Review: Baileys Red Velvet

It’s perhaps the most ostentatious limited release of Baileys of all time: Baileys Red Velvet, which is produced in collaboration with the well-regarded confectioners at Georgetown Cupcake. You better believe it’s an honest-to-god liqueur version of red velvet cake, starting with the color, which is a somewhat horrifying shade of crimson that falls somewhere between…

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Review: Veroni Aperitime Antipasto Trays

There’s no better happy hour snack than an tray full of charcuterie, cheese, crackers, and other snacks — but putting one together can be a real bear. Well, here’s a genius idea from Veroni, which makes a wide range of salumi and antipasto products in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. (Meats sold in the U.S.…

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Review: 2016 Sweetzer Cellars Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Hollywood expats Michael Fogelman and Lisa Liberati departed for the Santa Barbara area some years ago to make winemaking a full-time job. Here’s a look at two of Sweetzer’s current releases, both (surprisingly) from the 2016 vintage. 2016 Sweetzer Cellars Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley – This chardonnay is lively and vibrant on the whole, but…

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Review: 2018 Robert Mondavi Chardonnay Napa Valley

It doesn’t get much more iconic than this, one of the wines that put California on the map: Napa Valley chardonnay from Robert Mondavi. Things have changed a lot since Mondavi started his winery in 1966, and today this chardonnay checks a lot of the boxes expected of a California “chardy.” That said, it has…

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Review: Santa Teresa 1796 Solera Rum (2020) and Cantinero Coffee Bitters

Santa Teresa 1796 has been a top shelf rum for years. Produced in Venezuela and aged, solera-style, in bourbon and Cognac casks, it’s a well-aged rum that contains trace amounts of rums that, by this point, are upwards of 60 years old. (Most of the rum in the solera, of course, will be considerably more…

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Review: Wines of The Prisoner Wine Co – Blindfold, Eternally Silenced, and Saldo, 2020 Releases

The Prisoner Wine Company is widely known for its eponymous wine, but it has lately expanded — a lot — into a wide range of additional bottlings. Here we look at a trio of new releases from the brand, which is known for its unusual, evocative labels. 2019 Blindfold White Blend California – Chardonnay, roussanne,…

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Review: Regal Rogue Vermouth, Complete Lineup

Regal Rogue Vermouth (aka RR Vermouth) hails from, of all places, Australia. These are organic products, made from Australian wine and Aboriginal herbs and spices, sourced directly from Aboriginal farmers. Four varieties are on offer, a lot of them flavored with stuff I’ve never heard of. Let’s try them all. Regal Rogue Vermouth Lively White…

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Review: Blue Run Bourbon 13 Years Old

Jim Rutledge, the former master distiller of Four Roses, has treated the concept of “retirement” awfully loosely. In 2016 he attempted to crowdfund a new distillery, a campaign that flopped spectacularly in less than a week. At some point Jim got his hands on some old Kentucky bourbon and acquired a long-defunct brand called Cream…

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