Review: Wines of Fancy Pants, 2013 Releases

A new ultra-cheap wine label from Trinchero: Fancy Pants! The only thing that isn’t fancy is the price, amirite fellas!? Anyway, here’s what they’re like should you fancy a bottle. 2012 Fancy Pants Pinot Grigio California – Lemony nose, with very slight musty notes. The palate offers more citrus, plus distinct peaches and cream. No mustiness here;…

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Review: Wines of McGah Family Cellars, 2013 Releases

Did you know: The founders of the Oakland Raiders now have a wine label? McGah Family Cellars is the winemaking arm of the McGahs, which owned the Raiders from the founding in 1960 to 2005. Now they make wine using fruit from their own 65-acre Rutherford vineyard in addition to selling it to other wineries.…

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The A-List – September 2013

This month’s worth of reviews saw a lot of brands and releases right on the cusp of making it with a B+ grading, not enough to earn a spot on the A-List for September. However, kudos to Buffalo Trace for dominating the spirits section with their Experimental and Antique collections, as well as offering an…

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National Vodka Day Recipes

October 4th is National Vodka Day, a celebration of one of the world’s biggest selling spirits. Why October 4th? According to the official website: While October 4th seems well documented as National Vodka Day, we have not found the origins of why, but it works for us. No harm celebrating responsibly on other days as…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.02.2013 – Government Shutdown Edition

We’re on day two of the U.S. government shutdown and regardless of one’s political affiliation, things are starting to get annoying. So what has this meant for the drinking industry? Quite a bit. Companies waiting on approval for label designs are sitting on their hands, with BeerPulse estimating about 400 labels a day stacking up.…

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Blind Review: Purity Vodka vs. Grey Goose (2013)

Sweden’s Purity Vodka thinks it has something special going on, and it’s itching to prove it. Recently the company sent out “tasting kits” — well, two mini bottles — so media could compare its vodka with that titan of the industry, Grey Goose. Taste the two blind and see which you prefer. Purity promises it…

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Review: J.W. Dant Bourbon

First, for your consideration, a bit of history: Joseph Washington Dant was a well-known Kentucky distiller who in 1836 gained a reputation for making his whisky using a log still. For those not versed in the distillation arts, that’s essentially a hollowed out tree trunk with copper piping running through the center. The logs would…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 09.30.13 – Return of the Son of Drinkhacker Reads Part II

After a bit of a summer/early fall hiatus, Drinkhacker is proud to return a feature of the site to its regularly scheduled program. Join us now as we return to the weird, wild and mildly informative side of drinking news. No doubt many readers are recovering from last night’s finale of Breaking Bad, and are…

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