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Via Carota Craft Cocktails Releases Sparkling Range

May 17, 2024  --  We wrote about Via Carota Craft Cocktails when their line of pre-mixed cocktails was introduced in February of 2023.  After that successful launch of elegant four-serve bottles of six classic cocktails, Via Carota has followed up with a new line of single-serve, ready-to-pour sparkling cocktails which...
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Neo-Prohibitionists Gather Strength

April 17, 2024  -- You’d think Prohibitionists might have learned their lesson with the “Noble  Experiment” of the 18th Amendment also known as the Volstead Act in 1919, but no, they haven’t and they are now harnessing the World Health Organization (WHO) to restrict production and consumption of alcohol globally....
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The Macallan Celebrates 200 Years

March 7, 2024 -- The Macallan has unveiled Tales of The Macallan Volume II, the second edition in a remarkable series of rare single malt Scotch whiskies which tells the story of The Macallan pioneers and their whisky-making legacy.  The second release pays homage to Alexander Reid, founder of The...
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Valentine’s Day Cocktails & Gifts

February 2, 2024 --  How about trying something new and different this year!  We’ve found several interesting spirits that might not be familiar: Hollywood-themed whiskies from Filmland Spirits, romantic Italian aperitivos from Italicus & Savoia, and one of our all time favorites Hood River Distillers.   All are not only delicious...
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Hot Drinks for Cold Weather

January 15, 2024 – There’s nothing like a hot toddy to warm us up on a cold day and it’s hard to beat a good rum as the base for a true deliciousness.  If you haven’t tried Barceló Rum from the Dominican Republic now is a good time.  We tried...
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Christmas Cocktails Served with a Splash

December 18, 2023 -- Stress no more!  We’ve got a delightful and delicious shortcut for festive cocktails to get you through the season of celebration and parties. No need to search out new recipes or buy ingredients you may never use again.  Simply add a splash of Clear Creek Cranberry...
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Who Are the Biggest Binge Drinkers in the World?

November 15, 2023 – Here’s a good guessing game next time you’re downing a few:  Which country can boast being the biggest guzzlers of alcoholic drinks? Apparently those fun fellows at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) thought so too.   They conducted a study of binging habits in...
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A Spooky Cocktail for Halloween

October 21, 2023 – Halloween is around the corner and if you’re planning a celebration with adults, here’s a cocktail that will spook them out:  the Black Blood Sour from Filmland Spirits.   It’s easy to make but takes a bit of effort to organize the special effects. The marvelous smoke...
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Ukrainian Wine Industry’s Positive Outlook

October 16, 2023 – Despite the on-going Russian invasion and warfare, as paradoxical as it sounds, Ukraine’s wineries that are still operational are doing well and business is growing.  Ukrainians are drinking more local wine rather than the preferred imports.  Importing wine has become difficult logistically, and the collapse of...
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Flaviar’s 2023 Advent Calendar Now Available

October 12, 2023 -- The always highly anticipated Flaviar Advent Calendar is now available and this year’s is a winner so grab yours right away – they sell out really quickly every year. The Lost Art of Distillation – The Amber Kingdom features :             Twenty-four superb whiskeys including gold...
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Negroni Week September 18-24

September 15, 2023 --  Negroni Week is back and here’s what you need to know. The classic Negroni was invented around 1919 in Florence, Italy.  The recipe is simple – equal parts each of Campari, Red (sweet) Vermouth and London Dry Gin served with an orange twist for garnish.  Over...

Perfect Cocktail for Summer’s Ending

August 30, 2023 – Labor Day spells the unofficial end of summer, which for those of us who love the heat and bare feet, is a bit depressing.  But we have a cocktail to make those last “Golden Hours” amazing and it requires no skill at all. The recipe calls...
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Drinking Habits Hardly Change in Eight Decades

August 28, 2023 – Bob Dylan’s classic protest song, “The Times They Are a-Changin” seems as apt today as it did in 1964, but one thing that has stayed constant is the percentage of people in this country who drink alcohol and the number who don’t.  It’s been pretty much...

National Lemonade Day Grows Up!

August 17, 2023 -- Lemonade isn’t just for kids.  Grown-ups enjoy it too and Smirnoff certainly knows how to make any celebration more festive with suggestions for informal gatherings or just a relaxing libation after at the end of a long day.  Smirnoff Blue Raspberry Lemonade offers refreshing tart and...
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“The Big Dog” Vodka for the Dog Days of Summer

Augus14, 2023 -  Hood River Distillers, founded right after Prohibition ended in 1934, got its start crafting fruit brandies with the excess apples and pears from local orchards.  It has prospered to become the Northwest’s largest and oldest importer, distiller, producer and marketer of distilled spirits.  In 2021 they released...

Sunshine Punch Rum Cocktail Nostalgia in a Bottle

August 5, 2023 – Inspired by an orange creamsicle, newly released Sunshine Punch in the sassy orange bottle is there to savor wherever you find your sunshine.  The ready-to-serve cocktail is made from orange, crème, rum and vodka.  Served chilled or over ice, at just 18% ABV it is designed...
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Is a Glass of Wine Beneficial as we Age?

July 28, 2023 – There seem to be a lot of articles lately warning that any kind of alcohol is bad, causing quite a list of unpleasant health issues like cancer.  So it was a relief to read that researchers, from Harvard Medical School no less, have found that a...
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July 4 Easy Entertaining

June 29, 2023 – With Independence Day falling on Tuesday this year, we’re looking for a way to have a stylish celebration but keep the preparation and clean up easy.  Ready-to-Drink cocktails are a great solution and we have two suggestions:  Smirnoff Poco Pico ICE and Fishers Island Lemonade. Smirnoff...
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For Mother’s Day, Add a Little Luxury

May 8, 2023 --- When Mom struggles home loaded with a week’s worth of groceries we seriously doubt there’s a bottle of a luxury spirit just for her in the shopping bags.   So why not slip one in as an unexpected surprise with your other plans for the day.  We...
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World Marselan Day is April 27. Huh?

