What Makes up a Vegan-Friendly Wine, and How Do You Find One?

ADVERTISEMENT Do you love wine and your vegan lifestyle? No problem, you can be both a wine lover and a vegan. It’s easy if you know where to look. But wine is just grape juice, why would it not be vegan friendly? Winemakers and wine drinkers prefer their wines clear. Young wine is hazy due…

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Review: Appleton Estate Rum 8 Years Old Reserve

Recently, Appleton — the pride of Jamaica — announced a new permanent addition to its lineup of rums. The new 8 Year Old Reserve, from Master Blender Joy Spence, is designed to be “Appleton Estate’s most versatile expression of aged rum.” It also coincides with a relaunch of the entire brand, which features new bottle…

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Review: Pyramid Brewing Blazing Bright and Outburst

If you see a bolder, more eye-catching pyramid on the stacks next time you’re in the beer aisle, don’t be alarmed: Seattle’s Pyramid Brewing has revamped the packaging in its entire lineup, with more iconography-driven graphics in lieu of its older, more traditional illustrations. Neither of the beers we review here today are ultra-new releases,…

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Review: Stray Dog Wild Gin

As well as some excellent wines, Greece is known mainly for its indigenous spirits like ouzo, raki, tsipouro, and Metaxa. But gin? Not at all. There are only 2 or 3 made in the whole country, and only one currently available in the USA: Stray Dog Wild Gin. The first part of the name is…

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Review: NV Domaine Bousquet Natural Origins Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon

Boxed wines continue to push up-market, the latest entry coming from Domaine Bousquet, an Argentine operation. Fresh from the vineyards of Argentina’s Uco Valley in the upper reaches of Mendoza, meet Natural Origins Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, South America’s first 3-liter box wines made exclusively from organically grown grapes. Fruit comes from the Uco Valley’s…

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Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch B520 (May 2020)

The latest of Elijah Craig’s 12 year old Barrel Proof bourbons was bottled in May 2020 and bears the B520 batch code. At 127.2 proof, it’s got the third-lowest abv of the entire series. How does that change the final analysis? Let’s find out. The nose is heady with classic rickhouse aromas — dark chocolate…

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Review: Wines of La Valentina, 2020 Releases

Today we venture back to Abruzzo, east of Rome, to visit with La Valentina‘s latest releases, including its fresh pecorino and two different Montepulcianos from the region. 2019 La Valentina Pecorino IGT – This wine bursts out of the gate with notes of melon and sourish quince, with a light vanilla/cream soda note layered over…

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Review: Woodford Reserve Bourbon and Double Oaked (2020)

Despite all the limited editions we’ve tasted and special events we’ve attended, there is one expression of Woodford Reserve that we’ve never formally reviewed: The most common, widely available version, the iconic Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon. Update — or so we thought; we later uncovered old reviews of Woodford and Double Oaked back in 2011…

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