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Book Review: The Terroir of Whiskey

By Rob Theakston | January 13, 2021 |

The phrase “I know it when I see it” has entered common parlance over the last half century, its origins stemming from a landmark 1964 U.S. Supreme Court case where Justice Stewart used it as a means to categorize observations, even though the category in question could be interpreted through a lens of considerable subjectivity.…

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Review: Wines of Sullivan Vineyards, 2020 Releases

By Christopher Null | August 20, 2020 |

Sullivan Vineyards has been “Rutherford’s cabernet sauvignon hideaway” since 1972. This small producer offers a collection of ultra-premium bottlings with a focus not on cabernet but on merlot and chardonnay, too. It’s top tier of wines are known as the James O’Neil collection, a block selection representing 5 percent of the estate’s vineyards which is…

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Review: 2017 Siduri Pinot Noir Wines

By Christopher Null | December 9, 2019 |

Siduri specializes in pinot noir, but while the winery is based in Sonoma County, California, it’s unusual in that it sources grapes from all over the west coast to make various expressions from this much-loved grape. Today we look at four wines from four different and iconic pinot noir appellations in California and Oregon, all…

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Review: Proof Traditional Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup

By Christopher Null | March 20, 2018 |

Proof is a new brand of cocktail syrups, ranging from steadfast (Traditional) to oddball (Maple Bacon), made by a bartender-led crew based in Decatur, Georgia. The collection is designed to go beyond mere sugar and water, and have bitters already in the mix. Per the company: These high quality cocktail syrups are an “everything but…

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Book Review: Lift Your Spirits: A Celebratory History of Cocktail Culture in New Orleans

By Christopher Null | January 3, 2017 |

Chris McMillian is one of the proprietors of New Orleans’ Museum of the American Cocktail, and with this book, he and writer Elizabeth M. Williams take a walking tour through the city and through time, to showcase where New Orleans’ essential libations came from. The book pulls no punches because it doesn’t throw any. It’s…

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Review: Lagavulin 25 Years Old 200th Anniversary Edition (2016)

By Christopher Null | October 7, 2016 |

Islay is rife with 200th anniversaries this year. Up next is Lagavulin, which is putting out a special 25 year old anniversary bottling to commemorate the occasion (which is weird because it already had one 200th anniversary edition, an 8 year old). Some details from the distillery: Lagavulin 25 Year Old, matured exclusively in sherry…

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Tasting the Chenin Blanc Wines of South Africa, 2016 Releases

By Christopher Null | July 7, 2016 |

South Africa is making a name for itself with chenin blanc — or at least it’s trying to, and recently a number of vintners from the region banded together to showcase how chenin blanc was evolving in the country. (More chenin blanc is planted here than in any other country in the world.) During an…

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Review: The Glenlivet Single Cask Edition Pullman Train Collection

By Christopher Null | June 18, 2016 |

I scratched my head, too: Why would a major producer of Scotch whisky name a series of high-end releases after a train invented in the United States? We’ve got the full story, courtesy of The Glenlivet. The Glenlivet has been a standard-setting luxury brand for nearly 200 years, appealing to whisky connoisseurs looking for a…

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Review: Wines of Three Sticks, 2015 Releases

By Christopher Null | August 5, 2015 |

Three Sticks is an emerging cult wine with a serious following for its serious pinot noirs, which are largely under allocation at this point. Recently we received a smattering of its offerings — two chardonnays and three pinots — for review. Thoughts follow. 2013 Three Sticks Chardonnay Sonoma Mountain “One Sky” – Intensely golden in color…

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Review: 4 Centre-Loire Wines, 2015 Releases

By Christopher Null | July 11, 2015 |

The Loire Valley is a sprawling wine region in northwest France — and the Centre-Loire (named because it is located in the geographic center of France) is the home to some of its most renowned wines, including the widely beloved Sancerre. Today we’re looking at four Centre-Loire wines, all composed of sauvignon blanc grapes and…

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