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JULY 2012
Vol X, No. 2

For dry, refreshing wines perfect for a warm summer afternoon, check out our Top 10 Roses, featuring great bottles in all price ranges


When temperatures soar, we reach for light sparklers, crisp whites and fruity reds. Find ten great summer offerings on our list of Top 10 Summer Wines

Also check out our Top 10 Roses, Top 10 Barbecue Wines and Top Box Wines. Then buy your vino at one of the Top Wine Shops Near You

Every month we sample the latest wine releases from wineries and vineyards around the world, complete with ratings, tasting notes and prices.

Read our latest wine news to learn about interesting trends involving wine, beer and spirits. 

Summer is a thirsty season. Grab an apricot ale or Bavarian-style Kellerweis from our list of Top 10 Summer Beers


Warmer weather calls for lighter beers with plenty of flavor. Whether you prefer fruity, malty or spicy beers, our list of Top 10 Summer Beers will help you find the perfect bottle.

Our Top 10 Sipping Beers should not be served cold but around 50ºF. Check out these full-bodied offerings from great European brewing traditions and up-and-coming brewers in the "New World."

The Oxford Companion to Beer: everything you ever wanted to know about beer


Featuring more than 1,100 articles, the massive The Oxford Companion to Beer is full of fascinating and enlightening entries on beer and beer-related subjects. A great gift for beer buffs!

 Seasoned wine writer Denman Moody has packed more than three decades worth of tasting into The Advanced Oenophile

Improve the taste of many wines with the magnetic Wine Clip wine conditioner


You have to try it to believe it. Treat your bottle with The Wine Clip and taste new layers of complexity in every pour. The gadget employs the principles of magnetics and works especially well on young reds.

Here's another great summer gift idea. SteadySticks make wining and dining outdoors a bit easier. The stainless steel wine glass holders can be inserted into the ground so you'll never again knock over your Chardonnay.

Find out which grappa, rye, gin and eau de vie made our list of the Top 10 Spirits of 2012


We've compiled the nec plus ultra in spirits. Our Top 10 Spirits this year include a bourbon so strong the FAA won't allow it on airplanes, an eleven-year-old tequila and a spare-no-expense gin that costs $700.

Nolet's Silver Dry Gin features a secret recipe of botanicals including Turkish rose, which gives it a pungent aroma and liqueur-like taste.

Made from high-quality sugarcane crops and patiently distilled and aged in oak barrels, our selection of Top 10 Rums represents the finest output from across the Caribbean.

Appleton Classic Mai Tai
Appleton Classic Daiquiri
Maui Mojito
Cabana Caipirinha

Averna Limoni di Sicilia is a summery aperitif


Do you love limoncello? Then you'll like Averna Limoni di Sicilia, a sweet lemon liqueur that makes for a refreshing summer aperitif.

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