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After working hard all year, this is a time to reflect on past achievements and chart the course of where we want to go in the New Year.

In its fifth release, Charbay's R5 Lot No. 5 is double-distilled from Bear Republic Brewery's award-winning Racer 5 IPA beer (7% ABV). A light amber color reflects  mellow caramelized sugar and hops on the nose. Slightly woody, it provides a delicate long finish. The flavors are not overpowered by the alcohol. This is a whiskey to savor neat or in mixed drinks.

Medium amber in the glass, your are greeted by honey on the nose and coffee, chocolate and spices on the palate. As in most Charbay spirits we are delighted by the smooth long finish that allows layers of flavor to emerge. There is no alcohol burn from this whiskey that you should enjoy neat, on the rocks, or with a splash of water that brings out even more flavor.

We have been seduced by Paula Kornell's Blanc de Noir sparkling wine. An iconic champagne color leads to wildflowers on the nose. Small bubbles release fresh tart apple flavors and caramel on the palate. This is an appealing sparkling wine for Champagne lovers anywhere. Enjoy alone or with food. It is now our favorite sparkling wine!

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“It’s about the love of the fruit and diversity of the styles,” says Bertheau of the company’s winemaking. “We have so many ways of expressing the varietal, so many world-class wines.”

Sign up by Jan. 1 to get a $400 discount on the Travel Writing in Rioja Class!

The Specialty Food Association brings fine chocolate education, sampling and pairings to the Fancy Food Show January 19-21, 2020.

A fabulous vertical tasting of wines from an historic cru, plus a few extra treats for your wine cellar!

Several enjoyable wines, mostly under $20, for casual entertaining.

It's December and that's Latke Time! Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or just have a holiday break, cooking is a big part of what makes the Holiday Season special. My Latkes BEAT Bobby Flay on the Food Network, so give them a try. They are really delish and pretty easy.

Go classic with a twist this holiday season by adding a unique spirit to the mix.  Here are a few ideas to check out – the American Godfather, a Smoky Mary, a Reposado Manhattan and a Canadian Negroni.

Gaucho, the iconic Argentinian steak restaurant, is re-vamped with a focus on carbon-neutral beef and social responsibility looking to the future.



Early pioneers in artisanal spirits create a legacy of distilling innovation.

Six festive sparkling wines to drink over the holidays and all year long!

This brandy was double-distilled in Alambic Charentais Pot Still from 100% Folle Blanche, the classic grape variety of Cognac, then aged in new French Limousin and Nevers Oak barrels for 27 years. The result is one of the finest brandies you will ever experience. A deep amber in the glass releases mellow aromas of dried fruit.

Some delicious, big and bold feasting reds from around the wine globe.

Watermelon is one of today’s fastest-trending fruits and it's making its way onto menus for cocktails and mocktails.

Increase the business value of your wines by getting them in front of the top Master Sommeliers and wine buyers at the Sommeliers Choice Awards.

Buyers-only judging platform increases visibility of spirits and wine brands at the 2020 Pr%f Awards.

Produced by winemaker Alexia Roberts, this sparkling red, made in the “methode champenoise” with predominantly 3-year old Shiraz aged in French oak barrels, pours with a satisfying deep red frothy mousse. You’ll receive dark berries on the nose followed by rich plum and spices on the palate.

SO MANY WINES, SO LITTLE TIME - Finding great wines to recommend to patrons or share with friends is a never ending process. With so many to choose from, singling out the ones that can attract and hold your attention, from that first exciting hint of aroma all the way through to that sad and final moment when the bottle has been exhausted, can be trying. The good news is that discovering great wines is a globe trotting adventure, rich with intriguing opportunities and sensory experiences.

Our first tranche of seasonal sparklers comes from six countries.

Randall Grahm, founder of Bonny Doon Vineyard, received the American Wine Society Award of Merit at the organization’s national conference in St. Pete Beach, Fla., earlier this month. In an acceptance speech, Mr. Grahm humbly and humorously discussed several particularly vivid career failures over the past 35 years, as well as plans for the future at his estate vineyard in San Juan Bautista, CA. But the audience of 600 applauded him for his decades of innovation and successes.