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2014 Carol Shelton Karma Reserve Red Blend Review

2012 Carol Shelton Karma Reserve Sonoma County Red Wine Review

2012 Carol Shelton Karma Reserve wine is a Sonoma County red blend. 70% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 6% Alicante Bouschet, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Carignane and 2% Viognier. They produced 1,513 cases of this vintage.

The back label says,

It’s Karma: if you do good things, something good will happen. Our Karma Reserve red blend is a complex wine that is both bold and fruity, brimming with dark fruit flavors and deep toasted oak. We pass along this good Karma to you… now pay it forward!

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Brookstone Dash 4-Wheeled Expandable Carry-On Suitcase Review

The Brookstone Dash 4-wheeled expandable carry-on suitcase, is a very durable hard sides and lightweight design (it’s lightweight it weighs less than 7 lbs.), The hard shell exterior is made from an ultra-light, durable polycarbonate and ABS blend. The four 360º spinner wheels can very easily be pushed, bulled or scooted forward as you stand in lines. Retractable, extendable telescoping handle locks into place in 2 positions, and is tall enough for me a 6’3” man. The expandable sides (expands 2”) give you a little wiggle room when you come back from a trip with more than you took. The new interior straps and a zippered panel let you keep things a bit more organized.

It meets most U.S. airline carry-on requirements, you won’t get bothered if it fits in the overhead luggage bin. The dimensions (includes handle and wheels) are, 22″h x 14.3″w x 10″d, it weighs 6.6 lbs.

Brookstone provides a one-year limited warranty with this product, visit www.brookstone.com or call 1-800-846-3000 for more details.

Where did I buy it? Brookstone
What color did I buy? Black, it matches my larger checked luggage.
How much did it cost? It is usually $149, I purchased mine today on sale for $99.

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Top 3 Tequila Gifts This Christmas

Casamigos Blanco Tequila Co-Owned by actor George Clooney and nightlife impresario Rande Gerber, this blanco is smooth and light. The aromas are restrained, but on the palate look for mild agave sweetness backed by lemon zest, ginger and white pepper sparks, plus a candied lemon-peel note on the gentle exit. 92 points $39.99 from Hi Time Wine.

Muchote Reposado Premium Tequila, is made by Feliciano Vivanco y Asociados, in Los Altos, Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico. The Vivanco family have been agaveros, growing agave for five generations. The Vivanco 800 acre Los Altos farms are known for rich red clay soil that produce a softer/sweeter tequila. Muchote Reposado Tequila is a single estate tequila, made from 100% Weber Blue tequilana agave. A great gift as scarcity adds value, known as the most awarded reposado tequila and a great tequila for a great price. 94 Points $29.99 from Hi Time Wine.

Casa Noble 2 Year Anejo Tequila is our most refined Tequila, this exquisite Tequila is matured in French White Oak barrels for two years and extra aged to perfection. This limited production spirit exhibits a deep golden tone, has an exceptional bouquet and body, and ranks among the finest distilled spirits in the world. It is beautifully contained in an artisan purple glass decanter. 94 Points $48.99 from Hi Time Wine

   
   

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VUARNET SUNGLASSES

Vuarnet VL002’s sunglasses made in France, are back and I still have a pair from my skiing days in Colorado. So sporty, stylish and functional, the French Skylinx lens developed in the late 1950’s. For over 50 years Vuarnet has been producing the best protection for your eyes using a patented mineral glass (yes glass not plastic) lens manufactured in the firms own Paris ateliers. Scratch and shock resistant, the lens features phenomenal optical clairty, high color perception, hydrophobic and anti reflective. The finest sun protection and never out of style frame ever made. If you want to order a pair I found them in both black and white available from a company called Guideboat Co. for just $215 a pair.

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ETROG LIQUEUR SUKKAH HILL SPIRITS REVIEW

Citrus, so after I had Besamim Liqueur, I moved on to another product from Sukkah Hill Spirits, ETROG Liqueur. ETROG Liqueur is a citrus liqueur. Very bright and full of flavor without being too sweet, again I must say it is perfectly balanced. After a few drinks, I said this would be great with vodka, and we mixed it over ice, then strained it into a martini glass making a very citrus yet not sweet (like a lemon drop martini) cocktail that was delicious.

Looking at the website I learned Etrog is a lightly sweet citrus liqueur featuring the aroma of citrus blossoms. An Etrog is an ancient heirloom citrus fruit grown in only a handful of orchards worldwide. Bottled at 76 proof (36% alc/vol), Etrog is excellent chilled, over ice or as a base for bright strong cocktails. 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 two bottles from Mission Wine & Spirits liquor store that will ship it right to your house.

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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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HANDCRAFTED ROCA PATRÓN SILVER TEQUILA REVIEW

ROCA PATRÓN SILVER, this tequila really did surprise me, I did a taste test against a handful of other silver tequila brands including the regular PATRÓN SILVER and ROCA PATRÓN came out on top not just with me but with two friends that were doing the blind tasting with me.

So here we have it, ROCA PATRÓN is a handcrafted 100% de agave tequila. After doing a bit of research I found out that this version of PATRÓN uses the finest weber blue agave that this company has available. Their finest agave is all used on the ROCA brand. They slow roast their Weber Blue Agave and then crush it with a two ton tahona stone wheel, the original/traditional way to crush agave. The juice is then fermented and distilled with the agave fibers. All this adds to a very complex taste with earthy tones and a long smooth finish. I highly recommend the ROCA PATRÓN SILVER, another sign is when it’s the first empty bottle on the table. I found a great price online if you want to order bottle Liquorama liquor store has a great price.

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ROCA PATRON SILVER TEQUILA
ROCA PATRON SILVER TEQUILA

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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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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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THINX Hiphuggers Replace Panty Liners Forever

THINX feel comfortable, look sexy and keep you going without missing a beat. THINX Hiphuggers (the most popular style), will replace panty liners forever. THINX about it, THINX about the environment and Thinx on heavier days just for more protection. Wear white all month long, if your uniform, favorite jeans… are white you need THINX. Also for every pair THINX sold, the company will fund the production of 7 washable and re-usable cloth pads for a woman or girl in the developing world who is missing a week of school each month, and can now stay in school. For more information and facts like the ones that follow, visit THINX.

Made from Quad-Dry BreatheTECH fabric, it’s moisture-wicking so it keeps you feeling dry even when you’ve had a spill. The anti-microbial layer has and invisible silver treatment to fight bacteria. And the super-thin absorption layer can hold up to six teaspoons of liquid, depending on the style you purchase. And again, your our white pants are safe with QuadTECH®’s the outermost, leak-resistant layer.

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