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Book Review: On California: From Napa to Nebbiolo… Wine Tales from the Golden State

By Rob Theakston | December 14, 2021 |

The late Steven Spurrier amassed a legacy of wine writing to which only a select few rival. Perhaps one of his most enduring contributions to wine writing is not the writing itself, but the establishment of his Académie du Vin Library, a publishing house whose operation is twofold: to carefully curate new titles highlighting the…

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Review: The Whisky Exchange Black Friday and A Fine Christmas Malt 2021

By Christopher Null | December 12, 2021 |

Black Friday may have come and gone, but that doesn’t bother the purveyors at The Whisky Exchange — which is based in London, where Black Friday can’t even be a thing, can it? For TWE, Black Friday is a whisky, a special edition bottling that you can only get here. Tragically, it’s already sold out…

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Review: WhistlePig “The Boss Hog VIII: LapuLapu’s Pacific” Rye Whiskey 17 Years Old 2021

By Christopher Null | December 12, 2021 |

It’s December, so that must mean it’s time to get down with another release of WhistlePig’s prized Boss Hog, now in its eighth edition: LapuLapu’s Pacific, which is double finished in rum casks. It’s a single barrel release that’s “almost” 18 years old, but still technically a 17 year old bottling. Let’s dig into the…

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Review: 2017 Quintessenz Kalterersee Classico Superiore DOC

By Anine Myrhagen Ward | December 11, 2021 |

Alto Adige is Italy’s northernmost wine region, bordering the Austrian alps on their southern side. The wines here are predominately white, yet there is a significant red wine production as well. Wines from the Alto Adige region usually have high acidity levels, resulting from grapes grown in vineyards of 1500 meters altitude and up. The…

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Review: Gary Farrell 2019 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Russian River Selection

By Christopher Null | December 7, 2021 |

We’re back with another round with well-regarded Russian River winery Gary Farrell and its 2019 vintage releases of chardonnay and pinot noir. Let’s dive in. 2019 Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Selection – This chardonnay is always a beautiful bottling and the 2019 vintage is no exception. Bright with fresh apple and a touch of gooseberry,…

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Review: OG de Négoce 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Pack 2021

By Rob Theakston | December 1, 2021 |

We’ve covered de Négoce (“day nuh-go-shay”) in recent installments: a Fall 2021 overview and recently the 2021 Holiday Party Pack Sampler. This time we look at a 12 Days of Christmas sampler pack: a behemoth dozen bottles of various West Coast wines carefully selected by wine negociant Cameron Hughes. Unlike the Holiday Party Pack Sampler,…

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Review: KO Distilling Distiller’s Reserve Rye Bottled-in-Bond and Bare Knuckle Cask Strength High Rye Bourbon

By Drew Beard | November 28, 2021 |

As fall kicked off this year, KO Distillery in Manassas, Virginia announced the release of two new expressions, both of which are meant to satisfy whiskey-drinkers’ growing love of rye (or so says the press release). First up is Distiller’s Reserve Bottled-in-Bond Rye, the follow on to last year’s Distiller’s Reserve Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon made from 100%…

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Review: El Sativo Single Estate Tequila Reposado and Anejo

By Christopher Null | November 27, 2021 |

We brought you coverage of El Sativo’s organic, “single estate” Lowlands blanco earlier this year — which we loved. Now we’re back with reviews of its other expressions, a reposado and an anejo, both of which launched months later. Ready to dive in? Both expressions are 80 proof. El Sativo Single Estate Tequila Reposado – Aged…

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Drinkhacker’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide – Best Alcohol/Spirits for Christmas

By Christopher Null | November 25, 2021 |

Ready for Christmas? Ready for Christmas 2023, maybe? Our long day’s journey into night may have continued unabated this year, but we’re hopeful you’ve at least found some ability to get out of the house, maybe take a trip, and reconnect with friends and family this season. Naturally, you’re still not going to be able…

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Review: Nutrl Vodka Seltzers, Complete Lineup

By Monica Uhm | November 23, 2021 |

Nutrl is a new line of ready-to-drink vodka seltzers flavored with real fruit juice, launched by Anheuser-Busch. There’s nothing particularly unique about the product line, but Nutrl is hoping to win over fans by offering these “unpretentious and uncomplicated,” refreshing, sessionable, low-calorie (100 calories per can), low-alcohol drinks, made with just vodka, seltzer, and real…

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