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Wine Wednesday: Illuminate Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Illuminate Sauvignon Blanc Wine Label

Illuminate is a new label of wines produced by Kimmel Vineyards in California’s Mendocino County. It first came to my attention when their Chardonnay — which retails for just $10 — won a gold medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Illuminate recently launched a North Coast Sauvignon Blanc, which I decided to taste. It’s a … Read more

Rum Review: Cockspur 130 Overproof Rum

Cockspur Overproof Rum Label

Overproof spirits have been gaining in popularity over the past few years. Barrel-proof bourbons, Navy-strength gins, even 110-proof tequila are entering the market with regularity. But high octane rums have long been a staple on the liquor store shelves — with Bacardi 151 being the most notorious example — and are regularly drunk by the Caribbean … Read more

Whiskey Review: Stagg Jr. Bourbon

Stagg Jr.Kentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyGrade: (Highest Recommendation)Price: $50 (750ml) Buffalo Trace Distillery has long been one of the most aggressive whiskey outfits when it comes to experimenting with and producing new bourbons. Their latest is one that's already generating a great deal of interest: Stagg Jr. A younger version of the highly sought-after George T. Stagg … Read more

Taste Test: Spiced Rum

Spiced rum is a category of spirits that often gets no respect. And for good reason, too: it's usually pretty gross. But there are times when spiced rum can be useful. Mixing up a punch or grog, for example, or giving a little extra zing to a Rum and Coke. What should you do in … Read more

Gin Review: Aviation Gin

Aviation GinAmerican GinGrade:(Superb)Price: $28 (750ml) First launched in 2006 as one of the pioneers of the new trend in American gins, Aviation has been repackaged with a striking new look that classes up the bottle to match the contents. Aviation tastes like gin, but not the gin we're used to. It has the requisite juniper … Read more

Taste Test: Blended Irish Whiskey

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, which means many drinkers will be turning to Irish whiskey for their drink of choice. The Irish whiskey category is hotter than it's ever been, so there are more choices than ever before. Here at Professor Cocktail we do the heavy lifting so that you don't have … Read more

Wine Wednesday: Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2008

Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2008RieslingColumbia Valley (Washington State)Price: $12Highly recommended Pacific Rim Dry Riesling is produced in Washington's Columbia Valley, a region growing in regard for its fine Rieslings. Ninety percent of the wine made by Pacific Rim is Riesling of one type or another, so it's no surprise they know what they're doing. Pacific Rim … Read more

Whiskey Review: John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Bourbon

John J. Bowman Single BarrelVirginia Straight Bourbon WhiskeyGrade: (Above Average)Price: $50 (750ml) I've been a resident of the Old Dominion for the past ten years, so I have a particular interest in Virginia spirits. This is especially true when it comes to the products made by A. Smith Bowman, since I lived just a few … Read more