Tasting Report: Aromatic and Dessert Wines from Quady, 2012 Releases

With the holidays nigh upon us, celebrations will be in full force. Don’t forget the sticky stuff for dessert. Quady, which has been making its wines in Madera, California since 1975, offers a huge slate of dessert, fortified, and aromatic wines. We tasted a panel of six of its most popular offerings. Thoughts follow. (All…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 12.11.2012 – Top Trends For 2013

Technomic has released its predictions for top adult beverage trends in the coming year. Among them: wines will get sweeter, beers will be more carefully curated in restaurants, and more flavored spirits expressions will keep popping up, and not just in the vodka category. [Technomic] In semi-related coverage, Slate offers an explanation as to how…

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Review: XXX Shine Salted Caramel Corn Whiskey

How do you take the edge off of white whiskey? You can put it in a barrel for 6 years or so, or you can drop in some flavoring and sell it tomorrow. Shine (aka “XXX Shine”) makes a straight white dog, but it also makes two flavored versions, a tea flavored whiskey and this,…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 12.10.2012 – Diageo and Suntory Bid Big on Beam and Robert Parker Steps Down

Normally we try to land softly into news on Mondays, but this one is too insane not to lead off with: Reuters is reporting drink giant Diageo is in talks with Suntory to make a joint purchase of Beam Global. Though no formal talks have begun and the deal is allegedly in the early stages,…

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Review: Samuel Adams Utopias (2012 Release)

Our third look at Sam Adams’ Utopias — we also reviewed it in 2007 and 2011 — brings fresh eyes and fresh palate to one of the world’s most extreme beers. A blend of ultra-boozy liquids, some aged up to 20 years old, this wild brew is a mixture of Triple Bock beers, sweetened with…

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Review: Wines of Chile’s Neyen, Ritual, and Primus, 2012 Releases

Huneeus Vintners manages a portfolio of wines from around the globe. Three of its South American Portfolio wines, all from Chile, were just released in new vintages. We tasted them all! 2008 Neyen Espiritu de Apalta Colchagua Valley – 80% Carmenere, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Inky deep maroon. Big plum character, with ample cinnamon, dark chocolate,…

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Review: Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Ladaig St. Joseph Finish and Balblair Crozes-Hermitage Finish

Independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail has added to its Private Collection with two new whiskys featuring exotic wood finishes, both ex-wine barrels from the Northern Rhone region. Details on each and tasting notes follow. Both are 90 proof. Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Ledaig St. Joseph Wood Finish 19 Years Old – Distilled in 1993…

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The A-List – October/November 2012

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 – September/October 2012 The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 06.07.2013 The…

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