No. 209

Passover Spirits

This is a delightfully complex gin, one that brings exotic flavors in waves. Buy it for Passover but drink it year around. Highly Recommended.
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Rethinking Icewine in Niagara

These days, the Niagara region, in Ontario, is all about the drink that first brought it international recognition and fame : icewine. Harvested when the true cold of winter hits, yet shining with sunny, heartwarming aromas, this high-priced elixir allowed the fledgling Canadian wine industry, in the 1980s, to show the world something distinctive and delicious. And while there is now a lot more going on in Canadian vineyards, it remains a symbol of success for the national wine industry.
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Good Vapors, or Finding the Hearts in Stumptown’s Distillery Row

Moving to the Willamette Valley in Oregon, I fully expected to be surrounded by heavenly coffee, fantastic food, killer microbrews, and world-class Pinot noir. Lots of Pinot noir. What I did not expect was to discover a thriving scene of locally produced spirits and liqueurs. A recent trip to Portland’s Distillery Row with some friends opened my eyes to a whole new world of hard drinking.