Review: Leblon Cachaca

Leblon was the first cachaça I ever tried and it remains a perfectly acceptable introduction to the beauty of the spirit. The company was kind enough to send a fresh bottle, and it remains as charming a cachaça as ever. You won’t miss that gigantic green bottle on the shelf (it barely fits in my…

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10% of Users Drink When Gadgets Stop Working

From my pals at Gizmodo: This just in! Malfunctioning technology causes anger! That’s according to a new British survey, which finds that 73% of people have hurled a gadget in a fit or gage, while 75% admit to swearing or losing their temper. A really desperate 10% admits to turning to booze when their gadget…

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Syrah Outselling Chardonnay?

Wine.com put out a curious press release, saying that at its website Syrah is now outselling Chardonnay, for the first time ever. Syrah sales grew 47% during the first half of the year, earning it the #2 varietal spot behind Cabernet Sauvignon (so Syrah is now outselling just about everything, really). Nationally, though, those numbers…

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Review: Orzel Vodka

Like Russian Standard Imperia before it, Orzel is an old vodka brand which is invading America, with a huge marketing push targeted at the glossy magazines. I can’t turn a page without seeing another ad for Orzel, and I finally nabbed a bottle to give it a try. Orzel tastes old. It’s old school vodka…

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Review: Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila (2008)

Even Donald Trump could learn something from the braggadocio on display at Maestro Dobel, which claims (among other superlatives), to be “the first-ever diamond tequila” … “unlike any other aged tequila” … the “result of a proprietary blending and filtration technique.” … “the liquid embodiment of my passion for tequila” … the result of “six…

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Review: Dos Lunas Anejo Tequila

Dos Lunas? That’s two moons for you, gringo. And since we only have one moon here on Earth, one can only presume Dos Lunas is actually from Mars. (OK, the actual story involves an ancient culture that once believed we had two moons here, but I like my story better.) Dos Lunas Anejo has a…

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Drinkin’ Movie: Bottle Shock

Grab a big bottle of Cabernet, stuff it in your overcoat, head to your local cineplex, and check out Bottle Shock, a film about the now-groundbreaking 1976 “Judgment of Paris” wine competition that put American wine on the oenology map. My pal Bill Gibron gives it 3 stars out of 5 over on Filmcritic.com, but…

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Review: Tommy Bahama Rum – White Sand and Golden Sun

When the Wall Street Journal’s Eric Felten named Tommy Bahama white rum his favorite of some 10 rums in a blind tasting, I figured I had to try it. The company was kind enough to send both of its rums, light and dark, to be put to the test. Both are bottled in Barbados (not,…

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