Recipes for Cinco de Mayo 2018

It is fiesta time, whether or not you have Mexican heritage in your genes. Few of us can bypass a day of good food and great cocktails—not to mention that traditional Mariachi music. You don’t even need to dress all fancy for the celebration. Just throw on your jeans, T-shirt, and sandals and scoot on up…

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Review: Grandeza Orange Liqueur

Check out the single-serve bottle of Grandeza, a new orange liqueur. Why the little hook on the end of the mini bottle? Allow the Seattle-based company to explain: In 2014, Bernie Garcia, President and owner of Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar, conceived an idea for an upside-down orange liqueur sidecar bottle that could be hung…

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Review: Zinfandel Wines of Day, 2018 Releases

I first encountered Day, a strictly Zinfandel producer centered in St. Helena, at this year’s ZAP festival. Enchanted by the wines, I then found out it was a single-varietal project from Ehren Jordan, winemaker (past and present) at Turley, Neyers, and Failla. After the show, Day sent us a six-pack of recent releases, all from various…

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Touring and Wine Tasting in California’s Anderson Valley, 2018

The cool-climate wines of Northern California’s Anderson Valley are finding their audience. This temperate region, close to the ocean, is home to several well-known labels and farmers who practice sustainable and organic farming — even those who aren’t certified organic. They view responsible stewardship of the land as the baseline to making great wine. And…

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Review: Mountjoy CBD Sparkling Water (2018)

Weed fever is running wild in California, which is why we have products like Sonoma County-based Mountjoy, a cannabis-infused sparkling water available in various flavors (with no alcohol). Launched late last year, Mountjoy Sparkling originated as an infusion for CBD (the non-psychoactive compound in cannabis), with each 16 oz. bottle containing 10mg of cannabidiol. Recently,…

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Review: Lambay Irish Whiskey – Small Batch Blend and Single Malt

Our friends at CIL US Wines & Spirits — the American arm of Camus Cognac — have chosen an interesting project for their next release: Irish whiskey. Lambay Irish Whiskey comprises two expressions, both made by West Cork Distillers and finished with unique barrel treatments that take a nod toward their creators’ roots in France.…

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Tasting Report: Wines of New Zealand 2018

If wines hitting the market in 2018 are any guide, New Zealand continues its march upmarket, putting out wines of increasingly high quality at a variety of price points. In my tasting of dozens of 2018 releases from NZ, I found that releases of sauvignon blanc are particularly worthwhile, continuing the trend of dialing back that…

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Review: Bols Genever 100% Malt Spirit

Genever is a spirit that has lately been wrapped up with gin, but its original recipe was actually closer to a whiskey than a neutral spirit. For the first time in hundreds of years, Lucas Bols is bringing that recipe back. Designed “for collectors and cocktail enthusiasts,” the awkwardly-named Bols Genever 100% Malt Spirit is…

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