Tasting Report: Wines of Burgundy 2012

As wine regions go, few are as hallowed as Francy’s Burgundy region. I credit Burgundy (both red and white) for getting me interested in wine in the 1990s, and I’ve made my own pilgrimage to the region to see the grapes and taste the wines in their natural state. Today I’m more likely to quaff…

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Tasting the Wines of La Rochelle and Steven Kent, 2012 Releases

We’ve written about the Pinots of La Rochelle in the past, and now we’re back with a broader look at this winery’s production, including Chardonnay and Rose, plus one wine of its parent company, Steven Kent. Is this the beginning of a big uptick in quality from this unsung region (located out in the sticks,…

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Original Recipe: The Noodle & Boo Cocktail

The cocktail I designed for this evening’s festivities. Designed to be simple enough for for-hire bar service and the ability to be prepared in punchbowl quantities, if needed. The Noodle & Boo Cocktail 1 1/2 oz. 80-proof Bourbon 3/4 oz. St. Germain liqueur scant dash orange flower water Shake with ice and strain into a…

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Book Review: Barrels & Drams

I’m not sure why anthologies are so popular in the wine and spirits space. Maybe it’s because people get too soused up while writing and can only finish a few pages before dozing off at the computer. Barrels & Drams: The History of Whisk(e)y in Jiggers and Shots, edited by William M. Dowd, isn’t very…

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Beefeater Gin Punches for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II has been the monarch of England for a whopping 60 years as of June 3 this year, and Britain will be celebrating in Jolly Old Style all summer long, and not just with demure waving to each other. Our friends at Beefeater sent these delicious-sounding punch recipes all designed to celebrate the…

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Tasting Report: Wines of Alto Adige 2012

Alto Adige is a region in the north of Italy that you have probably never heard of, yet one of the most popular wines in the world – Santa Margherita – hails from here. As a wine region, it’s wedged among Italy, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and stylistically it shares traits with all of these…

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Review: Caol Ila Distillers Edition 2011 – Distilled 1998

A classic 12 year old Islay malt whisky, finished in Moscatel (aka Muscat) casks. As fans know (and love), Caol Ila is one of the peatier whiskys out there, and even the sweet orange character of Muscat can’t cut through the smoke with much effect. Burly, smoldering, and long-lasting, it’s classic, somewhat simple Islay whisky…

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Review: Talisker Distillers Edition 2011 – Distilled 2001

Though it’s just 10 years old (making it the youngest in this series of whiskys), this Isle of Skye-born malt, finished in Amoroso sherry casks, is the most expensive in the 2012 collection. Part of that has to do with the elevated proof level, and part has to do with the richness of the dram.…

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