April 26, 2023 – What the heck is World Marselan Day?  Which brings us to what the heck is Marselan?  It’s a red wine grape but don’t feel bad if you have never heard of it.  Me neither! Marselan is a cross of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache which was created...

Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cups Now Available

April 14, 2023 – On May 6 the 149th Kentucky Derby returns to Churchill Downs for what is known as “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports”.  It is also the 50th anniversary of the amazing Secretariat winning The Kentucky Derby, a historic moment in thoroughbred history.  Woodford Reserve, the Presenting...

Pack your walking shoes!  You and a friend could be headed to Ireland to soak in the beauty of Glendalough, County Wicklow – also known as the “Garden of Ireland.”  Besides touring the sights of Dublin, winners will have a unique three-hour excursion with Glendalough Distillery’s full-time forager, Geraldine Kavanagh...
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The Kraken Gold Spiced Rum Released Nationally

March 8, 2023 --- Spiced rum is a hot category and the latest entry comes from The Kraken.  Capitalizing on their popular Black Spiced Rum launched in 2010, The Kraken Gold Spiced Rum is set to take the cocktail world by storm.  And that’s appropriate since the Kraken is a...

New Ideas for Valentine’s Cocktails

February 9, 2023 – With Cupid’s approval, we’re introducing two fresh ideas for Valentine’s Day celebrations:  Empress 1908 Gin and ready to pour Via Carota Craft Cocktails.  Get ready to fall in love! Empress 1908 Gin Empress 1908 Gin comes to us from the island of Victoria, just a ferry...
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How A Man From Missouri Saved the French Wine Industry

January 24, 2023 – Below is a link to a fascinating story.  It is the story of Charles Valentine Riley.  It’s the story of a root-devouring bug called phylloxera that was destroying vineyards from Australia to France in the 1860s.  It’s the story of the role played by the wine...
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Ring in the New Year with Stylish Cocktails

December 28, 2022 – After the mess caused by the weather, staying warm, taking it easy and enjoying a good cocktail sounds exactly right.  We don’t have snow but we are being drenched by an atmospheric river, and that Irish Coffee from Keeper’s Heart Whiskey looks awfully good.  Whipped cream...
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Gift Update: Marilyn Wines $1 Shipping

December 12, 2011 – We’ve just received an interesting update from Marilyn Wines. They are celebrating the Holiday Season with a fantastic offer: Choose from their select Vintages of Meritage and Cabernet Sauvignon. Buy one of each to drink, one to gift, and one to keep. Shipping is just $1. ...
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Gift Solutions

December 5, 2022 – No need to stress over gift giving.  There’s something for everyone in the realm of wine and spirits.  Whether it’s a bottle of a well-known brand that they enjoy frequently or something new and different, it will be an appreciated gift.  Here are our suggestions: OCEAN...
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The Bottle is the Culprit

November 18, 2022 --  A popular topic of discussion these days is about reducing our impact on the environment in every conceivable area, including the wine industry.  Does it start in the vineyard?  Happily, in most wine-growing regions of the world, wine growers big and small, are very conscious of...
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A Taste of Africa

October 10 , 2022 ---  The introduction of a new gin is exciting news to gin lovers everywhere.  And when it comes from Kenya’s first craft distillery, that’s really something we all want to know about.  But it gets better.  All the botanicals are from the continent of Africa as...
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Black Infusions Dirty Shirley is the Drink for Fall

September 28, 2022 – As we transition from summer fun to tailgate parties, watching the game with friends, early fall barbecues and other fall and winter socializing, we need a great cocktail that has its own vibe.  Black Infusions Dirty Shirley is just the thing. You can mix it yourself...
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How to Become a Master of Wine

August 17, 2022 – You may have heard or seen someone referred to as Master of Wine or MW and wondered what really qualifies someone to use this term after his or her name.  And as someone interested in wine, you may have wondered if you could qualify too.  Well,...
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Trouble Brewing for Craft Beer Makers

August 7, 2022 – A carbon dioxide shortage means brewing trouble for America’s 9,000 plus craft breweries.  Beer without effervescence is flat and carbon dioxide is the gas responsible for that lovely foam. According to Chuck Skypeck, Technical Brewing Projects Director for the Brewers Association, some members have had to...
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Alcohol and Aging: Good News & Bad News

August 3, 2022 – First the bad news.  A headline in the New York Post on July 26 read “Just five alcoholic drinks a week will age you – and mess up your DNA”.  Great.  Yet there are a whole lot of studies showing that people who drink moderately live...
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Patrón Tequila and Lalique Release Gorgeous New Bottle

July 21, 2022 –Patrón Tequila, the world's number one super-premium tequila, and Lalique, the crown jewel ofFrance’s crystal industry, have unveiled their third remarkable collaboration: PATRÓN en LALIQUE: Serie 3. The stunningly beautiful bottle, created by Marc Larminaux, Lalique’s Artistic and Creative Director, is an artistic interpretation of the agave...
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The Macallan Releases 2022 Collection

June 29, 2022 – Attention lovers and collectors of The Macallan Scotch whisky! The Macallan has unveiled The Macallan M Collection, a range of limited release single malt whiskies celebrating the brand’s acclaimed Six Pillars. The whiskies come in beautifully crafted decanters created in collaboration with renowned creative director, Fabien...

