Rob Theakston

Rob Theakston is a contributing editor to Drinkhacker.

Review: 2020 Sullivan Rutherford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

By Rob Theakston | February 17, 2024 |

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation to someone’s lovely home in the central Kentucky countryside to enjoy an evening focused exclusively on wines from Napa’s Rutherford Valley. Quality was not in short supply, with many hard-to-find vintages or bottles attainable in highly specialized shops. However, this particular selection from…

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Book Review: Cowboy Cocktails: 60 Recipes Inspired by the American West

By Rob Theakston | February 16, 2024 |

It’s been over a month since his last one, so another book from Andre Darlington is long past overdue. Today we discuss one of two books scheduled to be published by The James Patterson of Cocktails during the first half of 2024. We affix our gaze to the Wild West, to ask the question: what…

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Review: Wines of Portugal’s Alentejo, Winter 2024 Releases

By Rob Theakston | February 4, 2024 |

One of our favorite places to revisit and explore is the southern Alentejo (ah-len-tay-zhoo) region of Portugal. Renowned for its versatility, the region cultivates over 250 varietals across a range of climates and altitudes. It is also a very budget-flexible region, offering something suitable at a wide range of price points. Before adjourning for the…

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Book Reviews: Champagne Widows and Madame Pommery

By Rob Theakston | January 26, 2024 |

While historical fiction infused with a romantic twist isn’t typically within my usual literary domain, I may not be the ideal authority to assess the genre’s conventions. However, it is worth noting that author Rebecca Rosenberg has demonstrated an impressive literary output, producing no fewer than six books over the past four years. Notably, two…

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Review: Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Spiked Fruit Punch

By Rob Theakston | January 21, 2024 |

Taking a jab at Guy Fieri in 2024 feels worn out and tired, unworthy of the insightful discourse normally found on this website. After all, there have been countless masterful strokes of savagery aimed at Guy Fieri the frosted-hair harlequin, who runs a bit at odds with Guy Fieri the person deeply involved in amazing…

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Review: 2020 LangeTwins Thirty Eight Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Jahant

By Rob Theakston | January 20, 2024 |

The Lange family has maintained a presence in the Lodi region dating back to the late 1870s, when watermelon served as the main crop from the family farm. Generations later, they’ve diversified and now rely largely on wine as their primary export. Located less than a mile from LangeTwins’ home base, the Thirty Eight vineyard…

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Review: 2022 Cantina Zaccagnini Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo

By Rob Theakston | January 17, 2024 |

We recently had the pleasure of trying both the Tralcetto Montepulciano and the Pinot Grigio from Cantina Zaccagnini, with both wines showing commendable qualities. Now we have the good fortune to try the Cerasuolo varietal from this Abruzzo-based winery. The wine pours a hue of medium salmon and presents aromas of cherry and strawberry complemented…

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Review: 2022 Susana Balbo Crios Sustentia Chardonnay

By Rob Theakston | January 16, 2024 |

Say the name “Susana Balbo” to a Malbec obsessive and their ears are likely to perk with interest. Her contributions to making the Mendoza region of Argentina a global Malbec epicenter could fill a hardcover coffee table book. Her work under the BenMarco, and Crios lines as well as her eponymous label have received numerous…

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Review: Vina Leyda Pinot Noir – 2022 Reserva and 2021 Coastal Vineyards Las Brisas

By Rob Theakston | January 15, 2024 |

Chile’s Vina Leyda carries a reputation for making engaging wines aided by the cool climate and Pacific coastline less than five kilometers from the vineyard. We’ve previously enjoyed their lively Sauvignon Blancs and now we turn our attention to two pinot noirs, each with distinct flavor profiles. 2022 Vina Leyda Reserva Pinot Noir – A…

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Review: Wines of Colome Estate (Winter 2024 Releases)

By Rob Theakston | January 14, 2024 |

Salta isn’t a region most folks immediately associate with wine from Argentina. Cuyo seems to dominate the conversation, especially Mendoza, but the humble territory from the north quietly turns out wines just as engaging that present the country’s versatile terroir. Colomé is one of those vineyards showing its Salta roots with pride, and today we…

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