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

Tasting Report: Jack Rose Premier Drams 2022

By Drew Beard | August 5, 2022 |

It was a terrible, no-good two years for in-person spirits events (make that in-person events of any kind), but things are finally, thankfully starting to return to normal. Chris noted (with some surprise) that Whiskies of the World held its San Francisco event last fall but at a reduced scale. Washington, D.C.’s famous Jack Rose…

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Tasting the Wines of Fiddlehead Cellars with Winemaker Kathy Joseph

By Christopher Null | June 23, 2022 |

Fiddlehead Cellars has been an icon in California’s Central Coast region since its founding in 1989 by winemaker Kathy Joseph. Her now-famous Fiddlestix Vineyard began as dirt and has grown to be perhaps the premiere vineyard in this region, used for some of her own prized wines while selling its grapes to numerous other bottlers…

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Busting Myths One Pour At a Time: The New York Irish Whiskey Festival Returns After Two-Year Hiatus

By David Tao | May 25, 2022 |

Among North American audiences, Irish whiskey is poised for a moment in the sun. The fast-growing category’s U.S. sales were up over 16% in 2021, and by some estimates, the spirit could overtake Scotch’s stateside footprint within the next decade. As with most boozy trends, event organizers have taken note, their progress only temporarily slowed…

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The Kentucky Bourbon Benefit – December 16-21, 2021

By Rob Theakston | December 15, 2021 |

Last week, my old Kentucky home endured one of the worst storms in the commonwealth’s long history. Town after town has been decimated, some destroyed entirely. The road to recovery will be long and difficult. On a more positive note, over the last few days I have witnessed the absolute best from the people who…

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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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