Tasting Report: 2011 Good Eats Zinfandel & Food Pairing

Rarely is a bottle of wine consumed on its own, and the folks at ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) know this. A smaller part of the monumental ZAP event is this annual shindig, an event that pairs every winery exhibiting with an area restaurant, the idea being to show off how well Zinfandel wines go…

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Review: PreToxx Hangover Remedy

PreToxx — now reformulated and repackaged since our 2009 review and featuring a capital T instead of a lowercase one — still has one great thing going for it: It’s a pill, so choking it down is easy. Designed to be consumed before you drink, one PreToxx pill contains the following: Vitamins B1, B6, B12,…

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Review: Kilchoman Winter 2010 Release

We last encountered Kilchoman only a few short months ago, when its Summer 2010 Release single malt whisky was still on the shelves. Now those days are gone, but Kilchoman is back with another semiannual release. Winter 2010 finds Kilchoman still at three years on the barrel, and as big and burly as that youth…

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Review: Manana Tequila, Complete Lineup

Mañana, of course, means tomorrow in Spanish. Maybe the name foreshadows a simple reality that you should wait to buy the stuff. (You certainly won’t miss those brightly colored bottles, though, each featuring a tiny metal sculpture of a man in a hammock, which swings back and forth inside a recessed portion of each bottle.…

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Review: Early Times Kentucky Whisky and 354 Bourbon

Early Times is one of the biggest names in inexpensive whiskey… and now it’s trying to creep upmarket. Today we look at the (only) ET that’s been on sale since the 1980s, and the new Early Times 354 Bourbon, which debuts this month. Early Times Kentucky Whisky – Note carefully, it’s not “Bourbon.” It’s “Kentucky…

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Pisco 101 with Duggan McDonnell

I can safely say now that I know more about Pisco than I ever thought I would. More than I ever thought there was to know, actually. And yet, I’m still little more than a novice. Pisco is, put simply, unaged, grape-based brandy from Peru (or Chile, which we’ll discuss later). Peru puts strict controls…

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Review: 2009 Imagery Estate Winery White Burgundy North Coast

A rarity for California: A white blend inspired by French wines. Imagery’s “White Burgundy” is a blend of Chardonnay (of course), plus Pinot Blanc and a bit of Pinot Meunier, a typical grape used in the wines of Champagne. The result is, well, mostly Chardonnay-like, buttery and oaky, but not overdone. There is a certain…

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Valentine’s Day Cocktails with Moonshine, 2011

Little did I know that Moonshine is a brand of “clear corn whiskey” — unaged, white dog whiskey for the rest of us. The company is sending a sample for us to review, but in the meantime, I took an interest in the Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes it sent along. You can sub in another…

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