Review: Onda Sparkling Tequila – Lime and Grapefruit

You may find it hard to believe, but the canned cocktail craze has only gotten crazier ever since most of us decided to spend the spring/summer/indefinite future hiding from our neighborhood bar. Outside of groceries, booze has really been the only thing any of us could shop for, so sales have been booming, tequila foremost…

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The Warby Parker of Wines: Winc Finds Specific-to-You Wine

ADVERTISEMENT Winc is an affordable and sustainability-conscious wine club that cares about curating the perfect batch of bottles to be delivered directly to your front door. When visiting their website, you’ll be prompted to take a short quiz that dives into what your palate most prefers, and with that information they’ll find new wines each…

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Review: Nikka Days

Whiskeymania has struck every region of the world, but nowhere has the impact of feverish demand been felt more strongly than Japan, where prices have skyrocketed and stocks have dwindled to near-nonexistence. As such, any new whisky from Japan is cause for some level of celebration, so let’s raise a glass, at least preliminarily, to…

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Review: Vavoom Vodka

So, I guess we have to talk about the bottle first. Yes, the design is of a woman, as if she was carved from a block of ice, and yes those are her breasts, as if they were carved from watermelons. If nothing else, it’s certainly fun to hold the bottle of Vavoom Vodka. Lift…

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Review: 2017 Zocker Gruner Veltliner Edna Valley

Another Edna Valley offering, this is an unconventional wine made from an unlikely southern California grape — Grüner Veltliner from Edna’s Paragon Vineyard, where 15 acres of the varietal are grown. Zocker (“gambler” in German) presents itself as crisp, grassy, and laced with lime leaf — lightly perfumed with white flowers but finishing on a…

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The Best Sweet Vermouth Roundup – 25 Bottles Tasted, 1 Winner

I swore off doing a monster roundup like this last time I did a big vermouth writeup — with 16 dry vermouths taste-tested and reviewed. Well, here am I again, facing a phalanx of sweet vermouth bottles that is even larger: 25 in total. Like dry vermouth, sweet vermouth was historically defined and categorized by…

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Review: East Brother Pre-Pro Lager

Richmond, California-based East Brother‘s latest brew is called Pre-Pro Lager, not because it’s made for amateurs but because it’s made in a pre-Prohibition style, made with “an authentic recipe for East Brother Beer’s Pre-Pro Lager, using the barley and hops that most reflect the ingredients prevalent and used before Prohibition completely changed American brewing.” That…

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Review: Remus Repeal Reserve Series IV Bourbon

For the fourth annual release of Remus Repeal Reserve, MGP decided to hit the market a little earlier this year. Past bottlings of this bourbon have made it to shelves starting on November 13 (George Remus’s birthday), but according to MGP, growing demand convinced them to move up the release date to September, which fittingly…

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