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The Glenlivet Introduces New Expression

The Glenlivet has introduced its next expression in the Nadurra range: The Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso. This new product is part of The Glenlivet’s strategy to build on its strong development in the growing single malt whisky market. The Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso is matured solely in ex-sherry casks and reveals rich,...
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Absolut Launches Andy Warhol Bottle

Absolut Vodka announced the Limited Edition Andy Warhol bottle, a new design celebrating the brand’s iconic collaboration with the illustrious Andy Warhol. The offering embodies the brand’s commitment to supporting all things rooted in artistic expression and creativity. In 1986, Andy Warhol became the first in a long line of...
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ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH: THE AVIATION

The Aviation is a tremendous cocktail that has been gloriously resurrected in recent times by classic cocktail cognoscenti.  The recipe was first published in How to Mix Drinks by Hugo Ensslin, the German-born head bartender at the Wallick House Hotel in Times Square.  His was the last cocktail manual to...
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A GOOD, FAMILIAR CREATURE

About 25 years ago I was going through something of an epiphany regarding wine’s influences upon health. At the time there were two committed camps in the US. A sizable number insisted that anything containing alcohol was intrinsically evil, prohibitionists denying that any good could ever come from drinking, however...
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BALLARD CANYON SYRAH

If Ballard Canyon in California’s Santa Barbara County is as unknown to most wine professionals as it had been to me prior to a recent trip to the region, my prediction is that it will soon be “discovered”. The pending AVA is a source of superb Syrah. Not that Rhône...
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PINOT NOIR IS HAPPENING IN MONTEREY

Few indeed are sources of world-class Pinot Noir. Let us count them. The gold standard resides in the Côte d’Or and, to a lesser degree, the Côte Chalonnaise. I’ve drunk two or three exemplars in the Alto Adige, Italy’s most northerly reaches. Over here, we have Oregon’s Willamette Valley and...
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CIGAR CITY BREWING’S JOEY REDNER

In a small industrial park near downtown Tampa, a buzz continues to grow louder, emanating from the stainless steel tanks of a tiny Florida brewery. The hype about Cigar City Brewing started long before it even brewed its first batch. Run by a beer columnist for a local Tampa newspaper,...
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THE GREAT GIN REVIVAL

Whether you’re talking politics, literature, culinary icons, or movies, there’s always a place for gin in the conversation.  After all, Winston Churchill, FDR, Julia Child, and Jack London are among its most famous fans, to name but a few.  With all the hullaballoo around vodka throughout the last decade-plus, gin...
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THE YEAR IN BEER REVIEW

If you read the end of the year reports for any major beer producer, the song remains the same: 2OO9 was a challenging and complicated year in the beer industry, stemming from a depressed economic environment, tightening credit markets and continuing cost pressures.  Overall, beer sales in the United States...
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