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CONTENTS

8 ELEVATING MIXED DRINKS 14 OLD CAMP WHISKEY 18 STRANAHAN'S SINGLE MALT WHISKEY 24 HI-TIME WINE CELLARS: CALIFORNIA RETAILER OF THE YEAR 40 FLOW DESIGN 42 CIDER RULES 46 SAN GABRIEL BEVERAGE GROUP 52 CELEBRITY WINES

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CATEGORY FOCUS

OLD CAMP WHISKEY

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HIGH TIME WINE CELLARS: CALIFORNIA'S RETAILER OF THE YEAR

2 LETTER FROM THE EDITOR 4 THE FIND 6 NEW PRODUCTS & PROMOTIONS

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EDITOR'S CORNER

MAKE THE BEST OF THE NEW YEAR! As 2016 draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support of Beverage Industry News. It is with great honor that we announce Hi-Time Wine Cellars as our 2016 California Retailer of the Year! Celebrating their 60th Anniversary in 2017, Hi-Time Wine Cellars is the consummate model of how to maintain a business that is massive in terms of physical size, yet communicates a personalized, friendly experience to its customers. Owned and operated by the Hanson family, Hi-Time Wine Cellars continues to set the standard for independent retail accounts. BIN Magazine goes behind the scenes with this iconic beverage institution to discuss the secret to their long standing success.

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Speaking of success, building brands and generating traction can often at times be quite challenging. Given that there are so many spirit products in today's marketplace, suppliers need as many tools as possible to help with exposure and lend support to sales and distribution efforts. If you're in the business of selling and marketing spirits, please consider Liquor Rank to kick off 2017! Liquor Rank is a new boutique spirit evaluation and brand marketing company that presents clients with cost-effective marketing solutions that are vital to the success of your brand in the beverage marketplace of today. Created specifically for spirit marketers, buyers and distributors, Liquor Rank provides a fair unbiased evaluation by blind-tasting your spirit, followed by the presentation of a ranking number between 80-100 points. Once your score with Liquor Rank has been established, your product is then showcased to a targeted network of 37,000 key industry buyers, distributors and beverage trade press via their print and digital media partners. Liquor Rank also provides a multitude of cost effective brand building services that benefit suppliers and brand marketers in a significant way. For spirit suppliers who have limited financial resources, Liquor Rank offers additional services to create content, marketing and social media elements for your brand at a fraction of the cost of many agencies and marketing companies. Liquor Rank's marketing elements can be created for advertising, sell sheets, case cards, websites, e-blasts or strategic social media marketing. Essentially, smaller suppliers can now afford marketing and promotional services similar to those used by larger suppliers that were more often too expensive or simply out of reach. Another key benefit to working with Liquor Rank is their team of experts, who've worked with a plethora of thousands of products. For further information and to take your brand to the next level, please visit: www.liquorrank.com. Best wishes for an incredible and fantastic 2017! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Cheers,

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OVER THE TOP? MOUNT GAY AND PLANTATION RELEASE OVERPROOF RUMS Maison Ferrand proprietor Alexandre Gabriel has introduced Plantation O.F.T.D. The acronym stands for “Old Fashioned Traditional Dark,” but barely hints at the spirit’s unique origin. A blend of rums from Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados offered at an overproof 69% alcohol by volume, this rum was created by an unprecedented collaboration. It began when Gabriel called a secret meeting in New Orleans in 2015 with six of the world’s top rum experts, including spirits historian David Wondrich. Their mission: to create the ultimate overproof rum. They tasted and discussed; Gabriel took their comments back to the Maison Ferrand estate in Cognac, where he created several samples. The group gathered again in December 2015 and agreed, unanimously, on the final version. 138 proof; SRP $31.99/1L. plantationrum.com

Meanwhile, Mount Gay Rum released 3,000 bottles of their first-ever cask-strength product—XO Cask Strength. At 63% ABV, XO Cask Strength features a blend of spirits matured for eight to 15 years and the rich, rum is rounded out by notes of ripe banana and toasted almond, followed by vanilla and spice in a long finish. The release celebrates the 50th anniversary of Barbadian Independence; Mount Gay Distilleries has distilled, blended and bottled in Barbados since 1703. Each bottle will come in a keepsake wooden box with a booklet on the rum’s history in Barbados. (A portion of the sales will benefit the Barbados Museum and Historical Society.) 126 proof; SRP $185. mountgayrum.com

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PACKAGE RE-BOOT FOR JÄGERMEISTER Introduced 80 years ago, Jägermeister, German for “Master Hunter,” is the #1 selling imported liqueur in the United States. The latest chapter in the brand story is a new package—taller and bolder—with a number of elevated changes, including: a more defined shape; higher, more squared-off shoulders; a more mature and realistic stag; and new text. This is the fifth time the bottle has been redesigned over the course of the brand’s history. One caveat: on-premise accounts that use a Jägermeister Speed Pour machine need to use a new bottle stopper, available through distributors; for details call 800-713-8881 or visit tapmachine.com. sidneyfrank.com

150 YEARS ON, AMARO SILANO SHIFTS INTO HIGH GEAR Established just three years after the unification of Italy, the Bosco Liquori company is using the firm’s 150th anniversary as a springboard to revitalize Amaro Silano, their flagship spirit. With amaro’s recent resurgence in American cocktail culture and the brand’s updated packaging, the time is ideal. Amaro Silano was the first commercial Amaro ever produced in the Calabrian region and is still made according to the original recipe from noble digestive herbs of Calabria, particularly licorice. Silano refers to the Sila Mountains, a protected natural habitat to the Silanian Wolf indigenous to this region. The bitter-sweet style of Amaro Silano had made this the fastest growing amaro in Southern Italy. Its elegant 1.0 liter package and shipper graced with the Silanian Wolf marry 150 years of traditions to today’s visual consumer. 60 proof; SRP $29.99/1L. fxmagnercom


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1. MYX FUSIONS IN 750ML

2. RON BARCELÓ GRAN AÑEJO

3. RED TRUCK WINERY

Just in time for the holidays, MYX Fusions— launched by Nicki Minaj in 2013—is being offered in 750ml bottles, in addition to the original 187mls. The idea is to bring the brand from laid-back barbecues to holiday entertaining. The 750mls will be offered in the three most popular flavors: Original Moscato, Peach Moscato and Classico Sangria. Available first in FL, GA, MI, IL, CA, NY, TX, MD, MO, AR; national launch by March 2017.

Ron Barceló, the renowned rum made in the Dominican Republic and imported by ShawRoss International, has revamped Barceló Gran Añejo Rum.The custom shape of the new 750ml stands taller and sleeker; modern features include a higher-quality closure, greater prominence for the brand’s embossed lion crest and a refreshed Barceló brand logo. Rolling out first in NY, NJ, and FL; nationally in early 2017.

Red Truck is America’s first winery using innovative twist-open-and-reclose Helix packaging, which combines a stopper made from cork and a glass bottle with an internal thread . Consumers can still enjoy the satisfying “pop,” but without the need for a corkscrew. The Helix will be used on the entire Red Truck line; pictured here, the flagship Red Blend, with aromas of eucalyptus and black tea leading into jammy, blackberry fruit on the smooth palate. Marketed by Bronco Wine Co.

SRP: $8.99 myxfusions.com

SRP: $19.99 ronbarcelo.com

SRP: $10.99 broncowine.com

4. CLYDE MAY’S CASK STRENGTH WHISKEY

5. 2014 QUILT NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON

6. LORD CALVERT ‘DUCKS UNLIMITED’ DECANTER

Complementing their non-chill filtered 92-proof Straight Bourbon, Clyde May’s Whiskey has introduced a 117-proof, 8-year-old Cask Strength Whiskey. Rooted in Clyde May’s moonshine heritage, the Cask Strength is bottled at 117-proof to release a full nose of citrus, peach and cedar. Given the level of craftsmanship involved in creating Clyde May’s Cask Strength, only 3,000 bottles were produced.

Copper Cane Wines & Provisions—creator of Meomi Pinot Noir—has released the 2014 Quilt Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Fifthgeneration winemaker Joe Wagner drew from a patchwork of six prime Napa Valley AVAs to create a full-bodied, rich and decadent wine. The blending of fruit from a variety of vineyards helps the wine to achieve more complexity as well as consistency from vintage to vintage.

Lord Calvert Canadian Whisky has announced a partnership with Ducks Unlimited, aiming to showcase the Canadian heritage of both entities, as well as their passion for the outdoors. Lord Calvert will be releasing a limited edition Ducks Unlimited decanter, available nationwide, with proceeds going to support Ducks Unlimited’s wetlands programs. Each 750ml decanter is handpainted, hand-labeled and hand-filled.

SRP: $89.99 mayswhiskey.com

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SRP: $44.99 coppercane.com

SRP: $99.99 luxco.com

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Crown Royal’s newest offering, Crown Royal Vanilla Flavored Whisky, is a blend of handselected Crown Royal whiskies infused with the rich flavor of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla. The result is whisky bursting with vanilla flavor and Crown Royal’s superior smoothness. The versatile spirit tastes great when mixed with sodas, used to create a vanilla twist on classic cocktails, or simply sipped on the rocks. 70 proof.

Charles Krug Winery recently unveiled new packaging to better communicate their position as Napa Valley’s oldest and most experienced winery. Historic cues include an embossed cider press; and a call-out box offers facts pertaining to the winery’s relevance in Napa, placing Charles Krug within the larger context of winemaking innovation. The new packaging will roll out through the entire portfolio starting with the release of the 2015 Chardonnay and the 2013 Merlot.

SRP: $24.99 crownroyal.com

10. CARMENET RESERVE CHARDONNAY BRUT Carmenet Winery embodies the art of blending and an ability to achieve top-quality results in California wine. The newest release, a Chardonnay Méthode Champenoise Sparkling Wine, offers distinctive mouth-filling flavors. This dry sparkling wine has a crisp balance; coupled with a refreshing stream of bubbles, Carmenet Brut is impressively food-friendly. Of course, the Chardonnay character makes it rewarding on its own as well. Marketed by Bronco Wine Co.

SRP: $16.00 broncowine.com

SRP: $25/2013 Napa Valley Merlot charleskrug.com

11. OAKHEART SPICED RUM Oakheart Genuine Spiced Rum has new packaging to help it stand out on shelves and back bars. While designed to provide familiarity to the existing product, the new direction is more classic and masculine in its style. In addition, to support the brand, Bacardi is launching an ad campaign focused around sporting events and Millennial males. A giant American oak barrel will travel to events, giving consumers a chance to carve their names into it.

SRP: $14.99 oakheart.com

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9. HENNESSY ‘MASTER BLENDER’S SELECTION Nº1’ “Master Blender’s Selection N°1” is a very personal signature Cognac, produced in a single batch from Hennessy’s extraordinary reserves of eau-de-vie. Master Blender Yann Fillioux was empowered to use his unbridled creativity. His selection of 80 to 100 eaux-de-vie was then aged in both young and old French oak casks, and bottled at “cask strength”—to release aromatic tones as well as delicate spicy notes. Recommended neat or with three ice cubes. Exclusive to the U.S.

SRP: $45/375ml $80/750ml hennessy.com

12. MOTTURA & LE PITRE WINES FROM PUGLIA Puglia-based Mottura wines have joined the Prestige Wine Imports (PWI) portfolio. Known for striking a balance of New World taste and Old World tradition, Mottura is a benchmark producer of Southern Italy’s indigenous varieties, notably red grapes Negroamaro and Primitivo. PWI will be importing four wines—two from the classic Mottura line (SRP $14.99); and two from the Le Pitre Selections (SRP $24.99)

SRP: $24.99 motturavini.com

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FINE DINING BEGETS

FINE DRINKING BY ELEVATING MIXED DRINKS, OPERATORS BOLSTER THEIR IMAGE AND BOTTOM LINE BY JACK ROBERTIELLO 8 BIN 2016

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oday, nearly every new restaurant opens with a statement cocktail menu—one that either includes current trends, or works to fit in with the cuisine, or otherwise presents drinks as being more than just a profitable addendum. As with inspired food menus, frequent changes or specials are almost certain, as is the inclusion of culinary ingredients, either in tandem with the kitchen or through the work of an inspired bar chef. In short, restaurant beverage programs are aspiring to contribute more substantively in the fine dining


liven your cocktail

CASSIA / KENNY ARBUCKLE PHOTO BY RICK POON

OPPOSITE PAGE: Spice Route cocktails at Dosa in San Francisco. RIGHT: Cassia’s Kenny Arbuckle making a Blackberry Sherry Cobbler.

scene. And in turn to share in some of their glory. Some fine dining restaurants find success in matching a spirit’s qualities to the cuisine. Whiskey and tequila are often selected for barbecue or Mexican restaurants, but in Philadelphia, the Oyster House matches its bright and bracing raw seafood concept with, what else, gin—about 50 varieties, making up roughly half the total spirit selection. Naturally the cocktail menu features many gins as well as their house-made vermouth.

Then there’s Cassia, the Santa Monica restaurant celebrating the flavors of Southeast Asia with a California sensibility. Bar manager Kenny Arbuckle crafted a short list using three rubrics: Lighter and Apéritif; Citrus and Fruit; and Stirred and SpiritForward. The first is a growing trend at fine dining restaurants, concerned that powerful cocktails can dull palates. Instead, he aims to sharpen the appetitie via drinks like the Tropical Rose (sparkling rosé, vodka, violette liqueur, citra hop-infused Cocchi, pineapple, lemon) and the Rome with a Bloody View (Leopold Aperitivo, lemongrasspineapple-infused dry vermouth, blood orange syrup, lime). He serves stronger drinks, too, though they wouldn’t match up with high-proof powerhouses served in

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many bars, and instead adhere to the concept that drinks serve the food. House-made ingredients are a hallmark; lapsang souchong infused vermouth; sambal bitters; kaffir lime leaf tincture; and cassia-infused Cardamaro. The most culinarily inspired drink is the Hop Sea Negroni: tequila, Punt e Mes vermouth, hop-infused Cocchi and oyster-shellinfused mezcal. “The bar operates as a restaurant bar, meaning a lot of people are using it for an aperitif before dinner,” says Arbuckle. “Negronis and Martinis can be considered aperitif cocktails but the others—with lower alcohol content and some bitter or dry component—leave you wanting more and ready to eat and drink something interesting.”

Complexity in the Glass French brasserie-style restaurants are rarely known for their cocktails, and without a full liquor license it was hard to forge a menu at San Francisco’s Nico. Beverage Director Maz Naba created a program by crafting his own “spirits” from a vermouth base—bourbon, gin, tequila, mezcal, rum, creme de violette, curaçao and others. To make bourbon, he dredges oak chips in sugar, lights them, adds vanilla bean and steeps all in vermouth. Gin starts with juniper berries, locally foraged Monterey cypress, wild fennel and bay leaf. With it, he makes Aviations, adding a housemade maraschino using hay and his crème 10 BIN 2016

ABOVE: Alan Walkter at Loa in New Orleans. RIGHT: At San Francisco’s Nico, Beverage Director Maz Naba crafts his own “spirits” by adding a variety of ingredients (wild fennel, cypress, bay leaf, etc.) to a vermouth base. His Between the Fireflies uses Curaçaao, nasturtium, lime and meringue.

COCKTAILS WITH LOWER ALCOHOL CONTENT AND SOME BITTER OR DRY COMPONENT MAKE EXCELLENT APERITIFS. de violette. Naba serves four different cocktails at a time, all batched, bottled and ready for service. “They add a new element to the dining experience for a place with a beer and wine-only menu,” says Naba. Among fine dining cocktail whizzes, few are as adventurous as Alan Walter, bartender at Loa in New Orleans. Last spring his menu included a Wild Birdseed Old-Fashioned. To make the birdseed syrup, he heated sunflower seeds, flax, quinoa, millet, pine nuts and sesame and then crushed them in a food processor for the syrup. “It ends up with more of the notes from the seeds compared to an orgeat. It was obvious that this would only work with bourbon or rye,” he says. “I use a tiny amount but the nutty flavor comes through.” Walter also serves drinks using his shiitake mushroom liqueur, and has been

working with Spanish moss, sassafras, pine, bamboo and clover. “The whole thing has been for me about releasing what’s really worthwhile about an ingredient,” he notes. Asian restaurants are often a cocktail challenge, but at San Francisco’s Dosa, bartender Chris Lukens has developed drinks that work with complex, strong flavored dishes. Hence, the Steph Curry, made with bourbon, house-made curry nectar (with cumin, coriander, peppercorns and more than 10 other ingredients), spiced agave, lime juice and Tempranillo. Other drinks—the Peony, made with gin, hibiscus-masala nectar, coconut agave nectar, lime and bird’s eye chile; and the Bali Hai, made with pisco, house-made pineapple shrub, elderflower, lemon, bird’s eye chile, hoppy wheat beer and jalapeño disc—combine heat and sweet, a perfect match for Dosa’s spicy dishes. Most of the industry’s cocktail attention is paid to the speakeasies and watering holes where small plates may be available but drinks are center stage. But as these and other operations show, getting a great cocktail before embarking on a top class meal is only getting easier. n


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TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES GOES FOR THE GOLD… The wine brand widely credited with defining the premium red blend category is making a serious play in Chardonnay. Ménage à Trois “Gold” ($12 SRP), coming on the heels of success with Midnight and Silk in 2014 and 2015, is all about the fruit. Mostly Chardonnay, but boosted with Viognier and Verdelho, Ménage à Trois Gold THE METALLIC lives up to its front label promise GOLD LABEL of “rich, indulgent, lavish,” with PROMISES gobs of melon and touches of “EXTRAVAGENCE IN EVERY SIP.” vanilla, with no wood to distract. menageatroiswines.com

BELL’AGIO MAKES A CASE FOR SWEET RED FIZZ From Banfi Vintners (folks who know their way around sweet red bubbly), Bell'Agio is a sparkling rosso dolce wine with sweet ripe-raspberry and cherry flavors, made from a blend of grapes grown mainly in Emilia-Romagna. The launch includes the “Belles” campaign with regional events and signature cocktails created by certified Advanced Sommelier Sarah Brownell. Target audience is Millennial females, and, of course, people who are looking for their bubbles on the sweet and fruity side—or their red blend on the bubbly side. bellagiowine.com

Bell’Twist 2 oz. Sugar 2 tsp. Cinnamon (ground) 2 oz. Bell’Agio 3 oz. Orangina soda

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1½ oz. Bourbon 1 cup Ice 2 Orange wedges

Directions: Mix sugar and cinnamon and spread on a plate. In glass, combine Bell’agio, Orangina and Bourbon. Rub orange wedge around rim of a low-ball glass, then dip rim of glass in cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat. Fill with ice, add cocktail mixture, garnish with orange wedge.

COPPERTOPS: NOW THAT’S A WRAP! In the spirit of the proverbial better mousetrap, a small startup in Seattle may well have created a better bottle wrap. Born from a customer request for better gifting options, Coppertops Paperie has turned paper and fabric into two patent-pending designs that are both foolproof and attractive. Paper wraps come in a variety of designs; SRP $14/set of 6. The flour sack version (SRP $12) can accommodate one or two bottles, and is the gift-wrap that keeps giving—it’s also a kitchen towel. Wholesale pricing available. coppertopspaperie.com

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CHANDON TAPS CHIC DESIGNER FOR LIMITED EDITION DUO Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff has applied her talents to Chandon Brut, designing two new stylish limited-edition expressions this holiday season: Casually Chic in White and Fashionably Bold in Black. Minkoff calls the bottles “a little bit chic, a little bit rock and roll.” Both feature her signature stud pattern, so the classic California bubbly is dressed and ready for partying or gifting. Available through January 2017 at SRP of $24.


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Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of the band Florida Georgia Line

OLD CAMP A WHISKEY FOR ALL PARTIES By Amanda Schuster

By December, America is already suffering from pumpkin spice fatigue - pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin spice beer, pumpkin spice ice cream - heck, Trader Joe’s even carries pumpkin spice pumpkin seeds! How about something more summery, something that evokes the flavors of relaxing on a porch swing down South? Enter Old Camp Peach Pecan Whiskey from Proximo Spirits. It was launched this past August by Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of the music duo Florida Georgia Line. Their sound is an upbeat fusion of country, rock, hip-hop and pop, and their whiskey connotes that festive party vibe with an easy-drinking fusion of peach and pecan flavors. The name is a hat tip to the “camp” of people surrounding the duo - the longtime musicians, technicians, managers and friends who have bonded over the years. 14 BIN 2016

This camp is their family on the road, people who travel together on tour from city to city, and help bring the show and, with it, the party to every stop. It had become a ritual for this crew to raise a glass of whiskey before each FGL show, toasting and celebrating before the band takes the stage. Why not bottle their own whiskey? Said Hubbard, “This ritual is a huge part of FGL and we wanted to develop a drink that feels true to who we are, our roots and the vibes we like to create.” While peach whiskey and pecan whiskey separately have existed in the marketplace, the two flavors had yet to come together in one product. The combination was inspired by the band’s Southern roots. Old Camp is a blend of American whiskeys aged for a minimum of two years in white American oak barrels with a No. 3 char. It is then infused with Southern peach and pecan flavors. The goal was to create a unique flavor that is smooth, sweet and easy drinking, but with darker caramel and spice notes to balance it out. Detractors have accused brands for marketing flavored whiskey as a

means of selling whiskey to non-whiskey drinkers, or specifically to women, who are assumed not to enjoy straight whiskey. However, this spirit defies those concepts. Instead, the idea was to produce a product that would appeal to all drinkers - those who want something easily quaffable, but also refreshing and surprisingly nuanced. Their message is that if there’s a party somewhere, this is what to bring to it because it’s so universally pleasing. The whiskey’s placement in the marketplace has another benefit during the holidays: Not everyone wants to drink wine or beer during seasonal celebrations. However, a bottle of Old Camp Peach Pecan whiskey not only comes at around the same price point as a decent bottle of wine (around $20), it satisfies the palates of drinkers who want to imbibe, but feel left out of the celebration. A little on the rocks and everyone is happy, or add it to seasonal punches and cocktails. A Q & A with the band expands upon the concept of the product’s convivial appeal and provides some insight about the inspiration for the brand:


BIN: What's your relationship with whiskey?

