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Ultimate Spirits Challenge

Our List: 5 Best Rums For A Daiquiri

Properly made, a #daiquiri is one of the most refreshing and enjoyable drinks. A simple sour, the key ingredients are fresh lime juice, sweetener of choice, and the spirit itself. Since there are so few ingredients, the importance of the quality of those ingredients is front and center. We’ve uncovered the 5 best rums that scored 4.5 or higher out out 5 stars that make superb cocktails.

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Ultimate Spirits Challenge

Producer Profile Spirits: Moroto Cuvee Prosecco, 96 points, $34.99

Merotto has over 100 years of history in the heart of the Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG region, about 45 miles outside of Venice, Italy. Agustino Merotto began making prosecco in the early 1900’s and in the 1980’s his grandson, Graziano, took over the family business. The evolution from grandfather to grandson has seen the winery embrace modern technology inside the winery for more control over the process, while preserving the classic landscapes and traditional architecture of the buildings on the property. Graziano’s grandson is still too young to make a decision, but prospects look good for him to carry on the family tradition.

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Ultimate Cocktails Challenge

12 Best Tequilas For A Paloma

The Paloma is Mexico’s most popular drink, and an ideal quencher for the dog days of summer with it’s light, sparkling texture and refreshing grapefruit zing. The traditional recipe includes grapefruit soda, fresh lime juice, aged or unaged tequila and a salted rim for garnish. In 2017 we had 12 Tequilas score 4 or more points in this classic drink, creating the definitive list of which spirit to use in this timeless classic cocktail.

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Ultimate Wine Challenge

Wine Score: Medici Ermete Lambrusco

Lambrusco is the world’s most famous sparkling red wine, hailing from the Italian regions Emilia-Romagna and Lombardy. It is known, and loved, for it’s frizzante texture, deep concentration of ripe dark fruit, and ability to span the spectrum from dry and minerally to sweet and fruity. Our award winning choice is Medici Ermete i Quercioli Dolce Reggiano Lambrusco, praised for it’s great value ($13.99) and being a tried and true consistently good product, scoring 94 points. Deep black cherry and olive aromas marry well with hints of blackberry preserves and basil on the nose. A touch of sweetness is balanced by more black cherry and wild strawberry flavors on the palate and a semi sweet finish endures.

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