Vodka

    Fall Round-Up of Value Spirits: The Vodkas, Comrade

    Frequent readers of The Pour Fool may remember that I have admitted to pretty much outright scorn at the whole idea of Vodkas that are made as nothing more than a neutral spirit intended to do absolutely nothing but inject some alcoholic content into your lemonade or tricky cocktail. I’ve never understood that and have wondered for decades why those folks don’t just buy a bot ...

    6 readers - By The Pour Fool

    2014 Wine Ride “The Oregon Trail” Visits 3 Texas Cities in October, 2014

    2014 Wine Ride “The Oregon Trail” Visits 3 Texas Cities in October, 2014 October 8, 2014 Diane Dixon, the brains behind Keeper Collection, is always scheming fun ways to present amazing food and wine pairings. She has created a portfolio of spectacular annual events including CITYWIDE 86′D, which recently won a “Best of Austin Award” from the Austin Chronicle, Chef’s Under ...

    6 readers - By Matt Mcginnis/ What Are you Drinking?

      Dispatch from the 2014 Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival

      Drinkhacker.com - - 6 readers - Dispatch from the 2014 Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival Autumn wasn’t technically with us in late August, but that didn’t stop the folks at Northstar Resort in Lake Tahoe, California, from putting on a grandiose wine and food festival. Now in its 29th year, the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival is a multi-day event that combines a walk-around tasting with focu ...

      Boozing in Belize

      The Alcohol Professor - - 5 readers - A travel guide to island imbibing Bamboo Bar All photos by Becca Yeamans-Irwin. You won’t typically hear the words “Belize” and “fine wine” in the same sentence together, however, the small Central American country has plenty of other delicious libations to offer the weary traveler. From locally brewed beers and fruit wines, to a perennial Caribbean favorite – rum- there’ ...

      Rant: Vodka's Dying, Long Live Whiskey!

      The Passionate Foodie - - 5 readers - Three years ago, vodka reigned supreme and its future seemed bright. How matters have apparently changed in a short time. From 2010 to 2011, the vodka category grew by volume about 6%, selling about 65.8 million cases and making it the most consumed spirit in the U.S. During that same time period, the growth of some other spirits included: rum rose 1.3% (25.8 million cases), tequila rose 3.

      Leaf Vodka

      Benito's Wine Reviews - - 4 readers - Michigan's ironically named Temperance Distilling Company produces Leaf Vodka, a new brand in the specialty spirits market. Both of their products are distilled from organic wheat, with the ethanol making up 40% of the bottle, while the remaining 60% comes from distinctive water. There are a lot of studies out there debunking the ability to differentiate various vodkas as well ...

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      Recipe: Halloween Cocktails, 2014

      … was surprisingly good.) Witchy Woman 2 oz. Crater Lake Sweet Ginger Vodka ½ oz. simple syrup ½ oz. pomegranate juice 1 oz. pear brandy ½ oz. lemon juice Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. (NOTE: Failing the presence of sweet ginger vodka in your area, rimming…

      By Rob Theakston/ Drinkhacker.com

      CASTAGNA'S 2014 RELEASE: 12 AND 13

      … is called) is to be given. In the choicest of cups comes (this is what I call wine) dignity’s destruction." Tilsagt verse, Snorri Sturluson, Skalholt, Iceland 1179 – 1241 This wine is not sweet. It's gorgeous. It gives you all those golden feels and ends up as fine and dry and chalky as a geometry teacher. Slice some abalone steaks about as thick…

      By Philip White/ drinkster

      Star Wars Halloween party photos and drink recipes

      … Star Wars Halloween party photos and drink recipes by Lisa Mattson on October 28, 2014 Last Saturday night, we hosted our most ambitious Halloween party to date: The Chateau Strikes Back, a “Star Wars” themed event. Todd and Nitsa Knoll, our dynamic culinary duo, and their staff created an energizing, authentic ambiance, replete with Jabba…

      By Lisa Mattson/ The Jordan Journey

      Review: Menage a Trois Vodka, Complete Lineup

      … Review: Menage a Trois Vodka, Complete Lineup Menage a Trois is known for its cheap wines, but the company now also makes cheap vodka. (!) Three expressions — one straight, two flavored — are on offer. All are distilled from corn and brought down to proof with “pristine California water.” The catch with the flavored vodkas: They’re all…

