Review: Wines of Frank Family Vineyards, Late 2018 Releases

Here are three late arrivals from Frank Family Vineyards, including a reprise of its pinot noir, which we previously reviewed. 2016 Frank Family Vineyards Pinot Noir Carneros – A second look at this wine reveals a somewhat more nuanced expression of Carneros Pinot, now showing a more aggressive fruit profile that is complemented more by…

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Review: Whiskies of Glen Grant with Master Distiller Dennis Malcolm

Every distillery and every distiller has a story or two, but after 58 years of working at Glen Grant in Scotland’s Speyside, Dennis Malcolm has collected far more than most. Malcolm has seen this small operation — formerly known only for being the source of malt whisky used for blending by Chivas — pass through…

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Review: Tequila Avion Silver (2018)

It’s been eight long years since we checked in with Avion, a big player in the post-Patron resurgence of ultrapremium tequila. When the brand recently updated its packaging (which now includes a fancy canister), we figured we were overdue to check in to see if Avion was still at or near the top of the…

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Review: La Valdotaine Verney Vermouth and Amaro Dente di Leone

La Valdotaine is an Italian alpine distillery with a rich portfolio of spirits, liqueurs, and fortified wines. While the operation dates back to 1947, the products produced here are only just now available in the U.S., thanks to importer A. Hardy. Just two of La Valdotaine’s products are being made available at this time, a…

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Review: 5 Affordable Wines from Cotes de Bordeaux, 2015 Vintage

Never mind your Latour and Lafite. There’s another side of Bordeaux, found in the hillsides of Bordeaux’s Right Bank, the Côtes de Bordeaux. Made up of five sub-appellations — Blaye, Cadillac, Castillon, Francs, and Sainte-Foy — this is a rustic region where small family-run estates make simple wines using the same grapes as their chateaux-dwelling…

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Review: Papa’s Pilar Platinum Blonde Rum and Bourbon Barrel Finished Rum

The Hemingway-authorized Papa’s Pilar rum brand has recently released two seasonal, limited edition rums for you cocktailing pleasure. Both are available in rather small quantities, so snap them up if they sound appealing. Papa’s Pilar Platinum Blonde Rum – This is a Cuban-style rum crafted from five aged rums in the Papa’s collection. Boldly fruity…

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Review: Founders Brewing Curmudgeon’s Better Half

It’s been six years since Founders Brewing last released Curmudgeon’s Better Half, and in that time it has become one of their most highly requested beers. This past August, the brewery finally caved to the demand and included it once again in their annual Barrel-Aged Series. So what is this fan-favorite? It’s an old ale…

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Review: Old Charter Oak Mongolian Oak Bourbon

Ready for another whiskey brand from the titans of bourbon at Buffalo Trace? The Kentucky distillery is upgrading a long-suffering brand, Old Charter, and spinning it off with a new line of premium, limited edition bourbons under the tweaked Old Charter Oak banner. You can think of Old Charter Oak as akin to the Col.…

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