Penfolds’ New Champagne: The First Australian Genuine French Champagne

There was a time when the words “Penfolds champagnes” would have sent the Champenois into a frenzy far frothier than any of their fizz. No wine region on the planet has been more vigilant than Champagne in protecting its name (and reputation). Ken Gargett explains how the big Aussie wine producer pulled off the trick of making genuine French champagne and if it’s more than hype and bubbles.

Lagavulin 16-year-old Islay whisky

Lagavulin 16-Year-Old Whisky And Why Ron Swanson Was Right On The Money

Lagavulin is from the Scottish island of Islay. Malt lovers immediately fall into one of two camps: one does not enjoy the peaty, smoky, seaweed notes that whisky from this island usually offers. The second group loves those characteristics. No prize for guessing where Ken Gargett falls. But what about Ron Swanson?

Alan Winchester, Glenlivet distillery

Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1967: Ultra-Rare 50-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Selling For $25,000 Per Bottle

A blend of rare single malts – the youngest of which was filled in December 1967 – The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1967 is non-chill filtered at cask strength. It offers drinkers a rich and fruity nose with notes of apricot jam, sweet ripe peaches, and a touch of toasted almonds. And it costs $25,000 per bottle. Y-Jean Mun-Delsalle explains why.

Henschke Hill of Grace 2014 & Mount Edelstone 2015: Is A Wine Three Or Four Times The Price Three Or Four Times As Good?

A question often asked is whether a wine three or four times the price of another can be three or four times as good. In reality, people pay high prices for special wines for all manner of reason, so that is very rarely the case. And for Ken Gargett, in the case of the Henschke Hill of Grace 2014 & Henschke Mount Edelstone 2015 definitely not.

Hine Antique XO cognac

Hine Antique XO Cognac: Not Compulsory To Enjoy With A Good Cigar . . . But Highly Recommended

For the last 250 years, Hine has been headquartered at Hine House on the banks on the Charente River in Jarnac. Hine holds a special honor given to no other cognac producer: in 1962, it was granted a royal warrant from Queen Elizabeth II to act as supplier to the royal household. And how does the brand’s Antique XO measure up?

Glenfarclas Family Cask Trunk

Glenfarclas Family Cask Trunk And The 1971 Vintage Whisky

Most of us, when traveling, might sneak a guilty pleasure into the luggage for the trip. A good cigar or two, a fine wine, or a bottle of malt perhaps. If you have a lazy £100,000 (or in Australia, an estimated $230,000), the highly regarded whisky producer Glenfarclas has done your packing for you by releasing the Glenfarclas Family Cask Trunk.

Philipponnat Clos des Goisses Les Cintres 2008 Champagne

Philipponnat Clos des Goisses Les Cintres 2008 Champagne: Magnificence From The First Single-Vineyard Champagne Ever Made

The fabulous Philipponnat Clos des Goisses is considered to be the first vineyard-specific champagne ever made, dating back to 1935 when the vineyard was purchased by Pierre Philipponnat. The house has recently started releasing a prestige wine from its prestige wine in suitable vintages – such as the 2008. Here’s what Ken Gargett thinks.

Taylor's port vintage 2016

Port Vintage 2016: One Of The Most Declared Vintages Of All Time, A Sensational Year

The 2016 is one of the most declared port vintages of all time. And deservedly so: Ken Gargett thinks that 2016 is a vintage that should warm the hearts of all fans of port wine and bring in many more new fans.

Cohiba Siglo VI Gran Reserva 2003

Cohiba Siglo VI Gran Reserva Cigars Bring Tears To A Glass Eye

As Ken Gargett explains, to adequately describe a Cohiba Siglo VI Gran Reserva cigar is almost like trying to catch the velvety smoke it produces in your hand. And it is dense, velvety smoke. The texture is as soft as cotton bud clouds. Plush and cushiony. Many describe it as the greatest cigar they have ever tasted, but, ouch, the price!

Inside Maxim's restaurant in Paris

Maxim’s: Dining At The World’s Most Famous Restaurant

In all the years she had been going to Paris, staying in swanky hotels and eating cuisine prepared by the famous chefs who populate Paris, it never once crossed Elizabeth Doerr’s mind that she could actually just make a reservation and go to Maxim’s. Recently she did just that and shares her experience with us here.