Best Value

Some deals are just too good to pass up. Our Best Value category digests that rarest of breeds: Top-rated products at prices that are incredibly appealing. We include products across the board in this section.

Top Best Value Posts:

Top 10 Bourbons Under $20
Wines of Lula Cellars, 2018 Releases
Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut

Review: 2020 Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec

By Rob Theakston | April 8, 2024 |

While it has been less than a year since we reviewed a Malbec from Argentina’s Trivento, it has been well over a decade since we last enjoyed the winery’s midpoint offering. Golden Reserve is aged 12 months, with 85% in French oak barrels and 15% aged in French oak foudres (1200 gallon barrels), and then…

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Review: Wines of Ancient Peaks, 2024 Releases

By Christopher Null | March 19, 2024 |

More wines from Paso Robles-based Ancient Peaks, which we’ve covered at length over the years. Here’s a look at the latest batch of releases, including our first encounter with the Ancient Peaks Pearl label. 2022 Ancient Peaks Chardonnay Santa Margarita Ranch – Creamy vanilla and lemon curd meld nicely against a lightly acidic backbone that…

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Tasting Virginia’s Best Wines, 2023 Releases

By Christopher Null | March 10, 2024 |

Periodically we visit the wines of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and up and coming region that celebrates its finest bottlings each year in the form of the Shenandoah Valley Cup. The six wines below took top honors in 2023’s competition, and we’re happy to share our opinions as well. 2020 Briede Sparkling Winchester – The primary varietal…

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Review: Bombay Sapphire Gin

By Robert Lublin | March 1, 2024 |

We’re not sure how it happened, but here at Drinkhacker, we’ve somehow managed to review Bombay Sapphire East Gin and Bombay Sapphire Murcian Lemon Gin and even the Bombay Sapphire Gin and Tonic RTD canned cocktail, but we’ve never formally reviewed the original, classic Bombay Sapphire Gin. Today, we remedy this error and officially pour the…

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Review: 4 Wines from Vouvray, 2024 Releases

By Christopher Null | February 18, 2024 |

Tucked away in France’s Loire Valley, Vouvray is a relatively undersung white wine composed entirely of chenin blanc grapes. While most drinkers have experience with dry table wines from the area, you may not realize that Vouvray also producers sweeter wines, in both the demi-sec and fully sweet styles, the latter akin to Sauternes. (Vouvray…

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Review: Wines of Opolo, 2024 Releases

By Christopher Null | February 9, 2024 |

We’ve been covering the wines of Paso Robles-based Opolo for years now, and today we look at five recent releases — all hearty, wintertime reds — from the operation. All hail from the 2021 vintage. 2021 Opolo Grand Rouge Red Blend Paso Robles – A blend of counoise, syrah, and grenache that punches well above…

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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: Wines of Villa Gemma and Marina Cvetic, 2023 Releases

By Christopher Null | January 9, 2024 |

Gianni Masciarelli was an icon in Italy’s Abruzzo region, and after his passing, his wife Marina Cvetic and their daughter Miriam Lee have continued to work to ensure this southern Italian region is a source of high-quality wines spanning the spectrum of styles. From fruit-forward roses to inky, dense reds, here’s a look at the…

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Review: 2 Sparkling Vouvray Wines, 2023 Releases

By Christopher Null | January 8, 2024 |

Vouvray is both a region in the Loire Valley and a wine, known for its high acidity drawn from the near-exclusive use of chenin blanc grapes. Sparkling Vouvray however is also a thing, particularly when cooler weather prevails. Here’s a look at a pair of sparkling Vouvrays to help power you through your January festivities.…

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Review: Dassai Blue Type 50 Junmai Daigingo Sake and Type 23 Junmai Daigingo Sake

By Robert Lublin | December 27, 2023 |

Dassai is a well-established sake brewery in Yamaguchi, Japan. Dassai Blue is an expansion of the brand into the U.S. where earlier this year they opened a large, ambitious new brewery in Hyde Park, New York. Although built upon the experience of Dassai, the new brewery is creating its own line of sake, and today…

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