Review: 2019 Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Without diving too deep into subject matters I am by no means an expert – specifically geography, enology, climatology, and soil sciences – there’s a term that gets bandied about with some frequency: “Rutherford Dust.” On the surface, it seems to be a catch-all for anything emanating from the region, but it turns out there…

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Review: Michter’s Bourbon 25 Years Old

While we’ve kept pace, year in and year out, with the core expressions, special toasted and barrel strength releases, and limited-edition single barrels from Michter’s Distillery, it has been nearly a decade since we’ve reviewed anything over ten years old from them. In fact, the 2015 release of Michter’s 20 Years Old has been our…

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Review: Beringer 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley and 2022 Chardonnay Private Reserve

Even though it may be one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in the United States, our coverage of Napa Valley’s iconic Beringer is still relatively new. The winery has an expansive portfolio, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Merlot, among others, with grapes sourced from all over the region spanning a variety of price points.…

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Review: Midleton Very Rare 40th Anniversary Ruby Edition

For ages, Midleton has stood pretty much at the top of the Irish whiskey tower, commanding incredible sums for some very rare whiskeys, a few of which we’ve managed to taste. All of that pales in comparison to the brand’s latest release, which celebrates its 40th anniversary. Midleton Very Rare Ruby Edition has a list…

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Review: Wines of Cowhorn Vineyards, Summer 2024 Releases

Nestled deep in the Applegate Valley region of Southern Oregon, just outside of Medford, Cowhorn Vineyards established itself around the turn of this century. Situated on over 100 acres near the Upper Applegate River, they emphasize biodynamic and sustainable farming practices. Located on similar lines of latitude as France’s Rhône River, they also grow varietals…

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Review: Old Potrero Hotaling’s Bottled in Bond Rye 16 Years Old

Since they began distilling in 1993, Hotaling & Co. has grown a portfolio of in-house and imported brands across American, French, Mexican, Scottish, Taiwanese, Irish, and Japanese spirits (a non-exhaustive list!). At the core of their home-distilled labels is Old Potrero, which the company states is the “first U.S. producer of crafted copper pot-distilled whiskey…

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Review: Bodegas Valdemar Conde Valdemar 2015 Reserva and 2019 Crianza

Bodegas Valdemar, located in the renowned Rioja region of Spain, has been producing wine since 1889. Today, we’re taking a look at two wines harvested from the Conde Valdemar vineyards, a significant part of this family-owned winery, located in the Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta sub-regions. We’re also revisiting its Crianza offering, which won a…

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Review: High West Bottled in Bond Rye and Bourye (2024)

Two big new releases from Utah’s High West, starting with its first bonded whiskey ever, a recognition of its (slow but) steady transition to in-house distillate. 2024’s annual drop of Bourye is also in the review lineup, and it too has a bit of High West’s own whiskey in store for us this year… but…

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