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May 2014

PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur

From Kentucky’s Heaven Hill distillery comes a pomegranate liqueur cleverly developed to be easily added to cocktails.

Bluecoat American Dry Gin

This Philadelphia brand of gin is known for its citrus—in particular orange—aroma and less-juniper-forward taste. Many of the botanicals are organically grown in the U.S. rather than imported.

Balcones True Blue Corn Whisky

Texas brand Balcones is racking up the awards for good reason: It is making wildly exciting and delicious whiskies, most of them from roasted blue corn, aged well out of the moonshine category.

Blue Ice American Potato Vodka

Inexpensive Blue Ice makes three vodkas with different raw ingredients, plus a new crème brûlée flavor—but I still like the original, creamy-yet-mild potato vodka in the blue bottle the best.

Seven Daughters Red NV Blend

Rich, luscious blackberry notes, accented by pepper, lavender, and creamy vanilla, are in this powerhouse blend of seven red grapes that includes Syrah.

2012 The Seventy-Five Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc

Typical of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blancs, this nicely balanced wine doesn’t hold back but also doesn’t dip into high levels of acidity on the palate, with ample mineralities, citrus notes (especiall

2008 Damilano Barolo Cannuli

Made from 100 percent Nebbiolo grapes, this single-vineyard Barolo features a balance of savory and sweet, with a nose of cherry pie and notes of tobacco and cocoa, along with soft tannins and a full

2011 Windspiel Grüner Veltliner

Crisp, bright, and acidic, this Grüner Veltliner—from highly acclaimed winemaker Karl Fritsch—pairs nicely with green salads, seafood, or spring vegetables like asparagus or artichoke, yet its full

2011 Patz & Hall Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir

Marked by cola, clove, spice, and raspberry notes, the clean finish and fine-grained tannins are a delightful surprise after full-bodied layers of red fruit that border on jammy.

2011 Hope Family Wines Austin Hope Grenache

Pairing well with barbecued foods, the fruit-forward wine—a product of the Hope Family Vineyard in the Templeton Gap—features distinct plum, vanilla, and cinnamon notes, followed by raspberry flavo

Green Flash Palate Wrecker

This potent IPA swings its hyper-hopped flavor at your palate like a wrecking ball, delivering a hit of citrus and pine.

Dogfish Head Midas Touch

Recreated based on ingredients found in 2,700-year-old drinking vessels discovered in the tomb of King Midas and brewed with honey, grape juice, and spices, this beer starts lush and smooth.