Rated A-

Reviews of spirits, wine, and beer (and various errata like mixers and garnishes) comprise more than 80% of the content at Drinkhacker, and the A- rating is used for very good to exceptional products. On a five-star scale, these products would score 4 stars. On the traditional 100-point scale popular with many wine and spirits graders, these products would merit scores of 90 to 93 points.

Review: Parker’s Heritage Collection Heavy Char Wheat Whiskey 11 Years Old (2021)

By Christopher Null | October 7, 2021 |

The 15th round of Parker’s Heritage Collection is here, and for the second time it’s a wheat whiskey, which the series first did in 2014 as a 13 year old. This 2021 release is 11 years old, but it also draws on a trick used for the last two years of the Heritage Collection: heavy…

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Review: Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #5 and Discovery Series #5

By Drew Beard | October 6, 2021 |

The fall release of Bardstown Bourbon Co.’s Fusion and Discovery Series bourbons has hit the shelves, people. Even though the company provides its own perfectly adequate tasting notes right there on its website, I’ve got my own thoughts on these two. Read on for my unbiased ramblings. Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #5 – For the fifth…

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Review: Wines of The Prisoner, 2021 Releases

By Christopher Null | October 3, 2021 |

The Prisoner line of wines continues to expand with the release of a new pinot noir, which joins three other “Prisoner” branded wines — not to mention the plethora of other wines produced by the company under different labels. Today we look at the new pinot, plus the latest releases of everything else from The…

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Review: Ammunition Wines, Bourbon, and Rye

By Christopher Null | October 1, 2021 |

Windsor, California-based Daylight Wine & Spirits is a rare operation that includes both winemaking and distillation operations. The two are interlinked: Its recent whiskeys are sourced products (both from MGP) that are finished in Daylight’s own wine barrels. Everything is bottled under the brand name of Ammunition (with some spin-off labels also in the mix).…

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Review: Wines of Flat Top Hills, Fall 2021 Releases

By Rob Theakston | September 30, 2021 |

‘G4,’ the fourth generation of winemakers from the Mondavi family (specifically: consulting winemaker Angelina Mondavi), returns along with head winemaker Randy Herron for another collection of wines meant to be equally approachable and affordable. We were fortunate enough to try three of the five new releases for fall 2021. Let’s try them out. 2020 Flat…

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Review: Chateau Arton Armagnac – Blanche, La Reserve, and 2009 Millesime

By Christopher Null | September 29, 2021 |

Chateau Arton makes both wine and brandy, where Patrick de Montal has been producing Armagnac for a relatively young 30-some years. The brand focuses heavily on single-vintage bottlings, one of which we review here along with its unaged fine blanche expression and its more readily available La Reserve expression. Chateau Arton Armagnac Fine Blanche –…

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Review: Wines of Ancient Peaks, 2021 Releases

By Christopher Null | September 28, 2021 |

Ancient Peaks is a Paso Robles winery with a collection of wines that run the gamut of classic California styles. Today we look at two recent bottlings, including one from its second label, One Stone. 2020 Ancient Peaks Chardonnay Paso Robles Santa Margarita Ranch – A clean and classic representation of California chardonnay, this wine…

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Review: 2019 Fort Ross Winery Sea Slopes Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

By Christopher Null | September 27, 2021 |

Sea Slopes is a second label for Fort Ross Winery, which can be found in the far western coastal reaches of Sonoma County. The pinots and chardonnays under this label are more widely available — and more affordable. We recently tried two from the newly released 2019 vintage. Let’s dig in. 2019 Fort Ross Winery…

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Review: Wines of Southwest Michigan, 2021 Releases

By Rob Theakston | September 26, 2021 |

Southwestern Michigan is a region commonly associated with several high-quality beers and breweries dotting the map. Quality wine was to be found only within the northern Traverse Bay and very few other places. The last several years has found the southwest area quietly making a case to claim the throne. We were lucky enough to…

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Review: NV G.H. Mumm Grand Corton Rosé

By Anine Myrhagen Ward | September 25, 2021 |

Mumm is a well-recognized Champagne house. Located in Reims, one of the key towns in the Champagne region in France, it traces its history to the early 1800s. The nonvintage G.H. Mumm Grand Corton Rosé is a sparkling wine mainly made from Pinot Noir, however the two other traditional Champagne grapes of Pinot Meunier and…

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