Drinkhacker’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide – Best Alcohol/Spirits for Christmas

You’re full of meat and pie and perhaps meat pie. Now it’s time to think of your loved ones. Were they naughty? Nice? Do they deserve a fancy tipple when the giving season arrives? For your most favored loved ones, Drinkhacker offers this collection of our favorite spirits from 2012, just a small sampling of…

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Review: Hiro “Blue” Junmai Ginjo Sake

Hiro is a Japanese sake brand that comes in two varieties — “Red” (Junmai) and “Blue” (Junmai Ginjo). We tasted the Blue variety Very fresh on the nose, Hiro Blue offers big cantaloupe character. Some lemon peel notes on the finish, and a mild green character follows. Overall a modest body. Some vegetal character on…

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Review: Bormioli Rocco Tre Sensi Wine Tasting Glass

Does the world need a new wine glass? In the world of tastings — where glasses are typically too small — maybe they do. Italian design firm Bormioli Rocco just launched the Tre Sensi, a wine glass designed to enhance the tasting experience. At first glance it looks like any other smallish glass. Further analysis…

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Review: Deerhammer Whitewater Whiskey

Here’s a unique offering: 100% malted barley, double pot-distilled, unaged whiskey from Colorado. That’s a unique setup. Here’s how it shakes out. Traditional nose for white dog. Lots of graininess, with aromas of the forest — trees and floor — and diesel-powered vehicles. Plenty more of the same on the body, but sweeter than you…

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Review: 2012 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

Meet the new Beauj. Same as the old Beauj. Beaujolais Nouveau — the French Gamay-based wine that’s released mere weeks after the grapes are pressed — isn’t exactly a challenging wine, and this year’s installment keeps close to the formula. Intensely sugary, it’s like Concord grape jam blended with a little alcohol to make it…

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Review: LangeTwins 2010 Chardonnay and 2008 Midnight Reserve

Lodi’s LangeTwins operates in Lodi, California, an area known primarily for its ultra-ripe Zinfandels. (It’s known as “The Zinfandel Capital of the World,” after all.) Oddly enough, we’re not looking at any Zin today. Here’s a couple of new(ish) vintages from these Lodi  icons. 2010 LangeTwins Chardonnay Estate Clarksburg – A simple but pleasant Chardonnay…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 11.20.2012

Have you remembered to enter our contest? If not, what are you waiting for? Hop on over and read about how you can win a free SKIL iXO Vivo Wine Bottle Opener! Now on to today’s reads: Legendary Chicago dining establishment Charlie Trotter’s auctioned off a portion of its wine cellar yesterday in New York…

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Review: Pilsner Urquell (And Its New Cold-Shipped Delivery)

Pilsner Urquell is firing a new salvo in the battle for fresh beer. Light-struck, or “skunked” beer is a rampant problem for breweries, especially those overseas that need to ship product over a longer distance than domestic brewers. Pilsner Urquell is packaged in a distinctive green bottle, but, while attractive, it doesn’t do much to…

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