You’ve Got to Hand it to the Ukrainians!

June 23, 2022 – We recently wrote about California’s success at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London.  Sending wines half way around the world involves some planning and expense but for US wineries it was a piece of cake compared with the extraordinary measures required of a Ukrainian winemaker....
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Father’s Day Bottles and Cocktails

June 15, 2022 --- Buying Dad a bottle of something special is a simple solution to the gift dilemma, but why not make it extra special by creating a cocktail to enjoy together as you indulge in recollections of the past.  We’ve selected suggestions from Grand Marnier, Rémy Martin, George...
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Memorial Day Easy Drinks

May 26, 2022 – Hard to believe, but Memorial Day Weekend is upon us.  That summer vibe we all look forward starts this weekend, and what better way to celebrate it than with an easy, breezy cocktail.  Tullahoma Tea 1.5 oz Dickel Bourbon0.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice0.5 oz Texas...
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World Aperitivo Day Debuts May 26

May 20, 2022 -- Italians know how to relax as the sun goes down and we get ready for dinner with friends or family.  They sip an aperitivo which comes from the Latin word aperire “to open” meaning, in this case, to open the appetite for the meal to come. ...
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Grand Cocktails for Mother’s Day

May 4. 2022 – Making Mother’s Day special each year is something we all strive to do.  Gifts, flowers, lunch are all wonderful but making a special cocktail is probably not something Mom does on a daily basis – if ever!  So here’s your chance to add some unexpected glamour...
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Ukrainian Vodka Plant Reopens

May 04, 2022 --- As we watch the systematic destruction of Ukraine by the Russian dictator, it is hard to imagine businesses reopening but this is what is happening in parts of Ukraine where the Russian army is still at bay, and President Zelenskyy is encouraging reopening where safe. One...
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National Beer Day. Celebrate with Bourbon!

April 6, 2022 – Thursday, April 7 is National Beer Day but the cheeky folk at Bulleit Bourbon have figured out how to horn in on their beer brethren’s celebration.  They even go so far as to suggest a Bulleit Boilermaker will “elevate your beer drinking experience”.  What a nerve!...

California’s Newest AVA

What’s an AVA and why is it important? March 25, 2022 --  Thirty-two wineries that make up The SLO Wine Collective are celebrating the newest American Viticultural Area (AVA) along the San Luis Obispo coast.  The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau awarded the designation March 9, 2022....
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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish Whiskey

March 10, 2022 --- At last we can get back to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with friends, parades and parties. How great is that!   And what could be more appropriate than raising a glass of Irish whiskey to toast our return to tradition.  If you’ve never tried Irish whiskey, then...

Can a Glass of Wine Help With Weight Loss?

February 28, 2022 -- A world-renowned scientist advising not to give up a glass of wine when trying to lose weight, as it may actually help weight loss, certainly caught our attention.  The scientist is Prof. Rosa M. Lamuela-Raventós who has a Ph.D in Pharmacy and is the Director of...

Valentine’s Gift for the Cocktail Enthusiast

February 10, 2022 --- Here’s a great gift suggestion for the person on your gift list that enjoys making, creating, even just drinking, cocktails.  It is “Barkeep:  The Art of Mixology, Bar & Cocktails” by Danilo Bozovic.  His first book published in 2016, “Barkeep:  The Guide to Becoming a Professional...

Valentine’s Cocktails New and Old

February 11, 2022 – Pink.  Red.  Roses.  Chocolate.  It’s Valentine’s Day and we have cocktails that pay homage to the day but also delight year ‘round. Could there be anything more romantic than a pink gin made from the roses in an Irish garden distilled with botanicals from the mountains...
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Thaw Out With Hot Rum

January 9, 2022 --  Let’s face it, it’s cold, gray and gloomy but rum producers know how to get us cheered and warmed up deliciously.  January is the month for hot rum with Hot Toddy Day on January 11th and Hot Buttered Rum Day on January 17.  But you don’t...
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Festive & Delicious Cocktails

December 19, 2021 – It’s the time of year when we all make a bit more effort to produce food and drinks that are special.  It’s also the time of year when we should be able to experience the joy of the season that comes from gathering with family and...
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Monkey Shoulder Goes With Fun & Food

December 18, 2021 – When it comes to partying, Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky doesn’t monkey around (couldn’t resist it!).  Fun and food are what it’s all about.  Take their spin on making 12 Old Fashioneds in one fell swoop created by Brand Ambassador Anna Mains.  It’s genius and a great...
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Budweiser is Going to the Dogs

December 6, 2021 --   Budweiser is looking for a special pup to feature on their holiday beer cans.  It could be your hound.  Here are the rules to enter. Contest closes December 15. However, no need to wait to see if Fido won the #PupweiserContest.  You can put your pup...
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Gift Guide 2021

November 22, 2021 – It’s time to make the gift list again so here are a few ideas to help in the process.  The world of wine and spirits is a great place to shop as there are options at all price points and a huge variety of choices.  There...
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Whiskey + Doughnuts = Doing Good

October 20, 2021 -- National First Responders Day is October 28.  To celebrate our first responders, Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey has released two limited-run, whiskey-infused doughnuts in collaboration with Dough Doughnuts - The Proper Irish Coffee Cream-Filled and The Proper Irish Coffee Glazed.  A portion of the proceeds of...
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Oskar Blues Brewery Releases Two Popular Seasonal Beers

