Review: NV Domaine Carneros Cuvee de la Pompadour

This sparkling rose from Carneros is a good mix of sweet and savory: A mildly yeasty nose with touches of floral character is followed by a mildly sweet, berry-forward body. Quite a lot of fizz to it, the body is more foamy than creamy. The finish is easy and lasting, fading toward a little bitter…

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Review: Ron de Jeremy Rum

Perhaps this was inevitable: Infamous porn star Ron Jeremy now has a rum. Makes sense, of course: Ron is Spanish for rum and Jeremy is actually from that noted bastion of rum production: Queens, New York. Hrmmmm. Ron de Jeremy is actually an aged, seven-year rum from Panama. If it didn’t have Jeremy’s mug on…

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Review: 2006 Bodegas Roda Rioja Reserva

A rare Rioja: Fruit-forward, lush, and easily drinkable without requiring a big hunk of meat to back it up. Blackberry and fleeting Port-like characters play with hints of tar and tobacco. Moderate body, but smooth, and with a pleasing, rounded finish. Really lovely. A / $45 / roda.es Related Stories: Review: Beronia 2011 Rioja Crianza…

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Review: American Harvest Organic Spirit (2011)

The folks at Sidney Frank — the company that made billions by giving us Grey Goose — is back at it. Its new vodka is a bit of a curiosity: It doesn’t actually say “vodka” on the label, it says “organic spirit.” What is an “organic spirit?” It’s organic vodka (column distilled from organic winter…

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Review: 2006 Antinori Agricola Bramasole La Braccesca Syrah Cortona

Syrah is traditionally considered a New World grape, but here Antinori has found a plot of the stuff in Tuscany. Old World Italian Syrah? For real, folks, and it’s a bracing change of pace from traditional Italian reds and, more strikingly, the Syrah and Shiraz to which you’re likely accustomed. The character is distinctly Italian,…

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Review: Wemyss Malts Smooth Gentleman 8 Years Old and Peat Chimney 8 Years Old

Wemyss (pronounced “weems”) is well known for its blended (aka vatted) malts and its aggressive approach to picking a variety of single malt casks to reach various specified outcomes. Wemyss even names its malts — which are not blended Scotch, by the way, since they contain no grain spirit, just malted barley — to give…

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Review: 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Kentucky Bourbon

1792 (a reference to the year that Kentucky became a state) comes from the Barton Distilling Company, which ages this small batch whiskey for 8 years before releasing it as a 93.7 proof finished product. That product is ready-made for any sweet tooth: 1792 is one of the most sugary, dessert-friendly bourbons I’ve ever had.…

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Review: The King’s Ginger Liqueur

Can you feel the Royal Wedding excitement yet? It’s palpable, I know, as mere days away a new princess will be crowned. To celebrate the nuptials, Berry Bros. is reminding everyone of The King’s Ginger, a liqueur it created in 1903 for King Edward VII, “to stimulate and revivify His Majesty during morning rides.” It’s…

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