BRIAN KELLEY: We love to have a good time and we love whiskey, always have. Tyler Hubbard: Whiskey has been a part of our pre-show ritual since we started touring in BK’s Tahoe, toasting and celebrating with our crew before taking the stage.

turned out smooth and sweet, which is perfect for the non-whiskey drinker too!

BIN: How long did it take to perfect the flavor?

BK: It took us about a year of sampling to get it just right! BIN: If someone is drinking whiskey, it

BIN: Who or what is "old camp”? TH: ’Old Camp' is a smooth peach pecan flavored Whiskey we created as the ultimate drink to get the party started! It’s also the name of our crew that surrounds us – from our roadies, to management, to friends – our camp is like our extended family.

suggests a different set of flavor standards than if that person was holding a can of beer, or say, vodka. The Internet is filled with theories about what someone's beverage of choice says about them. How would you describe those who enjoy, or in your opinion, the audience for old camp whiskey?

whiskey game?

BK: The cool thing about Old Camp is that it appeals to everyone with its smoothness and sweet flavor.

BK: We are always challenging ourselves

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to do things differently. Whiskey is another way for us to get creative and for our fans to get the party going!

yourselves from delving into this new industry?

BIN: Why did you choose to get in the

TH: Just like with any business, the BIN: Were you big whiskey fanatics before you decided to start your own line?

TH: You could say we have taste tested a bit… Seriously, we have always loved whiskey and it has been a part of our preshow ritual since we started touring.

team you surround yourself with is very important. We have been fortunate enough to partner with some of the most amazing folks in the whiskey industry that we have been able to learn from and helped us create our vision for Old Camp!

BIN: Any plans for what's next? Do you BIN: Tell us about the flavor and how it

have another dream project?

came about.

TH: We have a straight whiskey in the TH: We wanted our whiskey to taste like home, so for us that was mixing a little of our roots with the Georgia peach and Florida pecans. Both of us had peach or pecan trees growing in our back yards. It

works that will be released before the end of the year and there will probably be more to come! Cheers, fellas!

OLD CAMP HARVEST SOUR 1oz Old Camp Peach Pecan Whiskey 1oz 100 Proof Applejack .75oz Fresh Lemon .5oz Local Honey Syrup* In a mixing tin pour in Whiskey, Applejack, Lemon and Honey. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with dried fall flowers. *Honey Syrup: Add 1 cup local honey and 1 cup hot water in a bowl and stir until mixed well. Cover and place on counter to cool, roughly 20min. Drink by Jon Howard Photo by Angelina Melody


WHAT LEAVING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO CHANCE TASTES LIKE At Courvoisier®, we obsess over every detail. From the growers we collaborate with, to the oak barrel staves where the spirits are aged, to the art of fusing these spirits into a consistent and harmonious blend. It’s not easy. But it’s worth every carefully calibrated moment.

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STRANAHAN'S ROCKY MOUNTAIN SINGLE MALT WHISKEY IS PAVING THE WAY FOR A NEW, OFFICIAL AMERICAN SPIRITS CATEGORY By Amanda Schuster A decade ago, the notion of single malt whisky was generally associated with Scotch. However, a whisky boom was then well on its way to thundering into the mainstream. Now say “single malt” and it raises a legitimate question of provenance - is it from Scotland? Ireland? Japan? Of course, it could even be from the U.S. The rise of craft whiskey has brought with it many new styles previously unheard of in this country, from unlikely places, including single malt from Colorado. Thanks to brands like Stranahan’s, these whiskeys not only exist, but are appreciated by a widening customer base. Now it’s time to make the American Single Malt category official, and Stranahan’s Rocky Mountain Single Malt is leading the charge, producing the best selling American whiskey made in the single malt style. 18 BIN 2016

In whiskey as in most of life, the best stories always start with a fire. This one begins in 1998 when volunteer firefighter Jess Graber responded to a call to quench one at a neighbor’s barn down the road. The barn happened to belong to George Stranahan, a philanthropist, rancher, beer brewer and whiskey aficionado. As the embers cooled, the two bonded over a shared enthusiasm for whiskey. Before long, they found themselves opening Colorado’s first micro distillery in downtown Denver, with the first release matured for bottling in 2006. The distillery is now overseen by Rob Dietrich, who joined the team in 2006 and was mentored by Graber. Dietrich stays true to the original Stranahan’s recipe, and also developed the Diamond Peak and Snowflake editions. He is also heavily involved in the efforts to have the TTB recognize American Single Malt as an official category just as it is for bourbon and rye. Here’s a recent interview with Dietrich about Stranahan’s and the burgeoning ASM category. Beverage Industry News: Stranahan’s was conceived at a time when the whiskey

boom was just on the cusp. What inspired the decision to make an American single malt, especially one out of 100% malted barley? Rob Dietrich: Our founder, Jess Graber really likes to chalk it up to “happenstance” that he happened to meet the right people at the right time. In fact, he often says, “The combination of coming up with an American single malt and a barley whiskey, and it being the first in Colorado – well, as one would say to a policeman, ‘It seemed like a good idea at the time, Officer.’” But really the decision came when Jess was collaborating with George Stranahan, who owned Flying Dog Brewery back when it was in Colorado. The original experiment was from the beer leftover from the brewery that consisted completely of barley and the idea developed from there. The idea to distill a spirit from the beer and cut with Rocky Mountain spring water was what eventually became Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. BIN: Can you comment on any progress that’s been made with the TTB to recognize American Single Malt as a whiskey category?


Rob Dietrich, Master Distiller

RD: At the moment we are just waiting on a decision. As part of the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission (http://www. americansinglemaltwhiskey.org), we feel we have done our job to provide a strong enough argument as to why our category deserves to be recognized. Now, as the largest American Single Malt, our job is to keep educating the masses and the trade on what an American single malt whiskey is, and the nuances between them.

BIN: The idea of an American Single Malt can be a little confusing because single distilleries producing 100% rye or wheat could in effect be classified as a single malt, but they aren’t. Can you explain what differentiates ASM from others?

RD: The great thing about American single malts is that our rules aren’t as constrictive as other countries’ single malts, and that really is what makes us American, because we came here as pioneers and made our own rules. The primary rules of American single malt whiskey as defined by the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission is this: - Made from 100% malted barley (so it can’t be from rye or wheat)

- Distilled entirely at one distillery in America - Matured in oak casks no more than 700 liters - Distilled to no more than 80% ABV - Bottled at 80 proof or higher

don’t place an age statement on our labels. Because the Scotch industry uses old barrels, that’s why it’s so important for the industry to declare an age statement because it takes longer for Scotch whisky to pull all the flavors from a used barrel.

BIN: What was the inspiration for

BIN: It’s been said Scotch and other

the final recipe chosen for the flagship whiskey? Why use new oak as opposed to refill casks as is most commonly practiced with other single malts?

global single malts are best enjoyed with a couple of drops of water to open them up. What is the optimal serving suggestion for Stranahan’s?

RD: The final recipe for the flagship

RD: I really do love just drinking a glass of Stranahan’s neat, but my favorite mixer is ice! I am a bit of a purist when it comes to drinking whiskey, as I love to nose and taste the nuances of a great whiskey. So I would say the optimal serving suggestion is over ice, and when tasting the nuances of a whiskey, a few drops of water will open it up nicely and allow the whiskey to bloom.

whiskey was really just a matter of trial and tasting and falling in love with the flavor profile. We use new American white oak barrels with a #3 char, and the reason for this is because we get the most flavor out of the barrels. I like to use the analogy of making a cup of tea using a new tea bag and cup of hot water. From the first steep, you get lots of color, flavor and caffeine. If you take the same tea bag and place it in another cup of hot water, you’ll still get color, flavor and caffeine but it will just take longer to get extracted. Much like using a new vs. a used barrel, this is why we use new barrels and we


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HI-TIME WINE CELLARS: CALIFORNIA RETAILER OF THE YEAR By Amanda Schuster

If you watched any of this past season of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, you would have witnessed the imagined invention of online shopping. There was an ominous feeling when characters struggled with the idea of the average person having the ability to access almost anything from their home computer, knowing full well their business would serve to bring down the era of human interaction. Of course, they go forward with the plan anyway. Now in 2016, it’s hard to imagine a time when we couldn’t buy everything online, even wine and spirits. Though residual policies from the fallout of Prohibition still exist and curtail a certain amount of online alcohol sales depending on individual state laws, many customers have the ability to purchase the bulk of their booze on the internet, and tend 24 BIN 2016

to buy their liquor the analog way only when there is a more immediate need. It is now the exception rather than the rule that a friendly, independent brick and mortar store exists in this landscape, and when they do, it’s a challenge to retain a loyal clientele. Beverage Industry News California Retailer of the Year, Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, Ca., will celebrate its 60th year as a family-owned business in 2017, and has been one of the most cherished of these institutions, and for good reason. The store was founded in 1957 by Fritz Hanson and has been managed by the same family since the beginning, with Hanson’s daughter, Diana Hirst, handling the majority of the business along with siblings Don and Keith Hanson. Their

other sibling, Lynda Hanson, though not directly involved with the family operation these days is still in the industry, as an associate winemaker at Hanzell Vineyards in Sonoma. As children, the Hanson siblings grew up around the store and were already pitching in to help on weekends. Oddly enough, Fritz and the store’s co-founder, his brother-in-law Jim McVay, were visionary enough to see the future of wine and include it in the store’s inventory, the truth is that they didn’t start out to create a wine business. It just sort of evolved from an opportunity and a piece of land. Fritz’s Alaska born father had found success in the fishing business, and Fritz although he was already in the construction business with his brothers,


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seemed to be on a very different path. Hirst explains in a previous article given to BIN from 2012, “My grandfather was a fisherman, born in Alaska, who had his own boat and did salmon and halibut fishing up there before he moved to California for the warm weather. My father and his brothers worked in the construction business and my grandfather owned a really nice corner of land they wanted to build a business on. They wanted to start a business and thought it [the grocery business] was a good business to go into and that it might do well on that corner. They had no retail experience.” The grocery ended up becoming very successful, and from there, Hanson and McVay began their wine education, hoping to offer something more upscale than the jug wines in their inventory. Fritz’s brother Chuck Hanson, who already had a passion for wine, joined the team to become its wine buyer. Since so few liquor stores existed at the time, and none with a real emphasis on wine knowledge, it made 26 BIN 2016

sense to let the wine part of the equation take over and become a full-fledged wine business. The space is quite different now than it was in the old days when it was located at 17th and Irvine. They have been established in their current location on Ogle Street since 1984 and recently underwent a state-of-the-art expansion to over 22,000 square feet which includes a walk-in beer cooler, and self-service robotic sampling machines which pour one ounce to full glasses of wine from a rotating selection (the wines featured in the store newsletter usually match what is in the machines). The “cellar” in HiTime Cellars, is a 3,000 square foot, twofloor, temperature controlled underground space. A high tech wine storage facility such as this one feels like a Jetsons-eque, futuristic fantasy compared to what was envisioned for the first, initial store at a time when having a cellar in the first place was a radical concept. It was an

idea that came to fruition because Harold Hanson, one of the founding brothers, (who was the store manager for 40 years), had seen the cave-like underground wine vaults in Europe during the Korean War while stationed in Germany. In order to fill that early, initial cellar, wine tasting and research into storage ideas was done in what was then the burgeoning local wine country, with visits to pioneering wineries like Mondavi, August Sebastiani and Inglenook. The Hansons were impressed that these winemakers were so friendly and outgoing, and willing to share their passion. These early expeditions created lasting relationships between the Hansons and the California vintners, and also inspired an enthusiasm and depth of knowledge that gets passed on to store customers. From its earliest inception as a wine store, there has always been some form of a tasting bar, something almost unheard of back in the day, certainly in Orange


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County. Now free tastings with a rotating roster of wine and spirits brands and producers occur every week. In addition, tastings curated by the store are held in the downstairs wine bar where the robot sample machines are also located, with $10 - $50 flights of varying wine and beer selections poured (by real live people) for the public. The key to the longstanding success of Hi-Time could well be attributed to its emphasis on the staff education that came about from those early wine exploration days and continues under the leadership of Hirst. The crew is more highly trained now than ever before, with ongoing in store education sessions in all categories of liquor inventory from beer to wine to spirits, during which staff members are encouraged to take notes and ask questions. Many of them progress to outside classes for certifications, and quite a number of Hi-Time alums have gone on to prestigious, certified careers in the industry. How many of us have wandered into a liquor store and came away disappointed because the staff there didn’t possess proper appropriate customer service skills, let alone an in depth knowledge of the inventory? Hirst ensures that one of the first tools staffers learn is how to assist a customer with a sale, and it’s all about these basic three questions: 1. Is the item for you, or is it a gift? 2. How much do you want to spend? 3. What do you (or the gift recipient) like to drink (i.e. what type of wine, single malts, tequila, etc.)?

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Although seemingly simple enough however, these questions then have a way of leading into the more complicated task of pinpointing the desired item. The faculty can determine if a customer prefers a smokier scotch, a more fruity wine, a hoppier beer and so on in the right price range. It’s a straightforward interaction, yet many operations often get these simple details wrong, and oftentimes don’t seem to care if they do. The staff also offers classes to the public, held a couple of times a month at a cost of approximately $20, involving wine regions or a specific wine category. In order to teach the class, given the staff member teaching the session is already well versed on the subject, Hirst certifies that the staffer is required to study up and refresh beforehand.


Dave Danni, an account specialist with Young’s Market Company, provided some insight into the type of sales trending at the store currently. Craft beer became a popular conversation between staff and customers because of the difference in techniques and ingredients from corporate beer - it was something to really “nerd out on”. That movement opened up the category of craft spirits since they share so many similarities. In line with the rest of the marketplace, bourbon has been the hottest category for the past 5 - 6 years. Of particular interest to a California clientele near wine country are those finished in wine barrels, which is fast becoming popular with craft whiskey. In the same vein, he has also noticed a surge in rum sales. “It’s come a long way from ‘just drink me with juice’ to something customers 30 BIN 2016

want to take their time to sip.” These too are becoming popular with those looking for wine finishes, especially with port and sherry casks. Danni also noted that Irish whiskey has grown from one of the smallest categories to one with some of the most growth potential, particularly with the new crop of independent distilleries rising out of a time when there were only two main corporations in charge of all the available whiskey brands. Irish whiskey has an added appeal with customers who want “scotch without the smoke.” Special barrel finishes on selections from indie brands such as Teeling also strike that “wine-y” chord with the local California consumer. As for wine itself, which still accounts for over 60% of the store’s sales, “Cab is still

king in California, of course.” However, Danni sees those from Rhône becoming as popular as Malbec has been, and white Burgundy gaining on local Chardonnay. The staff is directly involved in the selection of the store’s featured Wine of the Month and its Secondary Wine of the Month. They taste through a range of wines together, discuss them, and then if the juice makes the cut, decide its retail price. What has declined recently is sales of flavored vodka, which is being abandoned for higher quality liqueurs and cordials with the rise of the cocktail movement. Danni mentions that a “certain local healthconscious audience who still like to drink is enamored with the ever growing digestif and apéritif selection at the store. They’ve


learned that these liqueurs are made with natural herbs and ingredients, which ties into the whole concept of drinking healthier as well as eating healthier. People were drinking vodka because they thought it had fewer calories. Calories don’t seem to be an issue anymore as much as what else is in there.”

also sell cigars and grocery items with an emphasis on quality chocolates and cheeses. This variety means that though Hi-Time strives to elevate smaller labels, alongside them, customers will find the big name brands they’re searching for there as well, with prices ranging anywhere from $5 to the thousands.

Since so many people now enjoy mixing their own cocktails at home, the store hopes to include cocktail recipes that will also be part of the in-store shelf-talkers to inspire home bartending (it helps the store also sells gourmet mixers and sodas to go in those cocktails). In fact, although the store focuses on its human customer service, internet sales still account for 10 15% of the business, and to keep customers revisiting the site, they’ve started a wine blog.

In addition to being one of the most comprehensively stocked stores in the vicinity, Hi-Time also has a penchant for supporting the community. Hirst says, “We donate to many local businesses, eg., schools, churches, charities. Our local customers make an effort to support us and we like to try and give back in the same way. I always strive to support local businesses because that is simply what we are; a local business, providing a service to the community.”

Apart from customer service, another important factor in the store’s continued success is its wide selection. Orange County is rife with convenient stores and discount shopping. However, as Hirst explained in a recent interview, a store like Costco isn’t going to keep a few thousand wine and spirits SKUS, plus 2,000 for beer in its available inventory. If something can’t be located in a store, chances are likely it can be purchased at Hi-Time, who incidentally

She concludes, “People like the fact that we are not just another chain store. We’re an independent store where they’re likely to find something a little different. You could be anywhere, any city, and see the same stores, whether in Southern California, Denver, or Chicago, and it’s always charming to find a local business. A good rule of thumb is to customarily support your local business.” Hi-Time is the consummate model of how to

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maintain a business that is massive in terms of physical size, yet communicates a personalized, friendly experience to its customers. Although such an available huge selection can cause one to spend a great deal more money than initially intended: Walk in looking for a simple bottle of Prosecco to bring along to a party and you may also end up with a cognac, chocolate truffles, a premium olive oil, a unique eagerly anticipated seasonal item, or perhaps, a taste of an unfiltered apple cider that most definitely has to go in that shopping basket as well! Still, isn’t that much more fun than tapping on the keys of your computer at home in your pajamas with nothing to sip on?


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CIDER RULES?

Nearly all cider is a blend of apple varieties—and other flavor elements can be introduced; colors and styles can vary widely. Seen here, a flight at Stem Ciders in Denver. And a trio of offerings from 101 Cider House, which include quince and cactus pear.

The good news item might aid that growth. In December 2015 the CIDER (Cider Industry Deserves Equal Regulation) Act was appended to a federal tax bill and will go into effect at the end of 2016. The Act effectively recognizes cider as distinct from wine (and beer) and adapts federal taxes to more realistically suit the beverage; excise taxes now increase only over 8.5% alcohol rather

A NEW LAW HELPS SET CIDER APART FROM WINE AND BEER. ARE CONSUMERS ON BOARD? BY JIM CLARKE

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ider had a good news, bad news year in 2015. On the downside, Cider’s astonishing growth – 90% in 2012, 89% in 2013, 71% in 2014, according to Nielsen – has hit the brakes, reduced to a modest 10.8% in 2015. It even dipped in the last quarter of the year, dropping 4.6% compared to the same period in 2014. However, many in the industry are unconcerned. “The big brands are not effective indicators for all of the industry,” says Mark McTavish, President of importer Half Pint Ciders, and others concur that craft 42 BIN 2016

and artisanal import ciders are still seeing vibrant sales – in Half Pint’s case, up 250% for the past eight quarters. At the same time, a Nielsen Mark CGA joint venture report comMcTavish, paring the British and U.S. onpresident of Half Pint Ciders, premise markets suggests cider specializing in craft and imports. has not yet fulfilled its potential here. According to the report, Cider makes up 12.3% of the cider/beer sales in the U.K., but only 1.8% in the U.S.. And despite the slackening pace, it’s still growing six times as fast Stateside as it is in the U.K..


