A Visit to C.L. Butaud Wines

Texas has a reputation for friendliness — as long as you aren’t driving on the highway, at least — but few places I’ve visited in the wine world were as downright inviting as C.L. Butaud. Butaud is a husband-and-wife operation headed by Randy and Brooke Hester. After stints in wine distribution and sales, both of…

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Review: Slainte Irish Whiskey

The phenomenon of celebrity owned libations continues. Sláinte was founded by Richard Davies, who serves as director of the brand, along with actor Liev Schreiber of Spotlight and Ray Donovan fame. The whiskey is distilled, matured, and blended at The Great Northern Distillery in County Louth, Ireland, and it has a rather unusual barrel aging…

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Review: Duck Pond Cellars 2022 Pinot Gris and 2021 Pinot Noir

Established in the Dundee Hills and Willamette Valley AVAs and a member of the Great Oregon Wine Company family of wines, winemaker Julia Cattrall uses the Duck Pond line to place an emphasis on sustainability and all-natural wines. In 2020, it produced its first Natural Path Production wines certified by the Clean Label Project which,…

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Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch A123 (January 2023)

Like clockwork, it’s time to check in again with Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, which recently launched its first release for 2023. This uncut bottling arrives at 62.8% abv, about in line with the last release, C922. I get a rather beefy note on first blush on the nose, complemented by black pepper and notes of…

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Review: 2021 LifeVine Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Oregon’s LifeVine wines should be rightfully commended for their commitment to full and unapologetic transparency, with their website declaring their line pesticide-free, organic, and sugar-free. LifeVine is one of the first wine brands to post both serving facts and full ingredients on its label. It’s also keto-friendly, lab tested for any contaminants and over 200…

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Review: Square 6 High-Rye Bourbon and Rye

Square 6 is a new brand from Heaven Hill, produced at its new artisanal distillery on Louisville’s Main Street. Some background: Square 6 designates the original plot of land where Evan Williams built Kentucky’s first commercial distillery in 1783, sharing the same block on Louisville’s Whiskey Row where the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience first opened…

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Review: Angela Vineyards 2019 Chardonnay and 2018 Pinot Noir

Angela Vineyards has not popped up on our radar since autumn of 2020, when we were all doing the best we possibly could, albeit slightly dazed and in constant panic. Thankfully, brighter days have prevailed (somewhat) and we’re back to see what the Carlton, Oregon vineyard has been up to since then. 2018 Angela Vineyards…

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Review: Batch & Bottle Cocktails, 4 Expressions

Batch & Bottle launched as a new ready-to-drink cocktail concept last year from William Grant & Sons, the idea being that premium spirits — with their names appearing right on the label — could drive the experience. (Naturally, it’s all William Grant-owned spirits that show up in the bottles.) Four offerings hit the market at…

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