the past including Baby Blue, Brimstone, and True Blue Cask Strength). Roasted blue corn is milled, mashed, fermented, distilled, and matured in used oak on site at the distillery.…

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Review: NV Bonterra Bubbles Brut and Rose Sparkling Wine

By Monica Uhm | July 17, 2022 |

Bonterra Organic Vineyards in Sonoma, California has been producing wines from organic grapes since 1987, focused on regenerative farming and sustainability practices in wine production. (And for avoidance of doubt, technically Bonterra’s wines are not “organic wines” since there are sulfites added, but instead they are wines made conventionally but with organic grapes.) And as…

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Review: Rossville Union Straight Rye Barrel Proof (2022)

By Monica Uhm | July 14, 2022 |

Rossville Union is a straight rye whiskey in Luxco’s growing category of house brands is and produced out of Lawrenceburg, Indiana. If this makes you think MGP, you would be right. Luxco recently renamed the producer of its house branded spirits Ross & Squibb Distillery, formerly included under the overall MGP distillery umbrella. (MGP continues…

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Review: Bear Fight Single Malt Whiskey

By Monica Uhm | July 10, 2022 |

Next Century Spirits (NCS) is a fairly new producer based in Raleigh, NC, which launched in 2018. The genesis and purpose of NCS has such an interestingly transparent take, it’s worth an introduction in their own words: Established in Raleigh, NC in 2018, Next Century Spirits blends together traditional techniques and unique finishing technologies to…

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Review: Parch Agave Non-Alcoholic Cocktails – Prickly Paloma and Spiced Pinarita

By Monica Uhm | July 9, 2022 |

Parch is a new line of non-alcoholic, agave-based, ready-to-drink canned cocktails with such careful consideration of approach to the ubiquitous NA category that I will let them introduce themselves: In developing Parch, we studied ancient beverages, rituals and botanical infusions across Mexico and the Southwestern US, drawing inspiration from traditional plant-based beverages enjoyed as alternatives…

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Review: On The Rocks Cocktails – Aviation, Cosmopolitan, and Mai Tai

By Monica Uhm | July 6, 2022 |

Launched in 2016, On The Rocks ready-to-drink cocktails seem to have held a solid footing in the RTD space and chances are high that you have already seen bottles of On The Rocks at your neighborhood stores. The beverages aim to stick with traditional recipes and start with premium well-known branded spirits as their base.…

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Review: Wines of Bellissima Zero, 2022 Releases

By Monica Uhm | July 2, 2022 |

Bellissima Zero is a wine that includes Christie Brinkley as its brand partner, the wine positioning itself in the BFY (aka “better-for-you”) and “better-for-the-planet” categories (apparently these are a thing). The new line of nonvintage still and sparkling wines are vegan and made with organic grapes. The “Zero” in the name is a reference to…

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