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Review: Camus Cognac, Complete Lineup (2010)

By Christopher Null | July 18, 2010 |

You have certainly never heard of Camus cognac. But what if I were to tell you it was a major worldwide brand, the fifth largest cognac house on the globe — with its major markets Asia and Eastern Europe. Now Camus is coming to America at last, with retail in 15 states and more to…

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Review: Laurenz V 2008 Singing and 2006 Charming Gruner Veltliner

By Christopher Null | July 10, 2010 |

I expect (and hope) that most readers of this blog are old enough to remember when Gruner Veltliner was going to be the Next Big Thing in wine. I’d peg that date at about 1998. And then the Next Big Thing really did come along. It turned out to be Pinot Grigio. Oh well. The…

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Review: 2007 Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah Walla Walla Valley Red Wine

By Christopher Null | June 30, 2010 |

Intense to the point of bursting with dark chocolate, nuts, and over-ripe raspberries, this is Washington state winemaking at its best. You might think Cabernet, but the lack of any real tannin is a giveaway that this blend has none. The mix: 60% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, and 6% Malbec. Silky and…

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Review: Samuel Adams Pint Glass

By Christopher Null | June 26, 2010 |

There are nearly as many types of beer glasses out there as there are wine glasses. A few years back Samuel Adams created this custom glass — designed specifically for its Boston Lager — and unlike any other beer glass in my collection. I’ll let the company explain: “The brewers worked with a team of…

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Tasting Dom Perignon with Winemaker Richard Geoffrey, 2010 Releases

By Christopher Null | June 25, 2010 |

Few brands enjoy the status that Dom Perignon has — and has had, literally for centuries. I had the good fortune to meet the Champagne house’s Chef de Cave Richard Geoffrey, who flew in to San Francisco to give us a guided tour of his latest releases — cracking open a few thousand dollars worth…

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Tasting the Wines of Bodegas Terras Gauda with Winemaker Emilio Rodriguez, 2010 Releases

By Christopher Null | June 24, 2010 |

Meet Emilio Rodriguez. He makes wine at Bodegas Terras Gauda — primarily white Albarino — and Pittacum — primarily from the red Mencia grape. Together, these two Spanish wineries (“bodegas” to those in the know) pack a one-two punch, representing two exceptional, crisp whites plus one of the best Spanish reds I’ve ever tasted. If…

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Tasting the Wild Turkey Whiskey Lineup with Eddie and Jimmy Russell (2010)

By Christopher Null | June 18, 2010 |

I had the pleasure to be led through Wild Turkey’s six whiskeys, courtesy of an online tasting with Jimmy Russell (of “Russell’s Reserve” fame) and his son Eddie Russell, the two men responsible for distilling Wild Turkey today at Austin Nichols distillery. Both of the new Russell’s Reserve whiskeys have been re-released in new packaging…

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Review: Havana Club Anejo Rum 7 Years Old

By Christopher Null | June 16, 2010 |

Smoother and more balanced than the Anejo Reserva bottling of Havana Club, this version of the Club carries a seven-year age statement, and the difference shows. This is a perfect example of Cuban style rum (fitting since it’s actually from Cuba): There’s a huge amount of rich caramel character on the nose, with a light…

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Review: 2006 Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon

By Christopher Null | June 3, 2010 |

A perennial favorite “splurge” wine, BV’s epically-named Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Private Reserve remains a winner in its 2006 vintage. Amazingly soft for a Napa Cabernet this young, it’s a wine inflected with cocoa powder atop a deep blueberry and raspberry core. It is drinking just about perfectly right now, with a…

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Tasting the Wines of Bolgheri, 2010 Releases

By Christopher Null | May 27, 2010 |

During my visit to Ornellaia, I also had the chance to sample three other wines from the neighborhood, comparing them in the relatively controlled environment of a local wine and salumi joint. Some thoughts follow: 2007 Ornellaia – I’ve covered this one extensively here, but noted more rich chocolate character in this tasting of a…

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