Eric Foster, co-founder and CEO of Stem Ciders, and their Tap Room, replete with food truck.

than 7%, and ciders with higher levels of carbonation will no longer be taxed at Champagne rates. “I am very happy about the Cider Act and the freedom that it will grant U.S. cidermakers moving forward,” says Eric Foster, Co-founder and CEO at Stem Ciders in Denver. However, Foster and others are disappointed that cider remains very broadly defined. “We at Stem do our best to highlight the ingredients in our ciders. Unfortunately, the category is full of highly manipulated beverages masking themselves as cider. It’s not the size of the cidery, it’s how it’s made.” While that can be addressed in part through legislation, “We [the cider industry] have not done a good job classifying cider for the consumer. The consumer is starting to pay attention to ingredients and how ingredients are transformed into cider.” Brian Rutzen, Cider Director at the Northman, Chicago’s first ciderpub, agrees. “There’s still lots of education to be done.” Despite cider’s long association with craft beer, both Rutzen and Foster look to wine as a model. “I list it geographically, like a wine list.” Ciders from a particular region may share similar characteristics, as in wine, and varietal listings don’t make sense. “95% or more ciders are blends; no one apple variety has enough sugar, enough tannin, and enough acid to make a well-balanced cider.” That said, most producers are still happy to employ some of craft beer’s techniques and creativity; Rutzen has

“If cider were a craft beer category, it would be second only to IPAs in sales.”

featured dry-hopped ciders, barrel–aged ciders like Sietsema’a KBS Dry-aged Cider, which sees time in used Bourbon barrels, and spiced ciders like Blake’s El Chavo Mango Habanero Cider. Ciders incorporating other fruits are the fastest growing example, both in mass-market brands and in the farmhouse producers; even Aspall, a traditional British cidery, uses blackberry juice in their Peronelle’s Blush Cider. McTavish feels the premium ciders need to distinguish themselves from what he calls “impostors,” that don’t work with fresh juice and rely too much on adjuncts

and sugar for flavor. “Cider impostors are doing the same thing that wine coolers did to the wine world.” He feels younger cider drinkers embrace these ciders for their sweetness at first but then get sick of it and dismiss cider out-of-hand before learning about higher-quality examples, creating a 5-7 year boom-and-bust cycle, a pattern he says goes back to 1990. That’s one reason the slowdown in growth doesn’t tell the whole story. “You have to look at craft for the real growth, not at the big brands.” In any case, slowing growth is all relative. If cider were a craft beer category, it would be second only to IPAs in sales. In effect, the cider market has caught up with beer. “Craft cider is still going through the roof,” says Foster. “The speed with which mass market products slowed and craft increased just happened so much faster than craft beer.” n 2016 BIN 43


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SAN GABRIEL VALLEY WAREHOUSE & STORAGE FITS ALL SIZES BIG AND SMALL One of the most unsung facets of the beverage industry is what goes on behind the scenes in warehousing, storage, packaging and distribution. The bottles don’t just walk to store shelves, bars and restaurants by themselves, after all. Someone has to be responsible for receiving the products, storing them, packing them and making sure they reach their destinations. San Gabriel Valley Warehouse & Storage has been a reliable service center for those purposes since 1998. This full-service company was created to service the needs of both the large corporate distillers and small craft beverage companies. Major importers and brands use SGVW as a reliable point of sale (POS) packing, shipping and warehouse facility to ensure proper management of their valuable POS. The operation also manages another oftenlooked-over aspect of distribution - gift sets. They work with major distillers on all aspects of co-packing to best present the materials for seasonal sales and promotions. Once the design is realized, they make sure the packs are properly and efficiently put together. SGVW also handles much needed service areas like tray cutting, stretch wrapping and 46 BIN 2016

corner guarding. This attention to detail provides the highest satisfaction for their customers, and ensures the products are well represented on shelves throughout the country. What sets SGVW apart from other similar businesses is their commitment to working with small brands to help them grow. SGVW serves as a brand incubator for new labels and imports who are hoping to break into new markets and need some assistance getting started. From importing and label approval to wholesale distribution SGVW works closely with distillers, importers, and brand owners to assist with product development. They advise how to best reach their key audiences in the beginning stages where exposure is integral to building their reputation. One of the most important ways SGVW helps small labels who are without formal distribution achieve their goals is by providing a legal means to store and ship products to wholesale and retail accounts both in California and throughout the country. This enables product placement in bars, restaurants and retail locations where these products are seen by larger distributors looking to

expand their portfolios. It’s a real problemsolver for craft distillers and boutique importers angling for expansion into the California marketplace and beyond. Of course, none of this would be possible if the location wasn’t safe and reliable. Nothing is more frustrating than poor organization, which is why SGVW pays careful attention to its documentation structure. To protect the products, they use a state-of-the-art security system, which includes surveillance camera monitoring to prevent theft. Says SGVW’s Nick Capriccio: “Through our parent company, Garvey Wholesale Beverage, our family has been in the beverage industry for fifty years. This experience has helped us learn the very specific needs of the industry for both large distillers and craft brand startups. San Gabriel Valley Warehouse was created as a solution for those needs, and to help solve any problems that may arise.” For further information, please visit: www.sangabrielbeveragegroup.com


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BRAND PROFILE

TOKI TAKES ALL A MOLD-BREAKING JAPANESE WHISKY FROM THE HOUSE OF SUNTORY IS BORN BY KRISTEN BIELER

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ardner Dunn recalls a time when no one had heard of Japanese whisky. “I struggled to get listings on menus,” recalls the Senior Brand Ambassador for Beam Suntory’s Japanese Whiskies. “Retailers were stocking them in their saké section and beverage directors were asking me if Japanese whisky was made out of rice.” Shockingly, this is no distant memory: In a mere handful of years, the Japanese whisky category has exploded with a consumer appetite so fervent that stocks are rapidly depleted and nearly every expression is allocated. Enter Suntory Whisky Toki. The unconventional blend from the House of Suntory is a break with tradition—a combination of stocks from the company’s three distinct distilleries, and an unusual mix of grain and malt.

An unconventional blend, Toki is versatile and complex—and makes a great Highball.

Which all translates into a whisky that is accessibly priced (SRP $39.99), is terrifically mixable and, best of all, widely available. “We spent five years creating Toki. We must have sampled 30 versions before arriving at the final product,” says Dunn. “Our goal was to craft a very approachable, versatile whisky that’s delicious on its own, but also makes a great Highball.” Launched specifically for the U.S. and Canada markets, Toki is blended specifically to hold up perfectly in highball cocktails, similar to Suntory’s wildly successful blended whisky, Kakubin, which is a back bar staple in Japan.

Reimagining the Blend House of Suntory’s fourth Chief Blender, Shinji Fukuyo, crafts Toki from a seemingly disparate mix of whiskies. The Yamazaki Distillery imparts “big bold flavors of sherry-cask aged whisky, with hints of cherry and tobacco,” describes Dunn, while the famed Hakushu Distillery’s lightly peated whisky contributes complexity and depth. The most unique component might be the American oak-

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aged Chita Single Grain whisky which Fukuyo adds to bring silkiness and subtle vanilla sweetness. “They seem like wildly different components, but come together in a whisky that is fresh and complex, with green apple and grapefruit notes,” Dunn explains. Only a few months in the market, Toki has become a vehicle for promoting Highball culture—the simple, stylish go-to cocktail in Japan. Dunn believes Highball could catch on similarly in the U.S. and has been traversing the country promoting it with mixologists. “The way you make a Highball is so important—the right glassware, whisky, the ice, and highcarbonated soda water. Toki makes a great Highball, we find it really holds up in the drink.” Dunn has another reason to rejoice at Toki’s success, as a consumer himself: “We have a policy within Suntory that employees can’t drink age statement whiskies because we want to save them for our consumers. It’s been really wonderful to see Japanese whisky emerge as a successful category.” ■


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Suntory Whisky Toki™ Japanese Whisky, 43% Alc./Vol. ©2016 Beam Suntory Import Co., Deerfield, IL.

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ST R POWER

Clockwise: Drew Barrymore’s (top) wine is produced by Jackson Family Wines; Kiwi actor Sam Neill started his Two Paddock wines back in 1993; he has long been an advocate for all New Zealand wines, not just his own; With big operations in both Napa and Sonoma, Francis Ford Coppola may someday be better known for his wines than his films; Following his final game as a Yankee, Alex Rodriguez celebrated his retirement with a 12-liter bottle of Jay-Z’s Champagne, Armand de Brignac.

WHY FIGHT IT? CELEBRITY WINES CAN HAVE POWERFUL FAN APPEAL BY W. BLAKE GRAY

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n the 1960s, celebrities like Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner released record albums. Today, they make wines. And while the vinyl boomlet faded rather quickly, the parade of celebri-fied wines continues to proliferate. Death metal singers, senators, quarterbacks…they’ve all got wines. Some are more about the fan base than about vineyards, but as long as they sell, that’s just fine. The trick is that there are now so many. Nobody is going to stock them all. Even if you do stock several, grouping them might invite shoppers to question their vinous merits. Indeed, celebrity has become so elastic in meaning, it’s not even a given that all (or even most) of your customers will recognize a wine’s pop-culture pedigree. To borrow a phrase from Hollywood, there is no script to help figure out which star-powered wines belong on your shelves. Practically speaking, however, three elements should be accounted for to make sure the ones you carry do move:

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The wine should taste good and fit pricewise among peer wines A shelf talker can make it easy as a Sideways glance for shoppers to recognize the celebrity context Even if your staff are not fans of a celebrity, they should know what type of fan base they have, so they can steer customers accordingly. Below (listed alphabetically) are some celebrities and celebrity wines you should know about:

MARIO ANDRETTI: Co-Owns Andretti Winery, Napa Valley The race car driver founded this winery in 1996 and has a big tasting room in Napa. The wines are fairly widely distributed but are surprisingly low profile.


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ANTONIO BANDERAS: Co-Owns Anta Banderas, Ribera del Duero The winery tripled its production, to 2 million bottles, after the actor invested in it in 2009. Make of that what you will.

DREW BARRYMORE: Face of Barrymore wines made by Jackson Family Wines Drew Barrymore is the pretty face of three wines made in partnership with Jackson Family Wines’ brand Carmel Road, including Drew’s Blend Pinot Noir and a Barrymore by Carmel Road Pinot Grigio. There’s also a Rosé of Pinot Noir that sold out quickly; look for more in April.

DREW BLEDSOE: Co-Owner of Doubleback wines, Washington The retired football player founded Doubleback with Leonetti winemaker Chris Figgins, but Doubleback has its own winemaker now. Bledsoe seems fairly involved on the business end. The big Bordeaux reds are well-regarded.

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA: Owner, Coppola and Rubicon Estate The Godfather director is one of the most involved wine celebrities, and the most ambitious and visionary of all, from restoring Inglenook to its former glory in Napa Valley to establishing,

in Sonoma County, the only winery in America with a swimming pool and cabanas for visitors. Some day he might be better known for the wines than the movies. If you haven’t tried the Coppola brand wines in a while, you might be impressed.

MIKE DITKA: Face of Mike Ditka Wines, Mendocino County Ditka has his face on restaurants, steaks, sausages and cigars as well as these wines made by Terlato Wines. If you’re reading this in Chicago you already knew that. He’s big in the Windy City, but wellknown coast to coast by football fans.

E-40: Front man, Earl Stevens Wines, California In 2014 these slightly high-priced wines (Moscato-fruit blends in the $18 retail range) sold out of the initial 15,000case production. The hiphop artist sits in the front row for a lot of Golden State Warriors games, which will enhance his visibility this winter.

ERNIE ELS: Founder of Ernie Els Wines, South Africa The golfer’s winery is a popular visit for visitors to Stellenbosch. He owns vineyards and his overall production is big enough to make the wines widely available here. I have a question, though, about his (and Greg Norman’s and Nick Faldo’s and Arnold Palmer’s) wine: since golf’s fan base has the perfect demographics for luxury products, why are all of their wines basically entry level?

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ith social media making pop culture churn faster than ever, the definition of celebrity is changing. People over 30 can probably not even name a “DJ,” yet up-and-coming Australian DJ Anna Lunoe (above) is exactly who Freixenet turned to when looking to give their Segura Viudas line some fresh star appeal for Millennials. Her new track “Sip It” incorporates (literally) the sounds of Cava, and an accompanying video music video, to be showcased as part of their “Open Up” campaign, showcases the brand collaboration. Lunoe will be attending and executing events with Segura Viudas throughout the year.

FERGIE: Co-Owner, Ferguson Crest, Santa Barbara County The upside is the singer’s wines are made by Joey Tensley, one of Robert Parker’s favorite winemakers in Santa Barbara County. The downsides are that even though her father owns land in the county, the wine is made from bulk fruit, plus they’re expensive. The audience for them might depend on how well her latest album “M.I.L.F.$” rejuvenates her career.

JEFF GORDON: Owner, Jeff Gordon Cellars, Napa Valley Made by lesser-known Napa winery August Briggs, the wines have a fairly high price point that seems at odds with the driver’s NASCAR fan base. 2016 BIN 53


ABOVE: Julie & Damon Huard with Claire & Dan Marino; formerly teammates in the NFL, the men now team up making Passing Time, a Napa Valley Cabernet. RIGHT: Popular musician Dave Matthews and Constellation Brands winemaker Sean McKenzie.

WAYNE GRETZKY: Wayne Gretzky Estates, Ontario/California The “Great One” has an estate winery in his native Ontario, but he has released “No. 99,” an entry-level tier made from California Central Coast fruit. A serious wine businessman north of the border, but below it seems like he’s just cashing in.

TERRY HOAGE: Owner, Terry Hoage Vineyards, Paso Robles Not the most famous wine celebrity, but one who really gets his hands dirty. After 13 seasons in the NFL, Hoage bought land in Paso Robles and farms it himself, and also makes the wines, which are pretty good. The cult winery Saxum, owned by his winemaking mentor Justin Smith, also makes some excellent wines from Hoage’s vineyard. JAY-Z: Owner, Armand de Brignac, Champagne The rap impresario announced in July he will change the marketing of this very

expensive Champagne in a metal bottle to get away from nightclubs and bring it into wider distribution.

MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN: Owner, Caduceus Cellars, Arizona Like Terry Hoage, the lead singer of Tool is hands-on, farming and making the wines himself. He’d probably have better luck if he was in California instead of Arizona, but the wines sell well because Tool is still more popular than you probably realize.

KYLE MACLACHLAN: Co-Owner, Pursued by Bear Wine, Washington The Twin Peaks star has been collaborating with Dunham Cellars for relatively pricey red wines for several years. This year, he might be onto something by offering an expensive rosé just as that is emerging as a category where people will pay a celebrity premium. Keep an eye on this with a Twin Peaks remake scheduled to debut next year.

DAN MARINO & DAMON HUARD: Co-Owners, Passing

CBS Sports lead broadcaster Jim Nantz with Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits CEO Peter Deutsch.

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Time Wine, Washington Marino is collaborating with his former backup quarterback Damon Huard on this, but the more important name is winemaker Chris Peterson, formerly of DeLille Cellars and currently at Avennia. One of the best high-end celebrity wines.

DAVE MATTHEWS, Face of The Dreaming Tree, California Dave Matthews owns Blenheim Vineyards, near Charlottesville, VA, and with Constellation, he is the name and face behind The Dreaming Tree (named after one of the Dave Matthews Band’s most beloved songs). It is a green-minded portfolio of four $15 varietal California wines and a red blend called “Crush.”

JIM NANTZ: Co-Owner, The Calling, Sonoma County One of the oddest celebrity wines is potentially one you’ll see the most of. Jim Nantz is a sports announcer, seemingly not a star with the wattage of Madonna or Dave Matthews, who also have wines. But Nantz is in collaboration with Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, the people who put Yellow Tail on the map. The wines are made from quality fruit from vineyards like Dutton Ranch and by good winemakers like Dan Goldfield of Dutton-Goldfield. SAM NEILL: Owner, Two Paddocks, New Zealand The actor who once played the Antichrist has been an angel in Central Otago, setting up an organic vineyard for terroir-driven wines and serving as a face for the whole region. He’s not involved on the winemaking side, but he has been crucial in setting the business philosophy.


NEW BOLD DESIGN, SAME AWARD-WINNING SPIRIT Train’s song “Save Me, San Francisco” is also the title of their recentlylaunched wine company, which aims to connect with the band’s extensive fan base, as well as a broader network of wine and music lovers. They currently have seven wines on the market, each named for a song title or reference, like their Drops of Jupiter California Red Wine, or their Soul Sister Pinot Noir. Known for their philanthropic efforts, Jimmy Stafford and Train are donating all proceeds from their wine sales to the Family House organization in the San Francisco Bay Area.

BRAD PITT AND ANGELINA JOLIE Owners, Château Miravel, France This was one romantic success story, what with Miraval being the place “Brangelina” married, and with the new owners humbly represented as Jolie-Pitt Cellars on the bask label. Classic dry character netted the wine 90 points, and a combination of publicity and distribution put it right at the top of the class among Provence stars. Will the star fade with Brad and Angie splitting up? Stay tuned.

TOM SEAVER: Owner, Seaver Family Vineyards, Napa Valley A small-production Cabernet from Diamond Mountain with Thomas Rivers Brown as winemaker. Robert Parker wrote, “Here’s a celebrity wine that definitely matches the brilliance of the celebrity himself.” Super-high priced, though, so it’s not likely you’ll see much of it.

STING: Owner, Tenuta il Palagio, Italy Sting and his wife bought a run-down Tuscan estate and rebuilt it, hiring biodynamic guru Alan York as a consultant. The wines are named after his songs and the labels are cool. It’s a serious effort. TRAIN: Voice of Save Me San Francisco, California

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Guitarist Jimmy Stafford apparently approves the final blend of these wines made by The Wine Group. Train has sold more than 10 million albums; the band’s popularity has gotten the wine in restaurants like the Hard Rock Cafe.

CHARLES WOODSON: Owner, Charles Woodson and Twenty Four, Napa The retired NFL player is very involved in choosing the blends for his wines. Downside: spent his whole career with the Raiders and Packers, whose fan bases aren’t known as luxury lovers, and the wines aren’t cheap.

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EXPERIENCE DESMADRE TEQUILA

Marcos Estrada, Brand Ambassador, DesMaDre Tequila; Bryant Orozco, Mixologist and Marcos Higareda, Founder/Owner, DesMaDre Tequila

DesMaDre Premium Tequila is handcrafted from the finest 100% blue weber agaves from the Los Altos region of Jalisco, and distilled at NOM 1519 Purisima del Rincon, “The Pure Corner” in Guanajuato. In just a veritable short period of time, DesMaDre Tequila has garnered rave reviews and is quickly capturing the hearts and pallets of tequila aficionados from coast to coast. It should come as to no surprise the precise grand quality of the DesMaDre Premium Portfolio, as Casa Ramirez, NOM 1519, is legendary in producing true authentic handcrafted tequila that reflects their passion and dedication to the art of distilling. Prior to the introduction of DesMaDre Tequila, Casa Ramirez achieved great success with the DeLeón Tequila brand, which eventually sold to Diageo and P Diddy. In a quest to produce their highest quality

tasting tequila to date, the Ramirez Family explored the original roots of the DeLeón formula for inspiration and crafted the DesMaDre Premium Tequila Portfolio, which is a masterpiece in its own right. DesMaDre Premium Tequila is smooth, flavorful and perfect for sipping and also incorporates cutting edge mixology to create cocktails such as: El Jefe, Beso Mexicano, El Humilde, and the very popular "El Perdon", which is made with "DesMaDre Tequila" and "Araceli Marigold Liqueur".

and Mirabelle (yellow pear); on the palate, subtle agave notes with light white pepper, very balanced and clean, light pleasant burn with a long finish.

REPOSADO - 40% is rested 8 months in Bourbon barrels, has a mild and sweet bouquet, with rich vanilla and nutty overtones, and quite a spicy yet perfectly balanced finish. Rich golden amber color.

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ANEJO - 40% is aged 15 months in Bourbon barrels, and finished for 3 months in Sauternes casks. Dark golden amber in color. Hints of vanilla and chocolate, with mild toffee notes and a rich oaky finish complemented by mild spice. Finishes long like a fine aged whisky, well balanced for sipping.

BLANCO - 40% is unaged, crystal clear, has a prominent nose of ripe Poire Williams

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A marvel in the tequila marketplace of today, the DesMaDre Portfolio is most certainly worth experiencing.

GIVE THE GIFT OF BOOKER'S & BAKER'S BOURBON! Tis' the season of giving, and there's no better gift for this year's holiday host/hostess or the bourbon lover than super-premium, small batch bourbon.

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HENNESSY PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE ROOTS OF ITS SAVOIR-FAIRE WITH THE MASTER BLENDER’S SELECTION N°1 Every artist, composer and master craftsman has a secret project on the side, an endeavor pursued simply for creativity’s sake. For Hennessy Master Blender Yann Fillioux, it was “Master Blender’s Selection N°1”, which in contrast to the many celebrated Cognacs he has composed throughout his distinguished career, this latest blend is a very personal signature that was only ever meant to be produced in a single, limited batch. In French, a project like Master Blender’s Selection N°1 is called a “coup de coeur” — literally, a heart-stopper, love at first sight or, as in this case, a passion project. It began in Maison Hennessy’s reserves, one

of the largest, most extraordinary reserves of eaux-de-vie in the world. As the guardian of Hennessy’s reserves for half a century, Yann Fillioux knows every eau-de-vie stored there. Master Blender’s Selection N°1 came to life during a blending session, a moment of unbridled creativity. Innovative, robust and completely devoid of artifice, it is a truly bespoke creation. For the introduction of Master Blender’s Selection N°1, the Maison Hennessy wished to celebrate its time-honored ties with the United States, which became its very first export market over 200 years ago.

FERNET-BRANCA CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF THE BARBACK GAMES IN SAN FRANCISCO! Fernet-Branca recently landed in the Bay Area to celebrate 10 years of the FernetBranca Barback Games held at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. The Fernet-Branca Barback Games has been the Bay Area's flagship industry event and 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of recognizing the unsung heros of the bar industry - the barbacks! The only event of its kind challenges barbacks against each other in a competition of skill and endurance for the title of Best Barback In The Country. What began as a single-market event in San Francisco ten years ago has since expanded

into New York, Chicago, Boston, and San Diego. This year, 50+ barback participants from some of the most well-respected establishments throughout the Bay Area (Dr. Teeth, Park Tavern, Sotto Mare, Make Westing, LihoLiho, ACME Bar & Company, Comstock Saloon, Rye, Monarch and Trick Dog) took center stage to compete in timed events which included: Bottle Relay, Beer Restocking, Spill Clean Up, and Keg Changing Relay. Ten local judges observed each competition to determine who would be crowned next best barback in the USA!

SAN FRANCISCO WINNER Gianna Burns from Black Cat

SMIRNOFF STIRS UP HOT NEW HARD SELTZER TREND WITH FEWER CALORIES THAN OTHER LEADING BRANDS ON THE MARKET SMIRNOFF™ Spiked Sparkling Seltzer Gives Consumers a Zero Sugar, Low-Carb* Drink Option Just in Time for the Indulgent Holiday Season Seltzers have long been a top choice when it comes to mixers, so it is no surprise that hard seltzers are quickly becoming one of the new favorite bubbly alcohol beverage options for adult consumers. SMIRNOFF™ Spiked Sparkling Seltzer premium malt beverage is the newest addition to the hard seltzer category -- but with fewer calories than the 58 BIN 2016

leading hard seltzer brands** currently on the market. In addition to only being 90 calories per 12 oz. serving, the new premium malt beverage has only 1g carbs, zero sugar and no artificial sweeteners*. When reaching for bubbly this holiday season, go for SMIRNOFF™ Spiked Sparkling Seltzer, as one 12 oz. can offers the same calories as only one 4 oz. glass of most champagnes. SMIRNOFF™ Spiked Sparkling Seltzer in three refreshing-tasting flavors – Orange Mango, Cranberry Lime and Watermelon.

SMIRNOFF™ Spiked Sparkling Seltzer is 4.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) and is best served chilled in the 12 oz. slimline cans or in a glass on the rocks with a fruit garnish.


