Cocktails for Christmas 2018

Declare the holidays happy with a cocktail or two among friends. We offer up these suggestions along with a Christmas Cookie Cheesecake with Winter Jack Caramel Sauce recipe. Enjoy! Candy Cane Cocktail For candy cane vodka: 1 vanilla pod 6 six-inch candy canes 750ml bottle of Ketel One Vodka Cocktail Ingredients 1 ¼ oz. candy cane…

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Review: “Art in the Age” Terra Luna Seasonal Bitters Kit

Ever wanted to make your own bitters, but didn’t know where to start? Art in the Age (makers of a number of specialty bitter liqueurs) has partnered with Terra Luna, an herbally-oriented company in Philadelphia, to make bitters-making easy at home. This box includes almost everything you need to turn Terra Luna’s herbal blend into…

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Review: Clyde May’s Straight Rye Whiskey (2018)

Alabama’s Clyde May’s has been killing it with its peculiar Alabama-style whiskey for years, and recently the brand has moved into more traditional bourbon. Up next is a natural extension: rye. Like the bourbon, this is not distilled in Alabama but rather in Indiana at MGP. Bottled at three years old, it’s a young spirit, but…

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Book Review: Ten Grapes to Know

Catherine Fallis, Master Sommelier, is a respected colleague and a fixture at San Francisco wine events whom I encounter with regularity. That makes it somewhat difficult to write about her new book, Ten Grapes to Know: The Ten & Done Wine Guide, but I’ll endeavor to be as impartial as possible here. As the name suggests, Ten…

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Review: Cladach Blended Malt Limited Edition 2018

A first for the Diageo Special Release series, this is a “master blend” of malts from six coastal distilleries: Caol Ila, Clynelish, Lagavulin, Oban, Inchgower, and Talisker — all but one of which are otherwise represented in this year’s Special Releases as a single malt. A mutt of styles and ages, it includes whisky from…

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Review: Bergamot Wine Co. Italian Wine Club

Tired of wine clubs that just send out mass-produced plonk with a bespoke label? Check out Bergamot Wine Co., a wine club that offers exclusively Italian imports, one of the most complicated wine regions in the world — and a region that’s ripe for exploration and education. $105 per month gets you four bottles, which…

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Review: Carsebridge 48 Years Old Limited Edition 2018

The oldest whisky in the 2018 Diageo Special Release collection is this, a whopping 48 year old whisky distilled in 1970 aged in refill American oak hogsheads. The catch? It’s single grain, not single malt, produced at the Lowlands Carsebridge distillery, which was closed in 1983. Mainly used as a blending spirit, single grain releases…

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Review: Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin Oatmeal Stout (2017)

Firestone Walker is nothing if not creative with the names for their beers, especially when it comes to the much sought after Proprietor’s Vintage Series, which includes such gems as Helldorado and Sucaba (Abacus spelled backwards). Perhaps the most unique and risqué, however, is the Velvet Merkin Oatmeal Stout. What is a Velvet Merkin you…

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