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Dunham Cellars Shirley Mays Chardonnay

2014 Shirley Mays Columbia Valley Chardonnay from Dunham Cellars

Dunham Cellars 2014 Shirley Mays Columbia Valley Chardonnay from the Lewis Estate Vineyard.
Alcohol 13.5% by Volume

Walla Walla native Shirley Mays Dunham was a storybook grandma. She Smelled of delicious kitchen spices, filled her house with dindness and had room in her heart for all qualities she passed on to her son Mike and grandson Eric. Shirley passed away in 1983 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. To honor her memory and the legacy of others like her, Dunham Cellars donates a portion of the profits from each bottle to Susan G. Komen for the Cure which we have supported since 2001. we are committed to helping beat this devastating disease.

This wine is estate bottled offering a balance of crisp, clean fruit with the light creamy barrel ferment, this 100% Chardonnay from the Lewis Estate Vineyard is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Stylistically similar to past vintages, this wine balances notes of apple, pear, passion fruit and cream soda, the rich mouth feel only enhances the experience.

Produced and bottled by Dunham Cellars, LLC
Walla Walla, Washington

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Caskers Take Pride In What You Drink

Caskers Wine Beer & Liquor Delivered

Caskers, Start discovering great spirits at member prices today! On line liquor store that delivers wine, beer and liquor and featured selections are updated daily with amazing spirits at member prices. Clubs, get great spirits delivered to your door every three months without lifting a finger. If you need accessories, they sell everything to make your home bar complete. As a member you can earn credits get $10 to use towards anything on our site for each friend you refer when they purchase. Private casks can be purchased to make your special event or important occasion unforgettable with your very own private cask, bottle & label. And my favorite your own liquor concierge, to help you fill you wine cellar or find that particularly rare or premium bottle? We are at your service. They deliver to your home or office, so you can make your workplace look like a Mad Men show. Sign up for a Caskers account to get started.

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Tasting Couch Podcast Show with hosts Forrest Cokely and Will Elger

Tasting Couch Podcast Show with hosts Forest Cokely & Will Elger talk Wine, Beer, Spirits & Food

Tasting Couch is more than day drinking or an excuse to open a bottle or wine or high proof whiskey before noon. It’s taking time out of our busy days to sample top products in the food & beverage industry, while giving reviews, talking to the brand owners and educating consumers.

Tasting Couch hosts Forrest Cokely and Will Elger talk spirits, wine, beer, mixers, food and so much more. They interview the creators of brands as they join them on the tasting couch. Dive into a craft bourbon or a wine sent to them from a new winery, each and every day is a different brand. The tasting couch podcast started after years of consulting for many different brands. Brands that would send products to review, give feedback/suggestions or want us to create seasonal cocktails. We would sit down with a brand or with the brand owner talking about their brand and each and every time we wished we could have recorded the session, and share it with consumers who love these brands and want to know more about them.

Do you have a Wine, Beer, Spirit, Mixer, Food… and want to be on The Tasting Couch, email info@tastingcouch.com

About the hosts:

Forrest Cokely is a Charter Member of both the Ministry of Rum Connoisseurs Cabinet, in good standing and Rum XP (Expert Panel), where he has judged many international rum competitions. A founding (board) member and Key-holder for the Orange County Bartenders Cabinet (OCBC). Bar Smarts Certified and a Society of Wine Educators, Certified Spirits Specialist (C.S.S.) He is also a member of the Compagnie des Mousquetaires d’Armagnac. Forrest has been featured in several articles calling for his spirits savvy, sharpened while judging spirit and mixology competitions. Creating tastings, workshops, Branded and specialty cocktails for a variety of clients, drink and pairing menus for restaurants has afforded Forrest the opportunity to stretch beyond what can be found in his over 130 cocktail book collection.

Forrest takes part in multiple forum sites surrounding all aspects of his passion for spirits. His blog can be found here: adrinkwithforrest.blogspot.com
Minister of Culture – Haas Brothers’
Key holder – The Bartenders Cabinet
Tohunga Waipiro – Tonga Hut
Qualified Member – Compagnie des Mousquetaires d’Armagnac
Member – Rum XP (Expert Panel)
Ministry of Rum Connoisseur’s Cabinet
Certified – Bar Smarts & TiPS

Will Elger author of The One Minute Bartender, a bartending book that helps establishments, bartenders and people who want to learn to bartend make cocktails in less time. Will has a degree in hospitality and marketing, has been a bartender, bar manager and restaurant manager in small bars to five star cruise lines. Will went on to sales positions with corporate liquor companies, working on the distributor and supplier side for the largest liquor brands in the world. Then as an ambassador and educator, which lead to starting the award winning brand Muchote tequila. Will also started then sold a wine bar and a distributor, and has helped entrepreneurs start and build successful liquor brands from the ground up. “I love helping consumers find quality brands that become a part of their life. They yearn to learn more about how and why they are made, and become ambassadors to the brands” Will Elger.
Certified – Bar Smarts & TiPS
Chilled 100 Member

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Montana Moonshine Willie's Distillery

Montana Moonshine Review

Montana Moonshine is made with four grains and gently distilled to bring out the full flavor. It is what whiskey looks and tastes like before it goes into a barrel. Smooth, sweet and strong, Montana Moonshine is the perfect mixer. Use it like a vodka or a whiskey and you can’t go wrong.

