Review: Remus Volstead Reserve Bourbon

The folks at MGP continue the march up-market with their George Remus line of bourbons. The latest, Remus Volstead Reserve, is a commemorative bottling of sorts, meant to observe (but definitely not to celebrate) the 100th anniversary of the official start of National Prohibition with the passage of the Volstead Act. It’s a 14 year…

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Review: 2016 Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel

Two new releases from our friends at Frank Family Vineyards in Napa Valley… 2016 Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Put simply, wines like this are why people like Napa Cabernet. Lush berries and powerful spice notes give the wine an instant likability, with silky chocolate and some cinnamon dripping in as the palate…

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Review: Town Branch Kentucky Single Malt 7 Years Old

In an America where bourbon rules above all else, it’s always unusual to see distillers branching out into different grains — namely malted barley. Town Branch is the latest Kentucky distillery to release a single malt whiskey, and this expression of 100% malted barley even carries an age statement of 7 years. Let’s give it…

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Review: Daddy Burt Hemp Co. CBD Oil – Natural and Peppermint

Is CBD the new hotness in cocktails? For Daddy Burt Hemp Co., oil extracts aren’t just for dropping under the tongue. They can be used as cocktail ingredients too. But first, who’s Daddy Burt? Per the company: Daddy Burt Hemp Co. is the rekindling of a family hemp farming legacy, dating back to the early…

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Review: Grand Marnier Cuvee Louis-Alexandre

Grand Marnier’s latest expression launched quietly earlier this year. Cuvée Louis-Alexandre is an ode to the creator of Grand Marnier liqueur, Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle, “whose audacious and grand idea to blend a fine cognac with a rare, bitter orange liqueur disrupted the status quo more than a century ago.” This newest expression blends VSOP Cognac with…

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Review: Wines of Famille Perrin, 2019 Releases

We’re back to the Rhone Valley with an exploration of the wines of Famille Perrin, seven bottlings from low-end table wines to higher-end offerings from some of the region’s finest growing areas. Let’s dive in. 2018 Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Reserve (Rose) – A seldom-seen Rhone rose, this grenache, mourvedre, syrah, and cinsault blend…

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Review: Woodford Reserve Wheat Whiskey

Without too much fanfare or forewarning, Woodford Reserve recently introduced a new addition to its permanent lineup. Woodford Reserve Wheat is the fifth whiskey in its full-time portfolio and a rare offering out of Kentucky. The only other majority wheat mashbill that I’m aware of is Heaven Hill’s Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey, and like Bernheim,…

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Book Review: Wild Winemaking

Did you know you can make wine from store-bought raisins? Tomatoes? Butternut squash? The very thought of drinking many of the wines in Richard Bender’s Wild Winemaking (aka Wild Wine Making) are alone worth the price of admission, even though I will fully confess I don’t plan on actually whipping up any plum champagne or limequat-kung…

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