Our services and retailers category covers online and offline shops and other sellers of alcohol products. Primarily it consists of reviews of subscription boxes, including by-mail cocktail kits, “spirit of the month clubs,” and various wine clubs.

Get Your Irish on with Flaviar’s Irish Whiskey Sample Pack (2015)

By Christopher Null | February 24, 2015 |

St. Patrick’s Day is just a few weeks away, and that means the Jameson and Bushmills will be flowing freely. But there’s no need to stop there. There are dozens of high-quality Irish whiskey brands available, and St. Patty’s is the perfect excuse to try them all. Enter Flaviar, a company that specializes in sampler packs…

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Merchants of Beverage Offers Instant Cocktail Kits, Party Wine Selections

By Christopher Null | November 9, 2014 |

Neat little service here from a new company called Merchants of Beverage. The idea: Don’t (necessarily) buy your wine or spirits one by one. Rather pick up everything you need to make, say, a martini — or a collection of interrelated Scotches — or a nine-pack of wines to get you all the way through…

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Review: 2 More Wines from the International Wine of the Month Club, 2014

By Christopher Null | August 18, 2014 |

The good folks at the International Wine of the Month Club didn’t think our D- rating on one of their recent offerings was representative of the club’s offerings, so we invited them to submit another pair of samples for consideration. (For what it’s worth, I was also told that if you really don’t like one…

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Review: 2 Wines from the SommSelect Website, 2014

By Christopher Null | August 15, 2014 |

If you’ve ever seen the documentary Somm, you will remember Ian Cauble, the bright-eyed sommelier who seems like a shoo-in to pass the Master Sommelier test administered at the end of the film. I won’t spoil what happens in the movie, but fast forward to today, and Cauble has his own internet wine website, SommSelect. Essentially…

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Cool Goodies from

By Christopher Null | July 6, 2014 |

Just a brief interruption to your holiday weekend to shout-out, which sent us a sampling of its wares so we could let our readers know about their product line. Specifically, we’re checking out a couple of items from the store’s online catalog. These Port sippers are incredibly cute (pictured), if not entirely functional. I’m…

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Tasting Mystery Whisk(e)ys with the Revamped Whiskey Explorers Club

By Christopher Null | July 6, 2014 |

We’ve been fans of For Whiskey Lovers’ Whiskey Explorers Club for years — since the beginning, really — and when founder Douglas Stone announced he’d revamped his Whisk(e)y IQ Game, I was excited. The Whisk(e)y IQ Game is one of the only places you can taste whiskey completely blind, offer your opinions on it, then…

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Review: Emeril’s Wine Samplers from, 2012 Releases

By Christopher Null | November 27, 2012 |

Emeril Lagasse is now lending his name and palate to, which offers sets of six 1.7-ounce micro-bottles of mixed wines, selected by the chef. Two samplers, each mixed selections of mostly-California wines, are available. Thoughts on both of them follow. Emeril’s Everyday Sampler ($33) 2011 Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley – Musty,…

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