Gin Goes Boom with Asbury Park Distilling Co.

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When people talk about their distaste for gin, they’re really referring to its distinct juniper flavor. The same way cilantro tastes like soap to certain folks, gin that’s heavy on juniper is like sipping on Christmas shrubbery. Its unique assertiveness and piney aftertaste is not pleasurable to most palates, yet craft distilleries are working hard…

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Ask a Sommelier With John Jansma of Natirar, Ninety Acres


By Loannie Dao Navigating the world of wine can be both challenging and rewarding if you know your stuff. However, oftentimes when it comes to picking up a bottle or ordering during a night out, we cling to wine’s own equivalent of an old wives’ tale. Does all wine truly get better with age? Does…

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The Many Expressions of Sauvignon Blanc

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By David Gettenberg and Anne Press of Englewood Wine Merchants Sauvignon Blancs are distinct – very distinct – white wines.  From lemon-lime to fresh-cut grass, Sauvignon Blancs have an unmistakable signature. All Sauvignon Blancs, however, are not the same.  Depending on the region in which they are grown, Sauvignon Blancs can throw a wide range of…

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Lambay Irish Whiskey | A Spirit of Inaccessible Mystery

Lambay Irish Whiskey

All great things come with age a commonality in the ancient world of spirit craftsmanship. This concept is the least unusual aspect of Lambay Irish Whiskey, founded on the curious Lambay Island, a brief, three miles off the eastern shore of Dublin. Lambay’s whiskey is created through a process that sends the liquor on a…

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How To Buy Bourbon


Fellow whiskey drinkers, what do you look for when buying a good bottle of bourbon? Do your eyes go directly to the price tag? Do you stick with strictly name-brands? Maybe all you have to go off of is a friendly recommendation. A recent trip to Louisville, Kentucky—the bourbon capital of the world—got me thinking.…

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The Legend of Four Roses Bourbon

“Bourbon is the only spirit with a soul.” I learned that from Four Roses Bourbon Master Distiller Brent Elliott when VUE took a trip down to their property in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Elliot taught us about the brand’s signature yeast strains and mix up of mash bills, but he also told us a story—one that stuck…

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