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19 February, 2015

Sipping Stones, TOPO Eight Oak Carolina Whiskey, and the Strawberry Glades 

Sipping Stones, TOPO Eight Oak Carolina Whiskey, and the Strawberry Glades 
Posted in : Beverage, Cocktail Recipes, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Product Reviews, Whiskey/Whisky on by : The Gourmez
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I’m doing two reviews in one today! My friends over at TOPO Distillery have debuted their organic Eight Oak Whiskey, and they were kind enough to send me a bottle for review. This fortuitous gift also provided me with the perfect opportunity to test out a set of Sipping Stones, soapstone cubes designed to provide a
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28 January, 2014

Homewood Winery Merlot Port 2010

Homewood Winery Merlot Port 2010
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Port/Sherry Wines on by : The Gourmez
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Homewood Winery Merlot Port 2010 Dry Creek, CA I picked up this bottle on a recent sojourn to Sonoma from the one vineyard we ventured to on a quick day trip to the region. I thought the merlot port delicious in the tasting room, and I’m interested to see how it stacks up when drunk
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25 February, 2013

Luxardo Maraschino Original Liqueur

Posted in : Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Liqueurs on by : The Gourmez
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Luxardo Maraschino Original Liqueur Veneto, Italy 32% ABV This is a spirit of legend for me, in that I’d seen it in a million cocktail recipes before I could ever track it down. Now that it’s finally appeared at my local ABC store, I can explore it. And it’s full of shockers. Per Luxardo’s website,
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7 January, 2013

Redemption Rye

Posted in : Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Whiskey/Whisky on by : The Gourmez
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Redemption Rye Bardstown, Kentucky Seriously, that label is like porn to this foodie. The color, the slightly askew bold font with cursive writing and the handwritten lot # — I don’t know how to describe it. It does things to me. Things like make me buy the bottle. And I have not been disappointed since
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29 August, 2012

La Ronescina Pinot Grigio

Comments : 2 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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La Ronescina Pinot Grigio Collio, Italy This white wine smells mildly of cantaloupe, but no other scents jump out at me.  That’s probably because it’s extra chilled, which dulls the aroma — my bad. It tastes dry at first, but a sweetness swells up in the middle of the glass. The notes are vanilla with
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16 May, 2012

Torrontes Dolce 1591

Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Dessert Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Torrontes Dolce 1591 La Rioja, Argentina Sparkling Torrontes! Hooray! Torrontes quickly fought its way to the top of my favorite white wine varietals, so trying a sparkling version is trés exciting. This bottle has a fun purple rubber cork that contrasts with the simple, elegant label design, but I think that just makes it all
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30 March, 2012

Comique Revolution Blanc 2010

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Comique Revolution Blanc 2010 Central Coast, CA Look at this — another wine that won me over with its label artistry! I’m so predictable. This time, that art is an alluring blend of golden tones with black lines portraying some odd lords and ladies along with exclamations that they had to “cut the fluff!” apparently
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11 January, 2012

Bacardi Ron Solera 1873

Comments : 3 Posted in : Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Rum on by : The Gourmez
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Bacardi Ron Solera 1873 Mexico Lest the color of that bottle fool you like it fooled me, Bacardi’s 1873 Ron Solera is a golden rum, not a dark one. It’s aged up to three years in charred oak and was my choice of rum to try for sipping now that my bourbon addiction has waned.
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2 November, 2011

Bogle Merlot 2009

Comments : 1 Posted in : Appearances, Beer, Wine, Sake, Missing from the Gourmez, Red Wine, Uncategorized on by : The Gourmez
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Bogle Merlot 2009 Graton, CA   This wine strikes me as smooth right away. It’s full of bright fruit, but not tart fruit like so many bottle I drank over the past two months. The main notes are strawberry and a juicy, juicy plum with subtle spice and vanilla.   I enjoy how unobtrusive and
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1 July, 2011

Argiolas Costamolino 2009

Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Argiolas Costamolino 2009 Sardinia, Italy This Italian white wine made with the vermentino grape smells of orange blossoms and vanilla. It is very stony with herbal qualities like tarragon or majoram (though that may be the majoram butter from the corn on the cob I had for dinner talking). Banana, vanilla, and lemon notes abound,
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