Robert Lublin

Robert Lublin teaches whisk(e)y and wine appreciation classes for Arlington Community Education, near Boston, MA. He is also a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston and has published books and articles on Shakespeare as well as theatre and film history.

Review: Wines of Salentein and Pyros, 2022 Releases

By Robert Lublin | January 19, 2022 |

Salentein has just released new vintages of its wines grown in the Uco Valley of Mendoza, Argentina. Today we get to try them alongside two wines from the Pyros label, which are also produced by Salentein but are made with Malbec grapes grown in the Pedernal Valley in San Juan. Let’s give them a try.…

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Review: Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey and Rose Gin

By Robert Lublin | January 16, 2022 |

Glendalough is a fascinating Irish distillery that offers a range of products developed with creativity and artistic abandon. Some are fantastic and some miss the mark, but we are always eager to see what they produce next. Today we are trying a new whiskey and gin from the distillery. Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey –…

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Review: Batiste Rhum Silver and Gold

By Robert Lublin | January 7, 2022 |

To start, what is the difference between rum and rhum? Rum is the larger category and includes all distilled spirits that use sugarcane as the source material. Most rums, however, are made by distilling molasses. Rhum is generally short for “rhum agricole” (French for “agricultural rum”) refers exclusively to rums made by distilling fresh juice…

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Review: Dutcher Crossing 2019 Chenoweth Vineyard Chardonnay and 2018 Maple Vineyard Zinfandel

By Robert Lublin | January 5, 2022 |

We’ve tried Dutcher Crossing before, but not everything from this smaller, Sonoma based producer, which offers a range of wines from various vineyards. This is our first experience with Dutcher’s Chardonnays (they produce several, often highlighting grapes drawn from single vineyards) as well as one of their Zinfandels. 2019 Dutcher Crossing Chenoweth Vineyard Russian River…

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Review: Buzzbox Perfect Margarita

By Robert Lublin | January 4, 2022 |

Ready-to-drink cocktails are showing up everywhere these days, and buzzbox (with a lowercase “b” to keep it casual) is a new company devoted to providing premium cocktails made without preservatives, additives, or artificial colors or flavors and packaged in eco-friendly boxes that look somewhat like — well, actually exactly like — my children’s juice boxes.…

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Review: Mal de Amor Mezcal

By Robert Lublin | January 3, 2022 |

The range of mezcals available in the U.S. is growing and the ones we are trying today represent a fantastic new range of offerings. The Mal de Amor distillery is owned and run by the Hernandez family and is located in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico. All of the mezcals we are trying are joven, which…

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Review: Trentodoc Wines of Ferrari, 2021 Releases

By Robert Lublin | December 28, 2021 |

It is an exciting time for fans of Italian sparkling wine with great new varieties finding their way to American shores. Today we are trying Trentodoc. This sparkling wine comes from the mountainous Trento region of northern Italy and is made in the traditional method, like Champagne, with secondary fermentation taking place in the bottle.…

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Review: NV Domaine Bousquet Charmat Brut

By Robert Lublin | December 17, 2021 |

We recently tried Argentina’s Domaine Bousquet Charmat Brut Rosé, and today we swing around to try Domaine Bousquet Charmat Brut. This wine is the mirror image of the former, with the rosé sparkler being 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay the regular brut reversing those proportions. Pale straw in color, this sparkling wine has a…

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Review: Bluecoat American Dry Gin, Elderflower Gin, and Barrel Finished Gin (2021)

By Robert Lublin | December 8, 2021 |

We first reviewed Bluecoat Gin in 2008, two years after it was first released, when American distilled gins were far less common. Today we return to the brand to see how it stands up thirteen years later and also to try two newer gin expressions produced by the Philadelphia based distillery. The distillers of Bluecoat…

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Review: 3 2020 Roses from Provence

By Robert Lublin | November 18, 2021 |

The Provence region of France is perhaps the most popular source for rosé wines in the world. Today we sample three that draw from different vineyards and have different grape breakdowns. Let’s see how they compare. 2020 Berne Romance – 40% Grenache Noir, 30% Cinsault, 15% Syrah, 15% Merlot. Pale pink in color, this rosé…

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