Review: Great Women Spirits – Walewska Vodka, Lovelace Gin, and Agnesi Brandy

I guess this was inevitable: One of the biggest wine producers in California, Francis Ford Coppola, decided to make spirits, too. Three of them, in fact, all named after famous women of history, a nod to the many great women that have impacted Coppola’s life and career. The spirits include a vodka, gin, and brandy…

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Review: Samuel Adams Summer 2018 Releases

The ever-inventive Sam Adams is out with its latest passel of brews, all designed for summer sipping. Here’s a look at a quintet of barley-based goodies. Samuel Adams Summer Ale (2018) – This venerable wheat ale, brewed with lemon peel and grains of paradise, comes across as more refreshing and balanced than it has in…

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Review: Ballyhoo Irish Whiskey

Connacht’s new Irish whiskey — Ballyhoo, sometimes denoted as an emphatic Ballyhoo! — is a four year old grain whiskey finished in Port casks (though none of that is denoted on the label). It’s also quite a surprise: This pale, pale spirit looks like it didn’t spend more than a week in the barrel, and…

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Review: 2016 Collusion Red Wine Columbia Valley

Josh Phelps — famous for his eponymous wine — recently launched a new label called Grounded Wine Company. Unlike the California-based Josh, Collusion hails from Washington, specifically the Columbia Valley, where the project is designed to “harness the untapped potential for phenomenal Bordeaux-varietal red blends in this lesser-known growing region.” 2016 Collusion is a blend of…

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Review: Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Beers

Brooklyn’s Evil Twin have been releasing interesting beers with obligatory humorous titles (“Ryan and The Gosling,” “Cognac Barrel Aged Jesus”) for a bit, and today we’re going to sample two of their Imperial Biscotti beers — aged brews that were sourced from Westbrook Brewing Company down in South Carolina. Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break –…

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Review: Heaven’s Door Whiskey – Complete Lineup

Mama take this badge from me I can’t use it anymore What I can use is a glass of whiskey, courtesy of musical icon Bob Dylan, who has partnered with an outfit called Spirits Investment Partnership (“SIP”), to launch Heaven’s Door, a collection of three American whiskeys. “Bob Dylan’s first and only brand partnership, Heaven’s Door…

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Review: Beers of Molson Canadian

The fine nation of Canada hath given us many a wonderful thing: Rush, Hockey Night In Canada, Brave New Waves radio, and the sport of basketball. However, Canada can also lay claim to providing the world such monstrosities as Hawaiian-style pizza, the Bloody Caesar, and Celine Dion. All in all, a mixed bag but still…

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Review: Wines of Clos du Val, 2018 Releases

A full passel of new releases from Clos du Val, these six wines run the gamut from summer sippers to serious steakhouse experiences. Let’s dig in. 2017 Clos du Val Estate Rose of Pinot Noir Carneros – Fruity but also floral, this strawberry-scented offering is moderately acidic but also chewy — perhaps a bit gummy at…

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