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1 October, 2018

Best Wines (and Armagnac!) of the APVSA Once Upon a Wine Tour

Best Wines (and Armagnac!) of the APVSA Once Upon a Wine Tour
Posted in : Brandy, Red Wine, Spirits, Tempranillo, Vermentino, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

Early this year, I attended the San Francisco leg of the Association for the Promotion of Wines and Spirits in North America (APVSA) tour of the USA. The Once Upon a Wine tour was this year’s chance for the European labels represented by the APVSA to introduce their wares to potential distributors and importers. Attending
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6 June, 2018

Stags’ Leap and Etude Wineries: Two Treasury Wine Estate Jewels

Stags’ Leap and Etude Wineries: Two Treasury Wine Estate Jewels
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Brandy, Chardonnay, Dining in Sonoma - CA, Other Red Blends, Petite Sirah, Red Wine, Restaurants, Spirits, Tasting Rooms in Napa Valley - CA, White Wine, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2017 on by : becca

On a pre-excursion to the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC), I had the pleasure of touring and tasting at two estate wineries in the Napa Valley. As they were part of the WBC, these experiences were steeply discounted, so consider that my obligatory disclaimer prior to diving in to this blog. Or driving in, as
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5 August, 2015

St. George Spirits Tasting Room

St. George Spirits Tasting Room
Comments : 4 Posted in : Absinthe, Bars and Tasting Rooms, Brandy, Distillery, Gin, Liqueurs, Other Spirits, Spirits, Vodka on by : becca

Since I moved to the Bay Area two years ago, I’ve heard countless admonitions that I hadn’t been to St. George Spirits (2601 Monarch St., Alameda Point), one of the first craft distilleries in the US. Even more recently, that’s shifted to countless admonitions to check out Faction Brewing, housed next door, as beer appeals
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6 January, 2012

Graniwinkle @ Watts Grocery

Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in Durham - NC, Brandy, Cider on by : becca

Graniwinkle Watts Grocery Review/Website Watts Hillandale, Durham $9 This is a seasonal offering at Watts, and it’s the second I’ve had locally featuring Foggy Ridge cider—I must check into that label to see why our bartenders are experimenting with it! Including the cider, the Graniwinkle is made of house-spiced apple cider syrup, brandy, lemon juice,
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28 March, 2011

Tokyo Punch @ Shiki Sushi, Durham

Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in Durham - NC, Brandy, Spirits, Vodka on by : becca

Tokyo Punch Shiki Sushi Southwest Durham $7.75 Tokyo Punch was a lovely surprise for this cosmopolitan lover. Most people might assume that a cocktail made with vodka, cranberry, Midori, and brandy would be awfully similar to a cocktail made with vodka, cranberry, lime, and triple sec, but I somehow missed the connection between the two
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13 December, 2010

Christian Brothers Frost White Brandy

Comments : 5 Posted in : Brandy on by : becca

Christian Brothers Frost White Brandy This clear brandy, which is still aged in oak so I’m a bit confused how it manages to be clear, is definitely a departure from standard brandies. I could tell that from first smell, which was of peanut brittle and roses. Both scents were strong and such an odd contrast
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