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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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Tasting Report: San Francisco Vintners Market 2010

By Christopher Null | December 4, 2010 |

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a different sort of wine show — one designed not just for sampling the wines on tap but for buying them, too. The San Francisco Vintners Market showcased hundreds of wines, all of which you could buy on the spot. I was there not to shop of course…

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Review: Three New 2008 Rosenblum Zinfandels

By Christopher Null | December 3, 2010 |

With nearly 20 Zinfandels — and dozens of other wines — Rosenblum has a mammoth profile of wines to its name. We tried three of its latest releases, all Zins from the 2008 vintage. 2008 Rosenblum Old Vine Zinfandel Sonoma County – Bright fruit, sugary like a strawberry pie for dessert. Some herbal character in…

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Review: 21st Amendment Fireside Chat

By Christopher Null | December 2, 2010 |

I don’t know about you, but round these parts it’s getting seriously chilly. That means it’s time for burlier, heavy, richly flavored beers, and 21st Amendment’s Fireside Chat arrives with all of that in tow. This spiced winter ale is a rich mahogany color and pours minimally foamy. The nose is woody and hoppy and…

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Review: Warsteiner Premium Verum Beer

By Christopher Null | December 2, 2010 |

A fairly staid German pilsner (or pilsener, as the Germans call it), Warsteiner has been a survivor for some 250 years. It’s a little hard to believe considering how plain this beer is. A light gold brew, Warsteiner Premium Verum comes across as immediately bitter and not terribly fresh. Preserved, almost with some bitter lemon…

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Review: Angel’s Envy Bourbon

By Christopher Null | December 1, 2010 |

Angel’s Envy is, put simply, a new concept in Bourbon making. The brainchild of longtime distiller Lincoln Henderson, each year Angel’s Envy will be released with a new recipe and a new method of manufacture. The inaugural batch — called Expression 10/10 — is already unorthodox. It’s aged in oak and finished in vintage and…

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Review: 2008 Hugel Gewurztraminer Alsace

By Christopher Null | November 30, 2010 |

This latest Gewurz from Hugel is unremarkable and unadorned, with crisp apple, tropical notes, and some slate character. Fruit-forward and with relatively mild acids, it’s a Gewurztraminer for the Sauvignon Blanc lover. Prices vary wildly. B / $20 / hugel.com

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Review: Wine Wipes

By Christopher Null | November 30, 2010 |

Red wine stains teeth, there’s no way around it. Wine Wipes are not a new idea, but they are a new implementation of that idea: Using many of the same ingredients in tooth-whitening formulas, Wine Wipes are little, circular, fabric pads infused with stain-scrubbing ingredients designed to get rid of those purple stains on your…

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Review: 2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau and Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau

By Christopher Null | November 29, 2010 |

Beaujolais Nouveau has a bad reputation as being cheap and often undrinkable wine, and in many cases that’s indeed the case. Beaujolais is supposed to be cheap, and it’s meant to be consumed in the year it was produced: Come New Year’s, no one is supposed to be drinking Nouveau any more until next November,…

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Tasting Report: Single Malt Scotch Whisky Extravanganza Fall 2010

By Christopher Null | November 28, 2010 |

As previously discussed, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society doesn’t just sell unique single-cask whiskys to its membership, it also throws whisky events around the country. I had the fortune to attend the Society’s San Francisco shindig, and can highly recommend it to anyone, especially the whisky novice. Unlike Whiskyfest or Whiskies of the World, the…

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Review: 2009 JJ Vincent Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay “J.J.”

By Christopher Null | November 28, 2010 |

Don’t look now, but more and more French wine producers are putting the varietal of their wines right on the label. Look no further than JJ Vincent’s Bourgogne Blanc, where “Chardonnay” is in lettering almost as large as the year of the vintage. This wine from southern Burgundy is crisp with green apple and tart…

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