Review: 2012 Calista Pinot Noir The Coast Range

Calista’s latest Pinot hails from the “Coast Range,” which comprises three distinct regions: Sonoma, Mendocino, and Monterey counties. All of which are great places for pinot noir! Engaging notes of cola and tea start things off, then layered cherry, vanilla, and red berry notes take over. The finish is lightly bittersweet and complex, just a…

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Review: Monkey Spiced Rum

It must happen to all of us. Zane Lamprey got so tired of drinking spirits that he figured he should just make his own. The result of that ennui with the drinking world is Monkey Rum (named for Lamprey’s stuffed monkey that is omnipresent on his televised boozing adventures), which is available in both Spiced…

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Book Review: The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual

The Dead Rabbit is a New York bar operated by Belfast natives Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry. Known for its beer and whiskey selection, this rustic place is also a cocktail mecca — and now it’s got a book to prove it. Just flipping through The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual gives you an inkling of how…

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Review: Flor de Cana Rum – 7, 12, 18, and 25 (2016)

Nicaragua’s best-known rum is Flor de Cana, which has grown in popularity and is available in nearly a dozen expressions now. Today we look at a full four of the distillery’s offerings, spanning the range from youngish to very old. Update: Originally I referred to these rums as “7 Years Old” and so on instead…

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Review: Starr Hill Snow Blind Doppelbock and Hopfetti Triple IPA

Two new winter brews from the tireless innovators at Starr Hill — in two wildly different styles. Let’s dig in. Starr Hill Snow Blind Doppelbock – A burly brown monastic-style lager, toasty at first, with lots of caramel and chocolate notes coming up behind. The beer is so dense and bold it’s a little off-putting…

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Review: Old Pulteney 35 Years Old

A rare treat of an old Highland malt, at 35 years old this expression of Old Pulteney is showing just beautifully, with notes of figs and plum pudding, raisiny Port, citrus peel, green banana, and a touch of cinnamon-spiced oatmeal on the back side. Slight salt-sea notes emerge from time to time, but only as…

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Review: Nero D’Avola Wines of Sicilia DOC – Mandarossa and Morgante

Sicily is heavily pushing the newly-launched “Sicilia DOC” label, and rightly so — it’s the place to go for wines made from Nero D’Avola grapes, as close to a official wine for this region as you’ll find. The official group behind the Sicilia DOC sent us two current releases bearing the new AVA on the label.…

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Review: Bonnie Rose Tennessee White Whiskey – Orange Peel and Spiced Apple

It hasn’t taken long, but flavored white whiskeys — most visibly in the form of brightly-colored flavored moonshines — are starting to gain in the marketplace as producers look for a way to make these very young spirits palatable to a wider audience. Bonnie Rose is white Tennessee whiskey (which alone is unusual), and it…

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