Tasting the Wines of Valencia, 2013 Releases

Valencia is a Spanish region that sounds oh-so-familiar but, in reality, is one which few Americans could pinpoint on a map. It’s actually a region of Spain in the east, along the Mediterranean sea — about as far away from the more famous regions of Rioja and Ribera del Duero as you can get in…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.07.2013 – Clooney Makes Tequila Even Smoother

Celebrity Product Brand Launch of the Week: This time around we get an actual A-List celebrity jumping in the ever-growing fray. The Spirits Business reports that actor George Clooney and business partner Rande Gerber are planning to launch their own tequila, Casamigos, later this January. No doubt it will be just as smooth as the…

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Review: Newcastle Winter IPA

The latest in Newcastle’s seasonal releases is this cold-weather brew, a Winter IPA designed for celebratory tidings. The amber beer doesn’t come across as particularly IPA-like. It’s not particularly bitter or hoppy; in fact, it’s on the sweet side. Perhaps that’s what makes it “winter” — some vague baking spices in the finish that play…

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Review: 2012 River Road Nouveau Rose of Pinot Noir

This ultra-young rose of Pinot Noir — picked, produced and bottled all in 2012, a la Beaujolais Nouveau — is ultra-fruity, with fresh strawberries and pineapple backed up with a touch of rose petals. Complex? Not exactly, but it’s got a fun zip that, once you push past all the sugary notes, makes for a…

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Review: Cacao Prieto Single Origin Cacao Rum Liqueurs

Single-origin coffee beans? Sure. Single-origin chocolate bars? Why not? How about single-origin cacao liqueur, then? Can turning cacao beans from a single estate really make a difference? Is it actually possible for the individual character of a cacao bean to make it through the distillation process and into the finished product? Well, we’re about to…

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Original Recipe: The Upton Abbey

My sources tell me that Downton Abbey season three begins this weekend. Coincidentally, I developed this cocktail at an Abbey-themed New Year’s Eve party, in part trying to capture the spirit of the era (and using liquor common in 1910s England), in part trying to take advantage of spirits available on hand at our host’s…

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Review: The Balvenie Tun 1401, Batch 6

Balvenie’s Tun 1401 is a series of special releases that have been hitting the market, each batch typically a regional release exclusive to an individual country or two. Batch 3 was the first U.S. exclusive. Now there’s Batch 6, another U.S.-only bottling composed of whisky from seven traditional (ex-Bourbon) casks and two sherry butts. Balvenie…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 01.04.2013

It’s Friday and once again that means it is time for our shopping list, a digestible, printer-friendly version of our coverage from the past several weeks. We’ve also had several expansive tasting reports worthy of your time and attention: Wine Road Trip: Paso Robles and Santa Barbara Wines of Artesa, 2012 Releases Tasting The Wines…

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