October 17, 2021 – Oskar Blues Brewery’s cult classic Death by Coconut Irish Porter along with Ten FIDY Imperial Stout are now both available nationwide on draft and in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans. Death by Coconut combines a semi-sweet Irish Porter with flavors of smooth chocolate and creamy coconut....
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New Cocktail Mixers From Woodford Reserve & Williams Sonoma

September 17, 2021 -- Two American companies loved and respected for quality and innovation – Woodford Reserve and Williams Sonoma --have partnered to bring unique cocktail experiences to homes across America.  The partnership kicks off with a line of co-branded cocktail mixers, which are now available for the Fall entertaining...
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National Rum Day Recipes

August 16, 2021 – Today is National Rum Day, and we’ve got some recipes for you, mostly simple but with a few interesting twists. For example both Butterfly Oasis and Trader Vic’s Classic Mai Tai call for Orgeat, a syrup made from almonds which is a great addition to any...
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The Chateau Miraval Saga Continues

July 16, 2021 --  The halcyon days of 2013 when Wine Spectator pronounced Chateau Miraval the best rosé in world seem a very long time ago.  It got even more idyllic and romantic in 2014 when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got married in the chapel of their estate, Chateau...
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“Keep the Dive Alive”. You Can Help.

July 5, 2021 --  Remember the opening line of the Cheers theme?  “Sometimes You Want to go Where Everybody Knows Your Name”.  That sums up the enticement of the dive bar.  But, like so many small, independent businesses, the dive bar world has suffered thanks to the pandemic.  However, help...

Independence Day Cocktails

June 30, 2021 -- The Fourth of July falls on Sunday this year which is great for anyone organizing a celebration.   The following recipes are festive, easy to make and definitely have the appropriate color scheme.  What’s more, they will carry you through every summer occasion. Smirnoff Red, White &...
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Father’s Day Gift Suggestions

June 16, 2021 --  Time is running out, friend, but here are some suggestions to save the day and ensure you are not cut out of the will, at least this year.  These are for the Dads who like to make cocktails, think about making cocktails one of these days...

Whiskey Notes & News

In Tennessee May 22, 2021 – The historic George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey released the latest vintage of their highly acclaimed Bottled in Bond whisky series, Spring 2007, which will be available as a limited-time offering. This bottling is the first offering of the series from a spring distilling season, and...
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Memorial Day Cocktails

May 27, 2021 – The Memorial Day weekend kicks off the start of the summer season so a new cocktail recipe is a good way to celebrate.  We’ve selected four that are “doable” – they taste good, look good, but are not too complicated.  You almost certainly have one or...

One Million Trees Promised by Rum Distillery

April 23, 2021 --- On Earth Day I was reminded of the numerous stories we’ve posted about distilleries, wineries and breweries, large and small, taking steps to improve our planet.  One such company is Flor de Caña, a premium rum producer in Nicaragua, the world’s first spirit to be Carbon...
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Canned Cocktails Change the Market

April 19, 2021 --- Canned cocktails are the hottest item in the adult beverage business.  They have exploded in popularity.   Referred to in the trade as ready-to-drink or RTD, the pre-mixed canned or bottled single serve category increased 90% year-over-year in 2020.  There are predictions it will reach $1.63 billion...
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Quick & Easy Spring Cocktails

April 4, 2021 -- It’s spring.  Things are getting better.  Let’s celebrate! Our friends at Bacardi have a few ideas to lend a touch of glamour to brunch or cocktails and they couldn’t be simpler.  In fact, these are recipes to have on hand for any occasion all summer long. The...
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Rare & Exciting Offer From New U.S. Whiskey Distillery

March 25, 2021 – If you love whiskey and have 15 grand lying around, a Minneapolis distillery has a great opportunity for you.  The O’Shaughnessy Distilling Company, which officially opens to the public this summer, has launched the Keeper’s Heart Cask Society.  You can join this members-only society and enjoy...
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Month-long Celebration of the World of Pinot Noir

March 5, 2021 --- The annual World of Pinot Noir (WOPN) event is being celebrated all month during March 2021.  Normally held on the first weekend of March at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara, the 2021 event will be entirely virtual. This year, the largest annual gathering of Pinot...

Crown Royal & Coming 2 America

March 1, 2021 – Ready for some fun?  This Friday, March 5, Coming 2 America movie premieres on Amazon Prime Video.  Appropriately, Crown Royal, with its very real royallegacy (it was created in 1939 as a gift for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the first reigning monarchs to visit...
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Wine & Spirits Heist in Manhattan

February 27, 2021 – Thieves cleaned out the entire inventory of a Manhattan wine and spirits store and it seems nobody knows exactly when.  The store has been closed for several months, according to the owner, but when he was last there on January 8, so was the inventory. According...
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Valentine’s Day – Drink Pink!

February 10, 2021 --  As the song says, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love…”  but if you can’t find love, try liking someone..  Valentine’s Day is all about romance but liking one another is a really good place to start and can really make a difference in...

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Theft in Burgundy of Wine January 15, 2021 – Crime stories from France are often quite entertaining, or perhaps it is the way the British report them.  Here’s one from The Guardian.  On January 5 at 5:15 a.m. thieves broke into the cellar of Domaine de Rymska Saint-Jean-de-Trézy, a luxury...

Gift Guide 2020 – Part 2

December 13 -- Time is running out but we have some gift ideas for anyone on your list who enjoys whisk(e)y or a great cocktail.  Thinking creatively will help your thoughtful giver reputation and bring joy to the lucky recipient.  The list we’ve compiled features limited editions and new releases...

Winery Tasting Rooms Move Outside

December 4, 2020 – Tourism has been a catastrophe everywhere thanks to the wretched virus but for California wineries, there’s been the added disaster of the worst fire year in history.  The Glass Fire alone, which consumed almost 1,000 structures in the Napa Valley and beyond when it ignited near...

