Review: Wigle Rye Whiskey Deep Cut and Barrel-Rested Ginever

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Wigle (aka Pittsburgh Distilling Company) is an up-and-coming craft distiller that makes loads of products including, in a page taken from the Tuthilltown/Hudson Distillery playbook, a wide range of different whiskeys — seven of them at current count. Today we look at two of the company’s products, a rye and an aged “ginever,”…

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Review: NV Zardetto Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut

This nonvintage Prosecco is a bit chewy and bready — more so than is typical of the style — with notes of  lemon confit, peaches, and white flowers. A shortish finish doesn’t make the very best companion for the bigger body, and while it’s enjoyable enough (particularly at this price level), it could use more…

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Review: 2013 Bodegas Terras Gauda Abadia de San Campio and O Rosal

Today we look at two white wines (both Albarino-based) from Spain’s Terras Gauda winery, based in the Rias Baixas region. You may have to look closely for the parent name, but both are bottled under the Bodegas Terras Gauda umbrella. Here’s a look at two very good — and quite different — white wines. 2013…

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Review: McAfee’s Benchmark Peach Liqueur

This has been sitting on the shelf of a local store for a bit and at a price of $13, I thought it was worth dropping the coin to give it a spin. Benchmark Peach is marketed as an offshoot of the venerable Benchmark whiskey brand, but it’s not a flavored whiskey: It’s a liqueur.…

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Review: 2012 Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon California

How good can an “everyday” Cabernet Sauvignon that costs 12 bucks possibly be? Not bad at all, actually. Avalon, courtesy of Purple Wine Co., is a very straightforward wine, but it avoids the problems of being overly sweetened and overly alcoholic (at 13.8% abv). Instead what we get is a slightly peppery, slightly chocolatey wine…

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Review: Deschutes Brewery Twilight Summer Ale (2014)

We last encountered Deschutes’ summer seasonal way back in 2010. Time for an update! This warm-weather sipper toes the line between malty and hoppy, using Amarillo hops to bolster what might otherwise become a bit muddy on the palate. Up front the American Blonde-style ale offers some light notes of roasted apples and hazelnut, eventually…

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Review: Tomatin 12, 14, 15, and 18 Years Old, and 1988 Vintage

Highlands-based Tomatin offers a classic experience of Scotland in a glass — even though it is actually owned by Japan’s Takara Shuzo company. Tomatin is shaking up the brand of late, introducing a new 14 Year Old expression and a 1988 Vintage expression to the core line (while the latter lasts, I presume), while discontinuing both the…

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Review: Our/Berlin Vodka

What happens when one of the biggest vodka producers in the world decides to go hyperlocal? Our/Vodka, that’s what. Absolut’s audacious Our/Vodka project, 3 1/2 years in the making, began rolling out earlier this year: The idea, to produce a number of “glocal” renditions of the iconic spirit. It works like this. Absolut selects a city, where…

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