Drinkhacker Reads – 11.06.2012

Today in the states is Election Day. But more importantly, The World Wide Whisky Design Awards are still open to the public for voting! While there are some head scratching omissions in some categories, it’s still a fun opportunity to vote for something without having people robo-calling, running negative TV ads, and emailing or texting…

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Review: 2009 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignons

This Stags Leap-based winery (Lede is pronounced “lady”) produces just Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon — and fetches a pretty penny for them. The 2009 Cabernets — in two versions — are now hitting the market. Thoughts follow. 2009 Cliff Lede Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District – A bit tight on first blush,…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 11.05.2012

The annual unveiling of the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is an event that sends the wine world into a frenzy of hyperbole and spectacle. This year of course is no exception. For its 30th anniversary release, Georges Duboeuf has partnered with techno illusionist Marco Tempest to create a bottle which will incorporate a smart phone…

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Review: Shock Top End of the World Midnight Wheat Beer

On December 21, 2012, the world will end. Drinkmakers are taking advantage of this by producing special tipples to get you through the apocalypse. Shock Top is wearing the End of Days right on its paper label, with its End of the World Midnight Wheat limited edition beer. This just shipped last week, and it’s…

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Review: The Maltman Glenlossie 19 Years Old

The Maltman is a brand owned by Glasgow-based Meadowside Blending, a private bottler of spirits a la Chieftain’s and Murray McDavid. This new release is a 19 year old Glenlossie, a Speyside whisky with some odd character to it. The nose is, to put it lightly, on the strange side. Band-Aid, creosote, and plastic notes…

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The A-List – September/October 2012

And now for something completely different. Presenting The A-List; a recap of the best products we’ve reviewed over the last two months. While some of these high-quality drinks may prove impossible or very hard to find, others may be more readily available at your local fine retailer. Related Stories: The A-List – October/November 2012 The…

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Review: “Art in the Age” Rhubarb Tea Liqueur

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’s latest niche liqueur turns to the humblest of roots: The rhubarb. Formerly known as “Rhuby,” AitA went with a more descriptive name for this product for reasons that must sound obvious but are in fact due to legal problems with the original name. (Current bottles actually have the…

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Notes from Domaine Select Wine Estates Pop-Up Tour, October 2012

Our friends at Domaine Select Wine Estates (which handles a lot more than wine) are on the road, “popping up” in a half-dozen cities to let their producers show off their wares. I recently dropped in on the San Francisco installment to experience a few wines that were new to me (1982 Borgogno Barolo, yes…

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