Tasting Report: Patz & Hall Wines, 2009 Releases

A few miles south of Napa, located in a nondescript corporate office park, you’ll find Patz & Hall‘s tasting salon. And yes, it’s open to the public and no, you don’t need an appointment. (Though, if you have one, you’ll get even more personalized service.) We had a fun 45 minutes (at least) talking wine…

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Review: Brinley Gold Flavored Rums

Operating out of St. Kitts in the Virgin Islands [er, apparently not], Brinley Gold offers a lineup of five rums, all flavored with natural ingredients and all bottled at 72 proof. The focus at Brinley is clearly more on the flavor than on the rum — all of these spirits are designed for mixing (sometimes…

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Review: Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey (2009)

Now appearing with a new (and really, only modestly different) label design (pictured above), today we turn our attentions to Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey, a surprisingly big brand in the Irish business that is a standard in Ireland but less commonly known stateside. Very traditional, this light-bodied whiskey (the recipe inside is the same…

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Review: Jose Cuervo 250 Aniversario Tequila

Folks, I had to work my way up to writing this one. It’s not every day you get to try a tequila with such a pedigree… and I hope you’ll get the chance to sample it eventually for yourself. But first, some history: Jose Cuervo is the world’s oldest maker of tequila, with 10 generations…

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Review: Ty Ku Asian Citrus Liqueur

Surely you’ve seen Ty Ku on the shelf. The pale green liqueur in the obelisk of a bottle (some versions even light up when poured) stands out on any back bar. But… what is it? Reportedly the end result of a student project at Columbia Business School, Ty Ku isn’t a Japanese spirit with an…

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Sipping Wine with Hall’s Steve Leveque, 2009 Releases

Hall isn’t a new winery, but you wouldn’t know it considering its recent pushes, making it more visible than ever. This week I sat down with Hall’s winemaker, Steve Leveque, to discuss what’s new at the winery, and to taste a few bottles of the good stuff. The big news of late is Halls’ Gold…

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Review: Pinky Botanical Vodka

Is everything coming up pink these days? Pink tequilas are rampant, and now there’s pink vodka called, understandably enough, Pinky Botanical Vodka. Pinky begins with winter wheat, and it’s distilled five times into the base spirit (presumably at this point it’s the same thing as Sweden’s Svensk Vodka, which is the producer of Pinky). Pinky…

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What Wineries to Visit in Sonoma County

Yesterday I offered some of my favorite Napa-area wineries to visit during wine country vacations. Today I turn my attention to nearby Sonoma. Sonoma is a trickier area to visit because it is much larger and is split in two by a huge freeway. Touring this area takes longer than Napa, so keep that in…

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