Review: Drinkmate Home Carbonation System

The SodaStream home carbonation system has been around long enough to become a beloved kitchen companion for many — but the device is famous for one very stern rule: It is only to be used to carbonate water. Of course there are myriad other beverages out there that could stand the fizzy treatment. If you…

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Review: Fabrizia Limoncello, Blood Orange Liqueur, and Italian Margarita

Inspired by Italy, Fabrizia is a line of liqueurs and ready-to-drink products produced in Salem, New Hampshire. Small batch and all natural, let’s see if Fabrizia can go toe to toe with the real stuff from the Old World. Fabrizia Limoncello – A relatively mild limoncello, cloudy and light in hue, but also fresh and…

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Review: Zinfandels of Edmeades, 2013 Vintage

  Edmeades is a Mendocino-based part of the Jackson Family Vineyards empire, with a heavy focus on zinfandel. (Nay, an almost exclusive focus on zinfandel.) Today we look at three of Edmeades’ single-vineyard expressions of the grape, all from the 2013 vintage. 2013 Edmeades Zinfandel Mendocino Ridge Perli Vineyards – Heavily fruit forward, this is…

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Review: 2015 VieVite Cotes de Provence Rose

Another Provence-sourced rose, in quite a distinctive bottle. There’s not a lot to write home about with this bottling, which muddies its floral aromas with notes of canned vegetables and chlorine. The palate is thin, almost watery at times, offering very mild strawberry notes alongside some notes of perfumed orange blossoms. Again though, the finish…

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Review: 2015 Hahn Pinot Gris Monterey County

2015’s pinot gris from Hahn has arrived. It’s a¬†fresh and lively but straightforward white, with notes of mango backed up by a core of apples and pears. A touch of sweet baking spice adds complexity but keeps things from falling into the overly sweet side of the fence — despite a few¬†marshmallow notes on the…

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Recipes: 4th of July Cocktail Recipes 2016

Considering our seasonal cocktail submissions, surprisingly this year’s crop of Independence Day cocktails wasn’t as heavy leaning on the red, white and blue aesthetic and focused more on items such as berries, mint, and cucumber. While none of the cocktails represented in this overview have brazenly replaced their brand name with “America”, there are many…

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Review: Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky

We’ve seen a number of products from South Africa lately — lots of wine, and even liqueurs and brandy — but this is our first South African whisky review. The bottle won’t tell you much, but Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is single grain whisky made from 100% South African yellow maize (we call it corn!).…

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Review: Jim Beam Bourbon White Label and Black Extra-Aged, 2016

It’s hard to believe but we’ve never formally reviewed good old “White Label,” the bottom shelf of Jim Beam but, to be sure, one of the great values in the world of Kentucky whiskeymaking. Beam recently revamped its bottle and label design — and in some cases the names of its products have been tweaked…

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