Gift Guide 2020

November 27, 2020 --  There’s a plethora of fabulous wines and amazing spirits that make wonderful and thoughtful gifts but we were searching for something really fresh, exciting and different.  Our two finds – one for cocktail enthusiasts and the other for wine lovers with an inclination for history and...

Guinness Offers Two New Stouts for the Holidays

November 13, 2020 -- 'Tis the season for two new barrel-aged beers from the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore: Guinness Imperial Gingerbread Spiced Stout and Guinness Imperial Stout, both Aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. If you are in the Baltimore area, you can enjoy both on tap at the...

Australian Whisky Gathers Gold & Accolades

November 6, 2020 -- Just a year ago we told you about the Australian whisky brand, Starward that had made its debut in the U.S. with Nova Single Malt in May of 2019 followed by Two-Fold Double Grain in October.  This year both expressions each took home a Gold Medal...

Halloween Cocktails for the Curious Year 2020

October 30, 2020 – Since everything is different this year, Halloween is sure to be too.  So let’s try some really different cocktails that will make it pleasantly memorable. Anyone with a taste for both bourbon and red wine will love the Blood-Red Bourbon Smash.  The wine comes from Casillero...
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Captain Morgan Introduces Sliced Apple

October 23, 2020 --- The Captain never rests.  He’s taken his Original Spiced Rum, added a subtle hint of ginger and fused it all together with the taste of deliciously juicy, crisp fresh cut apples.  What’s not to like. Just in time for fall activities and party season that follows,...
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Bulleit Whiskey’s One Million Tree Goal

October 21, 2020 – Bulleit Frontier Whiskey is teaming up with American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization, founded in 1875, to plant one million trees over the next five years.  The partnership will reforest eastern landscapes dominated by white oaks, a key species for wildlife, water conservation and...
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Trade Kerfuffle Creates A Very International Wine

October 6, 2020 --  It’s like a little United Nations.  Australian wine company, Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) owns the historic and highly respected Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) in California’s Napa Valley.  The BV label will soon appear on a wine made in Bordeaux, France for the Chinese market.  OK, we’re clear...
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Labor Day & We Could All Use a Drink

September 4, 2020 – Just because this has been the weirdest year ever, the unofficial end-of-summer celebrations can still go on.  Hanging on to traditions is helpful, even if everyone is saying “Cheers!” from six feet away.    And trying something new and different keeps life interesting, even if there’s just...
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The Macallan Offers Virtual Tasting. Reserve Now!

August 28, 2020 – The Macallan has unveiled an exciting new virtual experience providing unprecedented access to the Whisky Mastery Team as they explore the journey of the creation of the new Double Cask Range, a perfect partnership of Oloroso sherry seasoned American and European oak casks creating a range...
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National Rum Day – A Summer Favorite

August 13, 2020 – National Rum Day falls on Sunday, August 16 but if you want to get an early start on Saturday, or even Friday afternoon, it’s OK with us. Rum makes the best summer cocktails which is hardly surprising considering its Caribbean birthplace back in the 1600s.  As...

Crown Royal Peach Flavored Whisky is Back!

July 31, 2020 --- Summer will be different this year but back by popular demand, Crown Royal Peach Flavored Whisky will make it a whole lot more enjoyable. The smooth Crown Royal whisky is bursting with the juicy flavor of fresh Georgia peaches and we’re delighted it’s available again, starting...
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Organic Cocktails in a Can That You Will Love

July 27, 2020 --- Organic.  Botanic.  Sparkling.  Delicious. What more could any discerning, health-conscious Millennial or Gen Zer want in a canned cocktail?  But there’s more.  This new line of ready-to-drink cocktails comes from Square One, the organic spirits company founded, funded and run by a woman.   Its CEO Allison...
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Flat Wine Bottles Are in Your Future

July 17, 2020 -- Wine has graced glass bottles, plastic bottles, boxes, cans, and Tetra Pak but a significant advancement is on the horizon with the introduction of the Flat Wine Bottle brought to you by Garçon Wines of the U.K. The saying that “necessity is the mother of invention”...
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Wild Turkey Introduces Rare Breed Rye

July 10, 2020 – Wild Turkey has rounded out its rye whiskey portfolio with the permanent addition of Rare Breed Rye Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey.  It is a blend of four-, six-, and eight-year-old non-chill filtered rye bottled directly from the barrels (Barrel Proof) without so much as a single...

Fourth of July Cocktails & Punch

July 1, 2020 –Independence Day gatherings might be limited this year but we can still ring in America’s birthday with a vibrant and patriotic punch made with a combination of Bacardi white and flavored rums.  The great thing about the Red Rum Punch recipe below is it can be adjusted...
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Celebrate Summer Solstice Two Ways

June 18, 2020  --  Summer 2020 officially starts on Saturday, June 20 which is the longest day of the year, officially known as the summer solstice.  Let summer celebrations begin!  Our official solstice celebrants are Hendrick’s Gin where Master Distiller Lesley Gracie takes the start of the summer season so...

Father’s Day Gift Solutions

June 12, 2020 --- If you’ve been procrastinating about getting Dad a gift, you are coming down to the wire.  Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21 so get off your duff get him something he’ll treasure but probably wouldn’t buy for himself.  You’re done with ties, tools and golf balls...

