Drinkhacker Reads – 11.27.2012 – Ciara Allan Auction Update + Champagne Science

Yesterday we reported on an auction currently underway to help offset the medical costs Ciara Allan, a young lady currently battling brain tumors and cysts with great courage. We’re quite pleased to report that as of this morning, the bid stands at a little over $17,600. Should you be interested in placing a bid for…

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Review: Emeril’s Wine Samplers from TastingRoom.com, 2012 Releases

Emeril Lagasse is now lending his name and palate to TastingRoom.com, 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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Review: South Sea Rum

Rum from Australia? Why not? It’s plenty hot and there’s even Aussie sugar. South Sea rum, lauched earlier this year, is made from first-press Queensland sugar cane which is twice-distilled, once in a pot still and once in a column. It’s finished in a mix of new and used American oak barrels for a minimum…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 11.26.2012 – Arran Malt Whiskifies Ancient Barley

Happy Monday and welcome to the holiday season. Did you know that studies show getting the right gift for your boss could mean the difference between a promotion/raise, or another year of doing the same old thing in your current position? Speaking of which, did you get a chance to check out our 2012 Holiday…

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Review: PunZone Vodka, Lemoncino, and Originale Liqueur

PunZone (accent on the e) is a new Italian brand that produces vodka and a pair of spirits, all organically. The vodka is actually the newest part of the equation. The liqueurs are old family recipes — blends of vodka, sangria, and fruit essences. We tasted all three spirits. Thoughts follow. PunZone Organic Vodka –…

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Review: Platinka Vodka

Belarus: It’s not Russia. Not any more, anyway. Platinka is a super-premium vodka made from 100% rye and five-times distilled. The twist comes from the filtration, which is done first through charcoal and then through a platinum filter — hence both the name and the giant “Pt” elemental table block on the label. The results…

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Review: Dogfish Head Chicory Stout

When I drink beer, I rarely drink stout, and so it came as a real shock to me how much I’ve been enjoying Dogfish Head’s Chicory Stout, the utter antithesis of the lighter style beers I’m more likely to find in hand. Brewed with organic Mexican coffee, St. John’s Wort, licorice root, and roasted chicory,…

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Review: 2010 Vineyard 29 Cru Cabernet Sauvignon

I’m an avowed fan of Vineyard 29, but the winery’s stuff is so hard to find that I rarely get a chance to experience its wines. How fun to get a bottle of the 2010 “Cru” release, a Napa Valley Bordeaux-style blend made up of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 3% Petite Verdot,…

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