Reviews

The Perfect Gin Martini Recipe

Your first gobful of martini should brace you even as it slams you. You should gasp. Your mouth should thrill, your blood should pump, your heart should sing. Not an ounce of this liquid should be in any goddamn way a compromise. It must be utterly intense. It should not quench your thirst; it should quench your desire. The disinterested, …

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The Best Gin for Gin and Tonic — 2019 edition

You have cash in your pocket, and you have a thirst. Specifically, a thirst for that most noble of drinks, the gin and tonic. But you don’t just want any gin and tonic. No. You’re better than that. You, my friend, want the best. And that means you need to know what is the best gin for gin and tonic. …

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Hermann J. Wiemer of the Finger Lakes: A Great American Winery

Hermann J. Wiemer is one of the pioneers of viticulture and winemaking in the Finger Lakes. A native of Bernkastel, Germany, he studied at the world famous Neustadt Viticultural Research Institute, took a winemaking job in the Finger Lakes, and became a seminal figure in raising the quality of the region’s wines. Today, his long time apprentice and Cornell grad …

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8 Intriguing California Red Wine Blends (Wine Spectator)

Tasting Highlights’ wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors’ most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members. Blending different grapes can add complexities and textures to a wine that a single grape may not be able to achieve. This week we highlight eight unique California red blends that stood out from …

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For February 4, 2019

I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format.  They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented …

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2014-2015 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

How ironic is this? Just a few days ago I posted a Cellar Series review of the 2012 Monsanto Chianti, a bottle I’d been cellaring for couple of years to see how it would taste later. It was delicious and confirmed my feelings that the Monsanto Chianti is just a solid buy year to year, and one that can even …

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Rosé and Food: Enlivening the Meal

Rosés can be served with anything—Julia Child There are a wide variety of dry rosés available on the market. Many entry level rosés are relatively light in style and perfect for sipping but don’t stand up well to food. Others, mainly premium rosés, are ideal food wines. When paired well with food they enhance the enjoyment and dining experience and …

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Art-Food and Wine at Quoin Rock

Located on the slopes of the Simonsberg, the Quoin Rock wine estate just reopened its doors to the public after a lengthy, no-expense-spared renovation of the winery, vineyards and restaurant by the Vitaly Gaiduk family, which purchased the 200 hectare property in 2012. We joined Mike Bampfield-Duggan of Wine Concepts at Quoin Rock last week to taste wines with winemaker …

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Lone Wolf Gin Review

Come in! Come in! Fortunate favourite of Old Parn — or else not so fortunate. Okay, this is a bloody good gin. Depending upon your feelings about those publicity-hungry scamps Brewdog, you’ll either be heartened or dismayed (or, perhaps, a complex and unsettling mixture of the two) to know that Lone Wolf Gin is affiliated to the aforementioned company. But …

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