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I'm not exactly sure what brought on this trend, but over the past year multiple brands have begun combining their spirits with wine. Here's what I know about so far. Absolut Tune Is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand and Absolut vodka. It's 14 percent alcohol. Courvoisier Gold Courvoisier Gold is a blend of Moscato wine from the South of France and Courvoisier cognac. The product is 18 percent alcohol. Courvoisier Rose This is a blend of Courvoisier cognac and French red wine grapes. It's 18 percent alcohol. Exclusiv Rose Exclusiv Rosé Vodka merges... Read more →

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In the June/July issue of Fine Cooking magazine I have a story about sangria. We kind of rewrote it a bunch of times and now it's mostly a list of tips on how to make a good sangria, but here is the intro. Traditional sangria is delicious, but it can also be a bit predictable: a pitcher of red wine with orange liqueur or brandy, slices of citrus, and sometimes a splash of soda for fizz. Recently, though, sangria has been showing up to the party dressed in new shades—pink, white, and even yellow—thanks to a base of rosé, white,... Read more →

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My First Wine Fraud Email

Hooray! Fishing comes to the world of wine and spirits. I got this email the other day. It's obvious fishing/wire fund/money order spam to me, but might not be if you happen to sell wine in Texas. Be on the lookout, and God Bless America Gerrard Silver reply-to salest9@gmail.com to salest9@gmail.com date Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 9:06 PM subject Thailand Wine Inquiry !!!! hide details 9:06 PM (13 hours ago) Hello, My name is Gerrard Silver , an American .I live and work here in Thailand . Actually when I was home last time in Texas, I got... Read more →

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Earth Day is April 22 and Arbor Day is April 30th: What are you doing to celebrate? You could run out and plant a tree but that would be messy and dirt would be involved. Gross. Luckily several booze brands make it easy for you to do almost nothing while getting the full bragging rights of eco-activism. That's so American! Here are some ways you can help the earth while harming your liver: VeeV acai liqueur hosts the Treetini website, where you can learn locations of bars in which to order a Treetini- made with Veev, natch. For every drink... Read more →

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Glossy Booze is a regular Alcademics round-up of booze stories in magazines. Details (November) has a story on underappreciated red wines. Imbibe (Nov/Dec) has recipes for homemade eggnog, drinks with figs, and party drink recipes, a comparison of witbiers, a story on Greg Boehm of CocktailKingdom.com, one on barleywine, another on bargain sparkling wine, fancy hot chocolate, and a travel piece on drinking in Hawaii. Malt Advocate (Fall 2009) has stories on Japanese Whisky, Australian whisky, water in whisky, GlenDronach, and drinking in Bardstown, KY. Men's Journal (November) has stories on California blended wines and good Canadian Whisky. Food &... Read more →

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Glossy Booze is a regular Alcademics feature in which I cover the liquor coverage in glossy magazines. Bon Appetit (October)lists a recipe for the Highland's Fall from Peter Vestinos, available here. Also, a story on dry cider and one on dessert wines. In November St. John Frizell has a recipe for the coffee/rum drink Koffie Van Brunt. Everyday With Rachael Ray (October) has a story on "gum cocktails"- not something you get at Tailor, but combining flavors of gum to make new flavors. GQ (September) had a big feature on the six best drinking cities in the US. They were... Read more →

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Technique vs. Terroir

My wine knowledge is... limited, so maybe this happens all the time: A group of five winemakers in Oregon took grapes from five vineyards and each made wine from it. Now those wines are ready for release and you can buy them as a set (for $1250). The experiment explores the technique of the wine maker versus the terroir of the vineyard as each winemaker puts his stamp on the same set of grapes. Cool stuff, says me. Willamette Valley, Oregon (July 22, 2009) - Five renowned Oregon winemakers have tapped five Willamette Valley vineyards to create 25 unique expressions... Read more →

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Sommelier Smackdown in St. Helena

I don't often post about wine events but I do love pairing battles. Sommelier Smackdown: The Rematch! Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at The Martini House Rob RENTERIA(Ravaging Rob)of Martini House vs. Chris BLANCHARD (Killer Chris) of Cuvee. 3 courses by Chef Todd HUMPRHRIES RECEPTION 6:30 DINNER 7PM on the lawn. $65 / pp all inclusive of tax and tip Guests will vote after each course, Sommelier selections and winner will be announced following. Overall winner will be determined by highest number of total votes. Call for reservations and more information: 707.963.2233 ext. 1 Read more →

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