Review: 2020 La Posta Pizzella Malbec

Laura Catena is busy enough racking up award after award for her family’s flagship Catena lines that one would think between co-authoring one of the best books on Malbec, running the day-to-day operations of the family business, running a medical clinic, and releasing new high-altitude variations on malbec that she would have enough on her…

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Review: GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 11 28 Years Old

GlenDronach’s Grandeur releases keep hitting the market, with Batch 11 one of the oldest it’s ever dropped. The 28 year old bottling is, like Batch 10, drawn from a small number of Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks in which the whisky has been fully matured, not finished. There’s quite a similarity between this release and…

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Review: Michter’s US-1 Toasted Barrel Finish Sour Mash Whiskey 2022

Michter’s devotees may have thought that the only limited release they had to look forward to in 2022 was the 10-year-old Single Barrel Rye, but this fall the distillery brought back their US-1 Toasted Barrel Finish Sour Mash Whiskey giving fans one more unicorn to chase. I can almost hear the enthusiastic jingling of car…

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Review: 2019 Comboio do Vesuvio Douro

Portugal’s Douro is know for being the home of Port wines, but a number of still wines are also produced here, including this bottling, made on the estates of Port producer Quinta do Vesuvio. It’s blended from four Portuguese grapes: Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, and Tinta Barroca. Rich with currants and plums, almost…

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Review: Tequila Don Julio Ultima Reserva

Don Julio dropped two luxe expressions this year, culmination with a rerelease of Don Julio Ultima Reserva, its top-end bottling which was originally released in 2021. We missed round one but were excited to see a second small release of this 36-month old extra anejo hit the market in time for the 2022 holiday season.…

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Visiting the 2022 Kentucky Bourbon Festival: Up Close and Personal with America’s Top Distillers

I’ve been going to the Kentucky Bourbon Festival since the 1990s. Located each year in downtown Bardstown, Kentucky, the Festival is the largest such event actually held in the Bourbon Capital of the World. And allow me to be the umpteenth Bardstown local (or former local) to say: Things have changed, and that’s a lot…

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Review: Maddalena 2020 Merlot and 2021 Rose

This wallet-friendly extension of Paso Robles-based San Antonio wines is named after its founder, Maddalena Riboli. Now in her mid-nineties, she remains actively involved as an advisor to day-to-day operations with no signs of slowing down. Here’s a look at two of the more recent bottlings in the company’s extensive portfolio of offerings: 2020 Maddalena…

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Review: Gran Duque d’Alba Brandy de Jerez Solera Gran Reserva

Spanish brandy is far less common in the U.S. than its French or American counterparts. Made mostly from the airen grape, most Spanish brandy is aged in a solera style that sees younger stock constantly replenishing barrels of increasingly aged, blended spirit. While Gran Duque d’Alba makes an older, XO bottling of its brandy, this…

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