Review: Chairman’s Reserve Legacy Rum

The latest edition in the St. Lucia-based Chairman’s Reserve Rum series is this, simply called Legacy, a blend of rums from Chairman’s two pot stills from John Dore and Vendome as well as its Coffey column still. It includes both traditional molasses-based rums and sugarcane juice rum made entirely from its Roseau estate and fermented…

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Review: NV Chandon Brut and Brut Rose

The venerable Chandon sparkling wine brand recently redesigned its bottles for the first time in 60 years, with an “eye-catching new vertical label design that captures the quality and craftsmanship inherent of our sparkling wines.” It doesn’t appear that anything in production has changed significantly, but it turns out we’ve never reviewed the standard Chandon…

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Review: DayPack Premium Hop Seltzers, Complete Lineup

Hops are flowering plants that are used most commonly in beer that provides the signature bitter profile. To break it down even further, the whole flower provides these essential flavorings whereas the oil provides a more accentuated bitterness akin to citrus and pine. And lately they have been appearing in flavored seltzers. That brings us…

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A Visit to Urban South Brewery HTX – Houston

After tasting the wild, fruited sours of Urban South HTX, I knew I needed to pay these madmen a visit the next time I made it to Texas. Well, the opportunity recently presented itself in the form of my first “real” vacation, a week in my hometown of Houston. Urban South HTX — the Houston…

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Review: 2017 Zenato Valpolicella Superiore DOC

Zenato has been producing wine in Italy’s Veneto region since 1960. Today we look at its Valpolicella Classico, a classic, dry (unlike its more exotic Amarone) blend of 80% Corvina, 10% Rondinella, and 10% Oseleta grapes, all varieties native to the Valpolicella region. The winery suggests enjoying this affordable bottling with a slight chill on…

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Review: Coit Spirits Canned Cocktails – Paradisio and North Beach

Sonoma, California-based Coit Spirits has taken its gin empire and added a quartet of canned cocktails to the mix, all made with its own gin (though it’s unclear which one). The lightly carbonated cocktails, three of which are named after San Francisco neighborhoods, come in single-serve 5 oz. cans, designed to be poured over ice…

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Review: A. Smith Bowman Cask Strength Bourbon Batch #1

We’ve long been impressed with the bourbons rolling out of Virginia’s A. Smith Bowman distillery. While new, hyper-rare limited edition releases under the Abraham Bowman label come around roughly once a year, there hasn’t been any change to the lineup of their core portfolio since the addition of Port Finish in 2017. Now the distillery…

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Review: Veramonte Organic Wines – 2020 Sauvignon Blanc and 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Chile’s Veramonte is no stranger to these pages. Recently the brand overhauled its packaging and refocused its emphasis on its commitment to 100% organic farming. Today we look at the latest releases of both its organic sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon bottlings — both of which are decidedly bargain priced. 2020 Veramonte Organic Sauvignon Blanc…

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