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Bourbon bottle label

Bourbon Guide

"America's native spirit," bourbon whiskey is booming in popularity.
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Brandy Guide

Brandy is distilled from wine and other fermented fruit products.
Label for a chile liqueur

Cordials Guide

Cordials and liqueurs are the largest and most diverse category of spirits. 
Gin label

Gin Guide

Gin is a grain spirit flavored with juniper berries and other botanicals. 

Label of bottled mixer

Mixers Guide

Mixers are nonalcoholic cocktail ingredients for mixing with distilled spirits.

Rum label

Rum Guide

Rum is distilled from a mash of sugarcane products, such as molasses. 

Label of schnapps

Schnapps Guide

Schnapps is a spirit with fruit or spice flavors, imparted through mixing or distillation.

Scotch bottle label

Scotch Guide

Scotch whiskey is a distinctive product of Scotland, popular across the world.

Tequila label

Tequila Guide

A product of Mexico, tequila is distilled from the juice of the blue agave plant.

Close-up of a vermouth bottle with label

Vermouth Guide

Vermouth is a fortified, apertif wine, infused with aromatic herbs and spices.

Vodka label

Vodka Guide

Usually distilled from grain or potatoes, vodka is a neutral spirit great for mixing.

Irish whiskey bottle label

Whiskey Guide

Whiskey is distilled from grains and often aged. There are many different styles.

Virginia Wine Label

Virginia Wine Guide

Virginia is the fifth largest wine-producing state in the country. With seven distinct grape-growing regions and over 200 wineries, fine wines now come from all over the state. Virginia ABC is proud to feature many Virginia wines on its shelves, providing a great way for consumers to explore these world-class products.

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