Strawberries Save Stomach from Booze

Who knew the humble strawberry could be so impressive? In an experiment on rats, European researchers have proved that eating strawberries reduces the harm that alcohol can cause to the stomach mucous membrane. Published in the open access journal Plos One, the study may contribute to improving the treatment of stomach ulcers. What then does…

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Review: Qream Peach Creme Liqueur

Here is proof that not all musicians are required to lend their name to a cheap Cognac. Pharrell Williams’ creation is Qream, a pair of cream liqueurs flavored with either peaches or strawberries. I don’t know who out there is clamoring for fruit-flavored cream liqueurs, but here we have it. We tasted only the peach…

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Review: Rich & Rare Reserve Blended Canadian Whisky

Sazerac’s Rich & Rare Canadian Whisky is a fast-growing brand — the fastest-growing U.S.-bottled Canadian brand last year — but one that is available in only about a dozen states right now. It’s also dirt cheap: The standard bottling sells for about $7.50. The line is already expanding to add a Reserve bottling which will…

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Tasting Report: White Wines of Australia’s Old Bridge Cellars, 2011 Releases

Previously we found Australia’s Old Bridge Cellars red wines to be hit and miss, so we turned our attention to its whites, a wide variety of varietals representing white wine’s greatest hits. Still hit and miss, but on the whole a solid improvement over the reds. Thoughts on each — reasonably affordable, every one of…

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Review: Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat Ale

‘Tis the season for pumpkin-flavored everything, especially beer. I’ve never found a pumpkin ale I really loved — until now. Shock Top’s Pumpkin Wheat Ale is brisk and flavorful — in all the right ways. Shock Top is one of Anheuser Busch’s craft beer brands and it makes exclusively wheat-based beers. This limited-edition brew is…

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Review: Wines of Signaterra, 2011 Releases

Recently we went another round with Benziger, courtesy of its second label, Signaterra, an organic and sustainably-farmed line of wines. Thoughts on each of the bottlings follow. 2010 Signaterra Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley Shone Farm Vineyard – Lots of vegetation on the nose, but the body is cleaner — lemons, tropical notes, some herbs.…

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Tasting the Red Wines of Languedoc, 2011 Releases

The Languedoc region of France often gets little respect, but it’s actually the largest wine region in the world, by both area and volume of production. Located on the southern, Mediterranean coast of the country, it shares a lot in common with its neighbor to the north: The Rhone Valley. These three wines are all…

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Review: Parker’s Heritage Collection Cognac Finished Bourbon 10 Years Old (2011)

One of the most hotly anticipated new whiskeys to come out each year is the annual bottling of Parker’s Heritage Collection. Each year, Parker Beam puts together something dangerous and delicious, a blend of rare whiskeys, odd finishes, or just plain good Bourbon. For this release, the fifth Heritage bottling, Beam turned to an unusual…

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