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2016 Barnard Griffin Rosé of Sangiovese Wine

2016 Barnard Griffin Rosé of Sangiovese Wine Review

2016 Barnard Griffin Rosé of Sangiovese Wine Review

They are serious about this festive and flavorful dry wine. Quality rose starts with grapes grown specifically for this purpose. At Bernard Griffin used the best roses are a deliberate result of careful winemaking, not an incidental byproduct of red production. Their rose is conceived in the vineyard at pruning and matured to be crisp, lean and fruity.

Accolades

11 time Gold Medal winner and 3 time Sweepstake award winner in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2013 – 90pts & Best Buy – Wine Enthusiast

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Panamá Pacific Rum 23 Year Review

Panamá-Pacific Rum 23 Year, is a newly imported rum is amazing, it jumped out at me as I have not seen the label before. I learned that it was just imported into the USA so if you can’t find it ask your local liquor store to order it for you.

Panamá-Pacific Rum is crafted in Panamá, from local ingredients, the sugarcane is processed, fermented, distilled and aged in the midst of the sugar cane fields. As an honored testimonial, this rum is never chill-filtered– no caramel color and no artificial flavoring. The 23 year age statement represents the minimum age of the expression.

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BESAMIM AROMATIC SPICE LIQUEUR REVIEW

Spice seems to be the rage these days, so when I was out I asked about Besamim Liqueur. I kept seeing it at bars and stores yet had never tasted it before. Besamim Liqueur is an aromatic spice liqueur. Very vibrant in the aroma, where you think the spice would take over, and as you taste it you realize it is perfectly balanced. After a few drinks, I said this would be great with coffee, and we mixed it over ice with some coffee and a splash of cream that made a great late night cocktail. The fact is I could drink Besamim on it’s own yet as variety is the spice of life, more my cocktails will be created.

Looking at the website I learned Besamim Liqueur is a all natural handcrafted spirit, made from pure cane sugar spirits, hand ground spices, and mountain spring water, it’s 37% alc/vol. They never use industrial alcohol, corn syrup or any artificial sweetners or additives. On the Besamim website I did find a Cocktail Recipe page for some great drink ideas. It has won many Gold Medals, from SIP Awards, Craft Competition, Tastings… I purchased it at Mission Wine & Spirits liquor store that will ship it right to your house.

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Urbano Cellars 2012 Barbera Award Winning Wine Review

This wine was a bit lighter than the bold blackberry and plumb taste that is evident, it is light on tannins and has a nice acidity very well balanced with a nice long finish, and I highly recommend it for any night of the week.

Facts
Alcohol 14.2%
Brix at harvest 24
PH at harvest 3.65
Harvest date 10/11/12
Bottling 4/3/14Appellation: Clements Hills
Vineyard: Lewis Ranch
Vintage: 2012
Composition: 100% Barbera
Vinification: Grapes were hand sorted, de-stemmed and transferred to 1 ton open bins where it cold-soaked for about 2-3 days before it began primary fermentation with native or naturally occurring yeast from the vineyard. The must was punched down by hand 2-3 times a day. The wine was aged, with minimal racking, in a mixture of mostly neutral French and American oak barrels for about 18 months.
Awards: Gold Medal Winner 2014 Artisan Awards

This wine would go well with rich cheese dishes to a simple pizza or something from the grill, I once again do recommend the 2014 Barbera from Urbano Cellars.

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Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky Craft Competition Gold Medal Winner

Alberta Rye Dark Batch Review

Alberta Distillers embraced this challenge and not only made rye whisky, they made a great one. Alberta Distillers is the number one rye producer in North America with more than 450,000 barrels aging on site, this is not a new brand they have been making whisky for almost seventy years.

The master distillers at Alberta Distillers wanted to continue to push the rye envelope and come up with not just another rye whisky, but a better rye whisky, Alberta Rye Dark Batch is the result. Highly recommended and winner of many awards, Craft Competition Gold 2015, SIP Awards Gold 2015, Los Angeles Spirits Competition Gold 2015, The World Whisky Masters Master 2015…

For more information on Alberta Rye Dark Batch visit www.albertarye.com

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Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky Craft Competition Gold Medal Winner
Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky Craft Competition Gold Medal Winner

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Muchote Tequila 100% de Agave Tequila

The World’s Best Reposado Tequila Muchote Tequila

Muchote Tequila is produced in the heart of the Los Altos region of Jalisco, Mexico from 100% Blue Weber estate grown Agave. A traditional, handcrafted and careful process ensures a natural, smooth, and savory tequila flavor.

A partial list of awards include:
Highest Rated Tequila (94) –Tequila.net, Gold Medal & Judge Favorite – Agave Spirits Challenge Competition, Gold Medal – Spirits of Mexico Competition, Platinum Medal – The SIP Awards, Gold Star Award – SANTÉ Magazine, Gold Medal – Viewers Choice Hotmixology, Gold Medal – MicroLiquor Spirit Awards, Gold Medal – Craft Spirits Competition, Gold Medal – Denver International Spirits Competition.

Muchote Tequila has remained consistent both in price and excellent quality; a remarkable handmade spirit for $30 making it one of the best tequila values. Mucho in Spanish means a lot, what’s more than mucho, MUCHOTE.

For more information, please visit Muchote Tequila Please always enjoy Muchote Tequila responsibly. 
40% Alc./Vol. (80 proof) – To purchase a bottle or a case online click here!

