Tasting Report: Alto Adige Wines, 2010 Releases

Alto Adige? You’re not alone if you’ve never heard of this region, one of the smallest in Italy, a remote area just south of Austria nestled against the Alps. The mountain vineyards up here produce all manner of grapes, including traditional Italian fruit like pinot bianco and pinot grigio, and a whole lot of stuff…

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Review: Citadelle Reserve Gin 2009 Vintage

Citadelle isn’t just releasing this specially-flavored (with 19 spices) and cognac-barrel aged (5 months) gin — it’s actually going the vintage route, with this 2009 edition recently hitting shelves. Versus the 2008 version, the only difference in recipe I can tell is one month less in oak: 5 months vs. the 2008 bottling’s 6 months.…

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Review: 2007 HammerSky Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles “Limited Resource”

HammerSky made just 137 cases of this Paso Robles cabernet, and that’s a shame. It’s a fruit-forward wine, one with lots of character but one which is still easy to drink. Made with 79% cabernet sauvignon, 16% merlot, and 5% cabernet franc, it’s a deeply purple wine, fat with blueberry character, herbal notes, and a…

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Review: 2008 Doña Paula Malbec

Doña Paula’s 2008 Malbec hails from the Mendoza region of Argentina. Jammy, with a light herbal finish, it’s easy to see why this wine has won so many accolades of late: It’s great with food or by itself, and it lightens up to reveal more red fruit as it aerates. It’s hard to love many…

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Review: Yeyo Tequila Silver (2010)

Yeyo! It’s fun to say. Pretty fun to drink. But more fun to say. Yeyo! Yeyo is a new brand, a straight-up silver tequila. 100% agave. No aged versions. Hailing from Beaverton, Oregon (by way of the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, of course), it’s only now arriving in small pockets of the Pacific Northwest. Easygoing…

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Recipe: A Cocktail for Oscar

So many booze companies try to jump on the Oscar bandwagon with a custom cocktail, but this one from our friends at Moet sounded just about perfect. It’s what I’m serving tonight! (The Academy Awards start at 5PM PST.) Golden Glamour 4 oz. Moët & Chandon Imperial Champagne 1/4 oz. Navan vanilla liqueur 1 1/2…

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Review: Wines of HobNob, 2010 Releases

Can the French go toe to toe with the Australians at their own game: Putting out cheap and simple varietally-focused wines that consumers will lap up? All that’s missing is the animal on the label. Here’s how the five wines of the HobNob label — sometimes seen as Hob Nob and all hailing from “the…

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Review: Parker’s Heritage Collection Golden Anniversary Bourbon Whiskey (2009)

Malt Advocate‘s John Hansell called this whiskey the “American Whiskey of the Year” (2009), a heavy honor from a man who samples hundreds of whiskies a year and certainly knows his stuff. I finally tracked down a bottle — not an easy task — to see what all the fuss was about. The idea: To…

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