Review: Tequila Codigo 1530 Cristalino Resposado

Codigo 1530 is back with another tequila release, and it’s what you’d expect: A cristalino, albeit one made from a reposado base, not an anejo. As as refresher, the reposado is aged in cabernet sauvignon wine barrels made from French white oak. This cristalino is blended with some 6 year old Codigo 1530 Origin extra…

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Review: 2023 Gamble Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

Napa’s Gamble Family Vineyards is the proprietor of acreage in some of the valley’s most venerable AVAs including Rutherford, Mt. Veeder, Yountville and Oakville. We’ve had the pleasure of enjoying a few of their wines over the years and, somewhat surprisingly, it has been a few years since we’ve reviewed anything from Gamble. Today, we…

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Review: Papa’s Pilar Rum Legacy Edition 2023

The latest rum from the Hemingway-inspired Papa’s Pilar Rum brand is another luxe bottling that not only honors the company’s namesake but also another man, surfing legend Greg Noll. This is the third Legacy Edition and the second we’ve reviewed. Some background: Papa’s Pilar Rum was created alongside the Hemingway family to celebrate Hemingway’s life.…

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Review: Domaine Bousquet Cameleon 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2022 Chardonnay

In the last three years, we have managed to tour almost the entire portfolio of offerings from Argentina’s Domaine Bousquet. Still, somehow, we have not had the pleasure to enjoy the vineyard’s Cameleon label. What differentiates Cameleon from any of the other lines? As best as I can determine: the sandy soils in this particular…

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Review: Heaven’s Door The Exploration Series I Calvados Finish

Heaven’s Door has become a juggernaut of whiskeydom, to the point where we’ve lost count of the number of expressions the outfit has cranked out to date. The good news is they are almost uniformly excellent, so we aren’t complaining about the arrival of yet another series from Heaven’s Door: The Exploration Series. Heaven’s Door…

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Review: Wines of La Prenda, 2024 Releases

La Prenda Wines was founded in 2008 by Ned and Erika Hill, who named the winery after the street where Ned’s father grew up. They are proud of their Sonoma terroir and make wines that highlight the region’s strengths. Today we are trying their Cabernet Sauvignon, Brut Rose, and Pet-Nat Sparkling Rose but under a…

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Review: Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond 13 Years Old 25th Anniversary Edition VVS 2024

Heaven Hill’s first 2024 release of the Old Fitzgerald bottled in bond series has arrived with extra-special vibes attached: This release commemorates the 25th anniversary of Heaven Hill acquiring the historic Bernheim Distillery (DSP-KY-1) in Louisville — and along with it the Old Fitzgerald brand. This isn’t the spring release of Old Fitz — we…

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Review: 2020 Eleven Eleven XI Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll District

Napa’s Eleven Eleven Winery is back with a new Cabernet called XI: An “estate melange” of 11:11 and Destin Vineyards fruit: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. While bold and fully loaded with purple fruit — a mix of red and black berry notes — this Bordeaux…

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