Rob Theakston

Rob Theakston is a contributing editor to Drinkhacker.

Review: 2019 Scarlet Vine Cabernet Sauvignon

By Rob Theakston | December 25, 2022 |

This Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Chile’s Maipo Valley and bottled by California’s Delicato Family Wines corporation, is estate-grown and aged for an average of 6 months in French Oak barrels. As the story goes, the grapes were grown halfway up a mountain at a century-old vineyard that had been forgotten for some time. Nature,…

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Review: Wines of Domaine Bousquet, Fall 2022 Releases

By Rob Theakston | December 23, 2022 |

Over the last few years, we have covered Domaine Bousquet’s brisk and expansive headway into the U.S. market, and this fall’s offerings look to build on the consistently enjoyable results we’ve had in the past. This time we have a look at their Reserve selections, selected from low-yield plots promising to offer more flavor and…

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Review: Vina Leyda Sauvignon Blancs – 2022 Reserva and 2021 Coastal Vineyards Garuma

By Rob Theakston | December 21, 2022 |

Located in Chile’s Leyda Valley, family-owned and operated Vina Leyda has not only received an aesthetic makeover but has introduced a new range they are calling Coastal Vineyards, highlighting the influence of the Pacific Ocean on their wines. They also produce a wide range of other whites and reds, but today we’re taking a look…

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Review: Malbecs of de Negoce, Fall 2022 Releases

By Rob Theakston | December 16, 2022 |

We receive comments on de Négoce at a steady clip (and feel free to keep them coming). While we aren’t here to play judge and jury over our readers’ uniformly dismal experiences — our original reviews were all based on media samples — I decided to take a spin myself and purchase a few bottles…

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Review: 2021 Ron Rubin Wines Pam’s Unoaked Cabernet Sauvignon and Unoaked Chardonnay

By Rob Theakston | December 15, 2022 |

  We hold the following truths to be self-evident: that Ron Rubin owns vineyards in Lodi and Clarksburg, that he likes to stay on his wife’s good side, and that neither of the wines reviewed here has spent any duration of time in an oak barrel. All very nice and important things pertaining to this…

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Review: Hallmark Christmas Wines, 2022 Releases

By Rob Theakston | December 6, 2022 |

It is the most wonderful time of the year for some, and the least wonderful for others: Hallmark Christmas movie season. This Countdown to Christmas in the Hallmark Cinematic Universe (HCU) features many new faces due to major defections to other networks. However, Hallmark still wears the crown, delivering gentle films featuring weird holiday miracles…

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Review: 2020 La Posta Tinto Red Blend

By Rob Theakston | December 6, 2022 |

  A few weeks ago, we reviewed a Pizzella Malbec from Laura Catena’s La Posta line, which showcases the versatility of growers and winemakers around Argentina and provides infrastructure for production and distribution on a large scale. This time, we’re pouring the line’s Uco Valley red blend, a composition of 60% Malbec, 25% Bonarda, and…

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Review: King Estate 2021 Sauvignon Blanc and 2021 Pinot Noir

By Rob Theakston | December 5, 2022 |

Two recent offerings from Oregon radio pioneers-turned-wine-impresarios, the King Family. 2021 King Estate Sauvignon Blanc – Bright notes of melon and lemon are dominant throughout. Light lime and a touch of spice show up on the palate, along with some very light minerality. The acidity on the finish dominates the discussion and mutes the more…

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Review: 2020 Highlands 41 Pinot Noir and Black Granite Red

By Rob Theakston | November 22, 2022 |

If there is one thing I truly regret not doing sooner, it is aggregating marketing slogans from wine companies imploring me to pursue a different lifestyle than my current and satisfactory mode of operation. Throughout my wine-scribing adventures, I’ve been urged, via various means of stylish typography, to “Live Out Loud,” “Chase Life Meaningfully,” “Pursue…

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Review: Valcan Cellars 2016 Pinot Noir and 2017 Syrah

By Rob Theakston | November 21, 2022 |

With over 20 years of experience making wines in both Argentina and Oregon, Juan Pablo Valot and Doris Cancel’s Valcan (a portmanteau of their surnames) brand offers quite a variety from which to choose at their Corvallis base of operations, including a “bare” Malbec which I hope to try in the near future. But for…

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