Gin is the Spirit of World Cucumber Day

June 9, 2020 --- World Cucumber Day?  Really?  Indeed.  June 14 is the designated day.   There was something a bit odd, even a bit rum you might say, about the whole thing.  Sniffing around online we found who was behind it --- the sly, creative Brits at Hendrick’s Gin. World...
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Sarah Jessica Parker Launches New Rosé

May 22, 2020 --- Award winning actor, producer, designer and entrepreneur Sarah Jessica Parker is adding a new rosé wine to her collection of wines with New Zealand-based winery Invivo & Co and it will be available just in time for summer sipping. This premium rosé - Invivo X, Sarah Jessica Parker Rosé - comes from...

World Whiskey Day May 16

May 14, 2020 – Have you noticed the acronym for Shelter In Place is SIP --- so let’s do it on Saturday to mark World Whisk(e)y Day.  Crank up FaceTime or Zoom or hang over the back fence and mellow out with something from Scotland, or the USA/Japan/Canada – even...
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Stale Beer Problem Coming to a Head

May 8, 2020 – Remember that blast you had on St. Patrick’s Day on March 17?  Not in 2020.  The day before, state Governors started locking down their states closing bars and restaurants, sports events, concerts and travel, all places and events where people congregate and drink.  I remember thinking...
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Read This Book First

February 12, 2020 – So your dream is to start your own craft brewery.  Can’t be that hard.  There are thousands of them now – over 7,000 in 2019 – and they’re all making money and having fun.  Or so it seems and besides, everyone loves your homebrewed beer and...
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Reyka Vodka Launches #ReykaBeard

April 27, 2020 – Have you noticed more hirsute males in the last month or so?  Undoubtedly the lockdown is to blame.  That’s a lame excuse but we have a really great one for you from Reyka Vodka.  The Icelandic vodka maker has just launched a campaign that’s good fun...
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Martha Stewart’s Mighty Martini

April 22, 2020 – As social distancing continues, we were delighted to come across the favorite martini recipe of the lifestyle maven herself, the Martha Martini.  If we’re forced to drink alone, then it may as well be special. Martha’s recipe uses Belvedere Vodka, no doubt in a nod to...
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Sales of Alcohol Skyrocket; Not So Much in PA

April 11, 2020 --- Toilet paper isn’t the only thing being hoarded.  People are stocking up on adult beverages too.  When the farsighted folks who run the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced on March 16 that the state-run stores would be closed effective March 17, they thought it would keep...
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Spirits Industry Steps Up to Fight COVID-19

April 5, 2020 – A couple of nights ago, a TV commentator scolded the liquor industry for not stepping up to help ameliorate the hand sanitizer shortage.  Truth is, spirits, beer and wine companies are rushing to retool their plants to produce required 60 to 80 percent alcohol, and working...

Special Suitcase is Solution to Traveling With Wine

March 31, 2020 – Travelers who love to frequent wine country know the problem so well:  how to safely ship their precious purchases back home.  VinGardeValise offers a safe and practical solution. It’s a very well designed and manufactured suitcase with high-density foam inserts that snugly fit the average wine...

Bacardi Helps Produce Hand Sanitizer

March 25, 2020 – Bacardi Limited, the fabled premium rum producer since 1862, has shifted production at the distillery in Cataño, Puerto Rico to produce much need hand sanitizer.  They have partnered with Olein Refinery to provide raw materials that will enable the production of more than 1.7 million units...

St. Patrick’s Day Green Cocktails

March 13, 2020 – On March 17, everyone is Irish and what could be better than a green cocktail to celebrate.  The recipes below cover the gamut from sweet shots using Sailor Jerry Rums to savory with Milagro Tequila’s Maria Verde.  This recipe requires a juicer.  iI you don’t have...
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Bacardi Cocktail Competition Winners & Their Recipes

March 8, 2020 – We’re always thrilled to hear about the latest winners of the Annual Tales of the Cocktail Foundation LEGACY Cocktail Competition that Bacardi has been sponsoring for 10 years.  Having watched competitors create and present amazing cocktails under really stressful conditions, we’re huge fans of all who...

Starting a Brewery? Read This Book First

February 12, 2020 – So your dream is to start your own craft brewery.  Can’t be that hard.  There are thousands of them now – over 7,000 in 2019 – and they’re all making money and having fun.  Or so it seems and besides, everyone loves your homebrewed beer and...

Valentine’s Day No Drama Drinks

Valentine’s Day No Drama Drinks February 7, 2020 --  Valentine’s Day  --  some people love it; some people hate it.  Don’t let society’s expectations stress you out.  Make it whatever you want it to be, count your blessings and enjoy a lovely glass or two of bubbles or an interesting...

Thanksgiving Cocktail Choices

November 23, 2019 – It’s Thanksgiving, it’s fall, it’s apple time, it’s time for fun and new and interesting cocktails.  If the Thanksgiving weekend means lazy mornings and enjoying someone else’s kitchen slog then by all means indulge in Svedka’s Rise & Shine and you’ll be in a good mood...

Kona’s New Hibiscus Brut IPA

November 6, 2019 – Once again, Kona Brewing Co. has captured the flavor of Hawaii with a newly released Hibiscus Brut IPA.  We poured ours into large wine goblets and loved the rosy hue as it swirled under a big creamy head.  Hibiscus is Hawaii’s national flower so they must...
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Australian Whisky Brand Expands in U.S.

