Review: 2016 Pieropan Soave Classico DOC

A fresh and easily approachable wine, Pieropan’s 2016 Soave offers notes of lemon, grapefruit, and fresh-cut grass, with hints of pineapple emerging on the nose as it warms up. That said, this is a picnic wine that drinks best cold, which helps to mute a perhaps overly aromatic finish. B+ / $20 [BUY IT NOW…

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Understanding Whiskey Marketing Terms

The other day I was asked what a ‘Double Malt’ was, and how it differed from a single malt. The problem was, I couldn’t answer the question because ‘Double Malt’ isn’t a legally defined term. It’s what I would call a marketing term. It suggests everything yet means nothing. These terms can range from confusing…

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Review: 2013 Bravdo Coupage Samson

Bravdo is a label from Israel’s Karmei Yosef Winery, composed of 40% Cabernet Franc, 33% Shiraz, and 27% Cabernet Sauvignon. While Kosher for Passover, we have under good authority that it can be consumed any time — even on Halloween! The wine is heavily fruit-forward, lush with raspberry and strawberry notes, but with an edge of…

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Cocktail Recipes for Halloween 2017

Whether you celebrate Halloween, All Saint’s Day, or Day of the Dead, you need a solid cocktail to go along with it. Here’s a selection of our favorites from the year, along with a recipe for Caramel Pumpkin Monkey Bread. It’s quick and yummy for any celebration you have planned. First we start off with…

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Review: Waerator Instant Wine Aerator

If the Waerator looks at all familiar, it’s because it is almost exactly the same device as another wine aerator we reviewed a year ago. Check out our Aervana review and you’ll get the gist: Aside from some color differences and a slight change in design, the only major twist with the Waerator is that…

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Review: WhistlePig “The Boss Hog IV: The Black Prince” Rye Whiskey 14 Years Old 2017

WhistlePig continues to push its offerings upmarket with annual, limited edition releases that are part of its Boss Hog series. 2017 sees the release of the fourth of these, “The Black Prince.” Now distilled by Indiana’s MGP instead of being sourced from Canada, as was the norm with prior releases of WhistlePig, the wine is…

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Book Review: The Bloody Mary Book

I’ll be honest: When I make a Bloody Mary (which is not often), my recipe generally includes vodka plus a bottle of high-end, premade mix. There’s plenty of great mix on the market, at least that’s how my logic goes, so why reinvent the wheel? Ellen Brown reminds us that making your own Bloodies is…

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Review: Suerte Blanco and Anejo Tequila

Way back in 2013 we positively reviewed Suerte Reposado Tequila, a 100% agave Highlands bottling. Finally we’re filling out the line with a look at the blanco and the anejo. (We still haven’t tasted the extra anejo.) Thoughts on the pair of tequilas follow. Both are 80 proof. Suerte Blanco Tequila – Initially a bit…

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