Review: Three New 2008 Rosenblum Zinfandels

With nearly 20 Zinfandels — and dozens of other wines — Rosenblum has a mammoth profile of wines to its name. We tried three of its latest releases, all Zins from the 2008 vintage. 2008 Rosenblum Old Vine Zinfandel Sonoma County – Bright fruit, sugary like a strawberry pie for dessert. Some herbal character in…

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Review: 21st Amendment Fireside Chat

I don’t know about you, but round these parts it’s getting seriously chilly. That means it’s time for burlier, heavy, richly flavored beers, and 21st Amendment’s Fireside Chat arrives with all of that in tow. This spiced winter ale is a rich mahogany color and pours minimally foamy. The nose is woody and hoppy and…

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Review: Warsteiner Premium Verum Beer

A fairly staid German pilsner (or pilsener, as the Germans call it), Warsteiner has been a survivor for some 250 years. It’s a little hard to believe considering how plain this beer is. A light gold brew, Warsteiner Premium Verum comes across as immediately bitter and not terribly fresh. Preserved, almost with some bitter lemon…

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Review: Angel’s Envy Bourbon

Angel’s Envy is, put simply, a new concept in Bourbon making. The brainchild of longtime distiller Lincoln Henderson, each year Angel’s Envy will be released with a new recipe and a new method of manufacture. The inaugural batch — called Expression 10/10 — is already unorthodox. It’s aged in oak and finished in vintage and…

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Review: 2008 Hugel Gewurztraminer Alsace

This latest Gewurz from Hugel is unremarkable and unadorned, with crisp apple, tropical notes, and some slate character. Fruit-forward and with relatively mild acids, it’s a Gewurztraminer for the Sauvignon Blanc lover. Prices vary wildly. B / $20 / hugel.com Related Stories: Review: 2006 Hugel Pinot Gris Classic Alsace Tasting Report: Alsace Wine + American…

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Review: Wine Wipes

Red wine stains teeth, there’s no way around it. Wine Wipes are not a new idea, but they are a new implementation of that idea: Using many of the same ingredients in tooth-whitening formulas, Wine Wipes are little, circular, fabric pads infused with stain-scrubbing ingredients designed to get rid of those purple stains on your…

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Review: 2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau and Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau

Beaujolais Nouveau has a bad reputation as being cheap and often undrinkable wine, and in many cases that’s indeed the case. Beaujolais is supposed to be cheap, and it’s meant to be consumed in the year it was produced: Come New Year’s, no one is supposed to be drinking Nouveau any more until next November,…

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Tasting Report: Single Malt Scotch Whisky Extravanganza Fall 2010

As previously discussed, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society doesn’t just sell unique single-cask whiskys to its membership, it also throws whisky events around the country. I had the fortune to attend the Society’s San Francisco shindig, and can highly recommend it to anyone, especially the whisky novice. Unlike Whiskyfest or Whiskies of the World, the…

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