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Review: Wines of Domaine Bousquet, 2021 Releases

By Rob Theakston | November 5, 2021 |

Over the last several years Argentina’s Domaine Bousquet has quietly made headway into the U.S. market, offering everything from high-end table wines to sparkling offerings to box wines from its portfolio. We recently had the opportunity to sit via Zoom with Domaine Bousquet’s agronomist Franco Bastias and owner Anne Bousquet. The seminar tackled everything from…

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Review: Firestone Walker Mind Haze Citrus Cyclone, Hopical Crush, and Tiki Smash

By Rob Theakston | November 4, 2021 |

If there’s one thing (besides quality) Firestone Walker can hang their hat on, it’s the ability to thematically put together a variety twelve-pack of their offerings which make sense and are easy to enjoy from to the next without facing abrupt transitions. This time around, they’ve gone tropical with a trio of flavored IPAs. Each…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Special Release 2021 – Coy Hill High Proof

By Christopher Null | November 3, 2021 |

Jack Daniel’s has been putting out special release whiskeys for a few years now, and its 2021 release is a doozy: Coy Hill High Proof, aged on the top ricks of its oldest barrel houses, which are located on Coy Hill, the highest hill on the Jack Daniel Distillery property in Lynchburg, Tennessee. These barrels…

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Book Review: The Dogfish Head Book: 26 Years of Off-Centered Adventures

By Rob Theakston | November 2, 2021 |

Drinking a well-made beer is a simple joy often taken for granted. There are so many possible ways a brewmaster can deliver a beer that ruins the graceful experience. Overly hopped, out of balanced, excessively syruped, for example. There’s also the very real possibility that someone can write a book that makes drinking beer feel…

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Review: Luxardo Bitter

By Christopher Null | November 2, 2021 |

We’ve previously covered (and loved) Luxardo Bitter Bianco. This is the OG version, a Campari clone that’s red, not clear. Big, herbal, and bitter as the name would suggest, the Padova, Italy-made Luxardo Bitter stands as a solid alternative to the 48 proof Campari any day of the week. Ingredients aren’t disclosed, but the liqueur…

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Review: Pressice Barware Ice Ball Press

By Christopher Null | November 1, 2021 |

Prove me wrong: There’s categorically no better way to improve the presentation of a cocktail than by serving it with a spherical ice ball. The trouble is making them. Spherical ice molds are a massive pain in the butt, and hand-carving spheres is something best left to highly trained Japanese cocktailing masters. For the rest…

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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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