FrontRunners: Time in a Bottle

The venerable Cognac house of Louis Royer has recently unveiled a remarkably old Grande Champagne Cognac. While VS, VSOP, and XO Cognacs are aged a minimum of two, four, and six years, respectively, this limited-edition offering matured in the cellars on the bank of the idyllic Charente River for 38 years. Its considerable age, however, […]

Cognac Concoctions

The simple but balanced sidecar, perhaps the best-known Cognac-based libation, is widely believed to have originated in early 20th-century Paris, at either Harry’s New York Bar or the Ritz Paris. Nearly a century later, gifted mixologists such as Josh Davis of Chicago are crafting exquisite modifications of the archetypal recipe. Davis’s Spoken Word combines bright […]

Spirits: Against the Grain

Quercus Alba, the North Amer­ican white oak, which can live to be as old as 600 years, played its small part in U.S. history by furnishing the raw material for the hull of the USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned naval ship, launched in 1797. Yet, despite its longevity and notable associations, this tree is […]

Woodford Reserve Releases 2011 Master’s Collection

Acclaimed craft bourbon distillery Woodford Reserve continues its tradition of turning out innovative, limited-edition spirits with its sixth Master’s Collection release. Called the Rare Rye Selection, it comprises a set of two different rye whiskeys, each distilled from the same 100 percent rye mash recipe. One version matured in new charred oak casks, acquiring deep […]

Sneak Peek: InterContinental Porto–Palacio das Cardosas Hotel

The InterContinental Porto–Palacio das Cardosas opened mid-July in Porto, Portugal, and it’s the country’s first InterContinental location. Situated in the old city of Porto—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and onetime outpost of the Roman Empire—the hotel offers guests luxury accommodation in convenient proximity to the famous port wine lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia, as […]

Quilceda Creek Vintners’ Summer Release

Washington State’s renowned Quilceda Creek Vintners continues its tradition of turning out world-class wines with the planned summer release of three Cabernet Sauvignon–dominated reds of the 2008 vintage. This comes on the heels of the family-owned winery being awarded its fourth perfect 100-point score from Wine Advocate in its last six vintages, this time for […]

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