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ST. ANTHONY'S 38TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY LUNCH & SILENT AUCTION

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St. Anthony’s annual Holiday lunch and silent auction was held at the Waterfront Restaurant, Pier 7, San Francisco, This venue was again donated by owner Al Falchi for this popular fundraiser benefitting the St. Anthony Foundation to carry on their important work for the community.

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• Haystack Toddy by Meaghan Dorman (The Bennett)

Ingredients: 1 oz Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon ½ oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Butter Hot water Clove-spiked Orange Twist

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Method: Temper glass or teacup with hot water. Empty the glass/ teacup and add ingredients. Top with hot water, garnish with clove-spiked orange twist.

Warming and bright, the Toddy can also be very flexible BY MEGHAN RILEY

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ot Toddies were originally conceived as a treatment for colds and sore throats, but the drink has fortunately earned an identity as a source of good taste and pleasure as well. The basic elements of a toddy—whiskey and hot water—are a perfect base for variations. Honey (or sugar) and lemon are the most traditional additions, but updated versions of the drink have been known to feature tea, maple syrup, bitters or even flavored liqueurs. In the case of the Haystack Toddy, NYC mixologist Meaghan Dorman at The Bennett turned to ginger and pumpkin as flavorful elements to add to a base of Elijah Craig Bourbon. “This cocktail has a dynamic, complex flavor while being very easy to recreate,” says Dorman. “It’s a mashup of the comfort of a hot toddy and the taste of pumpkin pie.” In terms of straying from tradition, Dorman explains: “I think it’s worthwhile to reimagine a classic only if there is some improvement we can make. We can move past the lemon, booze, sugar baseline of Hot Toddies. I chose to match with vanilla notes of the bourbon with some comforting, seasonal touches in ginger liqueur and pumpkin butter.” Typically served in mugs, Dorman elected smaller teacups as the vehicle for her Haystack Toddy for one simple, practical reason: “I notice with hot drinks, sometimes people like the idea of them and they want to settle in and warm up,” she says, “But a big serving often ends up cold.” Tiny cups to the toddy rescue.


ULTIMATE BEVERAGE CHALLENGE 2016 MEETS THE CHALLENGE OF IDENTIFYING THE WORLD’S BEST SPIRITS, COCKTAILS, CIDERS, SAKES & WINES

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ltimate Beverage Challenge™ (UBC) conducts two international competitions each year: Ultimate Spirits Challenge™ (USC) in March and Ultimate Wine Challenge™ (UWC) in May. What makes UBC the beverage industry’s most cutting-edge evaluation company? Replies Founder and Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult, “Since 2010, three things have made UBC the world’s finest arbiter of beverage alcohol quality. First and foremost is our rigorous, innovative methodology that creates a level playing field for every spirit and wine that’s submitted to USC and UWC. We introduced the industry’s strictest analytical processes by instituting our unique multi-level evaluation system that allows more than one panel to analyze each entry. In order for spirits and wines to display their virtues they are served at optimum temperatures. UBC is the sole competition company to insist on staging only small flights of 2 to 8 beverages so judges remain alert and fresh. And, at USC and UWC judging panels taste all entries blind, never knowing the identity of or the price of samples to ensure that each entry is dealt with fairly. Our goal is one-pointed: to provide unbiased, accurate ratings.

“Second, because of UBC’s uncompromising procedural standards we hire the best authorities as our spirits and wine judges. By that I mean our generation’s most prominent and acknowledged beverage specialists such as Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, award-winning authors and journalists, consultants and buyers, bartenders and food and beverage managers. UBC does not hire distillers or winemakers as judges because we never want to give any one product an advantage over another. Beyond the UBC judges, we employ the most capable and experienced back-of-house staff in the U.S. to guarantee the smooth operation of each competition. “Third, UBC has its own dedicated facility in Hawthorne, New York, 35 minutes north of Manhattan, where both USC and UWC are conducted. By creating a pristine and conducive environment for our staff and judges, we have brought forward the entire concept of beverage competitions. The UBC Evaluation Center provides brick-and-mortar proof of our total commitment to doing things right. It’s the UBC way.” If these reasons aren’t enough for you to believe that UBC is the world’s finest beverage competition company, visit the UBC website for more information at www.ultimate-beverage.com.

SCORE: The results published in this Ultimate Guide represent all products that scored 90 points and above (out of a maximum score of 100 points) in the 2016 Challenges. A complete list of all products scoring 80 points and higher can be viewed at www.ultimate-beverage.com. Online results include tasting notes for all products scoring 85 points and higher, product images and marketing collateral.

number of Finalists per category will vary depending on product type, number of submissions and overall quality.

AWARD: Top scoring products in each category are recognized based upon their results in each Challenge: Chairman’s Trophy and Finalist. The

PRICE: All prices listed are based upon information from the producer, and may vary by market. Products available in the U.S. are quoted in dol-

ACCOLADE: In addition to the score, products are further distinguished as a guide to consumers: 95-100 points: Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation; 90-94 points: Excellent, Highly Recommended. 8589 Very Good, Strong Recommendation.

lars; those not imported show prices as available in the country of origin. TRIED & TRUE AWARD ( ): Products that were entered in 2016 and a minimum of two prior challenges and have scored 85 or higher each time, are recognized for consistency of product quality with this award. GREAT VALUE ( ): Indication of products with a favorable relationship between their price and final score. SIZE: All sizes are 750 ml unless otherwise noted.

Entries to Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2017 will be accepted from October 17, 2016 to February 17, 2017. Entries to Ultimate Wine Challenge 2017 will be accepted from October 17, 2016 to April 21, 2017. For more information email info@ultimate-beverage.com For a complete list of results, visit www.ultimate-beverage.com

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ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE t Ultimate Spirits Challenge™ (USC) each year, the quality rankings for every category of spirits are determined with uncommon skill, precision, and authority by the all-star Ultimate Spirits Challenge judging panels convened by USC Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult. USC 2016 took place at the Ultimate Beverage Challenge Evaluation Center located north of Manhattan. There, Pacult and his judges, including Jeff Bell, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Tad Carducci, Don Lee, Francis Schott, Andy Seymour, Joaquín Simó, Paul Tanguay, and David Wondrich, evaluated hundreds of spirits. Some days were devoted to painstaking assessment of spirits tasted neat and other days were dedicated to sampling spirits in category-appropriate cocktails.

Said Pacult of USC’s revolutionary two-pronged analytical approach, “To properly assess most distilled spirits in 2016 I believe that it’s mandatory to evaluate them both neat and in cocktails. In the neat phase of judging panels are assigned small flights of like-with-like spirits to determine their quality. Small flights assure that the judges remain fresh and engaged. All spirits are tasted blind by multiple panels to maintain a level playing field.” Continued Pacult, “Next comes USC’s cocktail phase to gauge the mixability of spirits. I feel strongly that it’s as vital to know how gin brands, for example, work in a Tom Collins as to know how they rank neat within their category. Each cocktail is evaluated blind with a glass of its base spirit ingredient poured neat next to it for reference. The cocktail data is an added value factor for producers.”

ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE…NO SHORTCUTS. JUST HONEST, IMPARTIAL JUDGING.

VODKA AWARD

UNFLAVORED

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

97

Purus Organic Wheat Vodka (Italy), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$19.99

Finalist

95

Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka (United States), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$33.00

Finalist

95

Purity Vodka (Sweden), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$39.99

Finalist

94

Empire Spirits 1972 Private Club Vodka (United States), 40% abv (1 L)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

Finalist

94

Mamont Vodka (Russia), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

Finalist

94

Polugar Classic Rye Vodka (Poland), 38.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$118.95

Finalist

93

360 Vodka (United States), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

Finalist

93

Belvedere Intense Vodka (Poland), 50% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$43.00

Finalist

93

Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka (United States), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

Finalist

93

Kozak Vodka (Ukraine), 40% abv (1L)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

Finalist

93

OCEAN Organic Vodka (United States), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$30.00

92

AYLESBURY DUCK Vodka (Canada), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

92

Luksusowa Vodka (Poland), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

92

Smithworks Vodka (United States), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

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92

Sobieski Estate Single Rye Vodka (Poland), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.00

92

Western Son Texas Vodka (United States), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.99

92

XDar Wheat Vodka (Ukraine), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

92

Zodiac Vodka (United States), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

91

Crop Organic Artisanal Vodka (United States), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

91

Platinum 7X Vodka (United States), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

91

VDKA 6100 Vodka (New Zealand), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

91

Wheatley Vodka (United States), 41% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.99

90

Snow Leopard Vodka (United States), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

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VODKA AWARD

FLAVORED

SCORE

PRICE

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Hanson of Sonoma Organic Vodka - Habanero Flavored Vodka (United States), 40% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$32.99

Finalist

92

Polugar No. 3 Caraway Flavored Vodka (Poland), 38.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$52.95

Finalist

91 90

Van Gogh Vanilla Flavored Vodka (Netherlands), 35% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended Sobieski Orange Flavored Vodka (Poland), 35% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

97

PURUS ORGANIC VODKA

Italy, 40% abv, $19.99

Wonderful aromas of crushed walnut, fresh bread, baked apple, and steely minerals fill the nose. The palate brings more fruit into the picture with ripe peach and white plum. The finish is quite long, dotted by fresh stone fruit and minerals.

$27.99 $11.00

GIN AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

PRICE

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

97

The West Winds "The Cutlass" Gin (Australia), 50% abv (700ml) Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

AUD80.00

Finalist

96

Russell Henry Dark Gin (United States), 45.6% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$65.00

Finalist

96

Stonecutter Spirits Single Barrel Gin (United States), 45% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$55.00

Finalist

95

Farmer's Organic Gin (United States), 46.7% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$26.99

Finalist

95

Half Moon Orchard Gin (United States), 46% abv (1L) Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$36.99

Finalist

94

Beefeater London Dry Gin (United Kingdom), 47% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.00

Finalist

94

Fifty Pounds London Dry Gin (United Kingdom), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$32.99

Finalist

94

Junipero Gin (United States), 49.3% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$32.99

Finalist

94

GIN AWARD

Plymouth Gin (United Kingdom), 41.2% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

Category: Vodka, Unflavored

95

HILLROCK DOUBLE CASK PORT FINISHED RYE WHISKEY

United States, 45% abv, $90.00

Notes of grain and hay are refreshing, pure and pungent. Silken in the mouth, robust and fresh. Roasted barley is earthy with honeyed grain undertones. Peach blossom is floral more than sweet, adding dimension to each sip.

$30.00

93

Beefeater 24 London Dry Gin (United Kingdom), 45% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$30.00

93

Fords Gin London Dry Gin (United Kingdom), 45% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$27.99

93

Seagram's Distillers Reserve Gin (United States), 47% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

92

Hendrick's Gin (Scotland), 44% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

92

Rieger's Midwestern Dry Gin (United States), 46.1% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

92

Tommyrotter Distillery American Gin (United States), 42% abv $34.99 Excellent, Highly Recommended

90

Beefeater Burrough's Reserve Gin (United Kingdom), 43% abv $70.00 Excellent, Highly Recommended

90

Ransom Dry Gin (United States), 43% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

FINALIST Category: Whiskey, American Rye Whiskey

95

DISARONNO ORIGINALE 1525 AMARETTO

Italy, 28% abv, $24.99

$27.00

SPICED GIN SCORE

91

PRICE

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

Darnley's View Spiced Gin (England), 42.7% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY, GREAT VALUE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

$36.99

Incredibly enticing on the nose with notes of almond cookie, vanilla, almond milk, butterscotch, and baked apples with cinnamon. On the palate almond comes forward with a luxurious sweetness that lingers on the tongue.

GENEVER AWARD

SCORE

94

PRICE

PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

Boomsma Oude Genever (Netherlands), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

n/a

FINALIST, GREAT VALUE Category: Liqueur

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RUM AWARD

SCORE PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

99

Privateer "The Queen's Share" Rum (United States) 57% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$50.00

Finalist

98

Charbay Founder's Collection Double Aged 2005 Rum (United States), 68.5% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$450.00

Finalist

97

Appleton Estate Reserve Blend Rum (Jamaica), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$28.99

Finalist

96

Don Q Signature Release Single Barrel 2005 10 Years Old Rum (Puerto Rico), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$39.99

Finalist

96

Malecon 10 Years Old Rum (Panama), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$41.99

Finalist

96

Malecon 18 Years Old Rum (Panama), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$64.99

Finalist

96

MOUNT GAY XO Reserve Cask Rum (Barbados), 43% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$40.00

Finalist

95

Marauda Steelpan Rum (United States), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$35.00

Finalist

95

Mezan Single Distillery 2006 9 Years Old Rum (Panama), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$44.99

Finalist

95

Rumson's Grand Reserve Rum (United States), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$45.00

94

Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Years Old Rum (Jamaica), 43% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$32.99

94

Balcones Texas Special Release Rum (United States), 63.9% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$80.00

RUM

94

Pampero Anniversario Rum (Venezuela), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$30.00

94

Pusser's Gunpowder Proof Rum (Guyana, Trinidad & Barbados), 54.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$32.99

93

Brugal 1888 Rum (Dominican Rep.), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

93

Caliche Rum (Puerto Rico), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.99

93

CANA BRAVA Reserva Aneja 7 Years Old Rum (Panama), 45% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.99

93

Cruzan Estate Diamond Light Rum (St. Croix, US Virgin Islands), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

92

Cruzan Aged Dark Rum (St. Croix, US Virgin Islands), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

92

Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum (Venezuela), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$40.00

92

Grander 8 Years Old Rum (Panama), 45% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$36.00

92

Kōloa Kauai Gold Rum (United States), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

92

Malecon 25 Years Old Rum (Panama), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$124.99

92

PARCE 12 Years Old Rum (Colombia), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.99

92

PARCE 8 Years Old Rum (Colombia), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

91

Appleton Estate White Rum (Jamaica), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

91

Brugal Anejo Rum (Dominican Rep.), 38% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

91

Brugal Especial Extra Dry Rum (Dominican Rep.), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

91

Brugal Extra Viejo Rum (Dominican Rep.), 38% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.99

91

Don Q 151 Rum (Puerto Rico), 75.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

91

English Harbour 5 Years Old Rum (Antigua), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

91

Pusser's Blue Label Rum (Barbados), 42% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.99

90

Pampero Oro Rum (Venezuela), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

FLAVORED RUM

AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

93

Kōloa Kauai Coconut Flavored Rum (United States), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$32.99

Finalist

91

Kōloa Kauai Coffee Flavored Rum (United States), 34% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$32.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

RUM

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

RHUM AGRICOLE

AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

96

Damoiseau XO Rhum Agricole (Guadeloupe), 42% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$72.95

Finalist

95

Damoiseau 110 Proof Blanc Rhum Agricole (Guadeloupe), 55% abv (1L)

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$36.95

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Finalist

RUM

93

Rhum Barbancourt Réserve Spéciale (5 Star) 8 Years Old Rhum Agricole (Haiti), 43% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

91

Rhum J.M V.O Rhum Agricole (Martinique), 43% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.95

96

BLUE NECTAR REPOSADO EXTRA BLEND, 100% AGAVE TEQUILA Mexico, 40% abv, $44.99

SPICED RUM

AWARD

SCORE PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

96

Finalist

93

Rumson's Spiced Rum (United States), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

TEQUILA

BLANCO, 100% AGAVE TEQUILA

AWARD

Chairman's Trophy

Chic Choc Spiced Rum (Canada), 42.1% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

SCORE PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

$30.00 $32.00

PRICE

97

Siete Leguas Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv $46.99 Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Finalist

96

DÉCADA Single Estate Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$46.99

Finalist

94

Blue Nectar Silver, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

Finalist

94

Corazon Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

Finalist

94

Herradura Silver, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.95

Finalist

94

Partida Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.00

Finalist

94

TEQUILA CABEZA Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 43% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$37.99

93

Roca Patrón Silver, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 45% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$69.99

92

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

CHAIRMAN'S TROPHY, GREAT VALUE, TRIED & TRUE AWARD CLASSIC MARGARITA ★★★★ Category: Tequila, Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila

94

BLUE NECTAR SILVER, 100% AGAVE TEQUILA

Mexico, 40% abv, $39.99

Mesquite smoke, papaya, sweetgrass, and pepper fill the nose along with a touch of cinnamon. The palate is incredibly saline and minerally with a wonderful piquant characteristic mingling with luscious tropical fruit. Long, complex, delicious.

$50.00

92

Familia Camarena Silver, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv $17.00 Excellent, Highly Recommended

92

KAH Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$40.99

92

Olmeca Altos Plata, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

91

El Mayor Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

TEQUILA AWARD

El Tesoro Platinum, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

A blend of Reposado and Extra Añejo tequilas that impressively draws the best characteristics from each. There is a fresh agave note from the Reposado, but also some gravitas from the Extra Añejo – the best of both worlds!

FINALIST, GREAT VALUE CLASSIC MARGARITA ★★★★ Category: Tequila, Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila

$24.99

REPOSADO, 100% AGAVE TEQUILA

SCORE PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

96

Blue Nectar Extra Blend Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$44.99

Finalist

95

Corazon Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$34.99

Finalist

94

KAH Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 55% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$46.99

Finalist

94

Partida Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

Finalist

94

Siete Leguas Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$51.99

Finalist

93

AGAVE 99 Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 49.5% abv $45.99 Excellent, Highly Recommended

Finalist

93

Chamucos Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv $49.99 Excellent, Highly Recommended

Finalist

93

Chinaco Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

KAH AÑEJO, 100% AGAVE TEQUILA

Mexico, 40% abv, $50.99

An almost brandy-like nose of crystallized plum fruit and milk chocolate prepares for a hedonistic mouthful of sweet, hazelnut candy and a slight lift of wild agave pepper. A tequila to be sipped and contemplated.

FINALIST, TRIED & TRUE AWARD

$54.99

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Finalist

93

El Tesoro Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$55.00

Finalist

93

Santera Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$46.99

92

Familia Camarena Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.00

92

Olmeca Altos Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

92

Roca Patrón Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 42% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$79.99

91

Herradura Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$41.99

91

Pueblo Viejo Reposado, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

TEQUILA AWARD

SCORE

AÑEJO, 100% AGAVE TEQUILA

Chairman's Trophy

97

El Tesoro Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$60.00

Finalist

96

Pueblo Viejo Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$26.99

Finalist

95

KAH Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$50.99

Finalist

94

Chinaco Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$64.99

Finalist

94

Roca Patrón Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 44% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$89.99

Finalist

94

Santera Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila (United States), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$54.99

93

AGAVE 99 Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 49.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.99

92

Siete Leguas Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$56.99

91

Corazon Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

90

Cabo Wabo Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$53.00

90

Casamigos Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$54.99

90

Cruz Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$58.99

90

Partida Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$55.00

TEQUILA

EXTRA AÑEJO, 100% AGAVE TEQUILA PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Herradura Seleccion Suprema Extra Añejo, 100% Agave Tequila (Mexico), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$350.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

AWARD

Chairman's Trophy

SCORE

93

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

MEZCAL AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

98

Mezcales de Leyenda Murcielago Durango 2015 Mezcal (Mexico), 47% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$70.00

Finalist

96

Del Maguey San Luis Del Rio Azul Single Village Mezcal (Mexico), 47% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$110.00

Finalist

96

Del Maguey Tepextate Single Village Mezcal (Mexico), 45% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$115.00

Finalist

94

Del Maguey Espadin Especial Mezcal (Mexico), 45% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$115.00

92

Del Maguey Puebla Papalote Single Village Mezcal (Mexico), 47% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$115.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

WHISKEY AWARD

SCORE

BOURBON

Chairman's Trophy

99

Blade and Bow Limited Release 22 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 46% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$149.99

Finalist

98

Barrell Cask Strength, Batch 007 5 Years Old Straight Bourbon (United States), 61.2% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$84.99

Finalist

97

Blanton's Straight from the Barrel Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 62.8% abv (700ml)

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$100.00

Finalist

97

Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 45.2% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$110.00

Finalist

97

Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 64.85% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$49.99

Finalist

97

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon (United States), 56.4% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$50.00

Finalist

96

1792 Port Finish Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 44.45% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$29.99

Finalist

96

Barrell Bourbon Batch 006 Straight Bourbon (United States), 61.45% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$84.99

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Finalist

96

Blanton's Gold Edition Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 51.5% abv (700ml) Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$85.00

95

1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 46.85% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$29.99

95

Barrell Bourbon Single Barrel #22 Straight Bourbon (United $99.99 States), 66.7% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

95

Blanton's Original Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 46.5% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$55.00

95

Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 45% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$29.99

95

Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2015 Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 54.3% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$110.00

95

Knob Creek 9 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 50% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$30.99

95

Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 43% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$19.99

95

Russell's Reserve 10 Years Old Bourbon (United States), 45% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$47.00

95

Trail's End Finished With Oregon Oak 8 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 45% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$49.95

95

Van Winkle Special Reserve "Lot B" 12 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 45.2% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$59.99

94

Amador Whiskey Co. Double Barrel Straight Bourbon (United States), 43.4% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$40.00

94

Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 50% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$43.00

94

Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon (United States), 46.3% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$80.00

94

Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon (United States), 46% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

94

Old Forester 1870 Original Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon $45.00 (United States), 45% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

94

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2015 Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 50% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$79.99

94

Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 45.3% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.99

94

Rough Rider Straight Bourbon (United States), 45% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$36.00

94

Wild Turkey 101 6 Years Old Bourbon (United States), 50.5% abv $24.00 Excellent, Highly Recommended

94

Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 46.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

93

Benchmark Old No. 8 Straight Bourbon (United States), 40% abv $11.99 Excellent, Highly Recommended

93

Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 45.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

93

Chattanooga Whiskey 1816 Cask Bourbon (United States), 56.8% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$48.99

93

Clyde May's Bourbon (United States), 46% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.95

93

Col. E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 50% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.99

93

Elijah Craig Single Barrel 18 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 45% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$199.99

93

Four Roses Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 45% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$33.00

s

$49.99

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93

Four Roses Yellow Label Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.00

93

Hirsch Small Batch Reserve Straight Bourbon (United States), 46% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

