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Tuthilltown Spirits, based in Gardiner, New York, has been on the forefront of craft distilling since its launch in 2005. Its Hudson line of craft whiskeys remains one of the most iconic exemplars of what can be done with a careful hand and a lot of ambition, and I’ve interviewed distiller and all-around nice guy Gable Erenzo on several occasions over the years to talk about h ...
How is it possible that there are only 4 days left until Christmas? For those of you celebrating other holidays around this time of year, like Festivus, or the 8 days of Chanukah, or any other celebration – you are, no doubt, in the thick of things. This time of year, we often realize that we have forgotten to shop, whether it be for one specific person or for several hard to ...
skip to main | skip to sidebar This year is the 40th time that Anchor Brewing Company have produced their wonderful, limited edition Christmas Ale. The recipe might change every year, but it never fails to disappoint. This year the label is adorned with a charming ink drawing of a Sequoiadendron giganteum - the Giant Sequoia - which is a wonderful choice of tree ...
If you are like me, you purchased your holiday gifts months ago. But if you are more excited by the idea of last-minute gift giving, you started shopping yesterday, and are ready to pay a premium for shipping. Looking for the perfect gift for your wine or spirits lover? If you have a friend into wine or spirits, purchasing the perfect gift can be tricky.
Chianti is a land of large producers. Outside of the Classico zone, wines are made in large quantities and mediocre to poor quality. Understandably serious wine drinkers often avoid the large scale production wines. However, certain large producers remain important and, with their top offerings, make wines of distinction and terroir.
One of my favorite Dogfish Head beers makes an appearance on the 11th day of Beermas! Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron Producer: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery; Milton, DE Beer Name: Palo Santo Marron Style: Brown Ale Price Range: $3-4 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 12% Appearance: Black, opaque with small tan head Aroma: Wood, smoke, malty Virginia Pour House Review: Dogfish Head is one of my favorite craft.
Black Sage Bench grower/winemaker Gary Misson features Malbec (39%) in this blend with Syrah (27%), Merlot (23%) and Cabernet Franc, and Francofans in British Columbia particularly will appreciate its herbal and food-friendly approach. Bing cherry, Montmorency cherry and cranberry aromas and flavors also pick up notes of fresh-picked green bean and moist earth.
Tonight's wines are from Southbrook Vineyards' and appropriately part of their "Transitions" line as they are all currently undergoing transition to organic certification. All of the grapes for these wines were handpicked. These wines are available to licensees only, via Trialto Wine Group - look for them in restaurants, as they are not available at the LCBO.
There’s nothing fancy about Big Cottonwood Vineyard and Winery. That said, if and when you find yourself in Omaha, it’s worth knowing that this little gem upon the prairie is less than an hour’ ...
Chianti. I’ve struggled a bit with it. It can be great, but often it’s a bit difficult and surly. It’s like a moody friend: you have to wait for the right time to approach it, but get it right and things can be great. More often than not, they are complicated. This is a lovely example of great Chianti, as long as you can get past the old fashioned label and genetically modi ...
Fresno State-trained viticulturalist Rich Garvin has been managing vineyards in Hood River since the turn of the century, but he began working in 2010 with New Zealand vintners Matthew Rutherford and Philip Jones. Their collaboration in this Bordeaux blend, which leads with Cabernet Sauvignon, taps into acclaimed W ...
This has to be one of the most unique wines in the world. Like a hypothetical blend between old school Cote-Rotie (think Levet, Gallet, Gentaz) and old-school Bordeaux (Cantemerle, Domaine de Chevalier, La Mission Haut Brion) all wrapped up with that lovely Provencal garrigue. If more people knew what this was, the price would be treble. Winemaker Eloi Durrbach is an icon in winemaking circles.
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It was time for our first cellar club pick up at Breaux Vineyards. We had missed the official cellar club pick up event. We had been in Charlottesville that weekend. We arrived early at Breaux Vineyards on a gray and rainy Saturday. As new members, we weren't sure where we should go to pick up our wine.
Saké paired with cheese? Now that’s a combination that’s not likely to have crossed your mind. At least it hadn’t crossed mine. That is until I was invited to participate in a virtual tasting of sake and cheese with sakés from Oregon based craft producer and importer, SakéOne along with cheeses from Marin French Cheese, and Laura Chenel Chevre.
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