Saturday, June 16, 2007

G-Vine Ryhmes with Divine

If you thought gin was all about those evil juniper berries, think again. G-Vine gin from France is a different kind of gin altogether, infused with green grape flower and carefully chosen fruit botanicals. What makes G-Vine different at the most basic level is that other gin is made from grain spirit (wheat, etc.) and G-Vine is made from grapes. Specifically, G-Vine is made from the Ugni-blanc grape and distilled with grape neutral spirit.

Blah, blah, blah. The bottom line is that if you like "regular" gin, you will probably not like G-Vine. If, on the other hand, you hate the taste of traditional gin and perhaps find that those poisonous juniper berries make you angry (no personal experience here) then you might want to pick yourself up a bottle of this interesting elixir.

G-Vine is definitely smoother than other gins (we tasted it against Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray) which is to say that it tastes less like alcohol. It has a distinctly citrusy flavor to it which will probably appeal to many people who prefer a more gentle drinking experience. There are also lots of options for different mixed drink concoctions -- visit the G-Vine website for some gintastic ideas -- and you have to imagine that the folks at G-vine had a pretty easy time coming up with cocktail names like the 'G-Man' and the 'G-Spot'. If you don't want to get that fancy just try it in your next gin and tonic. Beware, they still snuck some of those juniper berries in there -- but just a smidge. Bottoms up!

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