Drinkhacker 2010 Wine Cheat Sheet / Vintage Chart

For four years running we’ve provided a little “cheat sheet” about the arcane world of wine vintages, our goal being to give you something you can stick in your wallet or purse and whip out (or check out discreetly) when faced with an overwhelming wine list. As always, here’s how to use the cheat sheet:…

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Drinking Bourbon with Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge

Having reviewed nearly a dozen different expressions of Four Roses bourbon, I’m well familiar with its famed “10 recipes” claims… but I’ve never really stopped to think about what that really means. Why would you need 10 recipes of your whiskey? Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller at Four Roses for 40 years, stopped by San Francisco…

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Review: GlenDronach 12, 15, and 18 Years Old (2010)

The GlenDronach distillery in the Scottish Highlands had been dark for years, but the Scotch boom of the 1990s led to it being restarted in 2002 in order to take obvious advantage of the trend. Now part of the Chivas empire, the distillery’s first new-era products are now live, with 12, 15, and 18 Year…

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Review: The Black Grouse Blended Scotch

A move is afoot, and if you’ve been reading the whiskey pages here at Drinkhacker over the last few months, you’ve probably got a whiff of it: Wood. Wood is in in a major way. More wood. Stronger wood. Stranger wood. Every whiskeymaker from California to Kyoto seems to be experimenting with extra or unique…

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Review: Fuzzy’s Vodka

One of the biggest names in the golf world is expanding his vast empire into spirits. That’s right, we’re talking about Frank Urban “Fuzzy” Zoeller. Admittedly, today’s club kids may not be familiar with Zoeller, a golfer whose heyday was from the late-1970s to mid-1980s. If they do know the name, it may have something…

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Review: Anderson Valley Brewing Company Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale

It is admittedly a little early in the season — we’ve had record heat this week — for a beer this Christmasy, but soldier on we must as holiday brews start arriving in force. Anderson Valley’s Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale fits its name well, an amber lager that’s loaded to the gills with hot cocoa,…

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Review: Springbank CV

Springbank is one of those whisky gems that serious Scotch fans love — myself included — but which is sadly underrepresented in the U.S. at bars and liquor stores. Springbank appears to be on the rise, though, and the Campbeltown-located distillery has put out its first new spirit in years. Like standard Springbank expressions, CV…

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Review: Steinlager Pure Lager

The enviro craze has been slow to get to the beer world, but with Steinlager Pure it lands with a vengeance. An organic, touchy-feely vengeance, I mean. This rendition of the classic New Zealand brew Steinlager is all about sustainability. No additives or preservatives. Just, as the label notes, water, hops, malted barley, and yeast,…

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