93

Old Forester 1897 Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 50% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

93

Old Forester Signature Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 50% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.99

93

Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 45.2% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

93

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection 1838 Style White Corn Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 45.2% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$99.99

92

Elijah Craig Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 47% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

91

Barrell Bourbon Batch 005 Straight Bourbon (United States), 63.25% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$84.99

91

Breckenridge Bourbon (United States), 43% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.00

91

Chattanooga Whiskey 1816 Reserve Bourbon (United States), 45% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$33.99

91

Col. E.H. Taylor Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 50% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

91

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2007 Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 43.3% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$27.99

91

I.W. Harper 15 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 43% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$74.99

91

Jim Beam Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 47.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

91

Kentucky Tavern Straight Bourbon (United States), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

91

Wild Turkey 81 6 Years Old Bourbon (United States), 40.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.00

91

Yellow Rose Outlaw Bourbon (United States), 46% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$54.95

90

Jim Beam Devil's Cut Kentucky Straight Bourbon (United States), 45% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

WHISKEY AWARD

SCORE

AMERICAN RYE WHISKEY

Chairman's Trophy

98

Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (United States), 45% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$22.99

Finalist

97

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (United States), 45.2% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$37.99

Finalist

96

Hudson Whiskey Manhattan Straight Rye Whiskey (United States), 46% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$49.99

Finalist

96

Knob Creek Straight Rye Whiskey (United States), 50% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$39.99

Finalist

96

Yellow Rose Straight Rye Whiskey (United States), 45% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$37.95

Finalist

95

Hillrock Double Cask Port Finished Straight Rye Whiskey (United States), 45% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$90.00

Finalist

95

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey (United States), 64.6% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$80.00

94

Hudson Whiskey Maple Cask Straight Rye Whiskey (United States), 46% abv (375ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.99

94

Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey (United States), 45% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$26.99

91

Highspire Straight Rye Whiskey (United States), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.99

90

Rebel Yell Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey (United States), 45% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.99

Rough Rider Bull Moose Three Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey (United States), 45% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$36.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

90

WHISKEY AWARD

SCORE

AMERICAN WHISKEY

Chairman's Trophy

96

Clyde May's Special Reserve American Whiskey (United States), 55% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$34.00

Finalist

94

Orphan Barrel The Gifted Horse American Whiskey (United States), 57.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

Finalist

92

Boondocks 11 Years Old American Whiskey (United States), 47.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

90

Rieger's Kansas City American Whiskey (United States), 46% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

92

Parker's Heritage Collection Kentucky 8 Years Old Straight Malt Whiskey (United States), 54% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$100.00

90

Westward Single Barrel Oregon Straight Malt Whiskey (United States), 45% abv (375ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$54.95

WHISKEY AWARD

10

SCORE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

AMERICAN STRAIGHT MALT WHISKEY

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WHISKEY AWARD

SCORE PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

95

WHISKEY AWARD

AMERICAN SINGLE GRAIN WHISKEY PRICE

Bainbridge YAMA American Single Grain Barley Mizanara Japanese Oak Cask Single Grain American Whiskey (United $495.00 States), 45% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

AMERICAN SINGLE MALT WHISKEY

SCORE PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

96

Westland American Single Malt Whiskey (United States), 46% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Finalist

95

Westland Distillery American Peated Single Malt Whiskey $79.99 (United States), 46% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

WHISKY AWARD

SCORE PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

J.P. Wiser's Red Letter 2015 Edition Canadian Whisky (Canada), 45% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Finalist

97

Pike Creek 10 Years Old Canadian Whisky (Canada), 40% abv CAD39.95 Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Finalist

96

J.P. Wiser's 18 Years Old Canadian Whisky (Canada), 40% abv $75.00 Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Canada, 45% abv, $34.95

The nose is subdued with dark raised fruit notes and whispers of char. On the palate, it shows an amber honey sweetness with notes of butterscotch and pumpernickel bread. A nicely spiced kick on the finish.

96

J.P. Wiser's Last Barrels Canadian Whisky (Canada), 45% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

96

Finalist

95

Canadian Club Classic Small Batch 12 Years Old Canadian Blended Whisky (Canada), 40% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$22.00

Finalist

95

Lot No. 40 Canadian Rye Whisky (Canada), 43% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$44.99

Finalist

95

Rich & Rare Reserve Canadian Whisky (Canada), 40% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$11.99

94

Alberta Rye Dark Batch Canadian Rye Whisky (Canada), 45% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

94

Canadian Shield Canadian Blended Whisky (Canada), 43% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$30.00

94

Gooderham & Worts Canadian Whisky (Canada), 44.4% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

CAD44.95

93

Crown Royal Cornerstone Blend Canadian Blended Whisky (Canada), 40.3% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.99

93

J.P. Wiser's Double Still Canadian Rye Whisky (Canada), 43.4% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

CAD29.90

92

Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky (Canada), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

92

Crown Royal Hand Selected Single Barrel Canadian Whisky (Canada), 51.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$55.00

92

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye Canadian Rye Whisky (Canada), 45% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

92

Legacy Canadian Whisky (Canada), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$21.99

91

J.P. Wiser's Triple Barrel Premium Canadian Whisky (Canada), 40% abv (700ml) Excellent, Highly Recommended

AUD50.00

90

Collingwood Canadian Blended Whisky (Canada), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

90

J.P. Wiser's Deluxe Canadian Rye Whisky (Canada), 40% abv CAD27.45 Excellent, Highly Recommended

90

Pike Creek Canadian Whisky (Canada), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

Category: Whisky, Canadian Whisky

95

$34.95

TESSERON LOT 53 XO

Cognac (France), 40% abv, $395.00

Dark purple cooked fruits on the nose pave the way for even-handed jammy notes of blackberry and currant that emerge on the palate. The profoundly earthy, dry finish is a reminder of how the long aging time shaped this beauty.

FINALIST Category: Brandy, Cognac

91

RHUM J.M V.O RHUM AGRICOLE

Martinique, 43% abv, $39.95

An amazing spectrum of dried Caribbean fruits erupts from this expertly crafted Agricole. There is a touch of barrel flavor, but the impression is that casks have allowed the spirit to flesh out and gain complexity rather than add vanillin.

$30.00

BLENDED IRISH WHISKEY

SCORE PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

97

FINALIST, GREAT VALUE

CAD64.95

Finalist

WHISKEY

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

CAD99.95

Pendleton Midnight Canadian Blended Whisky (Canada), 45% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Chairman's Trophy

PENDLETON MIDNIGHT CANADIAN BLENDED WHISKY

CANADIAN WHISKY

98

AWARD

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

$79.99

Chairman's Trophy

Finalist

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

96

PRICE

Midleton Very Rare 2015 Blended Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 40% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

$125.000

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Finalist

95

Kinahan's Blended Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$40.00

94

Jameson Black Barrel Blended Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

93

Writer's Tears Blended Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Redbreast 21 Years Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$250.00

WHISKEY AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

98

SINGLE POT STILL IRISH WHISKEY

Finalist

95

Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$50.00

Finalist

95

Powers John's Lane Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$65.00

Finalist

95

Redbreast 12 Years Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 43% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$40.00

95

Redbreast Cask Strength 12 Years Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 57.7% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$65.00

Finalist Finalist

94

Redbreast 15 Years Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$75.00

93

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$240.00

93

Yellow Spot 12 Years Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$100.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

WHISKEY AWARD

SCORE

SINGLE MALT IRISH WHISKEY

Chairman's Trophy

93

Egan's 10 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 47% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

Finalist

92

Knappogue Castle 14 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$60.00

Finalist

92

Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey (Ireland), 46% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Mad March Hare Irish Poitin (Ireland), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

WHISKEY AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

93

WHISKEY AWARD

SCORE

91

WHISKY AWARD

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

IRISH POITIN GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

SCORE

99

Highland Park Ice Edition 17 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 53.9% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$300.00

Finalist

98

Aberlour A'bunadh Batch 52 Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 59% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$70.00

Finalist

98

Balblair 2nd Release 1990 Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$150.00

Finalist

98

Bowmore 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$129.99

Finalist

98

Highland Park 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$145.99

Finalist

98

Ledaig 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46.3% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$64.99

Finalist

98

Talisker Storm Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 45.8% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$50.00

Finalist

97

Aberlour 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$65.00

Finalist

97

Aberlour 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$100.00

Finalist

97

Bowmore Darkest 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$75.99

Finalist

97

Bunnahabhain 12 Years Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46.3% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$64.99

Finalist

97

Glenmorangie Quarter Century 25 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$599.00

Finalist

97

Highland Park Dark Origins Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46.8% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$79.99

Finalist

97

Jura Origin 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$45.00

Finalist

97

Lagavulin 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$85.00

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GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

SINGLE GRAIN IRISH WHISKEY

Chairman's Trophy

Finalist

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

97

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$44.00

96

Bowmore 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$51.99

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GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE


96

Bowmore 25 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$424.99

96

Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$119.00

96

Highland Park 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$57.99

96

Highland Park 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$99.99

96

Laphroaig 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$49.99

96

Oban Little Bay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv $65.00 Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

96

Speyburn Braden Orach Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$20.00

96

Talisker 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 45.8% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$65.00

96

The Dalmore 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$65.00

96

The Dalmore 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$110.00

96

The Glenlivet 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$30.00

96

The Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill Single Malt Scotch Whisky $45.00 (Scotland), 63.1% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

95

anCnoc Rascan Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv $85.00 Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

95

Ardbeg Uigeadail Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 54.2% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$79.99 M

95

Auchentoshan 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$47.99

95

Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$69.99 MY

95

Benromach 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$50.00

C

Y

CM

CY

CMY

95

Deanston 12 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky $59.99 (Scotland), 46.3% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation K

95

Glenmorangie Signet Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), $199.00 46% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

95

Oban 14 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$75.00

95

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$54.99

95

Tullibardine 500 Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv $65.00 Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

94

Aberfeldy 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

94

Ardbeg Corryvreckan Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), $89.99 57.1% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

94

Benromach 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$77.00

94

Glenmorangie Milsean Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$99.00

94

Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$74.99

94

Jura Superstition Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% $60.00 abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

94

The Dalmore 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$200.00

94

The Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 61.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$85.00

93

Aberfeldy 21 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$195.00

93

Ardbeg 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$54.99

$45.00

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WHISKY AWARD

93

Ardbeg 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$54.99

93

Balblair 1st Release 1983 Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$330.00

93

Glenmorangie Lasanta 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$53.99

93

MacPhails Collection Glenrothes 8 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.00

93

The Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 60.7% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$80.00

93

The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

92

Aberlour 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$42.00

92

Old Pulteney Navigator Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$42.00

92

Speyburn 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$42.00

92

The Glenlivet 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$60.00

91

Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$60.00

91

Laphroaig Select Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$54.99

90

Connoisseurs Choice Ledaig 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$77.00

90

Scapa Skiren Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$80.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

98

Buchanan's Deluxe 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$31.00

Finalist

97

Chivas Regal 25 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$250.00

Finalist

96

Buchanan's Red Seal Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$165.00

Finalist

96

Chivas Regal 18 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$75.00

Finalist

96

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 50% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$29.99

Finalist

96

Dewar's Signature Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$199.99

Finalist

96

John Barr Reserve Blend Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$25.00

Finalist

96

Sia Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$49.99

Finalist

95

Buchanan's Master Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$37.00

Finalist

95

Dewar's The Monarch 15 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$50.00

Finalist

95

Dewar's The Vintage 18 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$79.99

Finalist

WHISKY AWARD

95

The Famous Grouse Smoky Black Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$29.99

94

Label 5 Gold Heritage Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

93

Buchanan's Special Reserve 18 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$75.00

92

Chivas Regal Extra Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.00

92

Dewar's The Ancestor 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.99

92

Label 5 Classic Black 3 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

90

Hankey Bannister Original Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.00

90

Highland Queen 8 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

BLENDED MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

95

JOHNNIE WALKER Green Label 15 Years Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$60.00

Finalist

93

Virginia Highland Port Finished Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 46% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$58.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Port Dundas 18 Years Old Single Grain Scotch Whisky (Scotland), 43% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$100.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Nikka Coffey Grain Japanese Whisky (Japan), 45% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$69.99

WHISKY AWARD

93

AWARD

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

JAPANESE WHISKY

SCORE

90

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SINGLE GRAIN SCOTCH WHISKY

SCORE

WHISKY

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

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WHISKY AWARD

WORLD WHISKY

SCORE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

94

Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt Taiwanese Whisky (Taiwan), 46% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$124.99

Finalist

93

Bastille Single Malt French Whisky (France), 43% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$79.99

Finalist

92

Bain's Cape Mountain South African Whisky (South Africa), 43% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$32.99

Finalist

92

William Wolf Rye Whisky (Netherlands), 46% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

91

Millstone 100 Months, 100% Rye Whisky (Netherlands), 50% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$99.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Knob Creek Smoked Maple Flavored Whiskey (United States), 45% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$30.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

WHISKEY AWARD

Chairman's Trophy

SCORE

94

BRANDY AWARD

FLAVORED WHISKEY

Chairman's Trophy

93

Christian Brothers Sacred Bond American Brandy (United States), 50% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.99

Finalist

92

Bartlett Pear Eau-de-Vie American Brandy (United States), 40% abv (375ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

Finalist

91

E&J XO American Brandy (United States), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chateau de Laubade Intemporel N5 25 Years Old Armagnac (France), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$149.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

AWARD

Chairman's Trophy

AWARD

96

Chairman's Trophy

98

Christian Drouin XO Calvados (France), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$89.99

Finalist

96

Christian Drouin 25 Years Old Calvados (France), 42% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$194.99

Finalist

93

Christian Drouin Selection Calvados (France), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

AWARD

Chairman's Trophy

97

Cognac Frapin Extra Grande Champagne Cognac (France), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$700.00

Finalist

95

Tesseron Lot 53 XO Cognac (France), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$395.00

Finalist

95

Hine Rare VSOP Cognac (France), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$62.99

Finalist

94

Courvoisier XO Cognac (France), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$120.00

Finalist

94

Delamain Pale & Dry XO Grande Champagne Cognac (France), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$119.99

Finalist

94

LEYRAT X.O ELITE Cognac (France), 40% abv (700ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€109.00

93

Cognac Frapin V.I.P. XO Grande Champagne Cognac (France), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$260.00

AWARD

93

Cognac Frapin VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac (France), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.99

93

Pierre Croizet Cognac (France), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.99

92

Courvoisier VSOP Cognac (France), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

97

Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva Carta Real Brandy de Jerez (Spain), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$100.00

Finalist

92

Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva Brandy de Jerez (Spain), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Nonino Cru Monovitigno Picolit Grappa (Italy), 50% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$268.99

AWARD

Chairman's Trophy

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

SPANISH BRANDY

SCORE

BRANDY

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

COGNAC

SCORE

BRANDY

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

CALVADOS

SCORE

BRANDY

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

ARMAGNAC

SCORE

BRANDY

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

AMERICAN BRANDY

SCORE

BRANDY

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

GRAPPA

SCORE

98

Finalist

97

Bocchino Riserva Carlo Bocchino Grappa (Italy), 43% abv (700 ml)

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

n/a

Finalist

95

Nonino Antica Cuvee Grappa (Italy), 43% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$103.99

Finalist

95

Nonino Grappa Lo Chardonnay Grappa (Italy), 41% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$63.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

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Finalist

94

Bocchino Cantina Privata 18 Years Old Grappa (Italy), 45% abv (700ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

Finalist

94

Nardini 40 Grappa (Italy), 40% abv (1 L)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$41.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

BRANDY AWARD

PISCO

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

94

La Caravedo Puro Quebranta Pisco (Peru), 41% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.00

Finalist

93

Pisco Porton Mosto Verde Acholado Pisco (Peru), 43% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$43.00

Finalist

92

Alto del Carmen Essence of Muscat Pisco (Chile), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

91

Pago de Los Frailes Puro Acholado Pisco (Peru), 43% abv (1 L)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$30.00

91

Pisco Porton Acholado Pisco (Peru), 43% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

91

CAPEL Premium Pisco (Chile), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Singani Los Parrales Brandy (Bolivia), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

BRANDY AWARD

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

GRAPE BRANDY – WORLD

SCORE

91

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

LIQUEURS AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

97

Cointreau (France), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$35.00

Finalist

95

BRIOTTET by Jules Theuriet Crème de Cassis, Blackcurrant Liqueur (France), 18% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$25.00

Finalist

95

Cointreau Noir (France), 40% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$35.00

Finalist

95

Disaronno Originale 1525 Amaretto (Italy), 28% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$24.99

Finalist

95

Jagermeister Liqueur (Germany), 35% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$23.99

Finalist

95

Merlet C² Café Coffee Liqueur (France), 33% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$35.00

Finalist

94

CYNAR 70 Liqueur (Italy), 35% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

Finalist

94

Merlet Crème de Cassis, Blackcurrant Liqueur (France), 20% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.00

93

Barenjager Honey Liqueur (Germany), 35% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

93

Belle de Brillet Pear & Cognac Liqueur (France), 30% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.99

93

Cardenal Mendoza Angelus Liqueur (Spain), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

93

Hog Master Herbal Liqueur (South Africa), 35% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

92

Merlet Trois Citrus Liqueur (France), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$30.00

92

St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur (France), 20% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$37.99

91

Merlet C² Citron Liqueur (France), 33% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

91

Merlet Crème de Fraise, Strawberry Liqueur (France), 18% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.00

91

Merlet Crème de Peche, Peach Liqueur (France), 18% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.00

90

Bottega Sambuca (Italy), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

90

Centerba Liqueur (Italy), 70% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$54.95

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

BITTER/AMARO/APERITIF AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

97

Tempus Fugit Spirits Gran Classico Bitter (Switzerland), 28% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$36.99

Finalist

95

Peychaud's Aperitivo (France), 22% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$19.99

93

Aperol Aperitivo (Italy), 11% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.00

91

Boomsma Claerkampster Cloosterbitter Herbal Bitter (Netherlands), 40% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

90

Breckenridge Bitter (United States), 36% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

ABSINTHE AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

98

Vieux Pontarlier Absinthe (France), 65% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$69.99

Finalist

93

Absente Refined Absinthe (France), 55% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.99

90

Pernod Absinthe (France), 68% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$75.00

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VERMOUTH AWARD

DRY VERMOUTH

SCORE PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

97

MARTINI Riserva Speciale Ambrato Dry Vermouth (Italy), 18% abv $16.99 Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Finalist

94

La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Extra Dry Vermouth (France), 17% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$21.99

Finalist

93

Cinzano Extra Dry Vermouth (Italy), 18% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$7.99

91

Alessio Bianco Dry Vermouth (Italy), 18% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

VERMOUTH AWARD

SWEET VERMOUTH

SCORE PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

97

La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge Sweet Vermouth (France), 16.5% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$21.99

Finalist

96

del Professore Rosso Sweet Vermouth (Italy), 18% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$32.00

Finalist

96

MARTINI Riserva Speciale Rubino Sweet Vermouth (Italy), 18% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$16.99

Finalist

94

Cinzano Rosso Sweet Vermouth (Italy), 15% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$7.99

Finalist

94

MARTINI Rosso Sweet Vermouth (Italy), 15% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$6.99

90

Boissiere Sweet Vermouth (Italy), 18% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

SOJU/SHOCHU/BAIJIU AWARD

Chairman's Trophy

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

C

BAIJIU

SCORE PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

96

HKB Hong Kong Baijiu (China), 43% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$49.99

Finalist

95

Kinmen V.S.O. 5 Years Old Kaoliang (Taiwan), 56% abv (600ml) Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

NT$2625.00

Finalist

94

Kinmen "58" Kaoliang (Taiwan), 58% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.00

Finalist

94

Kweichow Moutai - Feitian Baijiu (China), 53% abv (375 ml) Excellent, Highly Recommended

$149.99

Finalist

94

Shui Jing Fang - Wellbay Baijiu (China), 52% abv (375 ml) Excellent, Highly Recommended

$74.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

M

J

CM

MJ

CJ

SOJU/SHOCHU/BAIJIU AWARD

CMJ

N

SHOCHU

SCORE PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

94

Wapirits Tumugi Shochu (Japan), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

JPY1800.00

Finalist

93

iichiko BAR YUZU Shochu (Japan), 8% abv (375 ml) Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.00

Finalist

92

iichiko BLŪ Shochu (Japan), 30% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

Finalist

91

iichiko Chokijyukuseichozoushu 3 Years Old Shochu (Japan), JPY1199.00 20% abv (720 ml) Excellent, Highly Recommended

90

iichiko Special 5 Years Old Shochu (Japan), 30% abv (720 ml) JPY2800.00 Excellent, Highly Recommended

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

READY-TO-DRINK/PRE-MIXED COCKTAILS/MIXERS AWARD

SCORE PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

91

PRICE

Tres Agaves Certified Organic Bloody Mary Mix (United States), (1 L) Excellent, Highly Recommended

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

$9.99

MISCELLANEOUS SPIRITS AWARD

SCORE PRODUCT NAME/ACCOLADE

92

PRICE

Solbeso Fresh Distilled Cacao (Dominican Rep.), 40% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

$48.00

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2016

ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE EVALUATES SPIRITS’ MIXABILITY FACTOR

U

ltimate Spirits Challenge™ (USC) is the only major spirits competition to include cocktail analysis. In 2016, hundreds of spirits were judged in category-relevant cocktails. In 2017 a new set of classic cocktail recipes will be assigned to categories like Gin, Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Brandy and Whiskey. The identical recipe is carefully measured, including dilution, in milliliters for each cocktail in every suitable category to ensure fairness. Each cocktail is judged blind with a glass of the spirit poured

neat next to it. Cocktails are scored on a 1-5 star scale, with 2 ½ to 3 stars being rated Delicious, 3 ½ to 4 stars Very Delicious and 4 ½ to 5 stars Drop Dead Delicious. Said Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult, “By including the cocktail component in USC, we’ve enhanced the scope of analytical data for entrants. Spirits, after all, aren’t only consumed neat. Their inclusion in category appropriate cocktails to gauge their mixability is of paramount importance to their overall purpose.”

