Book Review: The Dirty Guide to Wine

Ten years ago, writer Alice Feiring told us that she “saved the world from Parkerization,” and now she’s back with this, her fourth book, which continues her unabashed love affair with natural wines. With The Dirty Guide to Wine, Feiring (alongside master sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier) attempts to use soil (hency the “dirty” guide) as the…

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Review: Malfy Gin Originale

Gin was invented in Italy? Such is the position of Malfy Gin, which offers a lemon-flavored gin as well as this new release, an unflavored expression called Malfy Gin Originale. Says the brand: Malfy Originale is distilled to a recipe that pays homage to the originators of gin – Italian Monks – who first distilled…

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Review: O’Hara’s Irish Stout, Irish Red, and Irish Pale Ale

Hey, Guinness and Harp aren’t the only beers made in Ireland. There’s a growing craft movement in this country, too. O’Hara’s Brewing Company (aka Carlow Brewing, named after the city in which it is based) was founded in 1996 and was one of the original craft operations here; today it’s the largest craft brewery in Ireland.…

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Top 10 Bourbons Under $20

The popularity of bourbon in recent years has not surprisingly coincided with an upward trend in prices. It’s now not uncommon to stare at a liquor store shelf full of bottles priced over fifty dollars, with a growing number twice that expensive. This obviously wasn’t always the case. In fact, for much of its post-WWII…

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Review: The Murph’s Famous Bloody Mary Mix – Original and Hot & Spicy

OK, who is The Murph? He’s Stephen Murphy, a Wall Street guy turned mixology enthusiast who figured he could whip up a Bloody Mary mix better than anyone else — and he put his money where his mouth was, selling his homegrown mix out of his car for nearly a decade. Now, The Murph’s Famous Bloody…

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Review: The Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey Madeira Cask Finish 15 Years Old

Tyrconnell knocked it out of the park last year with its 16 year old single malt. Now it’s already back in the game with this release, a 15 year old single malt that is aged in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels and finished in Madeira wine casks from Portugal’s Madeira Island. Can lightning strike twice? Let’s…

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Review: Beaujolais Wines of Georges Duboeuf, 2018 Releases

Dubeouf’s latest crop of cru Beaujolais wines have arrived; here’s a look at a smattering of new(ish) releases. 2015 Georges Duboeuf Pouilly-Fuisse – Gentle chardonnay, lemony with a very quiet mushroom note underneath. A hint of green olive emerges on the finish. B+ / $30 2016 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages – Heavy with blueberries and violets, with…

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Review: Pearse Irish Whiskey – Complete Lineup

We first became aware of Pearse whiskeys during our recent visit to Lexington, Kentucky, when we dropped in on Town Branch Distillery. Town Branch doesn’t make Pearse, but it does import it, and its stills at the new Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James in Dublin have been operational for nearly a year. The distillery makes…

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