Review: 2010 Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Mondavi is a name, and a winery, that should need no introduction, yet Mondavi has so many sub-labels you can forgiven if you can’t keep them all straight. The “Napa Valley” label is exactly what it sounds like, a mid-range blend made from 100% Napa Valley fruit. Widely available and consistent from year to…

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The A-List – February 2013

A supplement to our weekly Shopping List, The A-List recognizes those bottles we’ve had the privilege to review and find to be of highest quality (A+ to A- range). As you can see, there were plenty of wines to choose from this month, as the Bordeaux and Sauternes tasting was full of delightful bottles worthy of distinction. Jose…

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Review: 666 Vodka

666 Vodka has a name to live up to — even invoking “pure evil” on the front of the label. Made in Tasmania, Australia, this vodka is triple pot-distilled from Tasmanian barley, blended with water sourced from the pristine region here called Cape Grim. The finished product is charcoal filtered before bottling. For all its…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 02.28.2013 – New Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby Bottle Unveiled

The annual unveiling of the Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby bottle has become a bit of an event for Woodford fanatics and bourbon trinket collectors alike. This year’s edition is adorned with a painting courtesy of Oregon-based visual artist Eric Bowman and will be shipping to select stores around the nation later this spring at a…

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Book Review: Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage

Historian Mike Veach is no stranger to bourbon history. He got his start fresh out of college at Louisville’s Filson Historical Society, archiving the papers of the famous Stitzel-Weller distillery. Over the last few decades, he has dedicated his career to preserving, documenting, and researching the stories of Kentucky’s greatest exports. He’s won numerous awards…

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Review: Clyde May’s Conecuh Ridge Whiskey (2013)

1) Who is Clyde May? An Alabama farmer and WWII veteran who turned to illegal whiskeymaking to supplement his income… and learn a thing or two about craft distilling. In 2002 Clyde’s son Kenny May decided to revive the family business and open a distillery. 2) Where is Conecuh Ridge? Southern Alabama, near the Florida…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 02.27.2013 – Budweiser Allegedly Watered Down in New Controversy

Following the Maker’s Mark debacle over the last few weeks, new allegations and class action lawsuits are coming to light in several states against Anheuser-Busch/Inbev. The suits claim numerous brands in AB/InBev’s product line have allegedly received a watering down in order to increase profits and enhance inventory. While the company line is in strict…

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Book Review: Beam, Straight Up

The secondary title of Fred Noe’s memoir could serve as ammunition for contentious debate among scholars and devotees of bourbon culture. “The Bold Story Of The First Family of Bourbon” is a hefty declaration when considering the many families of Kentucky whose heritage calls back several generations — some right down to the Commonwealth’s pioneering…

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