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Gann Family Cellars Alexander Valley Merlot 2005

In 2004, following the premiere of the movie Sideways, Merlot experienced a decline in sales and status when Paul Giamatti’s character Miles disparaged the ordering and drinking of Merlot. As one of the noble grapes, however, Merlot should not be so quickly dismissed because it can produce classic and easily aged wines. In my experience, the aging of […]

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Shakers Wheat Vodka

Made from Minnesota wheat, column distilled six times, this super, super premium vodka wow-ed us. It is deliciously sweet, displays a cocoa-like note, and is incredibly smooth. Most vodkas you have to chill to make them easy enough to drink- not Shakers. With little debate we awarded Shakers a rare PERFECT RATING (Rating *****). See […]

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Wilson Blended Whiskey

The label on the bottle was peeling off. Mike, the bartender at Bamonte’s (an ancient Italian Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York), guessed that it was 40 or 50 years old.  We couldn’t resist and ordered a small glass of it. The label noted that it was “grain neutral spirit and whiskey.” The label also boasted, […]

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Charbay Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka

A grapefruit flavored vodka? We were, honestly, skeptical. We should have known better: it’s Charbay, and Charbay produces no dreck. Charbay Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka is delicious. We feared that the spirit would be drown in a cloying, artificial flavor. Instead, we got a lovely soft vodka that has just enough grapefruit in it to […]

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Jim Beam’s Small Batch Bourbons: Baker’s, Booker’s, Basil Hayden’s, and Knob Creek

By Ken Wohlrob Attending an event hosted by the Kentucky Bourbon Circle (aka The Kentucky Springs Distilling Co. aka The Jim Beam family) is the whiskey fiend’s equivalent to attending a Business 101 class. The evening has a very instructional aspect to it, making sure that even the greenest whiskey virgin learns how to properly […]

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Blue Ice Vodka

The first thing about Blue Ice (80 proof) that will grab you is the bottle: oblongish, icy blue tint, no paper label. Look upon it after it has sat in the freezer for a time and you’ll get the impression that it drifted from a glacier- frost coated and the back of the bottle has […]

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