HERE ARE ALL THE RESULTS FOR SPIRITS SCORED 4 ½ TO 5 STARS, RATED AS DROP DEAD DELICIOUS BRANDY/COGNAC: SIDECAR

Ÿ

Stonecutter Spirits Single Barrel Gin

««««« 5 Stars Ÿ

E&J VS American Brandy

Ÿ

Frapin VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac

RUM - DARK: MAI TAI ««««« 5 Stars

«««« 4.5 Stars

Ÿ

Appleton Estate Special Rum

Ÿ

Beefeater London Dry Gin

Ÿ

Cruzan Single Barrel Rum

Ÿ

Bombay Sapphire East Gin

Ÿ

Marauda Steelpan Rum

Ÿ

Booth's Cask Mellowed London Dry Gin

Ÿ

Parce 12 Years Old Rum

«««« 4.5 Stars

Ÿ

Fifty Pounds London Dry Gin

Ÿ

Ÿ

Fords Gin London Dry Gin

Ÿ

The West Winds "The Cutlass" Gin

Ÿ

Leyrat XO Elite Cognac

Courvoisier XO Cognac

CALVADOS: BRANDY DAISY ««««« 5 Stars Ÿ

Christian Drouin XO Pays d'Auge Calvados

«««« 4.5 Stars Ÿ

Christian Drouin Selection Calvados

Ÿ

Alto del Carmen Essence of Muscat Pisco

Ÿ

Pisco Porton Acholado Pisco

««««« 5 Stars

««««« 5 Stars

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Damoiseau XO Rhum Agricole

Ÿ

Don Q Signature Release Single Barrel 2005 10 Years Old Rum

Ÿ

Ron Viejo de Caldas 3 Years Old Rum

«««« 4.5 Stars

RUM - LIGHT: HEMINGWAY

Plymouth Gin

Ÿ

PISCO: PISCO PUNCH

GIN: TOM COLLINS Ÿ

«««« 4.5 Stars

Ÿ

Cane Run Number 12 Blend Rum

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TEQUILA: CLASSIC MARGARITA «««« 4.5 Stars Ÿ

Blue Nectar Founder's Blend Añejo Tequila

Ÿ

Blue Nectar Silver Tequila

Ÿ

Chinaco Añejo Tequila

Ÿ

Corazon Blanco Tequila


Ÿ Década Single Estate Blanco Tequila Ÿ

Pueblo Viejo Añejo Tequila

Ÿ

Santera Reposado Tequila

Ÿ

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Blended Scotch Whisky

Ÿ

Dewar's White Label Blended Scotch Whisky

Ÿ

Martini Riserva Speciale Ambrato Dry Vermouth

VERMOUTH - SWEET: REVERSE MANHATTAN ««««« 5 Stars Ÿ

La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge Sweet Vermouth

«««« 4.5 Stars

Ÿ del Professore Rosso Sweet Vermouth Ÿ

Martini Rosso Sweet Vermouth

WHISK(E)Y - WORLD: RUSTY NAIL ««««« 5 Stars

Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Years Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

««««« 5 Stars

Ÿ

Knappogue Castle 14 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Ÿ

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Ÿ

Old Pulteney 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Ÿ

Redbreast 15 Years Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Ÿ

Sia Blended Scotch Whisky

Ÿ

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Ÿ

The Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Ÿ

Tullibardine 500 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

A sweet, mellow whiff of apples gives way to a round, creamy mouthfeel. Vegetal and spicy, it shows plenty of fruit character and an earthy minerality. The smoke is subtle on the finish.

CHAIRMAN'S TROPHY Category: Mezcal

98

BARRELL BOURBON BATCH 007 CASK STRENGTH STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY

United States, 61.2% abv, $84.99

Cashew butter, rolled oats, nutmeg, and brown sugar on the nose. Toasted nut and honey dominate the palate with a complex fruitiness making for a lifted, balanced mouthfeel. Delicious.

Ÿ

Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

WHISK(E)Y - NORTH AMERICA: WARD EIGHT

Ÿ

Highland Park 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

««««« 5 Stars Ÿ

Clyde May's Bourbon

Ÿ

Highland Park 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Ÿ

Knob Creek 9 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Ÿ

Oban 14 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Ÿ

Old Forester Signature Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Ÿ

Oban Little Bay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Ÿ

Old Pulteney Navigator Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Ÿ

Powers Signature Release Blended Irish Whiskey

«««« 4.5 Stars

MEZCALES DE LEYENDA MURCIELAGO DURANGO

2015 Mezcal (Mexico), 47% abv, $70.00

Ÿ Glenmorangie Original 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

VERMOUTH - DRY: 50:50 MARTINI Ÿ

98

«««« 4.5 Stars

FINALIST Category: Whiskey, Bourbon

Ÿ

Barrell Bourbon Batch 006 Straight Bourbon

96

Ÿ

Blanton's Original Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon

United States, 61.45% abv, $84.99

Ÿ

Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Ÿ

Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon

Ÿ

Hirsch Small Batch Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Ÿ

Hochstadter's Vatted Straight Rye Whiskey

Ÿ

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 9 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Ÿ

Aberlour 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Ÿ

Aberlour A'bunadh Batch 52 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Ÿ

anCnoc Rascan Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Ÿ

Ardbeg 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Ÿ

Buchanan's Deluxe 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky

Ÿ

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2015 Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Ÿ

Bunnahabhain 12 Years Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Ÿ

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Kentucky Straight Bourbon

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BARRELL BOURBON BATCH 006 CASK STRENGTH STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY

The oak intensity announces itself out of the gate. The wood impact manifests as fumes. Vanilla bean and butterscotch push through on the palate, a testament to the maker’s skilled construction process. Vanilla even cuts through on the hot fade.

FINALIST WARD EIGHT ★★★★ Category: Whiskey, Bourbon


2016

ULTIMATE WINE CHALLENGE

t this year’s Ultimate Wine Challenge™ (UWC) led by Founder and Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult, nine of the world’s foremost wine experts, buyers and journalists convened in May at the UBC Evaluation Center to evaluate more than 1,200 still, sparkling and fortified wines, ciders and sakes from around the world. The judges included Doug Frost, Master Sommelier, Master of Wine, journalist and buyer; Tracy Ellen Kamens, Ed. D, DWS, consultant; Jack Mason, Master Sommelier; Tess Rose Lampert, wine educator; Patricia Savoie, wine journalist; Rick Schofield, CWE, consultant; Francis Schott, restaurateur and buyer and Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, Master of Wine. Under the strict tenets of UWC’s rules of service, all entries are served without the judges knowing anything about the wines except for their category. In order to insure complete impartiality, no labels are seen, no

producer identities are revealed and no prices divulged to the judges. All wines are served in appropriate glassware at the proper temperature and grouped for the judges into small flights of 3-8 wines matching like-withlike in terms of grape type, region and price. Said F. Paul Pacult, “To get the fairest results it takes seasoned wine experts on the judging and preparation teams, the ideal analytical environment, and the proper methodology. Whether a wine sells for $4.99 or $499.00 per bottle is immaterial to us. What matters is that each wine, cider and sake submission, no matter what its price tag, is treated with respect and evaluated in the best possible conditions. UWC owes the producers of wine, cider and sake from around the world who have submitted their entries to UWC the scrupulous evaluation they deserve.”

ULTIMATE WINE CHALLENGE…PROVIDING THE HONEST EVALUATION THAT WINES DESERVE.

CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING WINES AWARD

SCORE

CHAMPAGNE – FRANCE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2006 Epernay (France), 12.5% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$65.00

Finalist

93

Beaumont des Crayeres Grande Reserve NV Epernay (France), 12% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

Finalist

93

Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Rose 2008 Epernay (France), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$69.99

Finalist

93

Moet & Chandon Imperial Rose NV Epernay (France), 12% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

Finalist

92

Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut NV Epernay (France), 12% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$41.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING WINES AWARD

SCORE

CAVA – SPAIN

Chairman's Trophy

93

Can Petit Rose Cava 2013 Penedes (Spain), 11.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

Finalist

92

Celler Barcelona Brut NV Cava (Spain), 11.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING WINES AWARD

SCORE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

PROSECCO – ITALY

Chairman's Trophy

96

Mionetto Prestige Collection 1887 Brut Prosecco NV Treviso (Italy), 11% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$14.00

Finalist

95

Villa Puccini Prosecco (Italy), 11% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$14.99

Finalist

93

It's a Headsnapper Prosecco (Italy), 11% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

92

Beato Bartolomeo Breganze Extra Dry NV Prosecco (Italy), 11.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

92

La Marca NV Prosecco (Italy), 11% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

91

Chloe NV Prosecco (Italy), 11% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

91

Cupcake Vineyards NV Prosecco (Italy), 11.2% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

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CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING WINES AWARD

SPARKLING – USA PRICE

SCORE PRODUCT NAME / ACCOLADE

Chairman's Trophy

94

Domaine Carneros by Taittinger Le Reve 2009 Carneros (United States), 12.4% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$105.00

Finalist

91

Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante NV California (United States), 10.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

90

Barefoot Bubbly Tropical Fusion NV California (United States), 10.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING WINES AWARD

97

DOMAINE TRELOAR THREE PEAKS

2012 Cotes du Roussillon (France), 14% abv, $20.00

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

A complex bouquet of cedar smoke and graphite mingles with ripe fruit. It’s full bodied on the palate and immediately fills the senses with notes of leather, blackberries, plums, and charred earth. The finish is long, tannic, and hints of minerality.

SPARKLING – WORLD PRICE

SCORE PRODUCT NAME / ACCOLADE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

Chairman's Trophy

95

JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset No. 69 Rose NV Burgundy (France), 13.5% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Finalist

94

Fantini Gran Cuvee Vino Spumante Brut Rose (Italy), 12% abv $20.99 Excellent, Highly Recommended

CHAIRMAN'S TROPHY, GREAT VALUE

Finalist

93

Fantini Farnese Gran Cuvee Bianco Brut NV (Italy), 12% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.99

For more information contact: alice@loubatonimports.com

Finalist

93

Veuve du Vernay Ice Demi Sec NV Beaune (France), 11% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

Finalist

93

Veuve du Vernay Ice Rose Demi Sec NV Beaune (France), 11.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

Finalist

92

Mionetto Prestige Collection Gran Rose Extra Dry NV Veneto (Italy), 11.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.00

91

Henkell Blanc de Blancs NV (Germany), 12% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.00

91

JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset No. 21 Brut NV Cremant de Bourgogne (France), 12% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

91

Schlumberger Brut Gruner Veltliner 2014 (Austria), 11.5% abv $18.00 Excellent, Highly Recommended

91

Schlumberger Rose Secco NV (Austria), 11.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

90

Leoube Sparkling de Leoube NV Provence (France), 12% abv n/a Excellent, Highly Recommended

90

Tosti Riserva Giulio I Alta Langa 2009 (Italy), 12.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING WINES AWARD

$25.00

ARNEGUI RESERVA

2012 Rioja (Spain), 13.5% abv, $22.00

A herbaceous nose of mint, bell pepper, and thyme leaps from the glass before a full-bodied palate of rich vanilla, tobacco, baking spice, violet, and cassis. The plush texture of the wine holds up throughout, including on the soft finish.

$18.00

€35.00

FINALIST

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

94

Tosti Moscato d'Asti 2015 (Italy), 5.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

€13.00

Finalist

92

Cupcake Vineyards Moscato D'Asti 2015 (Italy), 5.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

AWARD

93

ASTI/MOSCATO D’ASTI – ITALY

SCORE PRODUCT NAME / ACCOLADE

WHITE WINES

Category: Red Wines, France

93

GRAN BAJOZ

2013 Toro (Spain), 14% abv

CHARDONNAY – WORLD PRICE

SCORE PRODUCT NAME / ACCOLADE

Category: Red Wines, Spain

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

Chairman's Trophy

96

Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Chardonnay 2014 Chalk Hill (United States), 13.5% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$22.00

Finalist

95

Foley Rancho Santa Rosa Chardonnay 2013 Santa Rita Hills (United States), 14.3% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$30.00

Finalist

94

Davis Bynum River West Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 Russian $25.00 River Valley (United States), 14.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

Finalist

93

Gallo Signature Series Chardonnay 2013 Russian River Valley (United States), 14.4% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$33.00

Finalist

93

J. Lohr ARROYO VISTA Chardonnay 2014 Arroyo Seco (United States), 14.9% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

Roasted flavors of dark chocolate and French press coffee are found in abundance on the nose of this rustic, full-bodied red. Delicious, roasted berry fruit and a touch of wood spice lead to a rich and velvety finish.

FINALIST

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92

La Catrina Chardonnay 2015 Sonoma County (United States), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

92

Pam's Un-oaked Chardonnay 2014 Sonoma County (United States), 11.9% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

92

Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Chardonnay 2014 Sonoma Coast (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

92

Sanctuary Chardonnay 2014 Russian River Valley (United States), 15.2% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

92

Westerly Bentrock Vineyards Chardonnay 2014 Santa Rita Hills (United States), 14.1% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$65.00

91

Belle Ambiance Chardonnay 2014 California (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

91

Carmenet Winery Reserve-Vintner's Collection Chardonnay 2015 California (United States), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

91

Concannon Vineyards Chardonnay 2014 Monterey County (United States), 13.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

91

J Vineyards Chardonnay 2014 Russian River Valley (United States), 14.3% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.00

91

J. Lohr OCTOBER NIGHT Chardonnay 2014 Arroyo Seco (United States), 14.9% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

91

Jekel Vineyards Gravelstone Chardonnay 2014 Arroyo Seco/Monterey (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

91

Menage a Trois Chardonnay 2014 California (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.00

91

Noble Vines 446 San Bernabe Vineyard Chardonnay 2014 Monterey (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

91

Pamela's Un-Oaked Chardonnay 2014 Sonoma County (United States), 12.4% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.00

91

River Road Mills Cuvee Chardonnay 2014 Green Valley of Russian River Valley (United States), 14.2% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

91

Sidewood Chardonnay 2013 Adelaide Hills (Australia), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.99

91

Talbott Kali Hart Chardonnay 2014 Monterey (United States), 14.2% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.00

91

Westerly Wines Chardonnay 2014 Santa Ynez Valley (United States), 14.4% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$40.00

90

Budureasca Chardonnay 2015 Dealu Mare (Romania), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€12.00

90

Chloe Chardonnay 2014 Sonoma County (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

90

Frei Brothers Reserve Chardonnay 2014 Russian River Valley (United States), 13.8% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

90

MacMurray Estate Vineyards Chardonnay 2014 Russian River Valley (United States), 13.8% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

90

Newman's Own Chardonnay 2014 California (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.00

90

Rodney Strong Chardonnay 2014 Sonoma County (United States), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

90

Savor Collective Chardonnay 2014 Monterey County (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

WHITE WINES AWARD

SCORE

SAUVIGNON BLANC – WORLD

Chairman's Trophy

95

Heritance Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Napa Valley (United States), 13.5% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$17.99

Finalist

94

Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Marlborough (New Zealand), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

Finalist

92

Alex K Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Marlborough (New Zealand), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

Finalist

92

Budureasca Origini Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Dealu Mare (Romania), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€18.00

Finalist

92

William Hill Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2014 North Coast (United States), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

91

Black Stallion Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Napa Valley (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.99

91

J. Lohr CAROL'S VINEYARD Sauvignon Blanc 2015 St. Helena (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

91

KWV Classic Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Western Cape (South Africa), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$8.99

91

Noble Vines 242 San Bernabe Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Monterey (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

91

Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Northern Sonoma County (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

90

Infamous Goose Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Marlborough (New Zealand), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

90

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Ritual Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Casablanca Valley (Chile), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.99

90

Starborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Marlborough (New Zealand), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

90

The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Marlborough (New Zealand), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

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WHITE WINES AWARD

PINOT GRIGIO/PINOT GRIS – WORLD PRICE

SCORE PRODUCT NAME / ACCOLADE

Chairman's Trophy

94

Balletto Pinot Gris 2014 Russian River Valley (United States), $18.00 13.8% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

Finalist

92

Budureasca Vine In Flames Pinot Gris 2015 Dealu Mare (Romania), 13.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

€10.00

Finalist

92

Joel Gott Oregon Pinot Gris 2014 Willamette Valley (United States), 12.8% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.00

Finalist

92

Terra d'Oro Pinot Grigio 2015 Santa Barbara County (United States), 13.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.00

91

MacMurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Gris 2014 Russian River Valley $20.00 (United States), 14.4% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

91

Sheldrake Point Pinot Gris 2015 Finger Lakes (United States), $16.00 14% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

90

J Vineyards Pinot Gris 2014 California (United States), 13.8% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

90

La Catrina Pinot Grigio 2015 Sonoma County (United States), $11.99 12.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

WHITE WINES AWARD

$18.00

RIESLING – WORLD PRICE

SCORE PRODUCT NAME / ACCOLADE

96

Wagner Vineyards Select Riesling 2013 Finger Lakes (United States), 11.4% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Finalist

94

Kalex Wines Single Vineyard Pisa Terrace Riesling 2014 Central Otago (New Zealand), 12.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

Finalist

94

Wagner Vineyards Semi Dry Riesling 2013 Finger Lakes (United States), 11.7% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

92

Wagner Vineyards Dry Riesling 2014 Finger Lakes (United States), 12.1% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

91

50 Degrees Riesling 2014 Rheingau (Germany), 11% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

91

Wagner Vineyards Caywood East Vineyard Riesling 2014 Finger Lakes (United States), 12.3% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.99

Chairman's Trophy

WHITE WINES AWARD

$12.99

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

94

Fisher King Winery Meadow Song American Sweet Moscato 2015 American (United States), 9.1% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.95

Finalist

92

Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato NV California (United States), 9% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$4.99

AWARD

Chairman's Trophy

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

MUSCAT/MOSCATO/MOSCATEL – WORLD

SCORE PRODUCT NAME / ACCOLADE

WHITE WINES

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

FRANCE PRICE

SCORE PRODUCT NAME / ACCOLADE

95

Sauvion Vouvray 2015 (France), 11.5% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$11.99

Finalist

94

Chateau Tourril Helios Roussanne 2015 Minervois (France), 13% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

Finalist

93

Bouchard Aine & Fils 2014 Pouilly-Fuisse (France), 14% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$27.00

Finalist

93

Sauvion 2015 Sancerre (France), 13% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.99

Finalist

93

Vignobles Lacheteau Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Pouilly-Fume (France), 12.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

Finalist

93

Vignobles Lacheteau 2015 Vouvray (France), 12% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$7.99

92

J. Moreau & Fils Chablis 2014 (France), 12% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

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EXCELLENT

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“The copper rose gold color of the wine positively glows in the glass with aromas of citrus blossom and fresh flowers. Vibrant minerality lives in the flavors of the grapefruit, lime zest, and yellow peach. Lively and fun with a serious side.” Imported by Luneau USA Inc. Westport, CT | luneauusa.com

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91

Bernard Magrez Le Prelat 2014 Cotes du Rhone Villages (France) 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€15.00

91

La Grande Maison Chardonnay 2014 Pays d'Oc (France), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

90

Domaine Treloar One Block Muscat 2013 Cotes Catalanes (France), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

90

Sauvion 2014 Muscadet de Sevre et Maine (France), 11.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

WHITE WINES AWARD

SCORE

ITALY

Chairman's Trophy

95

Bulgarini Turbiana 2015 Lugana (Italy), 13% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

€9.00

Finalist

94

Vigneti del Vulture Pipoli Greco-Fiano 2015 Basilicata (Italy), 12% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

Finalist

93

San Felo Le Stoppie Vermentino 2015 Maremma Tuscana (Italy), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

Finalist

92

Bulgarini 010 Turbiana 2015 Lugana (Italy), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€10.00

Finalist

92

Cantine Aurora Moscato 2015 Piedmont (Italy), 5.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

Finalist

92

Mezzacorona Cliffhanger Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2015 Trentino (Italy), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

Finalist

92

Sheep Thrills Pecorino 2015 Terre di Chieti (Italy), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

Finalist

92

Vigneti del Vulture Sensuale Moscato 2015 Basilicata (Italy), 9.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

91

Alta Luna Pinot Grigio 2015 Vigneti delle Dolomiti (Italy), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

91

Barone Fini Pinot Grigio 2015 Valdadige (Italy), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

91

Caposaldo Moscato NV Provincia di Pavia (Italy), 5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

91

Chloe Pinot Grigio 2014 Valdadige (Italy), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

91

Feudo Maccari Grillo 2015 Sicily (Italy), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.99

91

It's a Headsnapper Pinot Grigio 2014 delle Venezie (Italy), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

90

Barone Fini Pinot Grigio 2015 Alto Adige (Italy), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

90

Beato Bartolomeo Breganze Pinot Grigio 2015 Breganze (Italy), 12% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.25

90

Caposaldo Pinot Grigio 2015 Delle Venezie (Italy), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

90

Cavit Pinot Grigio 2015 delle Venezie (Italy), 12% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$8.99

90

Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio 2015 Trentino (Italy), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

90

Poggio Rosso Feronia Viognier 2014 Val di Cornia (Italy), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$33.99

90

Rocca Sveva 2014 Soave Classico (Italy), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

90

Tolloy Pinot Grigio 2015 Alto Adige (Italy), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

90

Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio 2015 Sicily (Italy), 12% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

WHITE WINES AWARD

SCORE

SPAIN

Chairman's Trophy

94

Comenge Verdejo 2015 Rueda (Spain), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.00

Finalist

93

Flor Innata Verdejo 2015 Rueda (Spain), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.00

Finalist

92

Ramon Bilbao Albariño 2015 Rias Baixas (Spain), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

Finalist

92

Valdecuevas Fermented in Barrels Verdejo 2014 Rueda Superior (Spain), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

Finalist

92

Valdecuevas Verdejo 2015 Rueda (Spain), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.00

90

Nivei 2015 Rioja (Spain), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

90

Pulpo Albariño 2015 Rias Baixas (Spain), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

WHITE WINES AWARD

SCORE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

PORTUGAL

Chairman's Trophy

94

Quetzal Reserva Branco Antão Vaz 2013 Alentejo (Portugal), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

Finalist

93

Aveleda Alvarinho 2015 Vinho Verde (Portugal), 12% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

90

Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro/Alvarinho 2015 Vinho Verde (Portugal), 11% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$8.99

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WHITE WINES AWARD

WHITE BLENDS – NORTH AMERICA

SCORE PRODUCT NAME / ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

94

Jost Tidal Bay 2015 Nova Scotia (Canada), 10.8% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

Finalist

93

Jost L'Acadie Pinot Grigio 2014 Nova Scotia (Canada), 12% abv CAD14.39 Excellent, Highly Recommended

Finalist

92

RDLR The Magician White Wine 2014 California (United States), 12.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

Finalist

91

Gaspereau Vineyards Tidal Bay 2015 Nova Scotia (Canada), 10.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

CAD21.99

Finalist

91

Terra d'Oro Chenin Blanc/Viognier 2015 Clarksburg (United States), 12.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.00

WHITE WINES AWARD

Chairman's Trophy Finalist

AWARD

93

n/a

92

Budureasca Fume 2015 Dealu Mare (Romania), 13.1% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

€12.00

KWV Classic Collection Chenin Blanc 2015 Western Cape (South Africa), 13.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

PRICE

SCORE PRODUCT NAME / ACCOLADE

PRICE

Alamos Torrontes 2015 Salta (Argentina), 13% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.00

Finalist

92

Budureasca Tamaioasa Romaneasca 2015 Dealu Mare (Romania), 13.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

€12.00

Finalist

91

Fisher King Winery Saint Pepin "1,000 Bottle" Limited Release $18.95 St. Pepin 2014 Vernon County (United States), 10.3% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

91

Wollersheim Winery Prairie Fume Seyval Blanc 2015 American (United States), 10% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.00

90

Callia Alta Torrontes 2015 Tulum Valley (Argentina), 13.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$8.99

90

Patricius Tokaj Furmint 2014 Tokaj (Hungary), 12% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

CASTELLO TRICERCHI SANGIOVESE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

Appealing aromas of leather, caper, and raspberry fill the nose. Vibrant acidity melds with soft tannins to create a silky texture in the mouth, peppered with flavors of aged violets and sour cherry. A well structured wine with elegance.

