D’Luscious Demi-Sec Rosé Champagne is a Bride’s New Best Friend

Nicholas Feuillatte D'Luscious Rose Champagne

This new wine from venerable Champagne house Nicolas Feuillatte has got us giddy. The winery, known for it’s voluptuous, collectable line of Champagnes has released something fun, fresh and and relatively affordable. A blushing pink Champagne, it’s smooth style and easy sweetness make it a great choice for weddings and bridal showers. It is definitely a […]

Ben the Bachelor Makes World Class Wine at Envolve Winery

envolve winery

by Amy Reiley In 2012, boutique, American wine making will collide with pop culture—or, at least Disney-owned television. Yes, I’m talking about the phenomenon known as Ben the Bachelor. Until last year, Benjamin Flajnik was best known as the handsome, young partner in Envolve Winery (formerly Evolve Winery), a tiny operation founded in 2008 on youthful […]


A Guide to Absinthes (aka how to chase the Green Fairy)

modern absinthes--chasing the green fairy

The resurgence of absinthe in america Made popular during the late nineteenth century, absinthe was the aphrodisiac of La Belle Epoque. It was portrayed as a psychoaddictive drug and was banned from most Western nations about  1915. So why, then, can you walk into any well-stocked liquor store and buy yourself what has been known […]


Woman on Spirits–notes from the 2010 world spirits competition

a tasting of double gold winners from the 2010 world spirits awards by amy reiley Normally, I keep my critiques to wine. But I recently had a chance to taste a selection of the double gold winners from the 2010 World Spirits Competition. Here are some of my picks from the competition, all of which […]

paso robles plays romeo to american idol’s juliette

by amy reiley June 2009 When the two men who brought us American Idol first announced that their next project would not be for Fox, ABC or even MTV, but for the Paso Robles wine industry, the food and wine world paused. Did these gentlemen realize that wine is about farming, not viewership? Do they […]


5 Tequilas to Try

tequilas to try

It is rather funny how much Americans love to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. South of the Border, the fifth of May is basically considered a regional celebration, reserved for the residents of the state of Puebla. (Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of victory over the French military at the Battle of Puebla). And what […]


A Guide to Modern Absinthe

kubler absinthe

With Tasting Notes Mata Hari One of the most subtle and refined absinthes I’ve tasted, Mata Hari can easily be enjoyed on its own without the addition of sugar – or even water! Aromas are of uncooked brownie dough mixed with cinnamon. (You read that correctly). When louched, it barely turns cloudy and the complex […]