Drinkhacker Reads – 11.12.2012

Following the footsteps of such A-list celebs as Yao Ming and Adam Carolla, rapper/renaissance man Chingy has decided to enter the alcohol business as co-owner of a new Russian vodka named Shpilka. [All Hip Hop] While Crown Royal is not getting into the hip hop game, it is releasing a new maple-finished edition. The maple-oak…

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Review: Olmeca Altos Plata (2012) and Reposado Tequila

We last encountered Olmeca Altos in our preview of its silver tequila in 2010, but this Euro-focused brand has only now finally started its expansion into the States. We took a fresh look at both the Plata and the Reposado (there’s no Anejo yet). Both have refreshed packaging but the agave and methodology (read about…

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Review: Tallarico Vodka

Tallarico is the brainchild of Giancarlo Tallarico, a Beverly Hills-based entrepreneur with his eyes on his own vodka (and a $45 price tag). Distilled from common rye and white winter wheat, this vodka (tagline: “Imbibe Elegantly.”) comes in a monolithic and mostly opaque, black decanter that fades to clear at the bottom. On the nose,…

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Review: Tapatio Tequila Blanco

Tequila Tapatio (no relation to the hot sauce) has a cult-like following in Mexico (and among frequent visitors to those parts), and now it’s coming north of the border. Made from 100% Highlands blue agave, this brand has been around for 75 years. Imported by the Charbay family, it is (at least for now) only…

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Review: 2010 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Napa Valley

Yes, this is the wine. The one that in 1976 beat down all the French Burgundies in the famous Judgement of Paris with its 1973 vintage Chardonnay. It’s easy to see the charms in this wine. It is fresh and fruity, full of big apple, pear and lots of lemon notes. It is both creamy…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 11.09.2012

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for the Drinkhacker Shopping List, a weekly compendium of the reviews we’ve featured over the last few weeks. Along with our regular reviews, we’ve also had several extensive tasting reports not included on the list: Domaine Carneros “Le Reve” Restrospective, 2006-1992 Notes from Domaine Select Wine Estates Pop-Up…

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Review: Peligroso Tequila Anejo

Peligroso Reposado has been as close as there is to a “house” reposado at Drinkhacker HQ for some time, and I’ve been bugging Peligroso to send the Anejo expression, figuring if the reposado was this good, the anejo had to be even better. Peligroso Anejo is made from 100% Highlands agave and aged 12 to…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 11.08.2012

Today is International Stout Day, or as we like to call it: Thursday. On with the Reads…. Marketwatch reports on new trends for the liquor industry in 2013. Of course, the New York lovefest from yesterday continues on here with a shoutout to Hillrock Estate Distillery. If only places like Kentucky could make revolutionary, innovative…

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