Tasting the Wines of Quinta do Vesuvio, 2024 Releases

Did you know: In 1868, Quinta do Vesúvio became the first single estate Port wine — and it’s still going strong in 2024. Though not exactly a household name, Vesuvio makes some outstanding Port wines — and it’s also got an impressive dry, table wine operation going on, too thanks to 328 acres planted to…

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Review: Starward Lagavulin-Finished Single Malt Australian Whisky

Of all the whisky team-ups I could imagine, Scotland’s Lagavulin and Australia’s Starward was nowhere near the top of my list (despite Diageo having a not insignificant interest in the latter). Sure, the two countries have some cultural history. There’s a better than zero chance that a couple centuries ago an illicit distiller from Islay…

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Review: Left Bank Bordeaux from Ch. Larrivet Haut-Brion and Ch. Olivier, 2020 Vintage

Discussions about the merits of Bordeaux’s Left Bank and Right Bank — separated by the Dordogne and Garonne rivers — are as old as modern winemaking itself. And while many will endlessly debate the quality of the two factions, there are some key differences in winemaking between the two regions. When it comes to reds,…

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Review: Balcones Mirador Eclipse

Hey, remember that eclipse we had just a few weeks ago? Iconic Texas distillery Balcones dropped a limited edition whisky to commemorate the moment — which offered full totality in its hometown of Waco. So they say: “Mirador Eclipse is a reflection on the sacred trance driven out of a solar eclipse – recognizing that…

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Review: Wines of Dobbes Family Estate, 2021 Vintage

Dundee, Oregon is home to Dobbes Family Estate, where the usual suspects — chardonnay and pinot noir — are being turned out by a winemaking team that clearly knows its stuff. This is our third encounter with Dobbes and we’re hopeful it won’t be the last. 2021 Dobbes Family Estate Chardonnay Grand Assemblage Willamette Valley…

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Review: Still Austin Bottled in Bond Rye

Still Austin‘s fourth and final seasonal bottled in bond expression has arrived, and unlike the previous three releases — all bourbon — this one is composed of rye. 100% Texas-grown rye to be specific. As a bonded release, it spends 4 years in barrel before hitting the bottle at 50% abv. No big surprises lie…

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Review: Lone River Ranch Water, Complete Lineup

Let’s get it out of the way for the purists: Lone River Ranch Water is not ranch water. Like a packet of Hidden Valley ranch poured and then shaken into a lukewarm bottle of Dasani, which is literally both ranch and an approximation of water, it is ranch water in name only. While ranch water…

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Review: Penelope Bourbon Rio and Rye Tokaji Cask Finish

Once-obscure Penelope Bourbon has been rising up the ranks in part because of its innovative approach to finishing, two examples of which we have on tap today, both designed around a brief concluding spin in a barrel that once held something sweet. Now part of Luxco, Penelope has been cranking up production and innovation. Both…

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