Review: The Bitter Housewife Orange, Cardamon, and Old Fashioned Bitters, Plus Bitters & Soda

The Bitter Housewife is a fanciful name for a new line of products clearly not being developed by a housewife at all but by a savvy entrepreneur. I met owner Genevieve Brazelton at a recent event and found her to not even be a little bit bitter, but rather quite effusive about her burgeoning product…

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Review: Larga Vida XO Rum 2019 Edition

A sunset with a jumping dolphin on the label, and a speedboat cutting through the waves as a stopper? This can only mean one thing, right? We’re drinking rum built for partying. Surprise, surprise, though: Larga Vida isn’t your daddy’s blender fodder. This is high-end, complex stuff, designed by the co-founder of the Flaviar booze…

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Review: A Duo of Sebastiani Cabernets, 2020 Releases

A pair of new cabernet sauvignon releases from Sonoma’s venerable Sebastiani (now part of the Foley empire): 2017 Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast – A straightforward cab (with grapes from both Sonoma and Lake Counties), this wine is youthful and focused more on fruit than wood. “Juicy” is an understatement, with aggressive fruit tempering and…

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Review: Glen Moray Elgin Classic Cabernet Cask Finish and 21 Years Old Portwood Finish

Perennially underrated Glen Moray recently dropped two new single malt expressions, one a cabernet sauvignon wine barrel-finished version of its NAS Elgin Classic, the other an ultra-high-end 21 year old, finished in Port pipes. Let’s give them a spin, each in turn. Glen Moray Elgin Classic Cabernet Cask Finish – The follow up to last…

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Review: 2016 Adobe Road Shift Sonoma County Red Wine

  Like cars? Check out Adobe Road’s Shift, a wine with a gearshift knob on top and a five-speed shifter — etched metal with carbon fiber underneath — that serves as a label. Clearly a ton of money has been spent on the bottle, but what about what’s inside, which is a Sonoma-born blend of…

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Review: Amass Dry Gin

Amass is a new gin distilled and bottled in downtown Los Angeles, with a whopping 29 botanicals in the mix. (The company also makes a vodka… in Copenhagen, Denmark.) The Amass Gin botanical list is right on front of the otherwise spare label, and it’s a doozy: Juniper, Coriander, Cedar Berries and Bark, Angelica, Orris…

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Best 10 Signature Wedding Cocktails

ADVERTISEMENT Thinking about organizing your wedding bar? Here’s a collection of fun and delicious signature wedding cocktails that are sure to be a hit on your big day. One important aspect of your wedding planning should be the drinks to be served at your wedding reception. And one of the best wedding ideas for wedding…

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Tasting the Wines of Carinena, Spain, 2020 Releases

Cariñena can be found in northeast Spain, about midway between Midrid and Barcelona. One of the oldest operating wine regions in the world, the region is considered the origin of the carignan grape, hence its name. (In Spain, however, carignan is more commonly known as mazuelo.) That said, a whole lot of wine varieties are…

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