Rated B+

Reviews of spirits, wine, and beer (and various errata like mixers and garnishes) comprise more than 80% of the content at Drinkhacker, and the B+ rating is used for solid products that we don’t exactly love, but which we still heartily recommend. On a five-star scale, these products would score 3.5 stars. On the traditional 100-point scale popular with many wine and spirits graders, these products would merit scores of 87 to 89 points.

Review: Sobieski Vodka

By Christopher Null | November 16, 2007 |

God bless Sobieski Vodka. The company’s goal is to “overthrow overpriced vodka.” Sobieski comes at a suggested retail price of $11, and if you can find it, you can probably get for even less. So, how’s it tasted? Distilled in Poland from rye, it had the most interesting flavor of the three vodkas I tried,…

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Review: 2001 Travaglini Gattinara

By Christopher Null | October 27, 2007 |

Hey, Chianti isn’t the only Italian wine out there, folks. Give Travaglini’s Gattinara a try. Even if you don’t like it, you’ll enjoy talking about the bottle, I promise. This wine is from Gattinara in Italy’s Piedmont region and is 100% Nebbiolo, the critical grape in Barolo wines. As with Barolo, Gattinara can be big…

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Review: Hornitos Plata, Reposado, and Anejo Tequila (2007)

By Christopher Null | October 19, 2007 |

Hornitos is known for its trademark Reposado tequila with the bright green label. But now Hornitos expands in a natural direction: With both a Plata (aka Blanco or silver) tequila and an aged Anejo, to round out the line with one of each of the three traditional tequila varieties. I tried them all side by…

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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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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: 2004 Donnafugata Tancredi

By Christopher Null | September 8, 2007 |

Let’s start things off with a review, the 2004 Donnafugata Tancredi, courtesy of the good folks at Folio Wine Partners, who sent six bottles of Donnafugata’s latest releases, which Folio is importing. I picked the hearty Italian Tancredi to go with buffalo burgers tonight… which turned out to be a good choice. Donnafugata is a…

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