Review: Famiglia Pasqua 2019 PassioneSentimento and 2012 Mai Dire Mai Amarone

Two new autumn releases from Italy’s Famiglia Pasqua — well known in these parts for its dazzling Amarone — have hit our desk. Let’s give ’em a try. 2019 Famiglia Pasqua PassioneSentimento Veneto Rosso IGT – A dense blend of corvina and croatina, with some merlot in the mix, this is a hearty wine thick…

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The Top 10 Wines for Winter 2023

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some cooler weather — and with it, some heartier, fireside-friendly wines. For the latest installment of our annual Top 10 Wines for Winter roundup, we’ve scoured our prior coverage for top selections as well as surfacing a few wines we haven’t formally reviewed, all in order…

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Review: Sante Bourbon Pecans

OK, spoiler. There is no bourbon in Sante’s bourbon pecans. In fact, there are only five ingredients, though one of them — “natural flavor” — could at least refer to a bourbon-like flavor, no? Sante makes a whole bunch of candied nuts, but these bourbon-ish pecans are one of their best products, and the only…

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Review: Botran Rum – No. 12, 15, and 18 (2022 Relaunch)

Guatemalan rum brand Botran has been unavailable in the U.S. market since 2019. Now the brand is back, with new expressions, new branding, and a new sustainability accreditation Basically: new everything. The bulk of the new Botran Rum line now carries a number on the label, unlike previous editions, but not that these are not…

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Review: Whiskies of Bimber Distillery, 2022 Releases

Bimber is an ambitious craft distillery that’s fairly new to the UK whisky scene. Their founder, Dariusz Plazewski, established the distillery in an industrial corner of West London in 2015 and named it for the Polish word for moonshine. Bimber’s single malts are true grain-to-glass offerings, relying on traditional floor-malted, hand-mashed barley sourced from a…

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Review: Marques de Casa Noble Tequila

Casa Noble’s latest bottling, Marqués de Casa Noble, is an unusual tequila that defies easy categorization. It’s described as a blend 21 añejos and extra añejos, aged in French oak. Specifically, the blend includes 12 extra añejos and nine añejos aged one to five years. By blending unique aromas, Jose “Pepe” Hermosillo, Casa Noble’s Founder…

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Review: St. George Green Chile Vodka

Chile-flavored vodka is typically described as usable only for Bloody Mary cocktails. And that is basically something I agree with. What else have I ever used pepper-infused vodka for? St. George’s expression of pepper vodka isn’t shy. Infused with California jalapenos, habaneros, serranos, and bell peppers, there is no shortage of capsaicin to go around…

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Review: Benriach Single Cask 2022 Releases – 12, 23, and 24 Years Old

Big news from Benriach, which has just dropped its first single cask, single malt Scotch whisky bottlings ever available in the U.S. Three expressions are arriving, all extremely limited (only a few hundred cask strength bottles each) and ranging in ages from 12 to 24 years old, with each drawn from a different type of cask…

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