Review: 2021 Booker Wines Harvey & Harriet

We last saw this Paso Robles-born cabernet blend in the 2019 vintage, and two years of time have changed only a little. Though its a budget-priced bottling, the wine pours on layers of dark, black fruit, layered with spices and a late-game apple skin quality that evokes memories of mulled wine. Perhaps a bit thinner…

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Review: The Cocktail Collection RTDs, Complete Lineup

Ready for more bottled cocktails? I mean, real cocktails, ready to drink? The Cocktail Collection (“TCC”) uses (mostly) big name brands to serve as the core of its six-product lineup, running the gamut of some of today’s most popular cocktails. There’s no funny business here — like the use of carbonation to make a flat drink into…

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Review: Chardonnays of Trapiche and Mascota Vineyards, 2024 Releases

We’ve spent a reasonable amount of time over the 18 months reviewing and investigating all sorts of wines from Argentina, from rose to the country’s flagship varietal malbec and everywhere else in between, and there appears to be no stoppage in the increased velocity of new releases. This time around, we are taking a closer…

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Review: Joseph Magnus Murray Hill Club Special Release #4 (2024)

Joseph Magnus’s Murray Hill Club Special Release (aka MHC-SR) line got its start back in 2017, and the company has been trickling out editions ever since. Drew last reviewed the whiskey in 2020. Now, in 2024, a new edition is finally available — only the fourth in the series, all designed to explore the combined…

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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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