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Smoking Loon, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Vintage

by Jason Lightner July 30th, 2014
Smoking Loon

Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

$10.99

While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,


As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.


`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -


Only this, and nothing more.'


Our visitor this evening hails from Valle Central, Chile. The Cabernet Sauvignon is known the world over as one of the most exquisitely bold varietals ever to be harvested. Its luscious ruby color and intense aromatics make it the favorite of many a wine lover. Combine this with the careful craftsmanship of the winemakers of Chile, and this
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Beer

A Hoppy Beer for a Dry Day: Lawless IPA

by Charles Wangersky July 28th, 2014 | Beer
Beer Saturday was a surprisingly warm day this week, and the lawn needed attention, something it had gotten far too little of last year. I'm not saying I'll do any better this year, but I did get a head start on it this year, and so far I've been pretty good about the yard work. Of course, I have to fight the push mower to knock the rust off the blades as well as cutting at least some of the grass with it, and there is the beating my knees take as I try to uproot the hawkweed and dandelions. So
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Cocktails

Piña Colada — Take Me to a Tropical Beach

by Michele July 25th, 2014 | Cocktails, Frozen Drinks
Cocktail I tend not to make piña coladas at home very often for two simple reasons.  First, they are heavy; I'm not quite sure how a drink such as this would go with a meal.  Second, the few attempts I have made produced watery drinks that lacked frozen cohesion.  In fact, the last time I had a good piña colada was six years ago, poolside in Hawaii.  Oh yes, those are fine memories. . . basking in the sun at the pool's edge, sipping a piña colada on a lazy afternoon.

While I haven't spent the past six years crying myself to sleep,
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Bar Destination

The Best Bars & Brewpubs in New Hampshire

by R. Carnavale July 24th, 2014 | Bar Destination
The Granite State is famous for Mt. Washington (which has the highest wind speed ever recorded on earth -- 231 mph), the Laconia Bike Week, and it's always the first state in the nation to hold primaries for the presidential elections. When it comes to bars and brewpubs, New Hampshire has some outstanding venues worth visiting, so when you're in Manchester, the state's capital, Nashua or Portsmouth, enjoy whetting your taste buds
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Wine

Rex Goliath, Chardonnay

by Jason Lightner July 23rd, 2014 | California Wine, Wine
Wine Rex Goliath

California, Chardonnay

$7.49

"It's a black fly in your Chardonnay..."

Those lyrics will forever haunt any occasion during which I am drinking an otherwise delightful glass of Chardonnay. It is perhaps well known that I am not what anyone might refer to as a drinker of white wine, although I have been known to dabble quite a bit, as one does. Variety is the spice of life, after all, and I'm not going to deny a good drink the honor of being enjoyed simply because of the beverage's hue. That would be both incredibly rude and unbecoming of a wine
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Spirits

1800 Tequila Reserva Anejo

by TK July 29th, 2014 | Liquor
Spirits Chicago is not a city that probably first comes to mind when you think of tequila, but I am here to tell you it should be.   Downtown Chicago has a vibrant nightlife and a great selection of Mexican restaurants to choose from.   A weekend trip to the Windy City with Peku Publications CEO, Michele Kuegler, was a great setting for me to sample 1800 Tequila Reserva Anejo for my latest tasting on Parched No More.

Sitting at an evening meal at a restaurant inside the Loop, I asked the waitress for a glass of 1800 Tequila Reserva
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