I’m certified!

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Armagnac Darroze Grand Assemblage 12 year

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Shaw Vineyard Finger Lakes Riesling 2008

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V.S.O.P. Cognac Leyrat

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2001 Lur-Saluces Sauternes by Chateau de Fargues

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Recuerdo 2012 Malbec, 2012 Torrontes

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Four Roses Japanese-only Fine Old Bourbon

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Minute Mixologist: “Ninja Whale” Manila Rum Punch

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Bourbon, Rum, Vodkatini Body Scrubs by Farmhouse Fresh

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Fred Minnick and “Whiskey Women”

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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013: One To Remember

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Crater Lake Root Beer

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Glenlivet 70, Balvenie 50 at Talon Club, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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Minute Mixologist: Tequila Moda Viejo

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Wednesday 02 November, 2016

Review: Nomad Outland Whiskey




These are interesting times for Scotch drinkers, to say the least. Wonsaponatime (as John Lennon would say), the choice was fairly straightforward between the five regions/styles, or different blends produced roughly the same way. Now, there are so many variations not so much in distillation but in aging and finishing that one could lose count […]





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Wednesday 19 October, 2016

Discovering A New–actually, old–Northern California Wine Country




Northern California is of course one of the best destinations in the US for wine lovers who want to visit vineyards. But the more established vineyards of Napa can give an air of slick impersonality to a winery tour…while Sonoma vineyards are a bit far flung to see too many actual locations (as opposed to […]





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Tuesday 04 October, 2016

Review: Leaf Rocky Mountain Water Organic Vodka/Happy National Vodka Day!




Hold everything. Today is National Vodka Day. And while normally I don’t gather much enthusiasm for these manufactured holidays (Did you hear a peep from me about Bourbon Heritage month? You did not. Every month is Bourbon Heritage Month to me.), this  one gives me an excuse to talk quickly about a particular vodka that’s […]





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Tuesday 16 August, 2016

Brandy is Dandy: Armagnac vs. Brandy de Jerez




Although it pre-dates virtually all other spirits, brandy may be one of the most misunderstood and underappreciated categories in alcoholic beverages right now. Very basically, brandy is a distilled spirit, typically ranging from 33-40% abv, made from grapes (all brandies may also be called eau-de-vie, but eau-de-vies can also be made from other fruit). Brandies […]





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Tuesday 09 August, 2016

Finding the Perfect Rum? Diplomatico vs. Santiago De Cuba




It wasn’t that long ago that rum was a relatively downmarket spirit. Despite rum (or ron or rhum in its original languages) being the most popular alcohol worldwide, as recently as 15 years ago it was considered almost exclusively a mixing spirit—even in the smoother version that Bacardi originated in the late 1800s, supplanting most […]





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Wednesday 11 May, 2016

What Spirits Will Ascend? Inside the 73rd WSWA 2016




It always takes a few days to digest everything that happens at WSWA—not to mention, sober up—hence why it’s taken me some time to post this wrap up on the convention of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America in Las Vegas  April 18-21st. At least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Distinct […]





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Monday 04 April, 2016

The Future Belongs To Blended Scotch Whisky. There I said it.




For the past 50 years or so since William Grant introduced Glenfiddich, the first marketed single malt Scotch whisky, “single malts” have dominated the dialogue about serious whisky appreciation worldwide, not-so-subtly pushing blended whiskies to a second-class category that has not always been warranted. But, owing probably to the popularity and thus growing scarcity of […]