Review: 2006 Catena Zapata Catena Alta Malbec Mendoza

An outstanding Argentinan Malbec, this wine is made from grapes harvested from four different estate vineyards, each at a different elevation in Mendoza, ranging from 2,850 feet to 4,725 feet. The result is an eye-opener, an intense yet fruit-forward wine with cherry and plum notes and a thick, vibrant licorice core. That sounds gross, I…

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Review: Dos Maderas Aged Rum 5+3 and P.X. Aged Rum 5+5

These unique rums hail from Guyana and Barbados, and after aging there for five years they’re shipped to Spain for finishing in Sherry barrels. The amount and type of said finishing is what distinguishes the two rums from one another, and the end result couldn’t be more different. Dos Maderas Aged Rum 5+3 – As…

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Review: 3 Gruner Veltliners, 2010 Releases

Three new Gruner Veltliner white wines from our friends in Austria, all very low in alcohol and worthy of attention! 2008 Zantho Gruner Veltliner – A very crisp wine, with apple, lemon, and some peach notes. Very light body, and just 11.5% alcohol by volume, with a simple and light finish. Quite refreshing. Sealed with…

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Book Review: The Quick-Fix Hangover Detox

Subtitled “99 Ways to Feel 100 Times Better,” this slim tome (just 99 pages long including the index) is a straightforward list of recipes and advice for correcting the worst part of drinking: the hangover. The advice is split into three sections – before, during, and after you drink – and the advice varies from…

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Review: Patron Silver Tequila

For many, Patron is the gold standard of premium tequila. And indeed, Patron has done for the tequila market what Grey Goose did for vodka. Whether you like them or not, they have convinced the world that there were people out there who would pay for expensive versions of what many had previously assumed only…

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Review: 2009 Caminada Chardonnay Uco Valley Mendoza Argentina

Caminada is a Mendoza, Argentina-based winery which sources fruit from the mountains above the Uco Valley. The wine (along with its Malbec) is simple and uncomplex. There’s citrus and lemon on the nose, pairing well with a decent, fruity body. No real finish to speak of, Caminada ends short and simple. Wood aging is limited,…

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Tasting Report: Family Winemakers of California 2010

As in years past, Family Winemakers of California proves itself to be a vast and nearly unmanageable monster of a wine show. Now in its 20th year, this San Francisco event featured a whopping 340 wineries and thousands of wines being sampled. While I’m not entirely sure how the likes of Kendall-Jackson, here for the…

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Extreme Margarita Close-Up

It’s just as pretty under a microscope as it is in an oversized, salt-rimmed, cactus-themed cocktail glass. What Booze Looks Like Under a Microscope Keep hitting Next. The White Russian is super trippy… Related Stories: TapInfluence Interviews Editor in Chief Christopher Null Welcome to Drinkhacker 2018 Review: Stirrings Simple Margarita Mix and Margarita Rimmer Review:…

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