      1 readers - By Christopher Null/ Drinkhacker.com

      Lo Hai Qu Patronizes Hip Wine Bars

      … minds most of the time cuz, mostly, we don’t got any, and those weird wines make us feel like we’re getting a deal. OK, like, if I pay $12 for a glass of Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc, I’m an asshole. If I buy a glass of Inzolia for the same money, I’m a damned genius, and a wine connoisseur. You can’t tell the difference between the two—they both drink…

      1 readers - By Ron Washam/ HoseMaster of Wine™

      CRITICISING WINE CRITICISM

      … lonely work. I can't wait to get to The Exeter for a drink at the end of the day: Campari, gin or vodka with bitters in the summer; whisky in the winter, maybe a wheat beer. I buy wine for special meals, or to accompany specific dishes. With so much free wine, and so many invitations to enjoy the hospitality of wine producers, how does a wine writer…

      1 readers - By Philip White/ drinkster

      Review: Kennedy Irish Whiskey “Spirit Drink” Complete Lineup

      … letters: “Whiskey with natural flavor & caramel.” OK, so points for truth in labeling, I think, but points off for confusing the hell out of your consumer along the way. What is “oak filtered,” exactly? Check the back label and you’ll see that “Kennedy’s Spirit is a delicate fusion of the finest Celtic whiskies and malt to insure a unique…

      4 readers - By Christopher Null/ Drinkhacker.com

      Discovering #HudsonValley Spirits During #TasteCamp: Part II

      …. It was actually the Indigenous Empire State Wheat Vodka (80 proof / 40% abv, $27) and Indigenous Fresh Pressed Apple Vodka (80 proof / 40% abv, $37). Both very smooth and also used as the base for the Half Moon Orchard Gin (92 proof / 41% abv, $37). In addition, the distillery produces a Hudson Valley favorite, cassis, with their Cassis Liqueur (44 proof / 22…

      1 readers - By Todd M. Godbout/ WineCompass

      Gin Up: Cask Aging & Sage Cheese

      … different botanicals as well, creating a multi- layered effect. The nose is clear juniper berry, soft mint and eucalyptus, coriander and dried thyme. There is a slight medicinal note on the back palate, but this is a terrific gin with no burn, and a host of clean, pure flavors. I prefer it neat, but if you choose to mix it will definitely…

      3 readers - By Michael Cervin/ Boozehoundz

      Rant: Vodka's Dying, Long Live Whiskey!

      …, from Taiwan to Washington state, but when is the last time you heard about a new vodka distillery? The main news people see about vodka is the creation of some strange new flavor. And we have seen an over-saturation of flavored vodkas. How many candy flavored vodkas do you really need? While I was recently in the Hudson River Valley, as part…

      5 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      Leaf Vodka

      … them. The green bottle is made using Alaskan glacier water, while the blue bottle comes from a Rocky Mountain mineral spring. The Alaskan is sweeter with a touch of citrus, and more of a pronounced grain aroma. The Rocky Mountain version has a darker, more stony and drier profile that reminds me of great Austrian Grüner Veltliner. Both are quite smooth, however I fear that the subtleties will be lost in cocktails. But for the price, these are both fantastic bargains. Note: These bottles were provided as samples for review.…

      4 readers - By Ben Carter/ Benito's Wine Reviews

      Vodka Launch: Zodiac Vodka

      … Vodka Launch: Zodiac Vodka Zodiac Vodka, a gluten free American potato vodka, recently launched in Texas this month. Plans to expand into more markets come 2015 is exciting news for many people who live a gluten free lifestyle. I fell in love with the name, which is how this vodka grabbed my attention. Zodiac is produced in their Idaho based…

      3 readers - By Sara Lehman/ Somm In The City

      Fall Round-Up of Value Spirits: The Vodkas, Comrade

      … Goose and UV, it always shocks me when someone sends me one of that style to review. I received two for this Round-Up and neither is here. And none like that will ever appear in The Pour Fool. My current favorites are Stein, made in the tiny hamlet of Joseph, Oregon, from estate-grown rye, and Reyka, a gorgeous little item made in Iceland, which…

      6 readers - By The Pour Fool
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