July 2013

Absolut Craft Herbaceous Lemon

Herbaceous Lemon is the first in a series of flavored vodkas in a smoke-colored bottle from Absolut that were developed by London bartender Nick Strangeway.

ZU Vodka

Known in the rest of the world as Zubrowka, ZU is bison grass-flavored vodka that tastes of white flowers, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Martin Miller’s Gin

All gin is flavored vodka. Martin Miller’s is a non-traditional one with flavors of cucumber and violet (as opposed to Hendrick’s’ rose), and muted juniper good for mixing with citrus.

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

The higher proof of Sailor Jerry makes it a great alternative to the Captain, one that will show through cola and make cleaner cocktails.

Crown Royal Maple

With a light body and big nose reminiscent of Mrs. Butterworth’s, this isn’t a sophisticated flavor, but it is oddly appealing.

2011 Laetitia Vineyard & Winery Estate Pinot Noir

Cherry-pie notes help this Pinot Noir easily transition from entrée to dessert, and it’s an ideal summer red due to a light body and subtle smoke—a good match with grilled meats and vegetables.

2011 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Clasico

Marked by crushed black-cherry notes and a spicy earthiness, this classic Malbec style would pair well with grilled or roasted meats, or rich tomato-based sauces.

2010 Chateau Montelena Winery Chardonnay

The latest release from a winery that helped make California wines famous (its 1973 Chardonnay snagged first place in the 1976 Paris Tasting) is a winner with a palate laced with lemons, paired wit

2009 Inman Family Wines Chardonnay

This off-beat Chardonnay from a very eco-chic winery (its tasting room is built from old cars and labels born out of bamboo) defies California Chardonnay stereotypes by doing away with the cliché b

2011 Oak Knoll Winery Pinot Gris

Effervescent with Granny Smith apples and Meyer-lemon notes, along with some grapefruit, this Pinot Gris offers a creamy palate and a tart, crisp, and clean finish.