Review: Wines of Brazil’s Salton, 2015 Releases

Yes Virginia, it’s not all cachaca. They also make wine in Brazil. Vinicola Salton is my first exposure to Brazilian wine, via this trio of bottlings that span a range of styles from classic Old World expressions to oddball blends I’ve never seen before. Thoughts on all three follow. 2012 Salton Intenso Cabernet Franc –…

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Nocciolata Spread Meets Partida Tequila?

To the guy gal who said he would stop reading the site if I kept covering unrelated food items, hear me out. Nocciolata — an Italian (and slightly creamier) version of Nutella — wants you to pair its chocolate/hazelnut spread with Partida Reposado tequila. And they sent us a bit of both to give this…

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Review: Redd’s Green Apple Ale and Wicked Mango

Don’t call it cider. Redd’s is beer flavored with apples (and other fruits), not fermented from apples directly. The company (part of MillerCoors now) just put out two new versions: Green Apple and Wicked Mango Redd’s Green Apple Ale – It tastes just like sparkling apple juice with the tiniest of kicks, a clear nod…

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Review: Ardbeg Perpetuum

Ardbeg Day (May 30) is almost upon us, and as usual that means a new Limited Edition whisky from this classic islay distillery. 2015 marks Ardbeg’s 200th birthday, and for this momentous occasion the distillery has produced a special bottling: Ardbeg Perpetuum, an expression “inspired by the man styles, ideas and quirks of fate which…

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Review: Diep9 Genever (Young and Old)

We’ve reviewed so little genever here at Drinkhacker that we didn’t even have a separate category for it until I made one just now. A traditional spirit in The Netherlands and Belgium, it’s traditionally made from a distillation of malt wine (a roughly 100 proof distillate from barley), not neutral spirits, then flavored with botanicals similar…

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Review: Sapporo Premium Beer and Light Beer

Sapporo is a venerable beer brand that’s been in production in Japan since 1876 — which has earned it a hallowed place in Asian restaurants around the world. While it seems like half the Sapporo consumed in these parts is done only with a shot of sake in it, let’s take a look at a…

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Review: 1883 Syrups

1883 Maison Routin is a French operation that mainly just makes syrup. Strawberry syrup. Vanilla syrup. Caramelized peanut syrup. Even cucumber syrup. I tried to count the total number of syrups — or sirops in 1883’s parlance — but lost count in the dozens. The bottom line, these are more artisanal creations than your typical Torani,…

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Review: 2013 Wines of Les Dauphins, Cotes du Rhones Reserve

Les Dauphins is a new label being produced by the Union des Vignerons des Cotes du Rhone, a 1920s bistro-inspired brand that’s priced to move. The Cotes du Rhones wines — all heavily grenache-based — all share the same name, so you’ll have to rely on your eyes to figure out which one’s which. (You can…

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