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  1. Idaho has nothing on Sweden when it comes to potato pride. In fact, it was not until 1980 that distillers in that country could legally produce vodka made from anything other than the spud. With the...
  2. In 1801, an Englishman by the Dickensian name of Cumberbatch Sober changed the name of his Barbados sugarcane plantation from Mount Gilboa to Mount Gay when his friend Sir John Gay Alleyne, the...
  3. Parker’s Heritage Collection Bourbon ( www.heaven-hill.com , $200) is Heaven Hill’s second release of rare whiskeys that pay tribute to the distillery’s sixth-generation master distiller, Parker Beam...
  4. Twenty years ago, businessmen Jean-Dominique Andreu and Alexandre Gabriel met with artisan Cognac distiller Pierre Ferrand to offer him advice on introducing his small namesake brand to the American...
  5. Last year, the Highland Park 40 Year Old Single Malt Whisky ( www.highlandpark.co.uk , $2,000) became that distillery’s oldest permanent expression. From its floral and light smoke aromas to its...
  6. The pleasure of connoisseurship lies largely in discovery. For the spirits aficionado, the search often leads down crooked paths: through agave-filled deserts for tequila; over countryside strewn...
  7. Jeff Cohn, the former winemaker at Rosenblum Cellars—a producer of particularly fine vineyard-designate Zinfandels—stepped out on his own in 2006 to devote his full energies to JC Cellars. His modus...
  8. When Ned Smith purchased six acres of land in St. Helena, Calif., he had no ambitions for the site other than to grow a bit of Zinfandel to make wine for his friends and family. Shortly after Smith...
  9. While the Bordeaux varietals deliver immense satisfaction, their beauty—like that of a Cubist abstract—tends toward the bold, the bright, and the linear. Pinot Noir, on the other hand, relies on...
  10. Every fine wine begins with an exceptional place—and so do some fine winemaking careers. When the Canadian-born investment banker Jayson Woodbridge began to visit the Napa Valley in the 1990s, he had...

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