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Review: Maker’s Mark FAE-02 2021 Limited Release

By Christopher Null | October 28, 2021 |

Maker’s Mark’s FAE-01 release, which arrived this spring, was always envisioned as the first of a two-part series. Now FAE-02 is here to complete the duo. Note that FAE-02 is a somewhat different animal than its forebear because, while it’s made with same “fatty acid esters” enhancement process, the staves used are made from French…

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Review: 2019 Hahn SLH and Lucienne Chardonnays

By Christopher Null | October 23, 2021 |

A pair of bottlings from the Hahn family of wines, both 2019 chardonnays from the Santa Lucia Highlands region. Here we go. 2019 Hahn SLH Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands – Bold notes of almond and apricot kick this wine off, giving the wine a tone that’s reminiscent of amaretto, its nutty elements muscling over the…

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Tasting with WhiskyEDU’s A-to-Z of Scottish Distilleries Series

By Christopher Null | October 23, 2021 |

WhiskyEDU is a Whiskies of the World spinoff — a nonprofit, actually — that is focused on, you guessed it, whisky education. Its latest trick is an ambitious tasting series whose goal is singular: To sample product from 162 Scottish distilleries — nearly every single distillery in the country in existence after World War II.…

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Review: Sosie 2019 Pinot Noir and 2017 Red Blend

By Christopher Null | October 19, 2021 |

Two wines from the increasingly reliable Sosie brand recently arrived for our consideration. So let’s consider: 2019 Sosie Pinot Noir Spring Hill Vineyard – This Sonoma Coast bottling is a dazzling example of the Sonoma Coast style — rich in body, boldly cherried, and layered with nuance that runs to dark chocolate, hazelnut, and a…

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Review: Elmer T. Lee 100 Year Tribute Single Barrel Bourbon

By Drew Beard | October 18, 2021 |

Former Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Elmer T. Lee passed away in 2013. In 2019, to commemorate what would have been the legendary bourbon-maker’s 100th birthday, Buffalo Trace released this special single barrel, dubbed the ‘100 Year Tribute.’ Elmer was a radar bombardier in WWII, flying combat missions in B-29s over Japan for the Army Air…

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Review: Wines of de Négoce, Fall 2021 Releases

By Rob Theakston | October 17, 2021 |

Cameron Hughes is no stranger to this site or to the wine world. His reputation as a negociant is well-earned, consistently delivering quality bottles of wine under his own label at sensible, affordable price points. His latest endeavor, de Négoce (pronounced “day nuh-go-shay”), takes things up a level and makes things a bit more interesting…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2021 Edition

By Christopher Null | October 16, 2021 |

By now you’ve surely heard the news. This year there will be no George Stagg release, with Buffalo Trace declaring that the barrels it pulled (from 2006 distillate) “did not meet the Stagg profile today.” The good news is that it still leaves four horsemen remaining in the Antique Collection, and these whiskeys are always…

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Review: Sagamore Spirit Rye Tequila Finish

By Christopher Null | October 8, 2021 |

Baltimore’s Sagamore Spirit continues its ambitious yet strange finishing program with a new Distiller’s Select release that sees its straight rye whiskey finished in extra anejo tequila barrels. There’ s no word on how long the spirit is finished (or even how old it is before going into the tequila cask), or the name of…

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Review: NV Fiol Prosecco Rose

By Linda Prussen | October 3, 2021 |

Bold, bright, and fruity but still dry, Fiol Prosecco Rosé goes with sunshine and friends. I shared the wine with four friends, all with very different palates and preferences, and we unanimously loved it. Notes of raspberry, wild strawberry, a little lemon, and shortbread are all harmonious is this wonderful sparkler. The flavor is bold…

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Review: 2019 Alessandro di Camporeale Benede Catarratto

By Linda Prussen | October 2, 2021 |

I find it so exciting to share wine varietals that I’ve just discovered myself with others. The varietal catarratto, which I was introduced to this summer, is no exception. Catarratto is a white wine grape from Sicily. It is one of the oldest, and leading, grape varieties in the area. It is also probably the…

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