Review: 2017 Chateau Roquefeuille Rose In The Air Côtes de Provence

This odd rose from Provence is blended from Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache, and a bit of Rolle (Vermentino). Heavily floral, with butterscotch overtones, the wine crushes flower petals through sugar syrup to reach a modest detente. Brown sugar and rose petals linger on the finish, which also offers hints of sandalwood and spice. B / $23…

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Everyday Cocktails for Summer 2018

Summer is such a busy time with various events, picnics, camping, days at the beach, kicking back on the porch, or binge watching something on television to fill the days. Here’s a collection of cocktails to enjoy wherever you are during these hot months. Don’t forget to try the Sticky Date Pudding with Laphroaig Toffee…

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Review: 2015 Ferrari-Carano Siena Sonoma County

This sangiovese-heavy red (malbec, cabernet sauvignon, and petite sirah also make appearances in the blend) celebrates its 25th vintage with the 2015 bottling, now in general release. Initially both tannic and heavily fruited, Siena settles down with a bit of patience to show off notes of fresh currants, cherry cobbler, vanilla, and a hint of…

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Review: Five Farms Irish Cream

“Single batch” Irish cream from County Cork, Ireland, packaged in a swingtop bottle that looks a bit like a milk container. There’s even a picture of a cow on the label. What could be more authentic, or loveable? Five Farms makes only this single product, so you know you’re getting something truly unique before you…

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Review: Nelson’s Green Brier Belle Meade Whiskeys, First 108, and Louisa’s Liqueur (2018)

We’ve been fans of the gang at Nashville-based Nelson’s Green Brier since they hit the scene a few years ago, and have enjoyed our visits with them at the distillery and at various whiskey events. Today we take a deep dive into the distillery’s production, with a fresh look at four sourced bourbons (which Nelson’s…

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Review: Cocktail Artist Cocktail Mixers

If you’re looking for a mixer or some other cocktail ingredient, chances are The Cocktail Artist makes it. This series of “mixologist-inspired bar ingredients and mixes” now runs to 15 products, eight of which we’re reviewing below, running from the basic (simple syrup) to the complex (pina colada mix). Try not to mind the horrendous packaging,…

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Review: 6 Beers from Melvin Brewing, 2018

When we previously encountered Wyoming-based Melvin Brewing, it was just a taste of the company’s extensive beer selection. Today we dig deeper into the Melvin lineup, paying closer attention to its exceptional IPAs, each one bigger than the next. Updated to add a sixth beer we discovered deep in the recesses of the fridge. Melvin Heyzeus…

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Review: Cutwater Spirits Black Skimmer Bourbon and Devil’s Share Single Malt Whiskey

You’ll find Cutwater Spirits in San Diego, California, a town better known for cold beer than craft whiskey. If the name sounds unfamiliar, that’s because it was a spinoff of Ballast Point Brewing. Now an independent entity (with a new name), the company has been busy turning out everything from vodka to gin to canned…

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