October 30, 2019 --  Starward Australian Whisky burst on the U.S. scene in May 2019 with Nova, an international award-winning single malt that led Forbes Magazine to opine that Australia might replace Japan as the hottest unconventional crafter of fine whisky.  Recently, the Melbourne-based distillery increased its visibility in this...
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Halloween Parties Need Halloween Cocktails

October 27, 2019 – Things aren’t quite normal on Halloween and neither are these cocktail recipes designed just for the occasion.  Want a Martini?  How about an appropriately red one from Belvedere Vodka?  Or for a crowd of creatively attired guests, offer creative punch recipes from Nolet’s Gin (frequently voted...
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Belvedere Vodka Cocktails With a Healthy Twist

October 17, 2019 – For anyone seeking to live an all-natural lifestyle, Belvedere Vodka offers the three guilt-free recipes below for making ultra-premium vodka cocktails using healthy ingredients already in your pantry. Candice Kumai who is known as the go-to girl for healthy eating and drinking, created these recipes exclusively...

It’s Merlot Month! #MerlotMe

October 15 , 2019 – Merlot has overcome the Sideways effect  and is back with a vengeance.  The main character in the 2004 hit movie, Miles, played by Paul Giamatti despised Merlot, vehemently threatening to leave a dinner date if anyone ordered Merlot.  His passion was Pinot Noir which immediately...

Oscar Winner Sideways Celebrates 15th Birthday

September 24, 2019 – The cult classic, Sideways, turns 15 on October 22 the date when it first hit the theaters in 2004.  And in the interest of never letting a reason to celebrate go to waste, the Santa Ynez Valley wine country is ready to welcome fans to Sideways...
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Cocktails to Celebrate the Fall Equinox

September 19, 2019 – The Fall or Autumnal Equinox occurs on Monday, September 23 this year.  It marks the time when the length of the day and the length of the night are almost equal.  This occurs at 3:50 a.m. on the east coast or 12:50 a.m. on the west...
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Glenfiddich Releases Luxury Edition

September 13, 2019 – Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded Single Malt Scotch Whisky, has just released Grand Cru. This exclusive and elegant whisky has matured for 23 years in American and European oak casks and elegantly finished in rare French cuvée casks for up to six months. What exactly does...
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Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee is Coming!

September 6, 2019 – Jägermeister, the iconic and popular shot liqueur, is adding intense rich Arabica coffee and cacao to its 56 herbs, blossoms, roots and fruits to launch Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee. “Combining Jägermeister with coffee has been a fan favorite for years, so we wanted to perfect that...

Labor Day – Go Big or Go Bubbly

September 29, 2019 --- Friends coming over for Labor Day?  Sometimes we just want to show off a bit, right?  We think the Venezuelan Colada below does just that.  Santa Teresa 1796 Rum is the base of this yummy cocktail.  And the secret is, as long as you have the...
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Easy Rider Bourbon On The Road Again

August 11, 2019 – Calling all bourbon enthusiasts, hog and chopper zealots and denizens of the man cave start your engines!  Easy Rider Bourbon is back and even better. In 2018, Hood River Distillers acquired Easy Rider and have reintroduced the brand as Easy Rider Kentucky Straight Bourbon.  The distillery,...

Cocktails for The Dog Days

August 8, 2019 – The Summer of 2019 is almost in the history books but it’s still hot and we’re still inviting friends to gather around pool and patio for a final fling.  We’ve got some great cocktail suggestions to carry you from now through Labor Day.  They’re new, different...
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It’s National Daiquiri Day!

Note: Last Friday was National Diquiri day and we apologize we missed the post date due to a minor technical issue. July 19, 2019 – It’s hot, you’re tired, but TGI Friday.  Not only that, it’s National Daiquiri Day.  Here’s a recipe (below) from Bacardi that’s so simple you don’t...
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Mojito Recipe With a New Twist

June 10, 2019 – The Mojito is so popular that it has its own day for celebration -– Thursday, July 11 is National Mojito Day. The Mojito comes to us from Cuba and who better than Bacardi to offer a new take on this classic cocktail.  The latest addition to...
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June 27, 2019 – The past week has been a very interesting and lively one for changes to long-standing laws concerning the sale and distribution of alcohol both in the U.S.A. and Canada.   Wisconsin   June 26, 2019 -- Did you know that in Wisconsin certain retailers were not...
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Cabernet or Cannabis? Napa Valley Debate Heats Up

June 13, 2019 – Will the Napa Valley continue to flourish as the USA’s premier wine appellation or will the lure of big bucks from cannabis cultivation prove irresistible?  That is the question that promises heated debate between now and the March 2020 ballot. For A group known as the...
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$12 Million Raised at Auction Napa Valley

June 4, 2019 – The 39th Annual Auction Napa Valley raised nearly $12 million for nonprofit organizations that focus on health and children’s education.  Since 1981 when the first auction was held,  $185 million has been distributed to these good causes in the Napa Valley.  The wine industry, the hundreds...
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Put a Cork In It or Screw It ?!

April 17, 2019 – The debate over cork vs. other types of closures has been roiling the wine industry for about half a century.  And it still goes on.  A recent piece in Forbes by Thomas Pellechia described three separate tests in Europe and the U.S. illustrating that the jury...
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Cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day

March 15, 2019 – Things with a green tinge are on the menu on St. Patrick’s Day and for a really festive touch from Smirnoff Ice, we’ve found a way to make shamrock ice cubes that won’t dilute your drink. (If you don’t have a shamrock shaped ice tray, just...
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National Margarita Day Made Easy

February 20, 2019 --- National Margarita Day is this Friday February 22 – which is better than when it happens during the workweek.  But we keep wondering who chose Freezing February to celebrate America’s favorite cocktail.  Perhaps the idea is that sipping a Margarita after shoveling the driveway will remind...

