Cigar Review: Romeo Y Julieta Coronitas Cedro

The good folks at Montefortuna Cigars have been gracious enough to supply us with a sampling of Cuban cigars to pair some of our favorite drinks in preparation for the forthcoming autumnal season. Think we should keep reviewing cigars? Let us know in the comments! Romeo Y Julieta Coronitas Cedro – It’s been a bit…

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Review: Dr. Zzyzx Flavored Vodkas

It’s probably safe to say that Dr. Zzyzx is not a real person. Dr. Zzyzx (“zy-zix, to rhyme with Isaacs”) is rather a creation of Sespe Creek Distillery in Oxnard, California (and inspired by a quirky California town of the same name), where they’re specializing in making vodka flavored with some oddball ingredients. Incidentally, Sespe…

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Review: 2016 Luna Vineyards Pinot Grigio Reserve Napa Valley

This pinot grigio from Napa’s Luna Vineyards is downright iconic, both floral and fruity, with notes of both mango and white flowers placed against a backdrop of green apples and gentle notes of thyme and rosemary. Sweetness tends to carry the day here, making this an excellent porch sipper that also pairs well with spicy cuisine.…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Heritage Barrel (2018)

Hot on the heels of its new Bottled in Bond selection, Jack Daniel’s is out with another release. This one is going to be far more prized than the Bonded expression (which is now a permanent offering), with just 200 barrels’ worth of this “Heritage Barrel” offering on the market. JD explains what that is:…

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Review: Wines of Eberle, 2018 Releases

Eberle is one of the best-known wineries in Paso Robles, yet somehow we’ve never visited. The good news is its 2018 releases recently arrived for tasting and review. Thoughts on four classic — and some unusual — bottlings follow. 2016 Eberle Chardonnay Paso Robles Eberle Estate Vineyard – Nice and chewy, this chardonnay’s vanilla notes…

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Review: Jan Stephenson Flavored Rums

Golfers and booze brands have been a trend since Caddyshack made hijinks on the links cool, with everyone from Greg Norman to Fuzzy Zoeller getting in on the game. Jan Stephenson is the first female golfer — in fact, the first female athlete of any sport I’m aware of — to release her own liquor brand:…

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Tasting Fetzer’s New Premium Fringe Collective Wines, 2016 Vintage

We stood atop a hillside in the morning wind, and Sebastian Donoso explained his passion behind making Fetzer’s new Fringe Collective wines. He is enamored with the struggle. What struggle, you may ask. The struggle of the grape to be nourished, the struggle of the vine to take root, the struggle for it to live…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2018 Edition

One of the most anticipated releases of the fall whiskey season is here — or rather, five of them, as Buffalo Trace’s quintet known as the Antique Collection has arrived. While all are familiar faces, it wouldn’t be the BTAC without some switcheroos and surprises, all of which we outline below for your reading pleasure.As…

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