Review: Parasia Digital Wine Thermometer with LED Light

Many wine bottles and reference guides helpfully offer an “optimum” temperature at which a wine should be served. Sticking the wine in an ice bucket is easy. Actually measuring the temperature it’s at is the hard part. Parasia’s Digital Wine Thermometer looks a lot like an oversized pen. Uncap it and dip the probe in…

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Review: 2004 Santa Rita Pehuén Carménère

What the heck is Carménère, you ask? It’s a wine grape that, if importers have anything to say about it, will be taking the States by storm in short order. (Of course, they’ve been saying that about Grüner-Veltliner for at least six years now, and look where that’s gotten to.) Carménère is mainly a blending…

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Review: Nine BenRiach Scotch Expressions (2008)

Nine tiny bottles representing the heart of BenRiach’s line of Scotches have been staring me down for weeks now. Finally I’ve embarked on the massive tasting effort to review each of them. Also known as “The BenRiach,” this Speyside outfit produces at least 18 regular bottlings, plus dozens of special, limited releases. The nine reviewed…

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1800 Tequila Releases Essential Artists Series Bottlings

The cool cats at 1800 are taking their tequila to new heights: By adding to the artistry of what’s in the bottle through a series of prints that adhere to the bottle itself. For its first round, 1800 has commissioned nine artists to produce original works which are then recreated on the back of the…

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Did I Say “Discriminating”?

Not only is there a World Series of Beer Pong, but it’s about to have its fourth annual showdown: BPONG.COM is hosting the 4th annual World Series of Beer Pong in Las Vegas from January 1-5, 2009. The event is held at the renowned Flamingo casino and hotel right on the Vegas strip.  BPONG.COM has…

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Man Drinks 17 Energy Drinks, Survives

I’m glad I wasn’t the one who had to suffer through 17 servings of this stuff, but this intrepid reporter sucked down all manner of energy drinks to determine what tasted best, what had the best buzz, and which was most “drinkable” (which I guess is slightly different than “taste”). The results: Moxie Citrus Flavor…

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Review: 2004 Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages Blanc Chateau des Jacques

That’s right: White Beaujolais. It exists, though you may go your entire life without seeing a bottle of it in the flesh. Beaujolais Blanc is Chardonnay, vaguely in the style of White Burgundy, with no aging in oak at all. This is miles away from California Chardonnay, and though Louis Jadot’s 2004 Beaujolais-Villages Blanc Chateau…

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Review: 2008 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

On Thursday, November 20, the new 2008 vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau goes on sale, and every wine lover should make a point to try at least one bottle before ’08 is history. I got an early peek at Georges Duboeuf’s Nouveau and found it one of the most charming Nouveaus in recent memory. The Gamay’s…

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