Review: Gold Medal Wine Club

Gold Medal Wine Club describes itself as an “old school” wine club, and recently they asked if they could showcase their wares for us. Says a represntative, “Gold Medal Wine Club has been at it since ’92. They don’t bottle bulk juice, slap a label on and call it a winery. They don’t contract with…

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Review: Cointreau L’Unique (2018)

Cointreau is a staple of the back bar, “the original crystal-clear orange liqueur” and an essential triple sec for use in any high-end margarita. Made from “a unique distillation of sweet and bitter orange peels,” it’s one of the two French expressions of orange liqueur that lay claim to being the inventors of the stuff.…

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Review: Anyday Rose

Ready for something kooky? Like, really kooky? Anyday Rose is not rose wine, but rather a blend: It’s actually 85% cider, 15% rose wine, with the resulting combo flavored with Cascade and Citra hops. So it’s a cider/wine combo, doctored up to taste a little like beer. What? The brainchild of former NFL player Pat McAfee…

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Review: Our/New York Vodka

Absolut spinoff Our/Vodka has been on a tear since its 2010 introduction. The bold idea: To make vodka in small microdistilleries constructed all around the world, giving each metro area access to its own, locally-produced spirit — with each vodka carrying its own unique profile. Our/Vodka now his six distilleries up and running worldwide, including Berlin,…

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Review: Devils Backbone Trail Angel Weiss

Octoberfest is upon us, and that means Bavarian-inspired beers will be dominating the shelves for the foreseeable future. First out of the gate is Trail Angel Weiss from Devils Backbone, a hefeweizen with heart. How so? Located right off Appalachian Trail mile marker 842 in Virginia, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. is (literally) in the heart…

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Sake Tasting and Mac Pairing with Sake Social, 2018

Mac and cheese is such an U.S. staple that it has its own one syllable moniker. Like Cher or Elvis, we also have Mac. I recently went down a sake/shochu/mac rabbit hole and damn, it was delicious. I first spoke with Marc Smookler, the owner/founder of Sake Social, by far the largest online retailer in the…

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Review: Firstleaf Wine Club

Firstleaf isn’t all that unusual of a wine club, but it does promise one thing that few others can claim: Its goal is to tweak the wines it sends you, learning from your preferences and using them to send you wines you like better and better. Firstleaf asked me to try out its club, first…

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Review: Penderyn Single Malt Welsh Whisky – Madeira Finish, Myth, Celt, and Legend

It’s been years since Penderyn, the most noteworthy of the whopping two whisky distillery in Wales, has made a major showing in the U.S., but thanks to importer ImpEx, that might be changing. ImpEx is bringing in four expressions of Penderyn’s single malts, a new expression finished in Madeira wine casks, plus three installments of…

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