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celebration tation Just because its past midnight on December 31st doesn���t mean the bubbly should stop lowing. Giving reason for celebration throughout the cold dreary winter days is Ernest Rapeneau Champagne. This family-owned and -operated champagne house that's reaching today's modern consumer by blending classicism with contemporary charm. Pretty in pink Rapeneau Brut Ros�� offers bright berries and charming sweetness, and we think it's be just charming to cozy up to the ire next to one of these bubbly bottles beautiful botanicals It���s no surprise that the powerful little sage leaf has become a popular cocktail component, and now there���s a whole new way to experiment with this savory-herbaceous botanical: SAGE, from the geniuses at Art in the Age, producers of already-beloved ROOT and SNAP, is a spirit that���s like a gin at heart���without the requisite juniper. Harnessing the lavors of botanicals including dandelion, fennel and, of course, sage, SAGE offers a complex spirit that���s awesomely aromatic and bursting with intense vegetal lavor in a green-meets-sweet-heat lavor that your palate will love to play with. With sleek, modern packaging that appeals to today���s at-home/Pinterest mixologists, we think this is one spirit to watch in 2013. a e k r e EXTREMELY SMOOTH VODKA. DISTILLED FROM ORGANIC AND FAIR TRADE QUINOA. BEST TASTING IMPORTED PREMIUM VODKA. BY THE 50 BEST. 2012. DOUBLE GOLD. mystical, meditative om with lavor combinations like Wild Cranberry and Blood Orange, Meyer Lemon and Ginger, Coconut Water and Lychee and Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt. The lavors alone are enough to send you into a tantric trance, but prepare to be elevated even higher: Om Cocktails are certiied Organic, gluten-free and with 150 calories or less per cocktail, will make for happy and healthful drinking in 2013. FACEBOOK.COM/FAIRSPIRITS TWITTER.COM/FAIRSPIRITS WWW.FAIRSPIRITS.COM december 2012 / the tasting panel / 111

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