Review: Hendrick’s Gin and Katz’s Delicatessen Gin-Inspired Pickled Cucumbers

In April of this year, Hendrick’s posted an Instagram prank advertising Hendrick’s-branded pickles. Clever, but not an earth-shattering level of jokery, really. Only now the pickles are real, courtesy of a collaboration with iconic Katz’s Delicatessen in New York, where they are available in store and for nationwide shipping, for a limited time. They’re made…

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Review: Wines of Southwest Michigan, 2021 Releases

Southwestern Michigan is a region commonly associated with several high-quality beers and breweries dotting the map. Quality wine was to be found only within the northern Traverse Bay and very few other places. The last several years has found the southwest area quietly making a case to claim the throne. We were lucky enough to…

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Review: WhistlePig RoadStock Rye and FarmStock Beyond Bonded Rye and Bourbon

WhistlePig has been on an absolute tear lately, firing out new expressions left and right to the point where it’s hard to keep up. Today we’re looking at three new releases from the Vermont operation, including a unique rye and a matched pair of 101-proof whiskeys, one rye and one bourbon (bourbon! from WhistlePig!). Let’s…

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Review: NV G.H. Mumm Grand Corton Rosé

Mumm is a well-recognized Champagne house. Located in Reims, one of the key towns in the Champagne region in France, it traces its history to the early 1800s. The nonvintage G.H. Mumm Grand Corton Rosé is a sparkling wine mainly made from Pinot Noir, however the two other traditional Champagne grapes of Pinot Meunier and…

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Review: 2017 Mascota Vineyards Unanime Malbec

The front page of the Mascota Vineyards website reminds the reader that “pleasure is a treasure.” However well-intended, the sentiment bears resemblance to something displayed in cursive lettering, carved into wood while hanging in the waiting area of a rural Midwestern beauty salon. Enough on taglines, on to brass tacks: Mascota’s vineyards lie at the…

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Review: Tequila Zarpado Blanco

Latitude Beverage — which markets Hunt & Gather and Wheel Horse Whiskey — is getting into the tequila business. Tequila Zarpado is made in Jalisco at the Cavas de Don Max distillery, which I’m not familiar with but which has been around for decades. This is a low-cost, 100% agave product available exclusively as a…

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Review: Wines of Unshackled, 2021 Releases

Unshackled is a new series of wines from the folks behind The Prisoner, a no-frills collection of California-designated wines with a clever, Enigma-style label design. At least four expressions are available; we received all but a rose. Let’s try them. 2020 Unshackled Sauvignon Blanc California – This exuberant expression of sauvignon blanc feels designed for…

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Review: 2018 Colomé Malbec Estate

Prior to suggestion from a friend working with South American winemakers, I was tragically unfamiliar with this vineyard. It was a grave misstep on my part, as Colomé wines appear to garner high praise and consistently place on top 100 and best-of lists from our publishing colleagues. Let’s see if this 2018 Malbec meets high…

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