Review: Liberated 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

A pair of┬ámid-2016 releases of Liberated are here, both North Coast bottlings but different as night and day. Thoughts follow. 2015 Liberated Sauvignon Blanc North Coast – A fresh and lightly tropical sauvignon blanc that nonetheless has enough acidity to keep things alive and vibrant. Pineapple finds a companion in light, white floral elements and…

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Review: Pickle Juice Chaser

Want the flavor of pickles but without those troublesome brined cucumbers? Good news, now you can, thanks to Pickle Juice, brought to you by The Pickle Juice Company. Pickle Juice has one legitimately known use in cocktailing: The Pickleback. The Pickleback has no known origin, but the name was coined only in 2006 in Brooklyn.…

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Review: Egan’s Single Malt Irish Whiskey 10 Years Old

An old brand from the 1800s, Egan’s Irish Whiskey was revived in 2013 and is now making its way into the U.S. Its first product is this, a 10 year old single malt (sourced) “from the heart of Ireland.” Let’s see how it fares. The nose is initially a bit undistinguished. A bit heavy on…

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Tasting the Chenin Blanc Wines of South Africa, 2016 Releases

South Africa is making a name for itself with chenin blanc — or at least it’s trying to, and recently a number of vintners from the region banded together to showcase how chenin blanc was evolving in the country. (More chenin blanc is planted here than in any other country in the world.) During an…

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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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