WinePro2 Aerates and Preserves Wine

February 16, 2019 – Aerating wine is a trending passion for wine lovers.  For an industry obsessive about blocking oxygen from wine packaging, it might seem odd to be finding ways and spending money to add it back in.   That’s because a little oxygen enhances the flavor.  Operative word being...
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Chinese New Year Good Luck Cocktails

January 30, 2019 – Next Tuesday, February 5 marks Chinese New Year also known as Lunar New Year throughout Asia.  It will usher in the Year of the Pig in the 12-year Chinese zodiac.  Like Western New Year, it is a time for celebration and new beginnings. Family get-togethers, special...
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Happy Hour on Mars Written in the Stars

January 17, 2019 – The small country of Georgia, bounded on the north by Russia, on the south by Turkey and on the west by the Black Sea, is the cradle of wine.  Justifiably proud of their 8,000-year wine history, the country is now embarking on research to find a...
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Eggnog is an Ancient Yule Tradition

December 18, 2018 – Eggnog has been around for centuries.  Food historians believe it got its start in Medieval times when a drink called “posset” made of hot milk, sugar and spices was enjoyed in the winter months.  The sugar was surely honey back in the day.  There is a...
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Crown Royal Calls for Water Breaks

September 12, 2018 – This football season be prepared to take water breaks.  Frequently.  Crown Royal, the Canadian whisky in the nifty purple bag, has launched a responsible drinking campaign, which they claim is the largest ever, and it probably is. If you watched the season opener last Thursday, you...
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New emBRAZEN Wines Speak to Women

August 23, 2018 – Treasury Wine Estates which enlivened the purchase and enjoyment of wine with augmented reality  labels on 19 Crimes and other brands, is launching emBRAZEN, a trio of California wines honoring trailblazing women on August 26 which is Women’s Equality Day.  In case you’ve never heard of...

National Rum Day August 16

August, 15, 2018 – Tomorrow is National Rum Day.  Too bad it falls on a Thursday but rum makers won’t mind if you move your celebration to Friday and Saturday and Sunday.  We’ve gathered a group of recipes to make sure you have the perfect choice to enjoy this intriguing...
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Captain Morgan Releases Apple Smash

August 9, 2018 – Captain Morgan’s latest foray into the fruit and veg department is Apple Smash now available in stores just in time for National Rum Day on August 16. Apple Smash comes in the familiar round cannonball bottle this time in bright green scratch and sniff cladding.  And,...
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White Wine Needs an Emoji

August 8, 2018 – Red wine has an emoji.  Sparkling wine has an emoji.  Beer has two emojis.  Cocktails have a plethora of them.  But white wine has none.  How unfair is that? But we can change that and thanks to Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards, white wine is now on...
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Kona Beer Cocktails For the Dog Days of Summer

August 7, 2018 – Kona Beer suggests it’s time to do something different before the summer of 2018 becomes one for the history books.  About this time every year we see news items invoking the well-worn phrase about the “dog days of summer” and we know it’s something to do...
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Guinness Brewery Opens in Maryland

July 30, 2018 – Guinness, the iconic Irish brewer, will open a new brewery in Relay, Maryland this Friday, August 3.  It’s 64 years ago that Guinness closed its brewery in New York. The new facility known as the Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House is located in a...
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Yellow Tail Owner Facing Jail Time

July 27, 2018 – A member of the family that owns the famous Australian wine brand, Yellow Tail, will be spending a couple of years in the Big House, according to the Brisbane Times.   Marcello Casella, described as a winemaker and businessman, changed his not guilty plea to guilty...
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Star Trek Vodka is a Stellar Idea

July 26, 2018 – Suddenly the Cosmo cocktail will have a whole new meaning.   Silver Screen Bottling Company is collaborating with CBS Consumer Products to market a luxury vodka blended with vodka that has traveled beyond Earth.   Named Ten-Forward Vodka, for the bar on the Starship Enterprise-D, each bottle...
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Jägermeister Releases Mini Meisters

July 10, 2018 – Jägermeister has just released Mini Meisters nationwide.  The 20 ml minis chill quickly and are perfect single shot serves that can be taken anywhere.  The 10-pack fits in the fridge and the serving size works well for cocktails or alongside a beer. Jägermeister Price: Jägermeister Mini...
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U.K. Running out of Beer

July 6, 2018  - U.K. Running out of Beer There’s a heatwave, it’s the World Cup soccer quarter finals starting today, and the U.K. is running out of beer.  It’s unthinkable but true. The reason sounds even more preposterous:  There’s a shortage of carbon dioxide, you know the stuff that...
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Should Wine Bottles be Stored on Their Side?

June 23, 2018 – Should Wine Bottles be Stored on Their Side? A scientist says storing wine on its side is a myth.  The scientist is Dr. Miguel Cabral, Director of R&D at Amorim, a huge cork supplier in Portugal. In a recent interview with Patrick Schmitt of the UK publication,...
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Father’s Day Gift Solutions

June 7, 2918 – Mark you calendar.  Sunday, June 17 is Father’s Day and if you feeling challenged in the gift-giving department, here are some helpful suggestions.  We’ve listed suggestions in price points ranging from an affordable $24.99 up to $170.00 and we picked out interesting bottles of domestic whiskey...
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Augmented Reality Sells Wine

June 6, 2018 – Augmented Reality Sells Wine Are you one of the 1.3 million wine lovers who have downloaded the Living Wine Labels app from Treasury Wine Estates on your smartphone? If so, we can guess that you enjoy a glass of 19 Crimes Australian wine from time to...
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Sam Adams Summer Ale is Back

May 18, 2018 – Sam Adams Summer Ale is celebrating its 22nd year so they must be doing something right.  We like this ale.  It is mellow but it still has bright flavor, just not that bitter, sour taste that we’re not too fond of.  The company credits a special...