Wine, Spirits & Cigars

The pressure has to be tremendous when a new master distiller assumes the title from a legend in the spirits world and finds himself at the helm of a brand that has been around since 1889 (some claim...
Shinji Fukuyo occupies a seat at the main table inside the pantheon of modern whisky making. As the chief blender for Suntory, he’s one of the central figures at a global giant that produces as many...
The margarita is one of the world’s most famous cocktails, and it lends itself to experimentation like no other. In a nod to National Margarita Day , we asked a few of America’s best bartenders to...
There was a time when Zinfandel reigned supreme in California. Prized for its capacity to amply produce, the dark-skinned varietal was ubiquitous across the central and northern regions of the Golden...
The glacially inspired, blue-tinted faceted bottle and its matching mountain-shaped wooden cradle are not-so-subtle hints that this limited edition is a tribute to the Nordic ice realm, Niflheim, the...
Of all the dates on the calendar that put our devotion to the test, perhaps none induces more performance anxiety than Valentine’s Day. On this commercially driven observance of romantic love, we are...
On the subject of love, few could expound more eloquently than Publius Ovidius Naso, author of the Metamorphoses and the Amores , who is best known to the English-speaking world simply as Ovid. A...
The flowers have been ordered, the chocolates are on their way and the dinner reservations are booked. The only thing left to do is sit back, relax and toast to a romantic evening with these...
Over the past 10 years, pét-nats—those sometimes funky cousins of Champagne—have become a phenomenon on the wine scene. Unfiltered and cloudy, uninhibited and unpredictable, and bottled under a crown...
For eight years running, Glenmorangie has indulged its ardent supporters’ thirst for the new and different with limited release bottlings under the Private Edition banner. These sought-after whiskies...
If Cupid were to give a toast to St. Valentine, it would no doubt be made with sparkling wine, that most romantic of libations. Indeed, there are more corks popped on February 14th than at any other...
It may be known as Sin City, but Las Vegas is also one of the most romantic destinations in the country, if the city’s average of 115,000 wedding licenses a year are any indication. But couples don’t...
Just in time for the upcoming rye revolution, this much-heralded limited edition has been brought back for a short encore, for those who missed the initial release on April 16, 2016. A Double Gold...
The best Valentine’s Day experiences, in our opinion, shake things up a little—to surprise, but please, is our ultimate goal. And when it comes to wine, this year we are thinking of sparkling reds...
David and Jane Perkins founded High West Distillery in Park City back in 2007. It was liquor-leery Utah’s first legal distillery in 147 years. That got people’s attention. And thanks to the high-...
Special releases are the whiskies that set the hearts of connoisseurs and collectors beating a little faster. In fall of each year, spirits powerhouse Diageo issues (typically in batches of 10) a...
Knob Creek has enjoyed an enthusiastic following ever since its introduction in the 1990s. But now the (wet) bar has been raised with Knob Creek 2001 ($130), an ultrapremium offering that pays...
Albert Einstein once noted, “It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” One doesn’t have to be a genius, however, to know that such...
Photography by Cordero Studios Styling by Alicia Buszczak 25 That Are Born to Perform. High-performance road machines are only as good as the people who make them—and the same holds true of premium...
In the world of premium tequilas, extra añejos are the single malts of blue agave. They typically spend about 3 years aging in oak to develop their deep amber hue and mellow finish, inspiring more...
After establishing his winery in the Oakville appellation of California’s Napa Valley in 1966, Robert Mondavi enjoyed early success with his Fumé Blanc—a unique interpretation of Sauvignon Blanc with...
Suntory has been producing sherry cask–aged whiskies since 1924, a year after the distillery was built. However, it was not until the early part of this century that Suntory’s Yamazaki whiskies...
It’s impossible to encompass everything that makes Scotland great in a single bottle of Scotch whisky. But how about four bottles? That’s the thinking behind the launch from Golden Decanters , a new...
Since it opened in 2012, New York’s Flatiron Room has established itself as a mecca for whisky aficionados. Its dark, elegant interior provides an ideal space to sample the deep and well-curated...
Until recently you would rarely find this whisky bottled separately, as most of the distillery’s production has been channeled into Dewar’s blends. But now there is a new emphasis on the...
There is some ambiguity about the original intent of the old adage, “eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die,” but the commonly held modern interpretation holds that it is a good idea to enjoy...
With all due respect to JFK and Millard Fillmore, President Barak Obama just might qualify as one of our hippest leaders to ever hold the office. He sealed the deal at the White House Super Bowl...
A spirit once spurned in the United States is now being produced with pride under the label Copper & Kings Zmaj Absinthe Superior . Located in Louisville, Ky., Copper & Kings American Brandy...
Sure, you drank a lot of rich eggnog and hearty mulled wine over the holidays, but the New Year is here and there are slightly healthier adult beverages. Take vodka, for instance. And take it neat,...
Albert Einstein once noted, “It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” One doesn’t have to be a genius, however, to know that such...

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