Review: Aviation Gin (2013)

“New Western Dry Gin” from House Spirits in Portland, Oregon, Aviation has been a popular spirit across the U.S. since its launch in 2006. We’re finally getting around to reviewing it seven years later, just in time for a brand new bottle design (pictured at right), which is being rolled out later this year. (The…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.31.2013 – Pabst Buying Twinkies, USA Tops In Wine Consumption

In an announcement probably making a lot of sense to many people, the owner of Pabst Blue Ribbon is allegedly in negotiations to purchase the Twinkies brand.  Speaking over a lunch of Cheetos, chili fries, pizza, three sodas, a few PBRs, some ribs, peanuts, a burrito and two orders of onion rings, Pabst owner C.…

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Recipe: Wild Turkey Super Bowl XLVII Cocktails

This Sunday marks the arrival of that time-honored worldwide tradition of sitting down and watching something called the Super Bowl in between commercials. For residents and supporters of San Francisco, it’s a time to redeem themselves after decades of disappointment following the glory years of Montana and Rice (and add to the city’s streak of…

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Review: Seraphine Chai Tea Vodka

Chai tea is one of the “it” flavorings of the ’10s, and Yahara Bay, which produces the V Bourbon we reviewed a few days ago, takes a different tack than the various chai liqueurs on the market. Instead, the company flavors vodka with chai to create a unique (and more powerful) spirit. The color of…

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Review: 2009 Michael David Sloth and Gluttony Zinfandels

We last covered Michael David’s top-end, big-dollar, sin-monikered Zins in late 2011. This time around (Lust is absent, sorry), the ratings are reversed. Thoughts follow. 2009 Michael David Sloth Zinfandel – Made from 30 year old vines located in Mendocino. Blended with a small amount of Petite Sirah. A really drinkable wine, the jamminess is…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.29.2013 – Wine, Lawsuits and the Perils of Stealing Pinnacle Vodka

In a sign of the times that all is not well in Europe, the French city of Dijon was forced to auction off 3,500 bottles of wine to pay for emergency social services.  With some wines being exceptionally rare, the town pulled in roughly $203,929 to help cover costs in a time when budgets are…

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Review: Yao Ming Family Wines, 2009 Vintage

It’s not every day we get to try a $625 wine made by a former pro basketball player. OK, it’s never when that happens. Chinese phenomenon Yao Ming recently got the celebrity winemaker bug and launched his own wine label, but with a twist: His primary market is his homeland of China, and the U.S.…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.28.2013 – Bourbon, Balvenie, and the 2013 Drammies

Another week, another article on the bourbon renaissance: this week we find Time giving Beard-winning author Josh Ozersky pixels to pontificate on the resurgence of bourbon. There’s nothing for seasoned die-hards to pick out of this article, and of course no article on bourbon would be complete without the obligatory mention of Van Winkle, but it’s…

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