Review: 2019 Sonoma-Cutrer The Cutrer Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Two new releases from our friends at Sonoma-Cutrer, both Russian River bottlings from the 2019 vintage. 2019 Sonoma-Cutrer The Cutrer Chardonnay Russian River Valley – An aggressive, classically styled California chardonnay, loaded up with barrel-heavy vanilla, coconut, and baked apple notes. A note of sultry guava emerges as the finish approaches, toasted coconut notes lingering…

Review: Baileys Deliciously Light and Baileys Colada

Ready for two new expressions from the cream liqueur masters at Baileys — including it’s first “light” expression? We weren’t either, but we cracked them open all the same. Baileys Deliciously Light – So you want the decadence of Baileys, but not the calories (140 per 1.5-ounce serving, by the way)? You could consider the…

Recipe: Jungle Witch

Here’s another fun cocktail featured in Garden & Gun, by way of Chattanooga’s Unknown Caller. The Jungle Witch is a spin on the Jungle Bird, and while it will require a bit of prep on your end, the end result is worth it. The secret is found in infusing Campari with pineapple, an idea which…

Book Review: Drinks for Every Season

This book is not for professional mixologists, advanced hobbyists, or anyone having basic cocktail skills already under their belt. It’s not for anyone who attends Tales of the Cocktail or needs a trip to specialty markets to pick up some obscure ingredient. What this book does do is provide absolute beginners and novices an opportunity…

Review: The Macallan A Night on Earth in Scotland

Macallan’s A Night on Earth in Scotland isn’t intended (necessarily) for you to buy it and drink it. It’s supposed to be a gift, a celebratory bottling that’s part of a new limited edition gifting series that celebrates the New Year. Elaborately packaged and full of surprises, the bottling is as much fun to open…

Review: OG de Négoce 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Pack 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,…

Review: Paul John Christmas Edition 2021

Paul John’s Christmas Edition 2021 is upon us, an exotic peated single malt whisky produced in Goa, India, aged in ex-bourbon barrels and “finished in a mélange of Port and Madeira casks.” As always, the whisky is made from six-row barley instead of the more typical two-row, non chill-filtered and with no added colors or…

Review: Simi 2019 Pinot Noir and 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Sonoma’s Simi bottles a range of whites and reds, sourced from vineyards throughout Sonoma County. Here’s a look at two of the winery’s more widely available bottlings. 2019 Simi Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – Instantly weird — though not corked — and hard to shake. Notes of mint chip ice cream, strawberry soda, and…