Rob Theakston

Rob Theakston is a contributing editor to Drinkhacker.

Book Review: Backcountry Cocktails: Civilized Drinks for Wild Places

By Rob Theakston | June 11, 2023 |

I am generally not one for an adventurous life in the great outdoors. When discussing the splendid pursuits of natural environments with someone evangelical about its numerous benefits, I often reach for Frank Zappa’s quote: “Outdoors for me is walking from the car to the ticket desk at the airport.” Folks will either sail right…

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Book Review: The Ice Book: Cool Cubes, Clear Spheres, and Other Chill Cocktail Crafts

By Rob Theakston | June 10, 2023 |

Switching from 2022’s remarkable volume on doctors and distillation, Camper English sets his sites on writing the ultimate book about one of his passions: ice. Readers of his long-running site Alcademics know this to be one of his biggest areas of study, and The Ice Book takes some of the ideas found in some of…

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Review: Wines of Domaine Bousquet, Spring 2023 Releases

By Rob Theakston | May 16, 2023 |

Having experienced double-digit growth in production, sales, and a rather aggressive diversification of its portfolio, Uco Valley’s Domaine Bousquet continues to amplify its voice in the conversation of wines from Argentina. Over a recent webinar, vineyard owner Anne Bousquet and lead winemaker Rodrigo Serrano presented an overview of current winery operations and sustainability measures while…

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Review: Cameron Hughes 2018 Lot 883 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley and 2020 Lot 820 Gavi Piemonte

By Rob Theakston | May 12, 2023 |

Another pair of releases from the negociants of Cameron Hughes. For those unfamiliar with the premise behind Cameron Hughes’ operations, it’s quite simple: they (Cameron or some delegates) travel the world sourcing a wide range of wines from vineyards, bringing them to market under their own label at financially feasible price points. This time around,…

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Review: Ullo Wine Special Edition Aerating Decanter

By Rob Theakston | May 2, 2023 |

The first thing you notice when pulling Üllo’s (“oo-low”) Special Edition decanter from its sleek, glyph-heavy packaging containing the entire purifying system? The beautiful design. No doubt inspired by mid-20th-century Scandinavian designers, it is worth taking a few moments to watch how the curved lines overlap and perform optical illusions on its neck and base.…

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Review: Wines of Ettore, 2023 Releases

By Rob Theakston | April 19, 2023 |

As the proprietor of an organic winery in Mendocino’s Sanel Valley, winemaker Ettore Biraghi prides himself on applying old-world Italian techniques to his offerings, placing an emphasis on Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot varietals across 35 acres of vineyards. Today, we have a look at three of his most recent releases. 2019 Ettore Cabernet Sauvignon…

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Review: Kokomo 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2019 Malbec

By Rob Theakston | April 18, 2023 |

Located in Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County, Kokomo emerged in 2004 and presents wines from three appellations wholly distinctive in their quality: Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander Valleys. While they offer many different varietals and vintages, Kokomo makes its debut on the site today with a Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. A gratuitous tip…

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Review: 2020 Malbecs – Susana Balbo Signature and Ben Marco

By Rob Theakston | April 17, 2023 |

Carrying on with today’s celebration of World Malbec Day, we have two offerings from one of the leading and legendary names of Malbec. Before the buzz circling around the varietal grew large, Susana Balbo was at the forefront of the trend, crafting high-quality wines that made the world stand up and take notice. She was…

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Review: 2021 Trivento Reserve Malbec

By Rob Theakston | April 17, 2023 |

Today, April 17, is World Malbec Day. Normally there’s a reluctance to partake in marketing-fabricated, unofficial holidays. And even though Malbecs are to be enjoyed all 365/66 days of the year, we’re going all in on it this year and celebrating accordingly. Made with grapes from vines grown in both the southern (Uco Valley) and…

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Review: 2019 Mary Taylor Filipe Ferreira Douro Red Blend

By Rob Theakston | April 7, 2023 |

For those unfamiliar with her process, Mary Taylor works with individual growers in small villages throughout Europe who produce regionally-distinctive wines beyond the great grapes of the canon, but who may not have production resources or logistics to distribute globally. A few weeks ago, we reviewed a Sicilia Rosso offered by Taylor in partnership with…

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