Review: Joyus Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Wine and Cabernet Sauvignon

Joyus — or rather, Jøyus — is a new entrant into the NA wine category, producing a spray of wines made by dealcoholizing real wine, then blending in water and grape juice to plump things back up. We received two expressions from the company, a sparkling white wine and a cabernet sauvignon. Joyus Non-Alcoholic Sparkling…

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Review: Amaro Lucano Non-Alcoholic

Amaro Lucano is one of the many delightful amari of Italy, and it continues to make inroads in the U.S. market, where it only recently returned for sale. Now, consumers who want the bracing flavor of Lucano without the booze have a new option: Amaro Lucano Non-Alcoholic. How’s it made? I’m not sure. The details…

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Review: 2022 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay and Fume Blanc

These two whites from Sonoma County’s Ferrari-Carano were late arrivals, but just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy white wine, does it? Let’s dive in. 2022 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay Sonoma County – Unctuous and boldly fruity, with overtones of cooked apples and tinned pears. Vanilla notes are particularly strong here, but they find a…

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Review: MXXN Cannabis-Infused Alcohol Alternatives

Hear me out on this: What if you don’t want to drink alcohol… but you don’t mind replacing it with cannabis… and yet you still want to drink cocktails? That’s the promise of MXXN — pronounced “moon” — which is a hemp-infused non-alcoholic spirit designed for cocktailing. The idea? You won’t be consuming alcohol, but…

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Bar Reviews: Christina’s Shoreditch and Scarfes Bar, London

A trip to London means plenty of time in pubs, but like any big city, London has a thriving cocktail culture, too. A recent visit here took me to two upscale cocktail bars to sample the city’s latest in drinkdom. Read on for the boozy details on Christina’s Shoreditch and Scarfes Bar. Christina’s Shoreditch The…

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Review: Abstinence Non-Alcoholic Cape Floral Gin and Spritzes

Based in South Africa, Abstinence Spirits makes a variety of non-alcoholic spirits and ready-to-drink products, with a heavy focus on various NA gins. The company’s process is described as follows: “We extract flavours through small batch distillations without the use of alcohol, by using maceration, vapour infusion and hydrosols. Each batch is individually blended, tasted…

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Gambler’s Treat: Ideas of Prestigious Scotches You Can Gift Yourself After Cashing Out on Your Casino Wins

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Review: Accompani Dry Vermouth

  We’ve covered a bit of the lineup from Portland-based Straightaway Cocktails’ Accompani brand, and today we take a dive into one of the most widely used spirits, vermouth. This is a dry vermouth, made with tarragon, thyme, citron, sweet woodruff, and rose, among other botanicals. This is a versatile and fresh vermouth, pale yellow…

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