• 2014: Favorite Spirits & Drink-Related Items

      What were some of my favorite spirits and drink-related items of the past year? Let me continue the lists of my best recommendations and favorites of 2014. I have already posted my Favorite Wine lists. This post will now concentrate on some of my Favorite Spirits and Drink Related Items. This is certainly not a complete list but it is more a sampling of compelling and memorable ...

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    • Poggia Basso Grappa del Piemonte

      Poggia Basso Grappa del Piemonte Ghemme, Italy 40% ABV This is my first grappa. Well, unless you count that one time I drank it while waitressing at Vinny Testa’s in Boston’s Back Bay. I assure you, you should not count that. But I think it was better than this? The grappa has a nutty smell, mainly peanut, which is rather odd for a grape liquor.

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  • Grappa anyone?

    …, so they really let their hair down. And I mean they really let their hair down: the theme of the party was Woodstock so lots of bad, long, shaggy wigs abounded. Today, Vinomaker and I pressed off three different batches of Cabernet sauvignon. It was a rather painless process this year, but still by the end of the day I was coloured purple from…

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  • Autumn Cocktails with Nonino Grappa

    … the glass in the merlot distillate, and distinctly yellow flower and warm hay aromas for the chardonnay. Nonino’s first monovarietal, picolit, remains my favorite. The Gioiello, their honey distillate made from acacia honey, too carries trademark flavors of autumn. It’s a beautifully nutty, forest floral aromatic that’s both warming, and spiced…

    Hawk Wakawaka/ Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviewsin Merlot Chardonnay- 3 readers -
  • GRAPPA !

    …, that is, made without being aged in wood. It was clear in color and the flavor reflected the grapes that it was made from. Now many grappas are aged in new barriques and for the most part they are dark in color and in many cases the wood flavor has taken over. He said the grappa made from white grapes has more aromas and is easier to drink than grappa made…

    Charles Scicolone/ Charles Scicolone on Winein Chardonnay- 5 readers -
  • Sonoma Valley Portworks Petite Sirah Port 2007

    … give all their attention to after dinner drinks. Sonoma Valley Portworks makes sherry, grappas, and wine-infused vinegars in addition to port. The typical list in their tasting room includes a sampling of everything but the grappa. Which means I need to work on getting them to offer grappa tastings too! Co-owner Caryn Reading did our pouring…

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  • Let Us Now Praise After-Dinner Drinks

    …I know summer is not supposed to be the time for thinking about, much less consuming, brandies, but I can’t help it: I’m addicted. For me, nothing completes an enjoyable dinner as well as a fine digestivo – or digestif, if you prefer. Whichever you call it, those names indicate exactly what that little tot…

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