Rob Theakston

Rob Theakston is a contributing editor to Drinkhacker.

Review: 2021 OG de Négoce Holiday Party Picks

By Rob Theakston | November 17, 2021 |

Last month we took some time to review some of the offerings from Cameron Hughes’ OG de Négoce (pronounced “day nuh-go-shay”) fall portfolio. The framework of this extension of the Hughes brand takes a chance on the wine futures market, curating selections from various vineyards at lower prices than those found on actual vineyard labels.…

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Review: Wines of Domaine Bousquet, 2021 Releases

By Rob Theakston | November 5, 2021 |

Over the last several years Argentina’s Domaine Bousquet has quietly made headway into the U.S. market, offering everything from high-end table wines to sparkling offerings to box wines from its portfolio. We recently had the opportunity to sit via Zoom with Domaine Bousquet’s agronomist Franco Bastias and owner Anne Bousquet. The seminar tackled everything from…

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Review: Firestone Walker Mind Haze Citrus Cyclone, Hopical Crush, and Tiki Smash

By Rob Theakston | November 4, 2021 |

If there’s one thing (besides quality) Firestone Walker can hang their hat on, it’s the ability to thematically put together a variety twelve-pack of their offerings which make sense and are easy to enjoy from to the next without facing abrupt transitions. This time around, they’ve gone tropical with a trio of flavored IPAs. Each…

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Review: NV Cameron Hughes Lot 841 Lambrusco

By Rob Theakston | November 3, 2021 |

And now for something completely different from America’s favorite negociant, Cameron Hughes: a Lambrusco. I can’t recall Hughes diving deep into the sparkling wine world, and definitely anything made with this oft-maligned grape. If you need a primer, just ask your grandparents or parents; they made Lambrusco one of the top-selling imports during the ’70s…

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Book Review: The Dogfish Head Book: 26 Years of Off-Centered Adventures

By Rob Theakston | November 2, 2021 |

Drinking a well-made beer is a simple joy often taken for granted. There are so many possible ways a brewmaster can deliver a beer that ruins the graceful experience. Overly hopped, out of balanced, excessively syruped, for example. There’s also the very real possibility that someone can write a book that makes drinking beer feel…

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Review: 2021 Cocktail Courier Gift Sets

By Rob Theakston | October 19, 2021 |

Nine months ago there was a more optimistic tone to reuniting in public spaces. In an article published at the time, I intonated a foolish sense of optimism that folks would be congregating in large spaces safely without having to worry about catching anything that could potentially land them on a ventilator. Thankfully we are…

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Review: Heritage Distilling Cocoa Bomb Chocolate Whiskey

By Rob Theakston | October 18, 2021 |

This is certainly not the first, nor will it likely be the last chocolate flavored whiskey to arrive on the market, but Heritage Distilling’s Cocoa Bomb Chocolate Whiskey is the most recent. Starting with Heritage’s own high-corn bourbon recipe and then flavored with chocolate and cane sugar, it aims to satisfy the sweet tooth of…

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Review: Wines of de Négoce, Fall 2021 Releases

By Rob Theakston | October 17, 2021 |

Cameron Hughes is no stranger to this site or to the wine world. His reputation as a negociant is well-earned, consistently delivering quality bottles of wine under his own label at sensible, affordable price points. His latest endeavor, de Négoce (pronounced “day nuh-go-shay”), takes things up a level and makes things a bit more interesting…

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Review: 2016 Bodegas Faustino Crianza Rioja

By Rob Theakston | October 9, 2021 |

“Tradition is not inherited, it is conquered,” remark the marketing folks from Bodegas Faustino, and it’s one of the better taglines I’ve run across lately. It sounds like something Nick Saban would yell at his team before a big game. While not looking to conquer anything when opening this Crianza Rioja (red wine aged for…

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Review: Wines of Flat Top Hills, Fall 2021 Releases

By Rob Theakston | September 30, 2021 |

‘G4,’ the fourth generation of winemakers from the Mondavi family (specifically: consulting winemaker Angelina Mondavi), returns along with head winemaker Randy Herron for another collection of wines meant to be equally approachable and affordable. We were fortunate enough to try three of the five new releases for fall 2021. Let’s try them out. 2020 Flat…

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