Blind Wine Tasting with Karl Wente, 2012 Releases

This was a fun little event — an honest to God blind tasting, courtesy of Karl Wente, of the Wente winemaking family, who wanted to see if we could suss out four of his wines… with minimal clues. The only thing he’d let on: That all four of these wines were blended to some degree,…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 11.29.2012 – Pappy Van Winkle Edition

For those of you picky about where you get your news, take your pick: The Atlantic Wire runs the 10 millionth profile on Pappy Van Winkle and how hard it is to come across. [The Atlantic Wire] OR Fox News runs the 10 millionth profile on Pappy Van Winkle and how hard it is to…

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Review: Loca Linda Wines of Argentina, 2012 Releases

Loca Linda is a new brand of Argentine wines that come to us from semi-professional nomad/wine guru Brian Smith. The focus with these wines is on two unassuming bottles that each hold a full liter (“uno liter”) of wine — yet contain just 30 grams of additional glass vs. the typical 750ml bottle. The wines…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 11.28.2012 – Johnnie Walker Announces New Traveller’s Line

Made for and inspired by the travellers of the world, Johnnie Walker has announced a new series: The Johnnie Walker Explorer’s Club Collection. The first limited bottling, cryptically entitled “The Spice Road,” will be available with a suggested retail price of $43 USD and is slated for release in duty-free stores in Europe, the Middle…

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Review: Col. E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon

The Col. Taylor juggernaut continues rolling from Buffalo Trace. For this sixth expression, Taylor plays it comparably simple and unchallenging: a small batch bourbon, made from batching seven-year old barrels from the hallowed sixth floor of Buffalo Trace’s brick warehouse. Like the other Col. Taylor bottlings, it’s bottled in bond at 100 proof. Heavy and…

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Review: Montelobos Mezcal Joven – Espadin

Crafted in Oaxaca from 100% agave espadin, this lightly overproof, unaged mezcal is a classic example of the spirit from head to toe. The nose of Montelobos is intensely smoky, with a barbecue-like sweetness underpinning the char. On the tongue, it follows through on this promise. A rush of fresh barbecue smoke, followed by intense…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 11.27.2012 – Ciara Allan Auction Update + Champagne Science

Yesterday we reported on an auction currently underway to help offset the medical costs Ciara Allan, a young lady currently battling brain tumors and cysts with great courage. We’re quite pleased to report that as of this morning, the bid stands at a little over $17,600. Should you be interested in placing a bid for…

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Review: Emeril’s Wine Samplers from TastingRoom.com, 2012 Releases

Emeril Lagasse is now lending his name and palate to TastingRoom.com, which offers sets of six 1.7-ounce micro-bottles of mixed wines, selected by the chef. Two samplers, each mixed selections of mostly-California wines, are available. Thoughts on both of them follow. Emeril’s Everyday Sampler ($33) 2011 Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley – Musty,…

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