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Top Beverage Picks

Pueblo Viejo Blanco Tequila

May 2013

Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky

Well-known and well-regarded, Famous Grouse is blended from grain whisky and single malts from distilleries including The Macallan and Highland Park.

Camus VS Elegance Cognac

Most cognac is too expensive for mixing, but Camus (the world’s fifth-largest brand) at least comes close.

Rittenhouse Rye

Many brands are rushing to fill the demand for rye whiskey created by the current classic cocktail boom and most are coming in at a good price point—but at 100 proof as opposed to 90, Rittenhouse i

Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon

This unusual distillery makes and ages 10 different spirit recipes (as opposed to just one at most places) and blends them all together for this oft-overlooked bargain bourbon.

Sobieski Vodka

While most other vodka brands market luxury, Sobieski has been promoting quality and value with their “Truth in Vodka” campaign, which seems to have done well for them in the recession.

2010 Domaine Maurice Ecard Pinot Noir

Touts more vegetal notes than it does fruit (although there are still noticeable black currants and cranberries), as well as a smoky profile, which makes it an ideal match with summer cuisine.

2009 Shannon Ridge Winery Zinfandel

A lighter-bodied Zinfandel, this is still perfect for pairing with grilled summertime foods and features white pepper and intense raspberry and strawberry notes, wrapping up with a long, soft finis

2010 Elena Walch Schiava

This is a sultry and succinct selection, with a light-bodied palate that features wild-strawberry notes and a soft, creamy finish. Whether with salads or meats, this is a solid pairing.

2011 Ruta 22 Malbec

Features of velvety blueberry and plum notes, along with vanilla and spice—plus traces of pomegranate and huckleberry—emerge mid-palate, winding into a soft finish (with supple tannins) that linger

2010 Casa Silva Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva

As an alternative to the oaky Napa Valley, California, or Bordeaux, France, selections, this Cabernet Sauvignon displays chocolate and cranberry notes along with traces of tobacco.

Dogfish Head Aprihop

While this hoppy IPA is brewed with apricots, it’s certainly not a fruity affair.

Flying Dog Raging Bitch IPA

This Belgian IPA mixes the hop-forward characteristics of an India Pale Ale with the funk and fruitiness of Belgian Tripel.