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Reviews of spirits, wine, and beer (and various errata like mixers and garnishes) comprise more than 80% of the content at Drinkhacker, and here you’ll find the entire Drinkhacker review archive in one place. Products are rated on a letter-grade scale that should be familiar to most, with F as our lowest, “failing” grade and the very rare A+ as our top score.

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Review: 2004 Robert Rue Vineyard Zinfandel Wood Road Reserve

By Christopher Null | October 8, 2007 |

I have never been a huge fan of the in-yo-face jamminess of Zinfandel, but once in a while, a really lush Zin, one that balances that fruitiness with spice (or something else) really catches me by the palate. Robert Rue is a small producer that won tons of raves for its 2004 Wood Road bottling.…

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Review: Bacardi Silver Pomegranate Mojito

By Christopher Null | October 1, 2007 |

Pomegranate is the It fruit of the last couple of years, and but do we need to inundate ourselves with the stuff? Bacardi says its Silver Mojito is the #1 selling flavored alcohol beverage (technically it’s a “flavored beer,” hence the category here). The Bacardi Silver Pomegranate Mojito is that, plus pomegranate. Well, sort of.…

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Review: Beck’s Oktoberfest

By Christopher Null | September 30, 2007 |

By the time you read this, it will be October, and for beer drinkers, that means a month-long excuse to consume mass quantities of brew. Hey, good for them. Beck’s Oktoberfest is a quite pleasant brew (and I’ve no idea if the formulation has changed for 2007), a dark amber beer with an overwhelming aroma…

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Tasting Report: Bonhams Pre-Auction Event, September 2007

By Christopher Null | September 28, 2007 |

Thirty-six wines in two hours… though we were out in 90 minutes. The trick with big wine events like this is to pace yourself and be able to maintain enough clarity to properly evaluate what you’re drinking, and at a pre-auction event, you have another challenge: There’s only one bottle of each wine available for…

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Review: 2005 Willowbrook Pinot Noir Kastania Vineyard

By Christopher Null | September 25, 2007 |

Willowbrook is a relatively new producer of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines, and if this bottling is any judge, it’s certainly one to watch. Right out of the gate this Pinot comes on strong. If you’re looking for a lighter, Beaujolais-style Pinot, you’ve come to the wrong place. This Kastania Vineyard (in the southern part…

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Review: 2003 Owl Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Brigden Vineyard

By Christopher Null | September 21, 2007 |

Owl Ridge was so kind to send a bottle of their 2003 Cabernet, following a redesign of their label to give it a little more sophistication and upscale appeal. The label looks good, I think, and the wine isn’t bad either. This Sonoma cab is characteristic of the region, though I am not specifically familiar…

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Review: Abita Amber

By Christopher Null | September 18, 2007 |

I’m on a beer kick right now. I have no choice: The stairs going down to my wine cellar are being sealed. “Wet paint” for the rest of the week. With some pad thai tonight I broke out an Abita Amber, which I bought a sixer of a couple of weeks back. It went well…

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Review: 2003 Ty Caton Merlot

By Christopher Null | September 12, 2007 |

Sideways made Merlot unpopular, and it’s still fashionable to bash the grape and the wine it makes. And you know what? The bashers have a point. Merlot is one of the least interesting wines around. It’s the red wine equivalent of chenin blanc. And in fact, I have more chenin in my wine cellar than…

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Review: Pacifico Clara

By Christopher Null | September 10, 2007 |

Why would anyone drink a Corona when Pacifico is readily available? The reason you put a lime in Corona (and I’m not above drinking one in a pinch) is to mask the faint taste of muskiness. The reason you put a lime in Pacifico is to improve on what’s already just about perfect. Now I’m…

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Review: 2005 Caymus Conundrum

By Christopher Null | September 9, 2007 |

It’s been years since I’ve tried Caymus’s flagship white wine, Conundrum. But when I encountered on the short wine list at San Francisco’s Ducca ($50, about double retail), I thought it might be perfect to go with our northern Italian meal. It was an excellent decision indeed. My last encounters with Conundrum were the 1995…

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