Review: 2006 Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

Robert Craig sent this pre-release vintage of its 2006 Howell Mountain Cabernet, and it’s quite a wine. Very big and, certainly, worth some time in the cellar before it’s ready for prime time, the ultra-dark wine features aromas of roasted meats and smooth plum notes. Right now the wine is tight and really needs time…

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Review: Seagram’s Brazilian Rum, Complete Lineup

It looks like cachaca is continuing its rise, and now even mass market spiriters Seagram’s is getting into the mix. Seagram’s (yeah, the gin guys!) new line of Brazilian rum doesn’t say cachaca on the label (and doesn’t offer a whole lot of information about what they’re created from or where, aside from “Brazil”), and…

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‘Cello Roundup: Limoncello and Beyond from Pallini and Loft (2009)

Limoncello is a lovely and simple liqueur that is made from lemon rind and sugar and steeped in alcohol. Served chilled, it can be a bracing way to start the afternoon or end the evening, and it’s an essential ingredient in any number of cocktail recipes. But it seems you can make a ‘cello out…

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Review: Dry Sack Oloroso 15 Years Old Solera Especial

One reader recently asked why we don’t review much sherry around here, and the answer is simple: They don’t send us much sherry to review, and in fact they don’t sell much of it in the U.S. at all. In fact, Williams & Humbert’s Dry Sack 15-year Oloroso is the first sherry we’ve formally reviewed…

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Successful Drinking: It’s in the Genes

Why can some men drink so much and create masterpieces of literature and art in the process, while others are turned into simpletons by half a glass of beer? Prospect Magazine has the answer: Beethoven fell under the influence in the later part of his creative life. Among painters, Van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, Francis Bacon…

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Review: Domaine du Tariquet Armagnacs – Blanche, Green Label, and XO (2009)

Arguably the oldest spirit-making region in France, Armagnac is Cognac’s bigger, sometimes crueler brother. Armagnac is located just a bit south of the Cognac region in western France, and like Cognac, it is the home — and the only home — of a distilled spirit that bears its name. Like cognac (the spirit), armagnac brandy…

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Krazy Straws for Grownups: Glass Dharma Glass Drinking Straws

You spent hundreds on crystal glasses and quality ingredients and have perfected your perfect cocktail recipe. And now you’re going to stick a plastic straw into it for your guests? Talk about a presentation killer. Glass Dharma offers an alternative (and it’s even eco-friendly): Glass straws handmade by California glassblowers. Available in three styles and…

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Review: Alize Gold Passion Liqueur

Alizé treads that fine line between high-end product and pop culture joke (when Tupac raps about your product, well…), but its pedigree speaks for itself: A blend of cognac and passion fruit juice (and other unspecified fruit juices), this is high-end stuff. The problem is figuring out how to use it. Alizé (which has been…

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