Tasting Report: Riesling World Tour 2012

Interested in German Riesling? Skip 2010 and go straight to 2011: It’s almost textbook how well these wines have developed in 2011. But 2010’s small harvest didn’t result in many great wines, and tasting many of these side by side at this roadshow event made it clear what a difference a year can make. Here…

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Jack Daniel’s Responds to Claim that Its Original Formula Has Been Discovered

You can rest easy. According to JD, the famous Tennessee whiskey is still a 100% American creation. Jack Daniel Distillery Says Welshman’s Claimed Discovery Of Jack Daniel’s Original Formula Contrary To History LYNCHBURG, Tenn., June 19, 2012 — The Jack Daniel Distillery responded to recent headlines in the United Kingdom that a Welshman has uncovered Jack…

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Book Review: Vintage Cocktails

Amanada Hallay’s Vintage Cocktails: Retro Recipes for the Home Mixologist takes advantage of the classic cocktail resurgent, presenting a solid 70 or so cocktails, all of which you’ve likely had once or at least read about in a cocktail recipe book and dismissed as sounding like swill. There’s plenty of classic stuff in this book…

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Hands on With Miller’s “Punch Top” Can

First came the wide mouth. Now comes the punch top. By now you’ve seen the ads touting Miller’s newest beer can technology: A little hole opposite the can’s mouth designed to prevent the “glug” effect, caused by air rushing into the can to replace the outgoing beer through the same orifice that the beer’s coming…

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Review: The Perfect Puree New Flavors – Chipotle Sour, Thyme & Citrus, Thai Basil & Black Pepper

The Perfect Puree is back with more high-end blended mixers, this time fruit bases blended with spices to create a combination of sweet and savory components in one cocktail. Want to recreate higher-end mixological tricks without a lot of effort? Check out one of these ready-made mixers. The Perfect Puree Chipotle Sour – a hodgepodge…

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Retrospective: Handley Cellars Pinot Noir, 1993 to 2009 Vintages

Here’s a rarity: One producer offering a vertical retrospective of 13 wines (same varietal and appellation) from 16 years’ worth of production. Handley recently brought its winemaking team from Mendocino’s Anderson Valley to San Francisco to show off its deep library and give a bunch of us a rare look at how Pinot Noir develops…

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Review: Scottish Spirits Single Grain “Scotch in a Can”

Your eyes do not deceive you. That is a 12-ounce aluminum can and yes it is filled with Scotch whisky. This is a new frontier for hard spirits, the first time whisky (or any spirit) has been approved in the U.S. for sale in a can format. In addition to the presentation questions, the public…

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Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling: 3 Varieties Reviewed, 2012 Releases

One of the most versatile grapes of the wine world, Riesling can be used to create everything from dry table wines to deeply sweet dessert wines that are some of the biggest cult darlings of the vino world. If you need proof, check out the bulk of Germany, where many producers offer a half dozen…

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