Tasting Report: Tre Bicchieri Italian Wines 2012

Each year Gambero Rosso tastes some 20,000 Italian wines, and about 375 earn the “tre bicchieri” (three glasses) award from the panel. These wines then hit the road, and we get the chance to taste them in the U.S. Some are classics (Sassicaia), some don’t even have distribution. I found this year’s crop on the…

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Recipe: Shamrock Sour

Most St. Patrick’s Day cocktails are nasty concoctions of Midori and other mystery liqueurs. This recipe from Julie Reiner has nothing remotely Irish in it, but it actually sounds good. Shamrock Sour 2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon 1/2 part Green Chartreuse 1/2 part Lemon Juice 1/2 part Grapefruit Juice 1/2 part Agave Syrup (to make,…

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Review: Sparkling Moscato Roundup, 2012 Releases

Moscato continues to prove how popular this grape has become when used as a low-alcohol, fruit-forward, and sweet alternative to other sparkling wines. These Moscatos show just how inexpensive and far-flung this wine is, hailing from eastern Europe and Australia, while not exactly proving how great it can be. NV Esti Exclusiv Rose Moscato –…

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Seminar and Pairing: German Wine + Asian Food = Love

When you eat sushi, Chinese food, or pad thai, what’s your drink of choice? If you’re like most: Beer, maybe sake, if you’re feeling adventurous. Why not wine? The general dearth of wine options on most Asian food beverage lists is a good reason, but a more common one is that consumers just have no…

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Tasting Report: Italian Wine Masters, 2012

Sangiovese is the king of all Italian grapes, so much so that if you’re drinking a wine from Italy but aren’t sure what it’s made from, there’s a good chance it’s Sangiovese, usually 100%. Three of Italy’s big names in wine are all based on Sangiovese: Brunello, Chianti, and Montepulciano. I was excited by this…

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Review: Sandeman Ruby Porto and Founders Reserve Porto (2012)

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get good quality Port. These two Ruby Ports from Sandeman show that you can get solid dessert wines for under 20 bucks. Not familiar with Ruby Port? Ruby is (of course) the cheapest and least complex Port, a blend of wines that sit in neutral (not wood)…

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Review: Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 12 Years Old Cask Strength (2012)

My oh my how the people love Redbreast. It wins awards, has hipster cred, and bartenders love the stuff. It’s the hippest Irish whiskey on earth, and it costs a boatload. Somehow I’ve never really gotten into it. Made by Midleton (which also makes Jameson and other Irish brands), it is distilled three times in a…

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California Wine Trip 2012: Page, Revolver, Mumm, Miraflores

I’ve spent more time than usual in various wine regions in Northern California, and I figured I’d put all my tasting notes into one post. Page Wine Cellars is a boutique winery in Yountville that also sells under the Revolver label. Miraflores is based in El Dorado — up in the Sierra Nevada foothills —…

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