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Review: Cabernets of Louis M. Martini, 2014 Releases

By Christopher Null | July 2, 2014 |

No need for a lot of throat-clearing here. Check out these three new Cabs from both Napa and Sonoma, all made by Louis M. Martini. 2011 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Sonoma County – Textbook Sonoma Cab, milder on the palate than Napa’s fruit bombs, but with plenty of earthy mushroom notes, leather,…

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Book Review: Cocktails: The Bartender’s Bible

By Christopher Null | April 14, 2014 |

Holy vermouth, Batman! This is one big ass book of cocktails! Simon Difford, with his 11th edition of this monstrous tome from diffordsguide, packs over 3000 cocktail recipes into some 500 pages of material. Hardbound, with a glossy cover, it feels like a textbook, and it practically is. Now there are many cocktail books that can…

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Review: 123 Diablito Organic Extra Anejo Tequila

By Christopher Null | July 28, 2013 |

We enjoyed the standard trio of bottlings from 123 Tequila when we reviewed them two years ago. Now the company is coming out with an extremely limited edition Extra Anejo to complement the group. It’s not called 4, but rather Diablito, an organic EA from this artisanal company. A small parcel of organic agave grown…

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Review: James E. Pepper 1776 Bourbon, Rye, and 15 Year Old Expressions of Both

By Christopher Null | June 3, 2013 |

James E. Pepper is an old, old name in the whiskey world (Kentucky is plastered with the name), and the heritage of the Bourbon associated with the name is deep, rich, and (if you go to the whiskey’s website) fun to look back upon. In fact, Bourbon has been made under the James E. Pepper…

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Review: White and Rose Wines of Cline, 2013 Releases

By Christopher Null | May 23, 2013 |

If you’re driving to Sonoma, Cline is always worth a stop, not just because it’s one of the first wineries you encounter as you drive into the area. We got our hands on four affordable, summer-friendly whites (one’s a rose). Thoughts follow. 2012 Cline Cool Climate Pinot Gris Sonoma Coast – Crisp and refreshing, with…

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Review: That Boutique-y Whisky Company Arran, Tobermory, and Tormore

By Christopher Null | May 22, 2013 |

Today we look at a few more independently-bottled malts from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, courtesy of Master of Malt. All three of these are recent arrivals from Batch 1. Again, all are limited edition single malts bottled without age statements in 500ml bottles (and wacky labels). Thoughts follow. That Boutique-y Whisky Company Arran Batch 1…

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Tasting Report: The Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza 2012

By Christopher Null | December 25, 2012 |

The 19th annual Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza, put on by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, recently rolled through town, and an evening here was just like seeing a bunch of old friends (some human, but mostly spirits). This year saw an outpouring of older stock you don’t usually get at these events, including…

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Interview: James Carville, New Spokesman for Maker’s Mark

By Christopher Null | August 22, 2012 |

James Carville isn’t just the kingmaker behind Bill Clinton and other Democratic leaders from the last several decades, he’s now the spokesman for Maker’s Mark. Along with wife Mary Matalin, Carville is stumping for the massive Bourbon brand with a cheeky political spin, promoting “The Cocktail Party,” a party that, at last, the famously opposite-minded…

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Tasting Report: Riesling World Tour 2012

By Christopher Null | June 19, 2012 |

Interested in German Riesling? Skip 2010 and go straight to 2011: It’s almost textbook how well these wines have developed in 2011. But 2010’s small harvest didn’t result in many great wines, and tasting many of these side by side at this roadshow event made it clear what a difference a year can make. Here…

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Review: 2007 Stoller SV Estate Pinot Noir

By Christopher Null | November 23, 2011 |

Stoller Vineyards is an organic and eco-friendly winery in Oregon’s Dundee Hills region of the Willamette Valley, specializing in Chardonnay and (of course) Pinot Noir. With this 2007 SV Estate Pinot Noir, Stoller pumps out a textbook Oregon Pinot, stuffed with dried herbs, licorice, and dark berries. It’s almost unripe, really, as if the grapes…

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