Review: Wines of Cameron Hughes, 2010 Releases

A self-described negociant, Cameron Hughes gathers up wine from around the globe and sells it under his own, numerically-identified labels (now up to 240 lots). As Hughes himself said in an event I attended today, he’ll bottle and sell anything as long as he loves it — typically at a price under $20 a bottle…

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Cocktails for National Sandwich Day

Did you know that tomorrow (November 3) is National Sandwich Day? Did you know there was such a thing National Sandwich Day? Well, there is, and even if you don’t like eating sandwiches, our friends at Flor de Cana have devised a way to drink them. Behold, three of the strangest cocktail recipes I’ve seen…

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Review: 2009 Arizona Stronghold “Nachise” Arizona Red Wine

We’ve covered Arizona wine before, and Dos Cabezas red blend was more of a success than Arizona Stronghold’s similar undertaking. Hailing from the area near Sedona, this wine is blended from Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah, and Mourverdre. A racy “Rhone-style” is alas not something that leaps to mind during tasting. It has huge meat and…

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Review: 2008 Michael-David Winery Earthquake Wines

We’ve reviewed Michael-David’s wines in the past, with its Incognito line. Earthquake is another of label of wines sourced from Lodi, California. Quality is all over the place. 2008 Earthquake Zinfandel Lodi is a miss. Very, very young, it’s almost prunelike, syrupy and with chocolate notes — but Russell Stover, not Lindt. Out of balance…

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Review: Pampero Aniversario Ron Anejo

A pampero, I am told, is a “vicious squall” across the pampas in South America. I’m only saying that because it’s the only the second time on this blog that I’ve been able to legitimately use the word “pampas.” Pampero Aniversario is a Venezuelan rum, and one of only a handful I’ve ever tried. And…

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Review: Stolichnaya Stoli Wild Cherri Vodka

It’s an old story but I’ll tell it again: Cherry is the toughest flavor in the universe to pull off in a spirit. People keep trying, though, and the latest out of the gate is Stoli, with a “Wild Cherri” vodka. This naturally-flavored concoction (actually from Latvia, not Russia) starts off OK. It smells pretty…

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Review: Spike Your Juice Homemade Booze Kit

I’ve seen some weird stuff in my day, but Spike Your Juice is pretty much the strangest of them all. Put simply, Spike Your Juice is a system for turning ordinary fruit juice into good old-fashioned hooch. Inside the colorful box you’ll find a few little mystery packets. You pour the packets into an off-the-shelf…

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Review: 2008 and 2009 Monthaven Boxed Wines

Monthaven’s 2008 Chardonnay didn’t exactly impress us. Today the company is back to try again with its 2009 release, plus two new reds from the 2008 vintage, all served up in convenient 3 liter boxes. Yes, that’s 9 liters of wine. No, we did not drink it all. (Not possible.) 2009 Monthaven Chardonnay Central Coast…

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