What Makes a Terrible Wine?

by B.D Fischer In their excellent (no joke—it’s the best place to start if you are just learning and also a tremendous reference) Wine for Dummies, the married Mary Ewing-Mulligan (a Master of Wine—one of only 322 in the world, it’s like Ph.D. on top of a Ph.D.) and Ed McCarthy tell this story: “Several […]

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From the Archives: The Review of Beers, Spirits, & Wines

We were young, we were wild, we were living in New York, and dare we say it—we were ahead of our time. In 2002 AlcoholReviews.com launched a downloadable magazine called The Review of Beers, Spirits, & Wines.  (Check out Issue 1 and Issue 2.) It was a slightly crazy notion….(read more)

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Will Machines Replace Bartenders?

Probably not any time soon, and certainly not in high-end joints. But bargain eateries might see sense in installing a Monsieur mixed drinks machine. Read more at http://monsieur.co/.

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Dark and Stormy Made With Maui Dark Rum

Comcast cable was knocked out by 90-something degree heat. No TV, no phone, no Inter-tubes (except via cell). So, might as well make a Dark and Stormy (3 ounces of rum, 3 or 4 ounces of Ginger Beer, and lime slice) and read a novel. Maui Dark is fine stuff. (See our review here.)

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Free America’s Beverage Markets!

It is difficult to understate just how politicized America’s alcoholic beverage markets are. And I say “markets” because the country does not have a single nationwide market. Rather, it has markets far too numerous to count. These markets are the product of various regulatory regimes across federal, state, county and municipal levels of government. The […]

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