Review: Vermont Cider Ingrained

Vermont Cider Co. is the producer of, well, most of the cider you’re likely to find: Woodchuck, Gumption, Magner’s, Blackthorn… they’re all out of Vermont. Vermont Cider also produces occasional bottlings under its own label, including this special edition: Ingrained. The name is a play on words, because the cider is aged in WhistlePig rye…

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Cocktail Recipes for Fall 2017

With the changing weather and all the busy things going on in our lives during the fall, we wanted to share with you a few cocktails to settle down with when your day is finally done. We’ve also included a punch recipe for when you have friends over, and to finish it up, check out…

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Review: 2016 Iron Side Reserve Napa Valley and Pinot Noir Reserve Monterey

Iron Side Cellars is actually a brand of Latitude Beverage Company, which is based not in Napa but in Boston. The company’s been producing wine under this label since 2012, and its new 2016 Reserve bottlings are now hitting the market. We tried both wines — a red blend and a pinot noir — to…

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Review: Old Elk Blended Straight Bourbon Whiskey (2017)

Crafted in Fort Collins, Colorado, by former MGP master distiller Greg Metze, Old Elk is a different kind of bourbon right out of the gate. “Blended” is a curious term to see on a whiskey label these days, and I’ll let Metze and crew explain what that means here: We use traditional ingredients – malted…

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Review: Hornitos Cristalino Tequila Anejo

The latest expression from Hornitos — it’s been on a tear lately — is Cristalino, an anejo tequila that is filtered back to clear. Let’s dig into this 100% agave offering. Whole most tequilas of this style are predominantly anejo-esque in style, Cristalino drinks less like an anejo and more like a “best of both worlds” tequila.…

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Review: Wines of Rutherford Wine Co. – Scott Family, Rutherford Ranch, and Two Range, 2015 Vintage

Rutherford Wine Company is a growing Napa operation, arguably best known for its Predator bottling. But Rutherford produces wine under a number of other labels, including the trio we’re reviewing here. Let’s take a look at the wide-ranging offerings that Rutherford has to offer. 2015 Scott Family Estate Chardonnay Dijon Clone Arroyo Seco – Tons of…

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Review: Balcones “1,” Baby Blue, and Brimstone (2017)

It’s been roughly three years since Chip Tate left Balcones, the Texas distillery that he founded, but Balcones Distilling continues to pump out whiskey after whiskey from its Waco operation with Jared Himstedt at the helm. We’ve been covering the distillery off and on for eight years now, and if anything can be said about…

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Review: Don Q “Pina” Pineapple Rum

Pineapple and rum go together like peas and carrots, and as flavored rums go, Don Q’s Pina — made in Puerto Rico with rum aged 12 to 18 months and naturally flavored “with 100% natural pineapple juice” — feels tailor made for your pina colada, or whatever other tropical concoction you have in mind. Quite…

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