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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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Review: Glenfiddich Grande Couronne 26 Years Old

By Christopher Null | October 2, 2021 |

The latest Glenfiddich arrived quietly and took me a bit by surprise, the brand dropping a 26 year old whisky aged in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks which was finished for up to two years in “meticulously sourced” French Cognac casks. Grande Couronne, French for “great crown,” is part of the Grand Series,…

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Review: 2020 Domäne Wachau Loess Gruner Veltliner

By Linda Prussen | September 29, 2021 |

Want to enjoy a fun white wine with an even more fun price tag? You have to try this 2020 Domäne Wachau Loess Gruner Veltliner. This wine, hailing from Austria, is an easy drinking and dry, but not completely dry, white wine. It’s deliciously juicy, with citrus notes of lemon, and lime, and also subtle…

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Review: Dewar’s The Champions Edition 19 Years Old

By Christopher Null | September 28, 2021 |

Dewar’s latest bottling is a 19 year old blend aged in American bourbon casks — which is fitting, since it’s bottled in honor of the 121st edition of the U.S. Open. I’m not sure this is an effective substitute for being at Torrey Pines, as Dewar’s suggests, but if your TV is large enough, maybe…

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Review: Wines of Stone Castle, 2021 Releases

By Christopher Null | September 27, 2021 |

Stone Castle is a winery from a region that’s new to me: Kosovo. The Balkan operation has been producing wines here in the Rahovec Valley since 1953, though many of its varietal choices tend to run toward offerings that American drinkers may find quite familiar. Let’s taste three new releases. 2018 Stone Castle Chardonnay Reserve…

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