Review: Celaya Tequila, Complete Lineup

Celaya Tequila is the brainchild of brothers and former NFL Pro Bowlers Matt and Ryan Kalil who tell of their great great grandfather Jose Celaya who, the story goes, was famous in the 1800s for the tequila he distilled in Sonora, Mexico. Since the old recipe no longer exists and the Kalil siblings are not…

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Review: 2019 Cameron Hughes 811 Zinfandel Lodi

Cameron Hughes’ 811 Zinfandel is a perennial best-seller for the brand, and given its combination of exuberance and price it’s easy to see why. All told, it’s a rather straightforward bottling of Lodi zin, this bold wine drenched in chocolate sauce, black raspberry, and a layer of dense baking spice. Things get rather prune-heavy as…

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Review: The Beverly High Rye

A shiny new whiskey recently hit the glitzy streets of Rodeo Drive. Available initially in the greater Los Angeles area, The Beverly High Rye will also be launching in New York (and nationally via Reservebar). Here are the deets for this new bar cart bling: Founded by Andrew Borenzweig, a Los Angeles entrepreneur and whiskey…

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Review: 2020 Zanon Colli Trevigiani IGT

Made with 100% glera grapes from the Prosecco region of northern Italy, this sparkling wine is technically a Prosecco, but whereas most Proseccos get their bubbles by undergoing secondary fermentation in a steel vat before being bottled (the Charmat method), this wine never undergoes secondary fermentation at all. Instead, it is bottled while primary fermentation…

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Review: Stellum Black Hunter’s Moon and The Lone Cyprus

Shortly before the holidays Stellum Spirits introduced another pair of Black label “specialty blends” growing their billboard of limited edition offerings at your local liquor store by roughly another square foot. I’ve got to hand it to the Barrell team, they play the brand saturation game just as well as their bigger competitors, maybe better,…

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Review: Paquera Mezcal Barril

We previously covered one of Paquera‘s three mezcal expressions in 2019. Now we’re back with another look at its 100% Barril agave-based mezcal. A rather weedy, vegetal mezcal, Paquera’s 100% Barril expression features heavy notes of cooked greenery, turned earth, and underbrush — both on the nose and the palate. There’s a bold sweetness on…

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Review: I Bourbon

That headline’s not a typo. The name of the bourbon is “I.” In fact, the I isn’t even on the front of the bottle. It’s embossed into the glass on the back. The front just says “bourbon.” This all seems like a difficult thing to brand and sell, but hey, that’s someone else’s problem, no?…

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Reviews: Wines of Elk Cove, 2023 Releases

Oregon’s Elk Cove offers the classic expressions endemic to the region, and today we look at a trio of current releases from the brand. 2019 Elk Cove Chardonnay Goodrich Yamhill-Carlton AVA – Refreshing, with vibrant notes of green apple and quince flavoring a creamy, lemon-infused custard palate. There’s ample vanilla in the mix, but enough…

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