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Review: 2009 Martin Codax Albarino Rias Baixas

By Christopher Null | January 12, 2011 |

Spain’s Albarino grape continues to make great strides as an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. Martin Codax’s Rias Baixas Albarino is another great and classic example of what this grape can be: Bright yellow in color, with fresh herbs and light fruit notes on the nose. In the mouth it explodes with lemon, grapefruit, and a…

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Review: Benromach Origins, Batch #2 Port Pipes

By Christopher Null | January 11, 2011 |

Benromach isn’t a major name in Scotch whisky, but it’s doing some exciting things nonetheless. Its Origins series is designed to measure what happens to malt whisky not when you upend the entire production process but rather when you make relatively small changes. With its second experiment, Benromach has fully matured an 11 year old…

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Review: RumChata Horchata Con Ron Cream Liqueur

By Christopher Null | January 10, 2011 |

As cream liqueurs go — this world is wholly dominated by whiskey, coffee, and simple milk flavors — RumChata is nothing if not unique. Instead of whiskey, RumChata uses (obviously) rum as the base booze. Then, it’s not straight up cream but horchata that supplies the milky whiteness. Horchata, if you don’t frequent your local…

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Review: Don Elias Tequila Extra Anejo

By Christopher Null | January 8, 2011 |

It’s hard to find an extra anejo tequila that isn’t any good, and Don Elias proves that you can make a really solid one — even if you don’t charge an arm and a leg. At just $75 a bottle, Don Elias Extra Anejo is the least expensive Extra I’ve ever tried, and yet the…

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Review: Michael-David Lust, Sloth, and Gluttony Zinfandels, 2011 Releases

By Christopher Null | January 6, 2011 |

Michael-David’s 7 Deadly Zins is a staple of every Supermarket in America. But it is also endeavoring to bottle individual “Zins,” with three serious vices — lust, gluttony, and sloth — now available. Personally, I’m holding out for greed, but meanwhile we tried the three current editions, each a Zin from a different part of…

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Review: Esprit de June Liqueur

By Christopher Null | January 5, 2011 |

Nothing if not a unique spirit, Esprit de June is crafted from the vine flowers of a variety of grapes, primarily Ugni Blanc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The French company would love for you to believe that the flowers on each grapevine contribute different flavor characteristics to the liqueur, but with something this sweet, picking…

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Review: Pisco Porton

By Christopher Null | January 4, 2011 |

I’ve learned more about pisco in the last 48 hours than I’ve ever wanted to know. In a nutshell, pisco is the Peruvian or Chilean take on brandy (the two countries are virtually over war over which pisco is “real”): Made by distilling wine then bottling it without aging, pisco is a white spirit that…

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Review: 2011 Sparklers from Lamberti, Freixenet, and Valdo

By Christopher Null | January 3, 2011 |

Just because New Year’s Eve has come and gone doesn’t mean you can’t keep drinking sparkling wines. (Remember, Valentine’s Day is just weeks away!) Here are four affordable and widely available non-vintage sparklers from our friends in Italy and Spain. Get more easy-to-find sparkling reviews here! NV Lamberti Prosecco Extra Dry – (Italy) – A…

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Review: Cockspur Fine Rum and Bajan Crafted Rum 12 Years Old

By Christopher Null | January 2, 2011 |

Cockspur isn’t a new name in the rum business, but corporate changes have led to Cockspur recently updating the way it sells its product in the U.S. Most notably, for the first time in decades, Cockspur’s U.S.-sold bottlings will be bottled in Barbados, where all the rum is made. Previously, Cockspur you purchased here was…

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Review: Single de Samalens Armagnac 8 Years Old

By Christopher Null | January 1, 2011 |

Good armagnac can be elusive, but Single de Samalens makes a compelling case for its revival. This armagnac is “single distillery, single grape” — Samalens is 100% ugni blanc, aged 8 years — and is designed to be dry (like whisky) instead of sweet. Sure enough, Single de Samalens has an intensely woody character, not…

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