Back for a second edition, Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi Reserve wears a unique “camo” label honoring America service men and women – the same pattern Josh Cellars founder Joseph Carr’s father wore in the U.S Army during the 1950s. For every bottle sold of this limited-time release, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits will donate $1 to Operation Gratitude, a leading nonprofit that sends care packages and letters of thanks to troops stationed abroad.
We recently shared a list of the best new American whiskies, focusing on single malts, bottled-in-bond and leaders in innovation. Now, inspired by World Whiskey Day, we’ve expanded our horizons to include whiskies from around the globe. These don’t have to be the priciest, rarest or even newest—they’re simply the best brown spirits that are moving us right now. And since we currently can’t we travel with our feet, we might as well with our thirsty palates.
Redemption High Rye Bourbon (Indiana)
Redemption aims to offer a sweet spot between bourbon and rye with their High Rye Bourbon. Distilled and aged in Indiana’s renown Midwest Grain Products distillery, the High Rye Bourbon utilizes a unique mash bill (60% Corn, 36% rye, and 4% barley malt) that marries rye’s spice with the sweetness and aroma of a traditional Kentucky bourbon. Perfect for Manhattans. $30
Helping out-of-work bartenders with a virtual cocktail bar
Redemption Whiskey is hiring out-of-work bartenders, paying them $350 for “virtual shifts.” Interested bartenders can submit an original cocktail recipe, highlighting Redemption’s rye forward profile. Redemption will feature the bartender and cocktail recipe on its social media pages.
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There’s a persistent myth in the wine world that we need to clear up—contrary to popular belief, a higher price tag does not necessarily mean a better-tasting wine. In fact, there are plenty of budget-friendly bottles that boast rich, complex flavor profiles that’ll fool even the most discerning wine connoisseurs (you know, the one who’s always commenting on the “mouthfeel” and ravings about tannins).
That’s not to say all inexpensive wines are created equal, however. The sweet spot for finding those bottles that are easy on your wallet but still pleasing to your palate tends to fall in the $10 to $20 range. But fret not—we’ve made your drinking decisions easier by rounding up some affordable, widely available wines. From silky merlots and spicy Zins to crisp pinot grigios and creamy chardonnays, here are a handful of the best cheap wines to add to your shopping cart.
Layer Cake Pinot Noir
If you’re on the hunt for a dry pinot that’s dangerously drinkable, look no further than Layer Cake’s. Gently fermented at cool temperatures and then aged in French oak, this light-bodied, fruit-forward red boasts pronounced flavors of tart raspberry, cranberry, and pomegranate. It’s versatile enough to enjoy with poultry, salmon, or even chocolate covered strawberries.
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