Review: Junipero Gin

Junipero is old school. Sipping it takes you back in time. You can imagine Churchill pulling down this stuff while trying to decide what to do about those friggin’ Nazis. Junipero makes a really perfect gin martini: The juniper, as you’d imagine from the name, is up front yet not overpowering. But it’s more spicy…

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Recipe: Leblon-Lychee Popsicle

I haven’t tried this yet, but it does sound awfully good. Recipe courtesy Leblon. Leblon-Lychee Popsicle 1 1/2 oz. Leblon Cachaça 4 oz. Coconut water with the pieces of young coconut meat 1 oz. simple syrup 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice 1 oz. Boiron Lychee Puree Add all ingredients into a shaker tin. Pour contents…

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Tasting Report: Family Winemakers of California 2008

If you hang around the wine and spirits business for long, you get used to hyperbole. So of course I took the claims of the Family Winemakers of California event with a grain of salt, which swear that it’s “the largest tasting of California wines in the world.” That’s a bold statement for such a…

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Winebloggin’ Episode V… Last Until 2009

Finally, the grandest of the grand sagas of my home wine experience. It’s now in the barrel, where it will sit for 5-6 months until we can drink it. Stay tuned! Read the epic story at Wired.com! Related Stories: TapInfluence Interviews Editor in Chief Christopher Null Winebloggin’ Episode II Winebloggin’ Episode IV Now Live Winebloggin’:…

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Review: Cape North Vodka

If the Anheuser-Busch distributor who dropped off a bottle of Cape North at my house last week is even remotely serious, you won’t be seeing Cape North on a shelf near you any time soon. (The company distributes muchc more than just beer.) According to him, obtaining samples was a truly Herculean effort. Imagine how…

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Review: Chang Beer

You don’t have to like elephants to like Chang beer (the company claims it is the best-selling beer in its native Thailand), but it helps. Those little elephants on the label are just so darn cute you can’t help but try to snuggle them when you’re deep into your third oversize bottle. Chang is slowly…

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U.S. to Become #1 Wine Market By 2011

Turns out it’s not just those sophisticated Frenchies that like wine: Overall wine consumption in the United States rose 3.2 percent in 2007 to 292.1 million 9-liter cases, according the Beverage Information Group’s recently released 2008 Wine Handbook. This marks the fourteenth consecutive year of case gains, indicating positive long-term health and sustainability for the…

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Review: 2005 Pahlmeyer Jayson Red

Pahlmeyer produces some impressive high-end wines. The juice that doesn’t go into them goes into this second label, “Jayson.” (You know it’s from Pahlmeyer by the distinctive cursive label and a tiny note on the back of the bottle.) Jayson Red also doesn’t indicate what’s in it, but it’s actually a Bordeaux blend of 73%…

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