They use a copper pot still made just for them by Bavarian Holstein Stills from Germany. They wanted to make whiskies and brandies, and a few specialty spirits, so they sought out one of the finest small batch stills in the world. The custom still is handcrafted out of copper, and hand-hammered to create more surface area to react with our spirits vapors. Since they specialize in whiskey which has a lot of flavor to it, copper was an important element to the design, as it reacts with unpleasant tasting compounds, allowing the better flavor to shine through.

The Montana Moonshine pin-up illustration is of MaryAnne. She loves to fish remote mountain streams during the full moon. Like our Montana Moonshine, she is independent and easy-going.

Craft Competition – Gold Medal Winner 2014

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Rum Chata

RumChata Review

RumChata is made with premium Rum & Horchata. Horchata was originally concocted by the ancient Egyptians for the Pharaohs, a feat easily as impressive as the Pyramids. The pioneering Egyptian chufa style horchata, which is made with chufa—also known as the tigernut—was so revered that it soon found its way to Spain during the time of the Moorish kings.
Today, you’ll continue to find horchata made with this same original recipe in most areas of Spain, where it remains a very popular summertime beverage—we’re talking Antonio Banderas popular. Chufa plantations aren’t exactly a booming business on this side of the pond, so when horchata was finally introduced to the Americas the recipe had to be changed. Rice based horchata is now served extensively throughout Mexico and Central America, where the recipe is often passed down generation to generation. These authentic recipes include varied mixtures of rice, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and either water or dairy.
What is more delicious than horchata is horchata with rum in it, RumChata. Get your next party started with a bottle of RumChata, and serve it on the rocks or try out some of these great RumChata recipes!

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Barefoot Wine Review

I was at a friends house right on the beach drinking wine and eating lunch, as I went to take my plate into the kitchen I noticed Barefoot Pinot Noir bottle. She told me we were drinking Pinot Noir yet never mentioned the brand. I am no wine snob but I do pay a bit extra when I purchase pino’s. A quick review, it was smooth as I have already stated, smooth with a bit of spice, dark cherry, berry but more wild raspberry, a lot of fruit up front and a light earthy flavor. We were eating vegetable lasagna, yet I would pair the taste of this wine with just about any lunch I had this week. Another great thing about Barefoot Pinot Noir is the price at just over $6 it tastes like it could be $12. Barefoot, Wine, Beach.

Barefoot Pinot Noir Bottle
Barefoot Pinot Noir Bottle

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Samuel Adams Utopias Review

American Strong Ale or Barleywine what is Utopias? It is an extraordinary brew that is the result of complex and carefully timed brewing, it is a blend of batches, some having been aged more than 20 years in a variety of woods. The Utopias 2013 was aged in casks from Buffalo Trace Distillery and eight-year-old Port barrels from Portugal. Then blended with a touch of Kosmic Mother Funk (KMF), a Belgian-style ale barrel-aged for at least nine months (and up to two years) in Hungarian oak tuns, that is some information I found on it, now for my opinion.

This beer is un-carbonated and high in ABV, so you can open it and drink it over time, it will just get better with age (don’t store this bottle in the refrigerator a cool dark place is fine). I was told serve at room temperature (about 69 degrees Fahrenheit).

Jim Koch from Samuel Adams says that 2013 Utopias is Limited so don’t pour it like a beer pour small 2 ounce pours in smaller glasses a little goes a long way.

Proof 54 or 27% ABV

Visual – if you swirl it in a glass you see legs, very long legs, color is mahogany/reddish

Aroma – Earthy

Taste – Dark fruits, molasses, sherry like, prunes, berry, cherry, plums, orange, candy, maple, barley, caramel, butterscotch with a very dry finish on the end like an aged Sherry. It is like a liqueur as it warms you, no burn, consistency is thick it covers your mouth.

If you can find it, buy it and drink it, personally think it is worth the price. But good luck finding it, less than 15,000 bottles were brewed. And thirteen states prohibit its sale because its alcohol content exceeds the legal limit for beer, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Washington. I live in California I went to many stores to track it down and K&L Wine in Hollywood was out of it yet they were the ones that helped me find a store that had it, thank you K&L for all your help. I did pay $299.99, I know it is a lot yet it was their last bottle and if they had another one I would buy it tomorrow.

Samuel Adams Utopias 2013
Samuel Adams Utopias 2013
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Hollywood Rated Samuel Adams Utopias 99 Points
Samuel Adams Utopias 99 Points Hollywood Rated
Samuel Adams Utopias 99 Points Hollywood Rated

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