Review: Frerot Extra Cognac

Frerot Extra is a 100% Grande Champagne Cognac made from eau-de-vies with an age ranging from 30 to 50 years old. That kind of age isn’t remotely common, so I approached this brandy with significant enthusiasm. Results? It’s perfectly agreeable, but to be honest, it’s vaguely disappointing. The nose is fragrant and floral, very light…

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Review: Wines of Marco Felluga and Russiz Superiore, 2020 Releases

We’ve written about the wines of the Marco Felluga family in the past, an operation which spans two estates in Northwest Italy. All four wines in this roundup come from Felluga’s holdings in Collio, in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. 2019 Marco Felluga Mongris Pinot Grigio Collio DOC – A seductive pinot grigio (aged in stainless…

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The Best Cocktail Cherries Roundup – 14 Brands Tasted, 1 Winner

If there’s a more iconic and versatile cocktail garnish than the cherry, I don’t know about it — and you can keep your “twist” to yourself. When it comes to an edible treat at the bottom of your glass, there’s really nothing better than a high-grade cocktail cherry. Like all cocktail ingredients, the cherry has…

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Review: Frescobaldi 2018 Benefizio and 2015 Rialzi

Behold: Two new wines from our friends in Tuscany, the Frescobaldi empire. 2018 Frescobaldi Pomino Bianco Riserva Benefizio – This is a fun, Tuscan spin on chardonnay, chewy with texture but brightly fruit-forward, offering notes of orange blossom, green mango, and star fruit. Notes of coconut and almond butter give the finish more gravitas, with…

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Review: Grace O’Malley Blended Irish Whiskey

Grace O’Malley, formally Grainne Ní Mháille, was born in 1530 and became known as the “pirate queen of Ireland,” though that seems to be more in the sense of leading maritime vessels against the English navy, not the whole raping and pillaging side of things. Now Grace lends her name to a new Irish whiskey…

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Review: 2018 Brecon Mourvedre and Cabernet Franc

Brecon can be find in California’s idyllic Paso Robles region, where it sells its wines exclusively through its tasting room. We recently tasted two expressions, both intense reds from the 2018 vintage. 2018 Brecon Mourvedre Paso Robles Adelaida District – Intense from the get-go, this wine punches you in the throat with the elements of…

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Review: Heaven’s Door Bourbon Bootleg Series Vol. II

Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door Whiskey got a limited edition release late last year with the launch of the Bootleg Series — the 2019 bottling being a 26 year old bourbon finished in mizunara oak. We didn’t get a chance to taste it, but we did get a sample of the 2020 edition in the Bootleg…

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Review: Lagunitas Sucks (2020) and Born Yesterday Pale Ale 2020

Lagunitas’s late 2020 seasonal beers are here, and we drank them. Lagunitas Sucks (2020) – An old seasonal reissued in honor of 2020, this dry-hopped double IPA is made with four types of cereal grains — barley, oats, wheat, and rye. It’s creamy and immersive, punchy with bitterness but never overdone. Instead it lets the…

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