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NEAT Glass Official Glass of Craft Competition

NEAT Glass Official Glass Of Craft Competition

Craft Competition uses a glass engineered to expose all the aromas hiding behind nose-numbing alcohol. NEAT Glass allows you to taste the truth and discover what’s hiding in your glass.

In 2003, a simple mistake in a glass blowing class created a misshapen tumbler which was used in a pinch for want of a clean glass. The amazing change in expression led to a new approach to glass design which is called Naturally Engineered Aroma Technology (NEAT). By studying links between human physiology and molecular behavior, they unlocked the hidden dimensions of distilled spirits for your exquisite pleasure and hedonistic enjoyment, with a spirits glass that directs strong alcohol away from the nose. Over the next nine years, fifty two different design iterations, hundreds of tastings, and GCMS studies led to the perfect ultimate spirits glass now known as the NEAT glass.

Science builds better glassware: The NEAT glass…Design driven by science brings truth in taste.

The Patented Design: Create a wide vessel to enhance evaporation, short enough to allow heavy aromas to reach the nose, and squeeze the vapors so lighter molecules like ethanol alcohol move faster. Flare the rim so squeezed molecules have room to expand, and alcohol scurries over the rim to disappear and never numb the nose, while the other slower moving aromas are detected in the sweet spot, without alcohol. This design patented in the USA D663165, utility patented in the People’s Republic of China, and utility patent pending in Austria, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Definition of Flavor: The blend of taste and smell sensations evoked by a substance in the mouth. A thousand aromas, five tastes define flavor. The total impression includes mouth feel, from sensors that detect oily or dry, temperature, texture, minty, and many others. Aroma (90%) + Taste (5%) + Mouth Feel (5%) = Flavor.

Evaporation: The “engine” that powers aromas to the nose aided by large evaporation area and vigorous swirling. Without evaporation, there is nothing to smell.

Compress and Release: The neck of the NEAT Glass compresses, and the wide flared rim allows expansion as vapors pass through the narrow opening. The lightest vapor – ethanol alcohol – diffuses and disperses.

What’s the benefit?

No more nose burn or numbness. Your nose is free to detect, savor, and enjoy the subtle, wonderful aromas the distiller intended. Your nose will also tell you if the distiller did his job with care, making the proper head and tail cuts, using clean equipment, and even the condition of the barrels. Without alcohol dumbing down your sense of smell, absolutely nothing can hide from your nose.

What’s the scientific verification?

The NEAT Glass was designed for maximum drinking enjoyment and tested under controlled, uniform conditions against other spirits glasses at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) Chemistry Department to verify our claims.

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NEAT Glass Official Glass of Craft Competition
NEAT Glass Official Glass of Craft Competition

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33 STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY AWARD WINNING WHISKEY

33 Straight Bourbon Whiskey is limited so try to pick up a bottle ASAP. The small release, small batch whiskey had a big following. They celebrate the events of 1933 that ended the Era of Prohibition in the United States. 33 combines distinct barrels, each aged for 6 years in a private rack house. The distinct flavors from each barrel are then expertly blended, at Cutler’s Artisan Distillery in Santa Barbara, California. With an end result being a very smooth whiskey with balanced sweet notes of honey, smoke, caramel, vanilla as well as spice, with a dry finish, I do like the fact that this is a higher proof (86 Proof) whiskey, you would not know it, yet when I wrote this I looked and was impressed once again at how smooth it is, Cheers!

AWARDS

2014 Craft Spirits Competition Gold Medal Winner
2014 SIP Awards Gold Medal Winner
2014 Los Angeles Spirits Competition Bronze Medal Winner

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Top 100 Craft Wines

Craft Wine Competition Top 100 Wines

Craft Wine Competition International Awards, brings together vintners best wines from all over the world. Independent, craft, artisan, boutique… flagship wines that reflect what wine making is all about. Producers are focused on wine making, unique yet with a common constant commitment to quality. Craft wines have the ability to focus intensely on every aspect throughout the wine making experience. Start with geography, climate, and interaction with the soil to certain characteristic qualities that go into the fermentation process and aging or just the sum of the effects. Craft wines are made with passion and the unique flavors in each varietal present themselves in the finished product. Wines are tasted blind by an expert panel of a dozen sommeliers with years of expertise both in the industry and judging wine. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded on a 100-point system. Craft Wine Competition International Awards results will be posted on the site and brands will use winning medallion on bottles and marketing materials. To see the results from last years competition click here, Cheers!

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Craft Spirits Competition 2015

Craft Spirits Competition International Awards

Craft Spirits Competition International Awards attracts craft distillers’ top craft spirits worldwide. Just to let you know how craft spirits are growing, take a look at the U.S. from a few dozen distilleries ten years ago to over two hundred fifty today and growing, now multiply that worldwide! Independent owned distilled spirits from the master producers, making the best spirits possible using the best ingredients. It could be organic, small batch, hand made, local, new flavors, family recipes…but always unique. An expert panel of judges with years of expertise both in the field and judging spirits will award Gold, Silver and Bronze medals using 100-point blind tasting. Craft Spirits Awards International Competition results will be posted on the site and brands can use winning medallion on bottles and marketing materials. All Craft Spirits Entries for the 2015 Competition need to be in by March 31st 2015, tune in mid April for Medal Winners!

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Craft Spirits Competition 2015
Craft Spirits Competition 2015

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