Review: 2014 Cavalier & Sons Chardonnay Vin de France

Another Vin de France release for your approval: This one, a straightforward chardonnay, surprisingly aromatic on the nose with notes of fresh rosemary, peaches, lemon peel, and banana. On the palate, the lightly creamy body offers some toasty marshmallow notes and a little zing of citrus behind it, with a hint of white pepper. A…

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Review: Motörhead Whisky

R.I.P. Lemmy. The man behind Motörhead may be gone, but this whisky produced in honor of the 40th anniversary of the band he created (1975-2015, when Lemmy Kilmister passed away) — or rather “40 years of eardrum crushing” — is still with us. Produced by Sweden’s Mackmyra, it is a Swedish single malt aged in bourbon barrels…

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Book Review: Cooking with Cocktails

We’ve got no shortage of cocktail recipe books around these parts. Cookbooks built around booze — that’s a rarity, and I guess it’s because book publishers just get queasy about the idea of using something other than wine in a recipe for fear of turning grandma off. Kristy Gardner’s 100 recipes in Cooking with Cocktails are…

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Review: Don Q Rum Signature Release Single Barrel 2007

2016 saw the release of Don Q’s 2005 vintage rum, its first in a new line of single-barrel releases, and as promised, a 2007 vintage rum is now hitting the shelves. Like the 2005 vintage release, this is Puerto Rico-born rum, though this release has spent 9 years in barrel (the 2005 spent 10 years…

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Review: Seagram’s Juicy Watermelon Vodka

As summer wanes here in the Northeast, and local watermelon is long gone, a watermelon vodka represents a little bit of summer year round.  One sip of watermelon vodka and you are transported to sun, surf, and summer in a single sip. Introduced earlier this year, Seagram’s watermelon vodka certainly fits the bill as a…

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Review: Wathen’s Kentucky Bourbon Single Barrel Private Selection from SF Wine Trading

San Francisco Wine Trading Company recently sent us its Four Roses Single Barrel Private Selection offering, and while it was a knockout, the truth is that private selections of Four Roses Single Barrel are a dime a dozen — sometimes it seems like every liquor store has one. No SF Wine Trading is out with another…

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Bar Review: Tyge & Sessil, Stockholm

Looking for a good glass of wine in Stockholm? Chances are the local around the corner stocks a few French numbers, maybe a Portuguese and a few Italian bottles, and that’s about it. Those seeking something more adventurous need only venture to Tyge & Sessil, a new wine bar with one of the city’s most…

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Cocktail Recipes for National Rum Day 2017

August 16th is the perfect time of year for National Rum Day. It is smack dab in the middle of the dog days of summer, where rum fits right in. Below you’ll find a number of cocktails for celebrating the occasion, some of which include a few unusual ingredients. You can find most on Amazon.…

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