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

Category: Red Wines, Italy

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

91

CASTELLO TRICERCHI SANGIOVESE

2014 Rosso di Montalcino (Italy), 13.5% abv, $25.99

This is a stunning example of young Sangiovese that features a beautiful core of bright, wild cherry fruit and a hint of bitter cocoa. The aromatics bring to mind the Tuscan countryside with notes of sage, thyme, and wild chive.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON – WORLD

SCORE PRODUCT NAME / ACCOLADE

96

93

OTHER WHITE VARIETALS – WORLD

94

Chairman's Trophy

Category: Red Wines, Cabernet Sauvignon - World

SWEET WHITE WINES – WORLD

Chairman's Trophy

AWARD

FINALIST, GREAT VALUE

2011 Brunello di Montalcino (Italy), 14% abv, $49.99

Quady Winery Electra Orange Muscat 2014 California (United $14.00 States), 4.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

RED WINES

2015 Sonoma County (United States), 12.5% abv, $11.99

$8.99

PRICE

SCORE PRODUCT NAME / ACCOLADE

WHITE WINES

Finalist

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

Landa Vineyards Viognier 2014 Sonoma Valley (United States), $28.00 14.3% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

WHITE WINES

94

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

VIOGNIER – WORLD

SCORE PRODUCT NAME / ACCOLADE

90

AWARD

PRICE

LA CATRINA CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Aromas are enticing with plums and currants that are ripe but not jammy. Balanced in the mouth, there is plenty of earthy rusticity intertwined with the fresh red berry flavors. A clean dry finish rounds off the back palate.

CHENIN BLANC – WORLD

SCORE PRODUCT NAME / ACCOLADE

WHITE WINES

AWARD

PRICE

Tokaj Kereskedohaz Cuvee Dry White 2014 Tokaj-Hegyalja (Hungary), 12.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

94

AWARD

CAD19.99

WHITE BLENDS – EUROPE

SCORE PRODUCT NAME / ACCOLADE

WHITE WINES

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

93

PRICE

Carmen Gold Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo Valley (Chile), 14.3% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

Category: Red Wines, Italy

$43.99

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Finalist

95

J. Lohr CAROL'S VINEYARD Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 St. Helena (United States), 14.9% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$60.00

Finalist

94

Forchini Proprietor's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Dry Creek Valley (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$36.00

Finalist

94

Joseph Carr Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Rutherford (United States), 15.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

Finalist

93

Joseph Carr Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Paso Robles (United States), 13.9% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

Finalist

93

Kingston Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Clare Valley/Coonawarra (Australia), 13.5% ab

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

Finalist

93

La Catrina Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Sonoma County (United States), 12.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

Finalist

93

Lobo Wulff Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Atlas Peak (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$80.00

Finalist

93

Niner Wine Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Paso Robles (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$40.00

Finalist

93

Rodney Strong Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Knights Valley (United States), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

Finalist

93

Santa Rita Medalla Real Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Maipo Valley (Chile), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

Finalist

93

Santa Rita Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Maipo Valley (Chile), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.00

92

Backstage Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Napa Valley (United States), 14.2% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$88.00

92

Budureasca Origini Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Dealu Mare (Romania), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

â‚Ź18.00

92

Folie a Deux Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Alexander Valley (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.00

92

Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Alexander Valley (United States), 14.2% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$27.00

92

Gallo Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Napa Valley (United States), 15% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

92

Garnet Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Paso Robles (United States), 13.8% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

92

J. Lohr HILLTOP Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Paso Robles (United States), 14.9% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

92

Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Double Lariat Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Napa Valley (United States), 14.7% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$65.00

92

KWV Classic Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Western Cape (South Africa), 14.37% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$8.99

92

Le Vigne Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Paso Robles (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$21.00

92

Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Alexander Valley (United States), 14.6% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.00

92

Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Sonoma County (United States), 13.8% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

92

Midsummer Cellars Katz Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 St. Helena (United States), 15% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$55.00

92

Midsummer Cellars Tomasson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 St. Helena (United States), 15.2% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$55.00

92

Westerly Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara (United States), 14.8% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$60.00

91

Austerity Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Paso Robles (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

91

Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 California (United States), 13.8% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

91

Grand Banker Cabernet Sauvignon NV Nova Scotia (Canada), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

CAD12.99

91

Heavyweight Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 California (United States), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

91

Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Napa Valley (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$38.00

91

Midsummer Cellars Canon Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Napa Valley (United States), 15% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$75.00

91

Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Sonoma County (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

91

Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Alexander Valley (United States), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.00

91

Shadowland Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Washington (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

91

Trapiche Broquel Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Mendoza (Argentina), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

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Trinchero BRV Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Napa Valley (United $80.00 States), 14.8% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

91

Trinchero Mario's Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Napa Valley (United States), 14.7% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

91

Wine Spots Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Napa Valley (United States), 14.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$30.00

90

Black Stallion Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Napa Valley (United States), 14.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

90

Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Maipo (Chile), 14% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

90

Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 California (United States), 15.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.00

90

Lobo Wulff Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Napa Valley (United States), 14.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$58.00

90

Rare Cab Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 California (United States), 13% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.00

90

Vista Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 California (United States), 13% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

RED WINES AWARD

PINOT NOIR – WORLD

SCORE PRODUCT NAME / ACCOLADE

PRICE

Domaine Carneros The Famous Gate Pinot Noir 2013 Carneros (United States), 14.4% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Chairman's Trophy

98

Finalist

95

Finalist

95

Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir 2014 Monterey (United States), 14.6% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$26.00

Finalist

94

Alex K Pinot Noir 2013 Waipara (New Zealand), 13% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

Finalist

94

Alexander Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014 Alexander Valley (United States), 14% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.00

Finalist

94

Foley Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir 2013 Sta. Rita Hills (United States), 14.1% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$40.00

Finalist

94

J. Lohr FOG'S REACH Pinot Noir 2013 Arroyo Seco (United States), 14.9% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

Finalist

94

Kalex Pinot Noir 2013 Central Otago (New Zealand), 14.3% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

Finalist

94

Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir 2013 Sonoma Coast (United States), 14.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$30.00

Finalist

94

Talbott Logan Pinot Noir 2014 Monterey (United States), 14.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.00

Finalist

94

Westwood Estate Annadel Gap Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir 2014 Sonoma County (United States), 14.6% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$48.00

93

J Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014 Russian River Valley (United States), 14.3% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$40.00

93

Josh Cellars Pinot Noir 2014 Central Coast (United States), 13.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.00

93

Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir 2013 Russian River Valley (United States), 14.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

93

Ron Rubin Pinot Noir 2013 Green Valley of Russian River Valley (United States), 13.7% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$40.00

93

Ron Rubin Pinot Noir 2013 Russian River Valley (United States), 13.7% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

93

Westwood Estate Annadel Gap Vineyard Pommard Clone Pinot Noir 2014 Sonoma County (United States), 14.3% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$54.00

92

10 Span Pinot Noir 2014 Central Coast (United States), 13.5% abv $7.00 Excellent, Highly Recommended

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

$79.00

Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir 2013 Carneros (United States), 14.2% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation $38.00

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92

MacMurray Estate Vineyards Reserve Pinot Noir 2014 Russian River Valley (United States), 14.3% ab

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$43.00

92

River Road Stephanie's Cuvee Pinot Noir 2014 Green Valley of Russian River Valley (United States), 14.3% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

92

Sanctuary Vien Nacieo Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Santa Maria Valley (United States), 14.3% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$40.00

92

Savor Collective Pinot Noir 2014 Monterey County (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.99

92

Storyteller Into the Fog Pinot Noir 2014 Sonoma County (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

92

Westwood Estate Annadel Gap Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Sonoma County (United States), 13.9% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$44.00

91

Austerity Pinot Noir 2014 Santa Lucia Highlands (United States), 14.7% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

91

Davis Bynum Jane's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Russian River Valley (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

91

Diora La Petite Grace Pinot Noir 2014 Monterey (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

91

Folie a Deux Pinot Noir 2014 Sonoma Coast (United States), 14.2% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.00

91

Frei Brothers Reserve Pinot Noir 2013 Dry Creek Valley (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$27.00

91

Gallo Signature Series Pinot Noir 2014 Santa Lucia Highlands (United States), 15.2% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

91

Hyacinth Pinot Noir 2013 Santa Lucia Highlands (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

91

Niner Wine Estates Pinot Noir 2013 Edna Valley (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

91

William Hill Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2014 Central Coast (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.00

91

Wine Spots Pinot Noir 2013 Carneros (United States), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$30.00

90

Balletto Pinot Noir 2013 Russian River Valley (United States), 13.8% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.00

90

Black Stallion Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2014 Los Carneros (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

90

Chloe Pinot Noir 2014 Monterey County (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

90

Lobo Wulff Vineyards Pinot Noir 2013 Napa Valley (United States), 13.9% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

RED WINES AWARD

SCORE

MERLOT – WORLD

Chairman's Trophy

93

Rodney Strong Merlot 2013 Sonoma County (United States), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

Finalist

92

Napa Cellars Merlot 2013 Napa Valley (United States), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.00

Finalist

91

Columbia Winery Merlot 2014 Columbia Valley (United States), 13.7% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.00

Finalist

91

Joel Gott Merlot 2014 California (United States), 13.9% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.00

Finalist

91

Josh Cellars Merlot 2014 California (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.00

90

Cupcake Vineyards Merlot 2014 Central Coast (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

90

Noble Vines 181 Merlot 2013 Lodi (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

90

The Naked Grape Merlot NV California (United States), 13.5% abv (3L Box)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.00

90

William Hill Estate Winery Merlot 2013 Central Coast (United States), 13.9% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

RED WINES AWARD

SCORE

MALBEC – WORLD

Chairman's Trophy

94

Proemio Malbec 2015 Mendoza (Argentina), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

Finalist

93

Alamos Seleccion Malbec 2014 Mendoza (Argentina), 13.8% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

Finalist

91

Alamos Malbec 2014 Mendoza (Argentina), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.00

Finalist

91

Altamana Grande Reserve Malbec 2014 Maule Valley (Chile), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.99

Finalist

91

Gnarly Head Malbec 2014 Mendoza (Argentina), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

Finalist

91

Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Whiplash Malbec 2014 California (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.99

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Finalist

91

Tierra Prometida Malbec 2014 Mendoza (Argentina), 13.7% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.00

Finalist

91

Trapiche Broquel Malbec 2014 Mendoza (Argentina), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

Finalist

91

Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec 2014 Mendoza (Argentina), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

90

Alta Vista Classic Malbec 2014 Mendoza (Argentina), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

90

Barefoot Malbec NV California (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$6.99

90

Callia Alta Malbec 2015 Tulum Valley (Argentina), 13.1% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$8.99

90

Dona Silvina Malbec 2014 Mendoza (Argentina), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

90

Dona Silvina Reserva Malbec 2009 Mendoza (Argentina), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$59.99

90

Midsummer Cellars Malbec 2013 Knights Valley (United States), 13.8% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

RED WINES AWARD

SCORE

SHIRAZ/SYRAH – WORLD

Chairman's Trophy

95

Landa Vineyards Syrah 2012 Sonoma Valley (United States), 14.8% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$45.00

Finalist

94

Kingston Estate Shiraz 2014 Clare Valley/Mt. Benson (Australia), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

Finalist

92

Ferngrove Dragon Shiraz 2012 Frankland River (Australia), 14.1% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$32.99

Finalist

92

Ferngrove Shiraz 2012 Frankland River (Australia), 14.1% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.99

Finalist

92

King's Luck K188 Classic Shiraz 2013 South Australia (Australia), 13.9% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

CNY188.00

Finalist

92

King's Luck K288 Selection Shiraz 2013 South Australia (Australia), 13.9% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

CNY288.00

Finalist

92

Westwood Estate Annadel Gap Vineyard Syrah 2014 Sonoma Valley (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$40.00

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY

TRIED & TRUE AWARD

96 points | 2013 J. Lohr Tower Road Petite Sirah 97 points | 2012 J. Lohr Cuvée PAU

94 points | 2012 J. Lohr Cuvée St. E 92 points | 2013 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 95 points | 2013 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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91

King's Luck A99 Love Shiraz 2013 South Australia (Australia), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

CNY99.00

91

Kingston Echelon Shiraz 2012 Clare Valley/Mount Benson/Adelaide Plains (Australia), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

91

Landa Vineyards Syrah 2011 Sonoma Valley (United States), 14.8% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.00

91

MontGras Reserva Syrah 2015 Colchagua Valley (Chile), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

91

Ron Rubin Cool Climate Syrah 2013 Green Valley of Russian River Valley (United States), 14.1% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$32.00

91

Sidewood Shiraz 2014 Adelaide Hills (Australia), 14.2% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

90

Frey Organic Syrah 2014 Mendocino (United States), 13.9% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

90

Westerly Cote Blonde 2013 Santa Ynez Valley (United States), 15.9% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

RED WINES AWARD

SCORE

ZINFANDEL – USA

Chairman's Trophy

94

Napa Cellars Zinfandel 2013 Napa Valley (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.00

Finalist

93

Folie a Deux Zinfandel 2013 Dry Creek Valley (United States), 14.9% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

Finalist

91

Bota Box Old Vine Zinfandel 2014 California (United States), 13.5% abv (3L Box)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.99

Finalist

91

Frei Brothers Reserve Zinfandel 2014 Dry Creek Valley (United States), 14.8% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

Finalist

91

Haraszthy Family Cellars Reserve Indian Springs Ranch Zinfandel 2013 Sonoma Valley (United States), 14.8% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$33.99

Finalist

91

Haraszthy Family Cellars Zinfandel 2013 Amador County (United States), 14.8% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.99

Finalist

91

Joel Gott Zinfandel 2014 California (United States), 14.1% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.00

Finalist

91

Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Knotty Vines Zinfandel 2013 Northern Sonoma County (United States), 15% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

Finalist

91

Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2014 Amador County (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.00

90

Bold Vine Old Vine Zinfandel 2013 Lodi (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

90

Scotto Family Cellars Old Vine Zinfandel 2012 Lodi (United States), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

90

Zinfandelic Zinfandel 2014 Sierra Foothills (United States), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

ACCOLADE

PRICE

RED WINES AWARD

SCORE

PETITE SIRAH – WORLD

PRODUCT NAME

Chairman's Trophy

96

J. Lohr TOWER ROAD Petite Sirah 2013 Paso Robles (United States), 14.9% abv Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Finalist

94

Line 39 Petite Sirah 2014 California (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.00

Finalist

92

Carmen Gran Reserva Petite Sirah 2012 Maipo (Chile), 14.1% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

Finalist

92

Concannon Vineyards Petite Sirah 2014 San Francisco Bay (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2014 Alexander Valley (United States), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

RED WINES AWARD

SCORE

91

RED WINES AWARD

SCORE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

$35.00

CABERNET FRANC – WORLD GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

RED BLENDS – NORTH AMERICA

Chairman's Trophy

97

J. Lohr CUVEE PAU 2012 Paso Robles (United States), 14.9% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$50.00

Finalist

96

J. Lohr CUVEE POM 2012 Paso Robles (United States), 14.9% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$50.00

Finalist

94

Angels & Cowboys Proprietary Red 2014 Sonoma County (United States), 14.8% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.99

Finalist

94

J. Lohr CUVEE ST. E 2012 Paso Robles (United States), 14.9% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

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Finalist

93

Acronym Shadow Great Red Blend 2014 California (United States), 12.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

92

Apothic Red 2014 California (United States), 13.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.00

92

Bota Box Nighthawk Black Red Blend 2014 California (United $22.99 States), 13.6% abv (3L Box) Excellent, Highly Recommended

92

Chateau Julien Royalty Red 2014 Central Coast (United States), 13.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

92

Diora Three Crown Estate Red Wine 2013 San Bernabe (United States), 15.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

92

Gnarly Head 1924 Double Black 2013 California (United States), 15% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

92

Haraszthy Family Cellars Bearitage Red Wine 2013 Lodi (United States), 13.8% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

92

Jewelry Box Red Blend 2014 California (United States), 13.5% abv (3L Box) Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.99

92

Josh Cellars Legacy 2014 California (United States), 13.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.99

92

Scott Harvey Wines Three Stags Red Wine 2013 California (United States), 14.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.00

92

Three Thieves Red Blend 2014 California (United States), 13.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$8.00

92

Trinchero Forte Red Wine 2012 Napa Valley (United States), $70.00 14.9% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

91

Ancient Roots Dark Red Blend 2013 California (United States), 13.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

91

Apothic Dark 2013 California (United States), 14% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.00

91

Cell Block Shackled Red 2013 Sonoma County (United States), 15.7% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

91

Menage a Trois Red 2014 California (United States), 13.7% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.00

91

Taken Red Wine 2013 Napa Valley (United States), 14.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.00

91

Two Horns A Mean Red Blend 2012 California (United States), 14.1% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.00

91

Wine Spots Cuvee 38 Red Wine 2012 Napa Valley (United States), 13.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$30.00

91

Z. Alexander Brown Uncaged Proprietary Red Blend 2013 North Coast (United States), 14.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

90

Barbed Wire Red Wine Blend 2014 North Coast (United States), 13.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.00

90

Cell Block Solitary Confinement 2014 Napa Valley (United States), 15.9% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

90

Chalkboard Red Blend 2014 California (United States), 13% abv $9.99 Excellent, Highly Recommended

90

Columbia Winery Composition NV Columbia Valley (United $14.00 States), 13.8% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

90

Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet 2013 California (United States), 13.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

90

Dominant Seven Red Blend 2014 California (United States), $9.00 13.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

90

Frey Field Blend Biodynamic Red Wine 2014 Mendocino (United States), 12.4% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

90

It's a Headsnapper Radiant Red 2014 California (United States), 13.5% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

90

Stratton Lummis The Riddler Lot 6 NV Napa County (United States), 15.2% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

90

Westwood Estate Elevation Red Blend 2014 Sonoma County (United States), 13.9% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

$38.00

97

Jerez-Xeres-Sherry (Spain), 19.5% abv, $28.00

A lavish nose with aromas of brown sugar, apricots, figs, and almonds holds nothing back from the senses. Smooth and round on the palate, there are distinct flavors of dates and raisins before a dry, aromatic finish.

CHAIRMAN'S TROPHY, GREAT VALUE, TRIED & TRUE AWARD Category: Fortified Wines, Sherry - Spain

94

BARBADILLO OBISPO GASCON PALO CORTADO AGED 15 YRS

Jerez-Xeres-Sherry (Spain), 21.5% abv, $36.00

Warm cinnamon, figs, honey, candied orange zest and baked apples are pungent on the nose. On the palate it is tangy with whispers of brown sugar and dried orange that lead to intense flavors of toasted walnut and hazelnut that last forever.

FINALIST Category: Fortified Wines, Sherry - Spain

94

BARBADILLO LA CILLA PEDRO XIMENEZ

Jerez-Xeres-Sherry (Spain), 17.5% abv, $25.00

Baked fig, honey and brown sugar are sumptuous on the nose. Velvety and thick on the palate, flavors of raisins, dates and demerara sugar are rich and deeply concentrated. The bright and clean finish is dry and bitter-sweet.

FINALIST, GREAT VALUE Category: Fortified Wines, Sherry - Spain

92

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BARBADILLO PRINCIPE AMONTILLADO AGED 12 YRS

BARBADILLO CUCO OLOROSO AGED 12 YEARS

Jerez-Xeres-Sherry (Spain), 19.5% abv, $28.00

Richly flavored, but dry to the point of being hauntingly austere, dominated by roasted peanut. Salt and cigar ash fade into autumn leaves with hints of almond skin, light maple syrup, and worn leather leading to a nearly endless finish.

