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24 May, 2016

Sunshine Energy Drink – Ginger Berry

Sunshine Energy Drink – Ginger Berry
Posted in : Beverage, Cocktail Recipes, Gin, Product Reviews on by : becca
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Sunshine Beverages, out of Winston-Salem, NC, invited me to drink the Sunshine. No, there was no LSD involved in that exchange. Sunshine is the name of their energy drinks, lightweight alternatives to the metallic sludge of a Red Bull or Rockstar. I realize some people are quite addicted to those products, but I, assuredly, am
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3 September, 2015

Jen Pfeiffer Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Jen Pfeiffer Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Wine on by : becca
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Jen Pfeiffer Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Other Words: Rock it Like a Redhead, the Rebel Victoria, Australia This is a NakedWines.Com production, and unfortunately, it’s currently out of stock. Though I hear there’s a similar wine coming from Pfeiffer soon… Regardless, on Day 1, it’s a well-rounded mouthful of blackberry with a pepper accent. On Day
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14 January, 2014

The Cantina

The Cantina
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in San Francisco - CA, Spirits on by : becca
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After a fun night out at Kuleto’s last November, our friends introduced us to one of their favorite drink spots, just a few blocks away. See that fruit bowl of citrus on the counter? It was one of many, and the smell of them permeated the room. There is no question that the Cantina uses
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15 October, 2013

Goats in Villages Shiraz Pinotage

Posted in : Pinotage, Red Wine, Shiraz / Syrah, Wine on by : becca
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Goats in Villages Shiraz Pinotage South Africa Note: No vintage I could see. The artwork on this bottle of wine and the playfulness of the distributor’s name — Goats Do Roam — charm me. For Trader Joe’s, this is a high-end bottle at $9.99. Smells like blackberry gumdrops with a hint of licorice. I haven’t
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8 March, 2013

2011 Green Fin Cabernet Sauvignon

Comments : 2 Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca
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2011 Green Fin Cabernet Sauvignon California In the tradition of Trader Joe’s wine, the exact region in California these grapes hail from is murky, but that’s all part of the mystery, right? This Cab smells of berry and nothing else. Thin- to medium-bodied, barely there sweet anise and leather notes come out right away then
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18 October, 2011

Castelmaure Corbieres Col des Vents 2008

Posted in : Languedoc, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca
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Castelmaure Corbières Col des Vents 2008 Languedoc, South France   This red wine’s nose is full of jammy blackberry-fruit-leather notes. It smells warm, with a smidge of potpourri essence to it. Aeration is important for appreciating this wine—-it tastes far too tight and tart without it, like cranberry and eucalyptus. Given some airing, the tartness
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13 July, 2011

Sombras del Sol 2009 Carmenère

Posted in : Carmenere, Red Wine on by : becca
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Sombras del Sol 2009 Carmenère Valle Central, Chile The nose of this red wine is cayenne, allspice, and cardamom swimming in a medium of tart berries. That fruit is much more prominent when drinking. The wine is warming and on the thinner side of medium-bodied. Just-ripened blackberries dominate the palate until the spices kick in,
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15 June, 2011

Tempra Tantrum 2009

Posted in : Red Wine, Tempranillo, Wine on by : becca
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Tempra Tantrum 2009 Bodegas, Spain This wine with a moderately amusing name is a tempranillo and cabernet sauvignon blend. You’d think they’d go all tempranillo with the name, but trust me—they did well with the blend. They also sell a tempranillo and shiraz blend under the same name, just in case you get confused! The
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2 March, 2011

Shannon Ridge Ranch Collection Zinfandel 2008

Posted in : Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine on by : becca
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Shannon Ridge 2008 Ranch Collection Zinfandel Lake County, CA This red wine has a strong nose of super ripe blackberries and red licorice. Spice rises to the forefront when sipped, wrapped in just enough fruit to tame it. It’s delicious. Anise, mild cinnamon, and a depth to it that I’m calling sandalwood. The fruit combines
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25 February, 2011

Starrlight Meadery

Comments : 8 Posted in : Mead, Travel Guide for Chapel Hill - NC, Travel Guide for Pittsboro - NC on by : becca
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Starrlight Meadery 480 Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro Website Hours: Thurs through Sat, 12 to 6; Sun 1 to 5. Tours offered every other hour on the weekends I had a great time checking out Starlight Meadery a couple of weekends ago in Pittsboro’s Chatham Mills shopping center. They are located in the white building hiding at
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