Tasting Wines with Francesca Planeta, 2012 Releases

Planeta is one of the major winemakers of Sicily, a family affair that features six boutique wineries scattered around the island, its 30+ wines representing nearly every part of the area. Francesca Planeta, the matriarch of the family, recently dropped in on San Francisco and treated us to lunch and discussion of Planeta’s production. (Only…

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Review: 2010 Breggo Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Savoy Vineyard

Breggo is a blue chip winery in Mendocino, based in Boonville and the proprietor of the Savoy Vineyard, located in the heart of this region’s Anderson Valley. While Breggo makes a wide range of wines, Anderson Valley is Pinot country, and this 2010 bottling is the flagship. The 2010 Savoy Vineyard bottling features a shocking…

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Review: Casa Sauza XA Extra Anejo Edicion Limitada

Sauza may be best known for making inexpensive yet perfectly drinkable 100% agave tequila, but now it’s raising the bar with an extra anejo called Casa Sauza XA. This fancy-pants bottling is indeed extra-old, 100% aged three years in a combination of new and used American oak barrels. The bottle is something like I’ve never…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 10.26.2012

Once again it is time for the Drinkhacker Shopping List, a weekly compendium of the reviews we’ve featured for the last few weeks. Along with the regular reviews, we’ve also had several extensive tasting reports not included on the list: Wines of Italy’s Morellino di Scansano DOCG Wines of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, SF Roadshow 2012…

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Tasting Report: Wines of Italy’s Morellino di Scansano DOCG, 2012

Morellino di Scansano is located in the southernmost part of Tuscany (Grosseto is the nearest major town), an area made a DOCG in 2007. Until now I’d never heard of it. At well-known sommelier David Lynch’s new wine bar, St. Vincent, in San Francisco, Lynch talked about what makes this region different, and six producers…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.25.2012

Pernod Ricard announced today the arrival of its newest line, ODDKA by Wyborowa Vodka.  This jump into the flavored vodka craze is not without surprise, but with flavors like Fresh Cut Grass, Wasabi, and Electricity, the company boldly claims its intentions to branch out into previously uncharted experimental territories. The line will be first available…

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Review: Tomatin 15 Years Old Tempranillo Cask Finish

I’ve sampled Tomatin’s whiskys on numerous occasions, but this is oddly the first time we’ve covered the distillery in a formal capacity. Tomatin, based in the mountains south of Inverness in the northern Highlands region of Scotland, is less frequently seen on our shores, but the distillery makes a wide range of whiskies stretching to…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.24.2012

As part of its annual tradition, Woodford Reserve has announced this year’s installment to its Master’s Collection. 2013 features a Four Wood Bourbon, finishing whiskey aged in new oak, Maple, Port and Sherry wood barrels. Cocktail Enthusiast was on hand and filed a report about the tasting experience. Our review is pending. [Cocktail Enthusiast] The…

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