TRIED & TRUE AWARD Category: Fortified Wines, Sherry - Spain

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RED WINES AWARD

SCORE

RED BLENDS – SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

93

Big Bill Bill's Blend 2015 Western Cape (South Africa), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$8.99

Finalist

92

Rutini Encuentro Barrel Blend 2009 Mendoza (Argentina), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

Finalist

92

Tierra Prometida Malbec-Bonarda 2014 Mendoza (Argentina), 13.7% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.00

90

Alamos Red Blend 2014 Mendoza (Argentina), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.00

90

Montgras Quatro 2015 Colchagua Valley (Chile), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.99

90

Savor Collective Red Blend 2014 (Australia), 15% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.99

90

Yellow Tail Big Bold Red NV South Eastern (Australia), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$7.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

RED WINES AWARD

SCORE

FRANCE

Chairman's Trophy

97

Domaine Treloar Three Peaks 2012 Cotes du Roussillon (France), 14% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$20.00

Finalist

95

Chateau Lagrezette Malbec 2009 Cahors (France), 14.5% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$43.99

Finalist

95

Domaine Treloar One Block Grenache 2013 Cotes du Roussillon (France), 14% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$16.00

Finalist

95

Domaine Treloar Tahi 2010 Cotes du Roussillon (France), 14% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$34.00

94

Chateau Bonnet Red 2012 Bordeaux (France), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

94

Chateau Faizeau 2014 Montagne Saint-Emilion (France), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$26.00

94

Chateau Ma Seguala 2015 Cotes du Roussillon-Villages (France), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

94

Chateau Seigneurie de Murviel 2015 Languedoc (France), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

93

Chateau Tourril Panatella 2011 Minervois (France), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

93

Domaine Treloar Le Secret 2012 Cotes du Roussillon (France), 14.4% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.00

92

Bernard Magrez Le Prelat 2014 Cotes du Rhone Villages (France), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€16.00

92

Chateau de Rochemorin 2012 Pessac Leognan (France), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$33.99

92

Chateau du Cartillon 2012 Haut-Medoc (France), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.00

92

Chateau St. Martin de Grave 2008 Coteaux du Languedoc (France), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.99

92

Louis Bernard 2014 Chateauneuf du Pape (France), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

91

Barton & Guestier 290th Heritage Rhone Blend NV (France), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

91

Barton & Guestier Les Galets 2015 Cotes du Rhone (France), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

91

Chateau Tourril Livia 2013 Minervois (France), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$27.00

91

Louis Bernard LOUIS 2015 Cotes du Rhone Villages (France), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

91

Rue de Perle 2014 Cotes du Rhone Villages (France), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

90

Chateau Mauvesin Barton 2011 Moulis en Medoc (France), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

90

Chateau Mauvesin Barton 2012 Moulis en Medoc (France), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

90

Chateau Sainte Croix 2014 Cotes de Provence (France), 15% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€7.10

90

Chateau Sergant Merlot 2014 Lalande de Pomerol (France), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$27.40

90

Les Trois Couronnes 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape (France), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

90

Les Trois Couronnes 2013 Gigondas (France), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$34.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

RED WINES AWARD

SCORE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

ITALY

Chairman's Trophy

98

Orsetto Oro 2013 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Italy), 13.5% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$15.99

Finalist

96

Fantini Farnese OPI Riserva 2011 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (Italy), 14% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$34.99

Finalist

96

Rocca Sveva 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva (Italy), 14.5% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$60.00

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Finalist

96

San Felo Dicioccatore Riserva 2012 Morellino di Scansano (Italy), 13.5% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$70.00

Finalist

95

Fantini Farnese Edizione Cinque Autoctoni (15th Release) 2013 Puglia/Abruzzo (Italy), 14% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$45.99

Finalist

95

Feudo Maccari Nero d'Avola 2014 Sicily (Italy), 14.5% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$17.99

Finalist

95

Rocca Sveva Ripasso 2011 Valpolicella (Italy), 13.5% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$22.00

Finalist

95

San Felo Aulus Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Tuscany (Italy), 13.5% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$70.00

Finalist

95

Valentini Atunis 2012 Tuscany (Italy), 14.5% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$23.99

95

Vignaricco Conte D'Attimis-Maniago Rosso 2010 Colli Orientali del Friuli (Italy), 13.5% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$30.00

Finalist

94

Caposaldo 2014 Chianti (Italy), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

94

Fantini Farnese Casale Vecchio 2014 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (Italy), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.99

94

Matane "Il Matane" 2013 Primitivo di Manduria (Italy), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.99

94

San Felo Lampo 2013 Morellino di Scansano (Italy), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$50.00

94

Vigneti Zabu Il Passo Nero d'Avola 2015 Sicily (Italy), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

93

Capezzana 2014 Barco Reale di Carmignano (Italy), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

93

Castello Tricerchi 2011 Brunello di Montalcino (Italy), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$49.99

93

Emporium Appassimento Rosso 2014 Salento (Italy), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

93

San Felo Balla La Vecchia 2014 Maremma Toscana (Italy), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

93

Vigneti del Vulture Piano del Cerro 2010 Aglianico del Vulture (Italy), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.99

92

Matane Negroamaro 2014 Puglia (Italy), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

92

Matane Primitivo 2015 Puglia (Italy), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

92

Poggio Rosso Tages 2012 Toscana Rosso (Italy), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.99

92

Poggio Rosso Velthune Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Toscana Rosso (Italy), 15% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

92

Stemmari Contodoro 2013 Sicily (Italy), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

92

Vigneti del Vulture Pipoli 2013 Aglianico del Vulture (Italy), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.99

92

Villa Puccini Gold Label 2011 Tuscany (Italy), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.99

91

Allegrini La Grola 2012 Veronese (Italy), 13.9% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$23.00

91

Castello Tricerchi 2014 Rosso di Montalcino (Italy), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.99

91

Fantini Farnese 2015 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (Italy), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

91

Mezzacorona Cliffhanger Vineyards Proprietary Red Blend 2014 Vigneti delle Dolomiti (Italy), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

91

Salviano Turlo 2013 Lago di Corbara (Italy), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.99

91

San Felo 2014 Morellino di Scansano (Italy), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

91

Stemmari Nero d'Avola 2014 Sicily (Italy), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

91

Stemmari Syrah 2014 Sicily (Italy), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

91

Valentini 2014 Monteregio di Massa Marittima (Italy), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

91

Villa Pozzi Nero d'Avola 2014 Sicily (Italy), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

90

Allegrini 2014 Valpolicella (Italy), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$17.00

90

Castello di Monsanto Monrosso 2012 Chianti (Italy), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

90

Fantini Farnese Sangiovese 2015 Terre di Chieti (Italy), 12% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

90

Masi Modello 2015 Rosso delle Venezie (Italy), 12% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

90

Vigneti Zabu Impari Nero d'Avola 2011 Sicily (Italy), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

90

Villa Puccini Riserva 2012 Chianti (Italy), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

RED WINES AWARD

SCORE

SPAIN

Chairman's Trophy

96

Vina Albali Seleccion Privada Gran Reserva 2010 Valdepenas (Spain), 13% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$10.99

Finalist

95

Familia Comenge Don Miguel Comenge Reserve 2011 Ribera del Duero (Spain), 15% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$55.00

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Finalist

95

Ramon Bilbao Mirto Tempranillo 2010 Rioja (Spain), 14% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$69.99

Finalist

95

Vina Albali Gran Reserva de Familia Tempranillo 2008 Valdepenas (Spain), 13% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$35.00

Finalist

94

Marques de Caceres Reserva 2010 Rioja (Spain), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

Finalist

93

Arnegui Reserva 2012 Rioja (Spain), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$22.00

Finalist

93

Familia Comenge Reserva 2011 Ribera del Duero (Spain), 15% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$30.00

Finalist

93

Gran Bajoz 2013 Toro (Spain), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

Finalist

93

Ramon Bilbao Limited Edition 2013 Rioja (Spain), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.99

Finalist

93

Trus Reserva 2011 Ribera del Duero (Spain), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

92

Marques de Caceres Crianza 2012 Rioja (Spain), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

92

Ontanon Reserva Tempranillo Graciano 2005 Rioja (Spain), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

92

Vina Albali Reserva 2011 Valdepenas (Spain), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

91

Barbadillo Navegante 2014 Tierra de Cadiz (Spain), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

91

Bruberry 2013 Montsant (Spain), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$27.00

91

Celler Barcelona Red Blend 2014 Cataluña (Spain), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.00

91

Las Rocas Garnacha 2013 Calatayud (Spain), 15% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.00

91

Ramon Bilbao Reserva Tempranillo 2011 Rioja (Spain), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

91

Tionio 2013 Ribera del Duero (Spain), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$32.00

91

Vina San Juan Merlot-Syrah-Tempranillo 2015 La Mancha (Spain), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$8.99

90

Arnegui Crianza 2013 Rioja (Spain), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

90

Arnegui Tempranillo 2015 Rioja (Spain), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

90

Pirineos Seleccion Crianza Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Somontano (Spain), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

90

Trus Crianza 2012 Ribera del Duero (Spain), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

RED WINES AWARD

SCORE

PORTUGAL

Chairman's Trophy

95

Cabo da Roca Winemaker's Selection Red 2015 Lisboa (Portugal), n/a abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$9.95

Finalist

94

Cascas Winemakers Selection Red 2015 Lisboa (Portugal), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.95

Finalist

93

Abaladiço Vinho Tinto 2013 Tejo (Portugal), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€2.60

Finalist

93

Burro Velho Reserva 2013 Tejo (Portugal), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€7.00

Finalist

93

Herdade Perdigao Reserva 2014 Alentejo (Portugal), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€12.99

Finalist

93

Monte Cascas Colheita Red 2015 Douro (Portugal), n/a abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.95

Finalist

93

Monte Cascas Reserva Red 2013 Douro (Portugal), n/a abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.95

Finalist

93

Quetzal Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Alentejo (Portugal), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

92

Cabo da Roca Reserva Red 2013 Douro (Portugal), n/a abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.95

92

Monte Cascas Reserva Red 2013 Alentejo (Portugal), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.95

92

Pequeno Pintor Tinto 2013 Alentejo (Portugal), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€7.99

91

Cabo da Roca Winemaker's Selection Red 2015 Douro (Portugal), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.95

91

Charamba Reserva 2014 Douro (Portugal), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$8.99

91

Guadalupe Winemaker Selection Vinho Tinto 2012 Alentejo (Portugal), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$20.00

91

Herdade da Comporta 2012 Península de Setúbal (Portugal), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€8.00

90

Aveleda Follies Touriga Nacional/Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Bairrada (Portugal), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

90

Mare (9:00 pm) Reserva Red 2014 Alentejo (Portugal), n/a abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$16.95

90

Terras de Monforte Colheita Seleccionada 2015 Alentejo (Portugal), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€6.49

90

Villa Romanu Vinho Tinto 2015 Alentejo (Portugal), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

€3.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Suvla Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Gallipoli Peninsula (Turkey), 15% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$39.99

RED WINES AWARD

Chairman's Trophy

36

SCORE

94

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Finalist

93

Suvla Sur 2013 Gallipoli Peninsula (Turkey), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

Finalist

92

Suvla Sir 2013 Gallipoli Peninsula (Turkey), 14.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$29.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Quady Winery Red Electra Moscato 2014 California (United States), 5.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

RED WINES AWARD

Chairman's Trophy

SCORE

93

RED WINES AWARD

SCORE

SWEET RED WINES – WORLD

OTHER RED VARIETALS – WORLD

Chairman's Trophy

93

Chateau Mukhrani Saperavi 2012 Kartli (Georgia), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

Finalist

92

Kingston Estate Petit Verdot 2014 Riverland (Australia), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

Finalist

92

Westwood Estate Annadel Gap Vineyard Mourvedre 2014 Sonoma Valley (United States), 14.2% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$48.00

90

Carmen Gran Reserva Carmenere 2014 Colchagua (Chile), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

90

Santa Rita Medalla Real Gran Reserva Carmenere 2012 Colchagua (Chile), 14.1% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

90

Terra d'Oro Barbera 2014 Amador County (United States), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

ROSÉ & BLUSH WINES AWARD

SCORE

96

Chateau Leoube Secret de Leoube 2015 Cotes de Provence (France), 12.5% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$31.00

Finalist

95

Henri Gaillard 2015 Cotes de Provence (France), 13% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$16.99

Finalist

95

Rose Infinie Rosé 2015 Cotes de Provence (France), 13% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$17.99

Finalist

94

Barton & Guestier Rose 2015 Cotes de Provence (France), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

Finalist

94

Vigneti del Vulture Pipoli Rosato 2015 Basilicata (Italy), 12% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$13.99

93

Aime Roquesante Rose 2015 Cotes de Provence (France), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

93

Chateau Real d'Or Rose 2015 Cotes de Provence (France), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$21.00

93

Louis Bernard 2015 Cotes du Provence Rose (France), 13.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.99

93

Scarlet of Paris Rose 2015 (France), 12% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$7.98

92

La Villa Barton 2015 Cotes de Provence (France), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

92

Leoube Cuvée Lalonde 2015 Cotes de Provence la Lalonde (France), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$42.00

91

JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset No. 5 2015 Cotes du Provence Rose (France), 14% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

91

Ludovic de Beausejour 2015 Cotes de Provence (France), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$11.99

91

Monte Carlo Rose 2015 Cotes de Provence (France), 12% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$38.00

91

Rocca Sveva Rose 2015 Veneto (Italy), 12% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

91

Sauvion 2015 Rose d'Anjou (France), 11% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

91

Villa Puccini Rose 2015 Tuscany (Italy), 12% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

ROSÉ & BLUSH WINES SCORE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

EUROPE

Chairman's Trophy

AWARD

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

NORTH AMERICA

Chairman's Trophy

93

Wollersheim Winery Prairie Blush Marechal Foch 2015 Wisconsin (United States), 11% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.00

Finalist

92

Angels & Cowboys Rose 2015 Sonoma County (United States), 12.8% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$14.99

Finalist

91

SeaGlass Rose 2015 Monterey (United States), 13% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$12.00

Finalist

91

Sheldrake Point Dry Rose 2015 Finger Lakes (United States), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.00

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90

Barefoot Pink Moscato NV California (United States), 9% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$6.99

90

Barefoot Red Moscato NV California (United States), 9% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$6.99

90

Gallo Family Vineyards Pink Moscato NV California (United States), 10% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$4.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

DESSERT WINES AWARD

SCORE

ICE WINE/EISWEIN – WORLD

Chairman's Trophy

95

The Hare Wine Co. Icewine Riesling 2013 Niagara Peninsula (Canada), 11% abv (375 ml)

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

CAD65.00

Finalist

94

The Hare Wine Co. Icewine Cabernet Franc 2013 Niagara Peninsula (Canada), 11% abv (375 ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

CAD70.00

Finalist

93

Wagner Vineyards Ice Riesling 2014 Finger Lakes (United States), 11.8% abv (375 ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$24.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

DESSERT WINES AWARD

SCORE

LATE HARVEST/DESSERT – EUROPE

Chairman's Trophy

95

Poggio Rosso Losna Vermentino 2013 Val di Cornia (Italy), 12.5% abv (375 ml)

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$56.99

Finalist

93

Domaine Treloar 2013 Muscat de Rivesaltes (France), 16.1% abv (500 ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$18.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Tokaj Kereskedohaz Late Harvest Muscat 2014 Sárgamuskotály (Hungary), 10% abv (500 ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

DESSERT WINES AWARD

SCORE

91

SCORE

97

Barbadillo Principe Amontillado Aged 12 Years Jerez-Xeres-Sherry (Spain), 19.5% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$28.00

Finalist

95

Bodegas Dios Baco Elite Amontillado NV Jerez-Xeres-Sherry (Spain), 18% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$30.00

Finalist

94

Barbadillo La Cilla Pedro Ximenez Jerez-Xeres Sherry (Spain), 17.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.00

Finalist

94

Barbadillo Obispo Gascon Palo Cortado Aged 15 Years Jerez-Xeres-Sherry (Spain), 21.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$36.00

92

Barbadillo Cuco Oloroso Aged 12 Years Jerez-Xeres-Sherry (Spain), 19.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$28.00

92

Barbadillo Solear Manzanilla Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Spain), 15% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Quady Winery Quady's Starboard Dessert Wine 2006 Amador County (United States), 20% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$35.00

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

91

Kagiya Junmai Namazume Sake Ehime (Japan), 14% abv (720ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$27.99

91

Sesshu Otokoyama Tokubetsu Junmai Sake Hyogo (Japan), 14% abv (720ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$19.99

90

Itami Onigoroshi Junmai Genshu Sake (Japan), 17% abv (720ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$42.99

90

Sawanoi Daikarakuchi Junmai Sake Tokyo (Japan), 15% abv (720ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$25.99

90

Sempuku Shinriki Junmai Sake Hiroshima (Japan), 20% abv (720ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$36.99

90

Shintaro Junmai Sake Kochi (Japan), 15% abv (720ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$27.99

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Garyubai Junmai Ginjo Namachozo Sake Shizuoka (Japan), 16% abv (720ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$33.99

FORTIFIED WINES SCORE

92

SAKE AWARD

SAKE AWARD

Chairman's Trophy

38

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

SHERRY – SPAIN

Chairman's Trophy

AWARD

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

TOKAJI/TOKAI – HUNGARY

FORTIFIED WINES AWARD

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

PORT – NORTH AMERICA GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

JUNMAI – WORLD SCORE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

JUNMAI GINJO – WORLD SCORE

93

Ultimate Beverage Challenge 2016 Guide To The World’s Best Wines & Spirits

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE


Finalist

92

Kan Nihonkai Uzu Junmai Ginjyo Sake Shimane (Japan), 16% abv (720ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

Finalist

92

Sempuku Sennofuku Junmai Ginjyo Sake Hiroshima (Japan), 15.5% abv (720 ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

Finalist

91

Bunraku Junmai Ginjyo Muroka Genshu Sake Saitama (Japan), 16% abv (720 ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

90

Tenryo Tobikiri Junmai Ginjyo Sake Gifu (Japan), 15% abv (720 ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

SAKE

JUNMAI DAI GINJO – WORLD

AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

94

Garyubai Junmai Dai Ginjyo Sake Shizuoka (Japan), 16% abv (720 ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$63.99

Finalist

93

Kunimare Kitanokirameki Junmai Dai Jinyo Sake Hokkaido (Japan), 15% abv (720 ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$52.99

Finalist

93

Sesshu Otokoyama Junmai Ginjyo Sake Hyogo (Japan), 16% abv (720 ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$45.99

90

Akita Homare Junmai Dai Ginjyo Sake Akita (Japan), 15% abv (720 ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$65.99

90

Four Fox Junmai Dai Ginjo Sake (Japan), 15% abv (720 ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

CAD60.00

90

Kitaya Shizukushibori 39 Junmai Dai Ginjyo Sake Fukuoka (Japan), 16% abv (720 ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

90

Koshi No Iso Ichigoichie Junmai Dai Ginjyo Sake Fukui (Japan), 16% abv (720 ml)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

n/a

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

CIDER

NORTH AMERICA

AWARD

SCORE

Chairman's Trophy

97

Angry Orchard The Muse Apple Cider (United States), 7.7% abv

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$15.00

Finalist

95

Angry Orchard Green Apple Cider (United States), 5% abv (355 ml/6 pack)

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

$10.00

Finalist

93

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider (United States) 5% abv (355 ml/6 pack)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.00

Finalist

93

Angry Orchard Ice Man Apple Cider (United States), 10% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$15.00

Finalist

93

Angry Orchard Knotty Pear Cider (United States), 6.5% abv (355 ml/6 pack)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.00

Finalist

93

McKeown Hard Pear Cider (Canada), 5.7% abv (4 pack/12 oz. each)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

91

McKeown Hard Cranberry Cider (Canada), 5.7% abv (4 pack/12 oz. each)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

91

William Tell Apple Mango Muscat Cider (United States), 6% abv (4 pack/16 oz. each)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

90

Angry Orchard Summer Honey Apple Cider (United States), 5% abv (355 ml/6 pack)

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.00

MEAD/SANGRIA/FRUIT/MISCELLANEOUS WINES AWARD

SCORE

93

AWARD

SCORE

ACCOLADE

Black Willow Winery Valkyrie's Lure Mead 2014 New York (United States), 12% abv Excellent, Highly Recommended

PRICE

NON-GRAPE FRUIT WINES – WORLD ACCOLADE

PRICE

Chairman's Trophy

94

Westport Winery Little Wild Blackberry Riesling NV American (United States), 11% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$26.00

Finalist

93

FRUITS AND WINE by Moncigale Grapefruit Rosé Wine 2015 Provence (France), 7% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

Finalist

92

FRUITS AND WINE by Moncigale Cherry Rosé Wine 2015 Provence (France), 7% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

91

FRUITS AND WINE by Moncigale Strawberry Rosé Wine 2015 Provence (France), 7% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$9.99

91

Westport Winery Pineapple Express Pineapple Riesling NV American (United States), 11% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$26.00

AWARD

SCORE

91

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

$18.95

PRODUCT NAME

MEAD/SANGRIA/FRUIT/MISCELLANEOUS WINES

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

MEAD – WORLD

PRODUCT NAME

MEAD/SANGRIA/FRUIT/MISCELLANEOUS WINES

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

SANGRIA – WORLD

PRODUCT NAME

ACCOLADE

PRICE

Ay Carumba Sangria NV California (United States), 12.5% abv

Excellent, Highly Recommended

$10.99

GREAT TRIED VALUE & TRUE

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Cardenal Mendoza Angelus Liqueur

Pusser’s Rum Gunpowder Proof

Fifty Pounds London Dry Gin

Alto del Carmen Essence of Muscat Pisco

Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva Brandy de Jerez

Pusser’s Rum Blue Label

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