Tasting: Schiava Wines of Alto Adige – Abbazia di Novacella, Cantina Andriano, Nals Margreid, 2015 Releases

Schiava is a grape also known as Trollinger — and it’s one of the more heavily grown red wine grapes in Germany. It also finds a home in the north of Italy, where it is turned into this exotic and odd wine. Let’s take a look at three 100% Schiava wines from Italy’s Alto Adige…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select Granite State Collection Head-to-Head

Headlines were made earlier this year when the largest ever single barrel purchase of Jack Daniel’s — 15 barrels’ worth — was completed. Big liquor store? Weathly billionaire? Not exactly. The purchase was made by none other than the state of New Hampshire. New Hampshire is a “control” state, which means it operates its own…

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Review: Wines of Barton & Guestier, 2015 Releases

Barton & Guestier is France’s oldest wine merchant company, but it’s also a wine producer, too. B&G makes a wide range of wine varieties, including wines from Bordeaux, the Loire, Provence, and the Rhone Valley under a number of labels. Today we look at a couple of new wines and a couple of older labels.…

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Review: Svedka Vodka, Svedka 100, and Svedka Grapefuit Jalapeno

Sweden’s Svedka is one of the top global vodka brands, driven by an affordable price point and some amazingly successful marketing. 5x distilled from Swedish winter wheat, it’s widely available to the point of ubiquity. Let’s look at three of the company’s expressions, including a couple of new monsters. Svedka Vodka – This is the…

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Review: Wines of Francis Ford Coppola, 2015 Releases

It’s a bumper crop of new releases from Coppola. Here’s a look at something old and something new from this always-busy operation. 2014 Francis Ford Coppola Sauvignon Blanc Diamond Collection Yellow Label – A workmanlike, even gentlemanly, sauvignon blanc. Quite sweet, with marshmallow notes, lemon juice, and creamy orange Dreamsicle notes. Simple but with a…

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Review: Michter’s US-1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon 2015

Michter’s has developed a bit of a cult following in the bourbon world, and its Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon is definitely its most famous major release. This limited edition annual release is always in short supply, and it’s made by taking Michter’s US-1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon and finishing it in barrels that are seasoned for…

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Recipe: Halloween Cocktails, 2015

Aside from perhaps Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day, it seems that we receive the greatest number of cocktail¬†recipe ideas for Halloween. Once again, we¬†take the time to consider and test as many as possible (rough job, I know) in the comfort of our own test kitchen. Here are a few submissions that we’ve chosen as…

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Review: Glenfiddich 14 Years Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve

Welcome to the latest addition to the Glenfiddich permanent lineup. Matured exclusively in bourbon casks for 14 years, it is finished in heavy charred new American oak barrels (finishing time unstated). No question, this is classic, unsherried Glenfiddich through and through. Glen-fiddie loves to play with new oak here and there, and it does quite…

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