Virginia Distillery Co. Port Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky Review - Bevvy

Virginia Distillery Co. Port Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky Review - Bevvy

The Virginia Distillery Co. is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains—but its latest release recalls another kind of highland. The Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky is made by matching their on-site distilled single malt (yet unreleased, but slated for 2019 or 2020) with a Scottish single malt. That unique marriage is then consummated in a port cask. The Port Cask Finished Whisky is the flagship offering from a trio of Virginia-Highland whiskeys, which also includes the Chardonnay Cask Finished and Cider Cask Finished expressions.

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The Odeon - The F.E.C. Diaries

The Odeon - The F.E.C. Diaries

The appeal of the French bistro is eternal. From the pages of A Moveable Feast to that semester abroad, we relish those homey dining rooms where the steak comes rare (or raw, in the case of the tartare) and the roast chicken is never a compromise. New York is blessed with an institution that upholds those same culinary traditions alongside a history that could only have occurred in a very specific time and place.

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L'Oscar - UrbanDaddy

L'Oscar - UrbanDaddy

The name "Oscar" could use a little rehabilitation.

Too often we associate it with hot dogs, naked statues and cynical puppets living in garbage cans.

And not nearly enough with baroque fireplaces, crystal butterflies and trolleys bursting with beef ribs.

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Redwood Empire American Whiskey Review - Bevvy

Redwood Empire American Whiskey Review - Bevvy

The bad news is that Redwood Empire is not a new HBO period drama starring Steve Buscemi as an early 20th century timber baron. The good news is that Redwood Empire is a whiskey from California’s Graton Distilling Company, the same outfit behind Sonoma Dry Gin. Sixty percent of this blended whiskey is made up of house-distilled rye, some of which has been aged in wine and port barrels, and the other 40 percent is a mixture of four, five, and 11-year-old bourbons.

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Cognac vs. Armagnac - Bevvy

Cognac vs. Armagnac - Bevvy

Cognac. Armagnac. Both are French brandies. And for better or worse, each conjures images of suited men in wood-paneled rooms holding snifter glasses and cigars. It can get confusing. So we’re cutting through that smoke to get you the need-to-know story about what makes each of these spirits distinct.

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A Field Guide to Dining in Boston's South End - Boston.com

A Field Guide to Dining in Boston's South End - Boston.com

The South End’s historic brownstones and ample sidewalks make it fertile restaurant territory, and the crop it’s yielded does not disappoint. A mix of big-name restaurant groups, household-name chefs, and creative upstarts have given the Boston neighborhood a vibrant dining scene that shows no signs of slowing down. Here’s where to go, new and old.

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Men and Manners - The F.E.C. Diaries

Men and Manners - The F.E.C. Diaries

The idea of writing—not to mention reading—a printed book of manners feels almost self-consciously anachronistic in this day and age, like an Oberlin freshman devising an independent field of study around blacksmithing. Leave it to David Coggins, the author of Men and Style, to produce a slim volume of “essays, advice and considerations” that not only feels of the moment but beyond it. If we’re all following his wisdom on smartphones and social media in five years, modern society would be a much more pleasant place.

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The Food Lens - The North End

The Food Lens - The North End

Boston’s North End has avoided the fate of so many other ethnic enclaves: The cookie-cutter condos and national chains have been kept at bay, allowing storied Italian favorites and eccentric mom-and-pops to keep on thriving. From cult pizza to take-it-on-the-plane cannoli, here are just a few of our favorites.

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