The Top 10 Wines for Winter 2021

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely ready for some cooler weather… hopefully with some rain. If there’s a fire to be had, I want it in my hearth, not torching the hillside a few miles away. With cooler temperatures in mind, here’s our annual look at the top 10 wines for the winter…

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Review: The Kraken Black Roast Coffee Rum

The Kraken has been a big player in the spiced rum space since it launched in 2009, owing variously to its evocatively maritime bottle, dark black color, and exceptionally high quality. Now, The Kraken is launching a curious line extension, a coffee-flavored version of its rum, available as a limited edition. The Kraken Black Roast…

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Review: Prosecco Wines of Col Vetoraz, 2019 Vintage

Col Vetoraz is located in Santo Stefano di Valdobbiadene, in northeast Italy, in the heart of the Valdobbiadene DOCG — the essence of Prosecco country. The winery is situated at about 400 meters above sea level, near the highest point of the Cartizze hills. The founding family, the Miotto’s, settled here in 1838. In 1993…

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Review: Devils River Coffee Bourbon

Coffee is becoming increasingly visible in the whiskey world, with Jameson Cold Brew already a popular option for blending these two great tastes. For something a little more traditional — and considerably sweeter — check out this new expression from Devils River, which rides the line between whiskey and liqueur a little closer to the…

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Review: El Mayor Tequila Extra Anejo

I’ve always admired El Mayor’s tequilas, and not just for the funky and unique bottle design. Alas, all good things must come to an end, as the distillery has abandoned the squat, gourd-like design for something a little more traditional (though still on the stout side). Today we look at El Mayor’s Extra Anejo —…

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Review: Boulevard Brandy Land Imperial Stout

Boulevard Brewery in Kansas City, Missouri has been at the craft beer game since the late 1980s, turning out a long list of classic brews and several unique, seasonal expressions that lean heavy on the fruit component. Most of their barrel-aged brews are reserved for their Limited Release series which is where we find this…

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Review: Parker’s Heritage Collection Heavy Char Bourbon 10 Years Old (2020)

Last year, Heaven Hill’s Parker’s Heritage Collection featured a “heavy char” rye whiskey, in which the barrels underwent an intense level 5 char. This year — the 14th edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection — the heavy char treatment is going to a bourbon, and this one hits 10 years of age in those same smoldering…

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Review: Pratt Standard Cocktail Syrups

Pratt Standard Cocktail Co. — not Pratt & Standard, which is what it kind of looks like it should be — makes a variety of syrups at its Washington, DC-based operation. These all-natural syrups are high-end offerings, some available year-round, some seasonally. We tasted six varieties (including the two fall seasonals), all of which claim to last…

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