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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Tasting Report: Rhone Rangers 2010

I’ve been going to the Rhone Rangers wine event — a celebration of syrah and Rhone-style wines from the U.S. — for as long as I can remember. This year the event was smaller, missing a few of my usual haunts, but packed with plenty of interesting wines, some from producers I’d never encountered before.…

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Review: Tequila Tamer Sangrita

Whenever I drink tequila, I love to have it with a shot of sangrita on the side. The problem: You’ll only find sangrita on the menu at fancier Mexican restaurants and tequila bars. I presume most Mexican joints don’t sell it not because it’s hard to make but because most diners have no idea what…

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Review: Tequila Semental, Complete Lineup

These simple tequilas are crafted from 100% agave and weigh in at a standard 80 proof. Tequila Semental Silver – Unaged and crystal clear. Strong agave character, if a little rough on the palate and in the finish. A bit smoky on the nose — but not of wood, more of a brush fire, probably…

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Tasting Report: Wines of New Zealand 2010

New Zealand. Jesus, both the Shire and Mordor are there, you’d think they could make some more interesting wines than what we’re currently seeing. Mind you, New Zealand isn’t producing bad wine. But compared to its exciting, up-and-coming heyday in the late ’90s, much like Australia, New Zealand seems content to rest on its laurels…

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Review: 2007 Pina Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – D’Adamo and Buckeye

Pina is hardly a household name, but this small winery is producing some of the best small vineyard cabernet in the Napa Valley. Today we look at the company’s limited release 2007 cabernet sauvignon bottlings. 2007 Pina Cabernet Sauvignon D’Adamo Vineyard -Really lovely right now, but will probably be even better with age. Incredible, intense…

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