Review: 2019 Attems Pinot Grigio Friuli DOC

Attems is a classic pinot grigio producer from Italy’s Venezia region. This 2019 vintage release is surprisingly dry — very crisp, with lots of mineral notes I don’t usually expect to find in pinot grigio. Fruit percolates as the wine warms and opens up, but it keeps the focus on lemon and grapefruit, with a…

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Review: Barrell Bourbon Batch 25

Hot on the heels of so many recent whiskey releases, Barrell has added to the annual fall bourbon frenzy with its 25th bourbon batch. That’s a lot of batches, and while there’s never been a real formula to these releases, you have to go back pretty far in the lineup to get a blend with…

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Review: Dalwhinnie 30 Years Old Limited Edition 2020

Last year’s Dalwhinnie (which wasn’t available in the U.S.) was also a 30 year old. This one, drawn from refill hogsheads (mix of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry refills, though predominantly ex-bourbon) filled in 1989, carries an unusual backstory. I’ll let Diageo Global Master of Whisky Ewan Gunn explain: Dalwhinnie is known for distilling a fairly robust…

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Recipe: Singapore Sling

The iconic Singapore Sling was invented at the famed Raffles Hotel in Singapore around 1915, and the Long Bar there still seems to be cranking them out over 100 years later. Reportedly one of Hunter S. Thompson’s favorite cocktails, the Singapore Sling doesn’t get much play in many bars, and it’s easy to see why:…

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The Top 10 Tequilas and Mezcals of 2020

With celebrities ranging from Dwayne Johnson to Michael Jordan to Bryan Cranston all getting in on the tequila and mezcal game, you’d think a mass migration from Hollywood to Mexico was underway. Nope, turns out that’s just where the money is. After George Clooney and pals got $1 billion for their sale of Casamigos a…

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Review: Jeni’s Sparkling Berry Punch Sorbet with Chandon

Wine-infused ice cream is usually the kind of thing you can only get at high-end restaurants. But now you can bring it home, courtesy of a partnership between Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Chandon California sparkling wine. Jeni’s Sparkling Berry Punch is a sorbet made with blackcurrants, blackberry, and raspberry fruit — plus a touch…

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Review: Deschutes Brewery Rip City Lager and Royal Fresh Imperial IPA

Two new beers from our friends in Bend, Oregon at Deschutes Brewery. Let’s go for it. Deschutes Brewery Rip City Lager – A light lager created in combination with, of all brands, the Portland Trail Blazers. Lemon is the dominant element here, paired with straightforward notes of fresh cereal and bitter hops. There’s really not…

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Review: Holmes Cay Single Cask Rum – Belize 2005 and Barbados 2009 Port Cask

Two new rum offerings from the independent bottlers at Holmes Cay, including a second go-round with Barbados, Holmes Cay’s first release that undergoes a secondary casking (this one’s finished in Port). Holmes Cay Single Cask Rum Belize 2005 – Produced at Travellers Liquors Distillery in Belize, this 15 year old rum is column distilled and…

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