Review: Mount Everest Whisky

Chances are you’ll never encounter Mount Everest Whisky*, lest you decide to hike to Base Camp 1 by yourself. I certainly didn’t, but somehow this bottle made it back despite my laziness, and it’s sat unopened in a Marin cottage for years undisturbed. Naturally when I encountered it over Easter weekend I had to crack…

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Q&A: Does Zinfandel Make You More Drunk?

Reader Sara writes: I hear drinking zin will get me drunk faster. True or false? In the wine world, zinfandel has a bad reputation for making grown men and women into slobbering fools. Frankly I think the zin people enjoy this rep, but if you really look at the science of the issue, there’s not…

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Review: 2006 Blason d’Aussieres Corbieres

A Languedoc wine from the Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) empire, this dark red is composed of syrah, mourvedre, grenache, and carignane grapes. Nothing very special, Lafite says it chooses the grapes for this wine to be “mature, fresh, supple, and fleshy” — terms which don’t mean a whole lot and which are a little contradictory,…

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Review: Super Sake Smackdown, 2010 Releases

Is sake making a comeback? For whatever reason, Drinkhacker HQ has been flooded with the stuff of late. The intricacies of sake styles are too involved and complex to go into here, so if you’re interested in the differences between, say, junmai and ginjo, I’ll refer you to this Wikipedia article. Here’s our look at…

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Review: 2007 J Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

Textbook California pinot. Fresh cherries, just a hint of earth and stone, and a lightly floral finish. Somewhat thin body, and light on the tongue, but great on its own, especially as an appetite-whetting aperitif. Really worth a try. A- / $35 / jwine.com Related Stories: Review: 2019 J Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley…

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Where the Bar Meets Wall Street

Not content with the prices on the drinks menu? New York’s Exchange turns drink prices into a trader’s delight. After a brief conversational detour to boast about the size of his manhood, Sean explains how he and his friend from rival bank Citigroup come to have six drinks lined up in front of them. “We’ve…

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Review: 2007 Concannon Conservancy Petite Sirah Livermore Valley

Conservancy is a second label wine from Concannon, known for budget label bottlings. Conservancy wines come exclusively from the Livermore Valley, “protected forever from urban encroachment.” This first vintage under the label, however, is lacking much depth. A petite sirah, it’s a dark purple in color and is jammy with currants and plums to the…

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Introducing Hello Kitty Wine

This is how teen pregnancies happen. [click for wallpaper size] Related Stories: Introducing Tubes, a New Single-Serve Wine System Introducing the Silhouette Wine Glass Review: Farmhouse 2017 White Wine and 2016 Red Wine Review: Wine Swirl Wine Aeration System

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