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Review: Ghost Pines Merlot, 2012

by Jason Lightner
Ghost Pines
California, Merlot, 2012
$19.99

California is home to some of the best winemakers in the world. A melting pot of artisans and growers, with a wide variety of technique and ability, lends itself well to an increasingly large selection of interesting wines. While many winemakers stick closely to tradition, keeping with the boundaries of vineyards and American Viticultural Areas, Ghost Pines

Review: KAH Tequila Reposado

by Jason Lightner
KAH Tequila Reposado
Mexico, Tequila
$55.99/750ml
110 proof

There's nothing quite like a good tequila. The salty bite of fresh agave, clean and crisp and full of character from cask storage — truly one of my favorite things.

As far as brands and marketing and silly corporate dances go, however... Well, these things I don't like as much.

Such is the case and conundrum of

Review: Alaskan Brewing White Ale

by Charles Wangersky
Gentle reader, you don’t know the risks I take for you...

Let me explain. At times, I've thought the tag line for these reviews should be "Drinking it so you don’t have to." Not lately, thankfully, but there have been a few truly awful beers that I have run into out there. However, today’s brew is not one of them.

There

A Taste of the Holidays, Exploring Eggnog

by Jason Lightner
I can still vividly remember visits to my grandfather's home for the holidays. The mountains of West Virginia are crisp and frosty this time of year, and for a child, there's nothing quite like sitting beside a roaring campfire, roasting marshmallows, and talking about the wonderful gifts that Santa Claus might bring. Meanwhile for the adults, there's football, the