Review: Volare Simple Syrup, Grenadine, and Lime

Volare mixers are made in Italy (appropriately, given the company’s name), and they arrive in full size bottles which, unless you work in an airport bar, are probably guaranteed to spoil before you ever finish them off. Today we look at a trio of essential cocktail ingredients. Note that there are no notices regarding refrigeration…

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Review: Hampden “Great House” Rum Distillery Edition 2020

At the end of 2020, Jamaica’s Hampden Estate Distillery launched the first in a new annual series of rums that are designed to enhance its profile on the market. The distillery, which has been running for hundreds of years, only began producing products under its own label in 2018. (Before that, it sold off virtually…

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Pairing Winefornia Wines with Laura Chenel and Marin French Cheese Co.

Wine tasting is fun. Wine and cheese tasting: Even better. Winefornia recently sent a trio of wines and a half dozen cheeses for us to taste as part of series of launch events for its 2020 Innovatus viognier. Made by Napa’s only Korean female winemaker, Cecil Park, the company is also showcasing two reds to…

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Review: 2018 David Paige Wines Chardonnay Willamette Valley

David Paige Wines is a new venture from former Adelsheim winemaker David Paige. The operation produces three pinot noirs, and this chardonnay. Not at all weighted down by oak, this Burgundy-style wine finds a heavy note of lime leaf and lemon peel, creamy nougat, and barrel-driven vanilla in the mix. The finish shows more of…

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Review: Mad River Revolution Rye, Rye Finished in Silver Oak, and Old Fashioned

Our coverage of the products of Vermont’s Mad River Distillers — a grain to glass operation that produces bourbon, rye, rum, and apple brandy — has been scattershot, as new products have been released over the years. Today we turn our attention to two rye whiskeys and a bottled cocktail made with the same. Normally…

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Tasting the Fruited Sour Beers of Urban South Brewery – HTX

Urban South Brewery got its start in Louisiana in 2016. Its first satellite location outside the state got going in Houston, Texas in February 2020, offering a different collection of (230!) beers — heavy on fruited sours — than are available at the company’s home location. That started with the “Spilled” series (each featuring lots…

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Review: Bardstown Bourbon The Prisoner Wine Collaboration II

Bardstown Bourbon Company is back with round two of its collaboration with The Prisoner Wine Company. Like the inaugural release last year, this one is finished for a whopping 18 months in French oak red wine barrels used to age the winery’s flagship blend, The Prisoner. The only difference here is that the sourced Tennessee…

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Review: Jefferson’s Rye Finished in Cognac Casks

Jefferson’s has plenty of bourbons in its stable, from Very Small Batch to the Ocean series and a variety of wine finishes and special releases, but the company has only once, in 2008, released a rye whiskey. Owner and blender Trey Zoeller is giving rye another go with this latest release, but this time, the…

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