Review: NV Giesen 0% Dealcoholized New Zealand Riesling

Hailing from New Zealand, Giesen 0% is a recently released line of no-/low-alcoholic wines launched in 2020 by the eponymous vineyard that has been producing notable wines in the Marlborough region for decades (a few of which we covered in our profile of New Zealand wines in 2018). The 0% line actually starts with their…

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Review: Grand Mayan Ultra Aged Tequila

Grand Mayan Tequila — which comes in distinctive, squat ceramic bottles — returns with its newest expression, formally known as Grand Mayan Ultra Aged Limited Release. It’s a full extra anejo and more, aged five years in oak. Curiously, it’s billed as using Central-Highland Blue Weber agave, while Grand Mayan’s prior expressions were made with…

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Review: Glenmorangie “A Tale of the Forest”

As the successor to the discontinued Private Edition line, Glenmorangie’s “Tale” series continues the tradition of experimentation and innovation for which whisky-maker, Dr. Bill Lumsden, is so well-known. That said, last year’s Marsala-finished Tale of Winter wasn’t exactly a groundbreaking single malt. For this year’s Tale of the Forest, however, Glenmorangie has brought the world…

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Review: 2020 Zuccardi Serie A Malbec

Highlighting various microclimates and soils throughout Argentina’s Uco Valley region, Zuccardi’s Serie A serves as an entry point to its extensive line of malbecs. Dense and lively, this 100% malbec wastes no time presenting itself in classic Mendoza malbec fashion, offering dark fruit, chocolate, and baking spice mixed with a touch of pepper on initial…

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Review: Cincoro Tequila Gold

Michael Jordan’s Cincoro Tequila brand continues pushing upmarket, it’s latest being a curious blend called Cincoro Gold. This luxe offering blends all four of Cincoro’s other expressions — Blanco, Reposado, Añejo, and “a generous proportion of” 40-month old Extra Añejo — into a product that doesn’t have any official categorization. “Gold” of course has a dangerous…

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The Top 10 Tequilas and Mezcals of 2022

2022 has been another big year for tequila, with extra-old expressions coming from every corner – and spending time in all manner of barrels – as well as cristalino bottlings becoming suddenly, incredibly popular. Mezcal continues its rise in popularity, with celebrity mezcal now becoming a thing. We drank a lot of tequila and mezcal…

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Review: 2019 Sonoma-Cutrer Grand Brut Rose Russian River Valley

This new sparkler is part of Sonoma-Cutrer’s Winemaker’s Release line and is composed of pinot noir and chardonnay grapes. There’s nothing not to like here, kicking off with a pretty and vibrant attack that bursts with floral notes, backed by hints of strawberry. Rose-infused vanilla notes linger on the finish, along with a touch of…

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Review: Contraluz Mezcal Cristalino

Aged mezcal is hard enough to find. Now Contraluz has dropped a first for us: cristalino mezcal (in this case a reposado that’s been filtered to clear). The innocuous looking spirit — which is not quite clear but rather a very pale yellow — offers plenty of surprises in the glass. The nose sees plenty…

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