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Cozy up at @bar.ramone in Chicago, where Ryan Arnold and Richard Hanauer created a 100+ wine list with some Basque small bites. Link in bio. #basque #chitown #chicago

In '08 Alejandro Bulgheroni launched his first-ever winery, just 11 miles from the Atlantic Ocean on Uruguay's only granitic soils. Now, Bodega Garzon is on our list of wineries to watch (see the October issue) and the '15 Balasto was among our 100 Best Wines of 2018.

Ontario's distillers are working on restoring the name of Canadian whisky. @racheldelrocco suggests a tasting tour from Toronto to Niagara.

Vermouth was once an essential part of Spanish culture, available on tap in bars throughout Madrid until the 1970s and only recently coming back into vogue. The renaissance of Spanish vermouth has been concentrated in the north of the country but, recently, a few producers in Andalucia started bringing back Vermut de Jerez. Lustau, which released a red version in 2017, has introduced a blanco made of Fino Sherry blended with moscatel wine and infused with botanicals, including wormwood, chamomile and rosemary.

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For any cocktail aficionado who wants a taste of pre-Prohibition days, Bogart’s Bitters does the trick. After studying the books of Jerry Thomas, the grandfather of the cocktail, the folks at the Bitter Truth followed the hunch that the “Bogart’s” and “Boker’s” bitters called for in recipes ranging from the Martinez to the Brandy Crusta were one in the same. Their research turned up an original bottle of Bogart’s from 1900, which they reproduced, mimicking the “lady leg” bottle shape as well as the label. Their new version of Bogart’s adds depth and spice to drinks with its notes of chocolate, cola and spice; just a dash or two will round out an Old-Fashioned. •

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Martini & Rossi, known for vermouth, has launched an alternative to Campari. Based on a recipe from Luigi Rossi, one of the founders of the company, it’s a touch sweeter and fuller in body than Campari, with fragrant botanical notes and bright orange flavor. Used in a Negroni, it makes for a full-bodied cocktail; it’s also terrific in the Sbagliato version, playing up the briskness of the sparkling wine in the drink.

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Tom Mooney, CEO and co-owner of Oregon-based House Spirits Distillery, reconnected with one of his childhood friends from Guatemala, Luís Fernando Leal, whose family is one of the biggest sugar growers in Central America. Mooney’s team went in to re-vamp the Leal family’s stills at Casa Magdalena, and they’ve partnered in this new rum, a spirit that keeps the integrity of the raw material at a significant volume. It’s a progressive endeavor and the final outcome is affordable and delicious.

Check out the eight bottles that will up your bar game through the link in our bio - Top Spirits of 2018

With a long and storied history, Milk Punch is said to have been first made by British writer and royal spy Aphra Behn in the late 1600s. The boozy concoction is made by mixing a spirit with tea, citrus juices, spices and warm milk, then straining the clear liquid off the curds. Eamon Rockey has been putting his spin on the drink since he tended bar at Eleven Madison Park in NYC. He has taught seminars about it at Tales of the Cocktail and now bottles the only commercially available clarified milk punch. Silky and complex with tart citrus and tropical flavors, it’s terrific stirred and poured over ice. 🍹

Do you have a food/drink obsessive in your life? Head to the link in our bio for 🔥 holiday gift ideas - The Goods 2018

Support local farmers who keep sustainable, small-batch cheesemaking alive with Especially Puglia’s Adopt a Cow program. With your adoption certificate, you’ll receive a Caciocavallo cheese made from the milk of your herd of rare Podolica cows. Choose a pasture and read up on the farmer and the cheese’s flavor profile; then pick between a half or whole round, aged either three or six months.

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If a G&T is your drink of choice, you might consider making your own tonic. The DIY Tonic Water Kit contains enough cinchona, citric acid, lemongrass, cubeb pepper and Jamaican allspice to make about 45 drinks. All you need is sugar, water, some citrus and a little bit of time to create a tonic that will impress all of your guests.

See what else is in our holiday gift guide through the link in our bio - The Goods 2018

Wine & Spirits Magazine's 32nd Annual Buying Guide is on sale now. See who made it into our Top 100 Wineries, which wineries you need to watch, the best spirits we've tasted and new products we are crazy about!

In 7 hours this room will hold some of the worlds best wines (and their winemakers), 250+ Bay Area trade members and 200+ wine loving consumers. The calm before the storm. #top100event #bts

Tickets available until 12:30pm. Link in bio!!

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