Events

Wine, beer, and whiskey are all poured frequently at events held around the globe, and here at Drinkhacker we tend to patronize many of them. This category offers our tasting reports from these events — as well as announcements of upcoming events that you the reader may be interested in attending. Watch especially for discount codes and freebies, which we often cross-post to our Contests section.

Top Events Posts:

Tasting Report: Bourbon & Beyond 2018
Tasting Report: WhiskyFest San Francisco 2018
Tasting Report: Bordeaux and Sauternes, 2015 Vintage

A Visit to Frey Ranch Distillery

By Monica Uhm | November 17, 2021 |

When Frey Ranch distillery, based in Fallon, Nevada, released their first four-grain straight bourbon in December 2019, we at Drinkhacker were instant fans. (We also reviewed their follow up rye and single barrel bourbon #22). The whiskeys stand on their own merit; and a recent visit to the idyllic working ranch and their first annual Whiskey…

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Tasting Report: Whiskies of the World Expo San Francisco 2021

By Christopher Null | October 25, 2021 |

One of the staff asked me what the biggest surprise was at this year’s Whiskies of the World San Francisco. “That it was actually happening” was my response. WotW marked the first time in nearly two years that I’d attended a spirits event of any substance, and while it was wonderful to stroll the booths…

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(Pop-Up) Bar Review: The Casa Lolea Experience, New York

By Monica Uhm | October 14, 2021 |

Casa Lolea sangria recently made a one-night appearance by taking over a swanky rooftop bar at the new The Dominick Hotel in New York City to feature is ready-to-drink line of frizzante sangrias. This ‘pop-up’ destination was adorned with neon, rosey-palette lights glistening over a wading pool, polka dot beanbags and balloons, a mix of…

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Pairing Winefornia Wines with Laura Chenel and Marin French Cheese Co.

By Christopher Null | May 31, 2021 |

Wine tasting is fun. Wine and cheese tasting: Even better. Winefornia recently sent a trio of wines and a half dozen cheeses for us to taste as part of series of launch events for its 2020 Innovatus viognier. Made by Napa’s only Korean female winemaker, Cecil Park, the company is also showcasing two reds to…

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Review: Semi-Sweet Wines of Bordeaux, 2020 Releases

By Christopher Null | October 22, 2020 |

When one thinks of sweet wines from Bordeaux, a single region/style comes to mind: Sauternes, which are some of the most iconic and collectible wines produced anywhere. But it turns out that sweet wines — or semi-sweet wines, at least — are made throughout the region, with 8 different appellations of sweet white wines produced…

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Blending Whisky with Bruichladdich’s Adam Hannett

By Christopher Null | October 4, 2020 |

Along with Compass Box, Bruichladdich has been at the forefront of the Scotch transparency movement, a rejection of the intense secrecy rules that the Scottish government has long demanded around the production of whisky. For those not in the know, it’s actually illegal to share too much information about the components of a Scotch whisky.…

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Tasting the White Wines of Lodi, 2020 Releases

By Christopher Null | September 16, 2020 |

California’s Lodi region is known for its wide range of varietals, irreverent approach to winemaking, and affordable prices, and to showcase all of the above, a sextet of Lodi’s most notable winemakers recently got together to showcase their wares via a Facebook webinar. The theme: white wines, many of which are rarely produced on American…

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Review: Wines of Sonoma-Cutrer and Pt. Reyes Cheese, 2020 Tasting

By Christopher Null | September 1, 2020 |

“Wine and cheese” go together so well it’s almost a cliche. Recently, Sonoma’s Sonoma-Cutrer Winery got together with one of northern California’s most noteworthy cheesemakers, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese, to arrange a side-by-side tasting of both of their most iconic products. Three wines were tasted alongside four cheeses — Original Blue, Bay Blue (a mild,…

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Tasting Report: Wines of Temecula Valley, 2020 Releases

By Christopher Null | May 18, 2020 |

While you rarely see Temecula Valley-grown wines in stores, the region is hopping with tons of wineries, all hot destinations for southern California tasters, thanks to its convenient location about an hour northeast of San Diego. With travel shut down, visiting Temecula isn’t an option right now, so in lieu of bringing media to the…

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Review: Wines of Oregon, 2020 Releases

By Christopher Null | April 28, 2020 |

A recent roadshow brought dozens of Oregon wineries to San Francisco to show off their recent wares — lots of pinot noir, and a smattering of white wine styles, namely. It’s especially interesting to see Oregon shift its reds to bolder, more aggressive and deeply extracted wines; it feels like alcohol levels are creeping upward,…

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