The label highlights its wonderful blackberry and plum flavors. We simply believe it tastes like a malbec should.
Available at rotondoswine.com, $14.
Stored in oak casks for more than ten years, the brown liquor contains hints of vanilla.
Available at drinkupny, $70.
Dark and festive (as the name suggests), the merlot has a “fruity zing without being too sweet.”
Available at jaqkcellars.com, $25.
The bottle is so exquisite, it pained our hearts to open it. Tip: The punch-packing booze within is definitely not for lightweights.
Available at liquor.bandbstores.com, $130.
As one curious tester puts it, “It’s a little chalky, but I don’t mean that in a bad way.” Believe it or not, it’s strangely good.
Available at crownwineandspirits.com, $22.
Outfitted with a hand-cut and -stamped leather label, the California vino is ideal for those who like their pinots on the fruitier side.
Available at davidfamily.com, $62.
Impress dinner party guests with a red that looks (and tastes) more expensive than it really is.
Available at franciscoppolawinery.com, $21.
Founder and winemaker Greg Harrington oversaw the wine lists for Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck before he branched out on his own. Consider his syrah and cab sauv for your next dinner soiree.
Available at gramercycellars.com, $32-$45.
Yes, overly femme marketing makes us cringe, but we can’t deny the smooth swiller. One co-worker says it best: “I might be embarrassed to serve it at a party, but it’s mild, unoffensive, and goes down easy.”
Available at jerichowine.com, $9.
It may sound like the name of a Hawaiian volcano, but the “nice and toasty” rum is from Curaçao. Easy to sip, since it “tastes like a cocktail already made.”
Available at binnys.com, $17.
Span six regions with A Taste Adventure pinot noir sampler. Follow the faint notes of pomegranate, huckleberry, and spicy plum all the way to a pleasant buzz.
Available at tastingroom.com, $30.
“Whoa, this tastes like a fireplace.” Clearly our tester is referring to the distinct smokiness of the 10-year-old single malt.
Available at drinkupny.com, $52.
Cognacs are normally stiff enough to put hair on your chest, but the panther-labeled French sipper is “nice and smooth.”
Available at marketviewliquor.com, $29.
“Light, smooth, and free of a weird aftertaste.” A nice option for those who normally shy away from reds.
Available at crownwineandspirits.com, $11.
The hex-threatening liqueur doesn’t taste as intimidating as it sounds. In fact, one panelist thinks, “It tastes like buttered rum. Not super alcohol flavored like the others.”
Available at shoppersvineyard.com, $17.
The deep, rich syrah “will give you a gooood night.” We didn’t ask our taster to elaborate; we’ll just use our imagination.
Available at jaqkcellars.com, $43.
The “almost-buttery,” 18-year-old single malt is so easy on the tongue it “feels like 40 proof.”
Available at binnys.com, $120.
The velvety, slick cabernet “makes you want to play poker in a back room.”
Available at jaqkcellars.com, $27.
“It tastes like pencils, but in a good, earthy way.” Not sure what kind of writing instrument our panelist normally chews on, but we’re giving this one a go.
Available at jaqkcellars.com, $41.
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