Review: Wines of Sonoma-Cutrer, Early 2024 Releases

Sonoma-Cutrer’s early 2024 releases are here, as we take a fresh look at two chardonnays and a pinot noir from this Russian River Valley icon. 2021 Sonoma-Cutrer The Cutrer Chardonnay Russian River Valley – The Cutrer is always a bold experience from Sonoma-Cutrer, and this aggressive release is no different. Big notes of peach and…

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Review: Renais Reserve Familiale Gin

Renais is a luxury gin brand in the UK that’s so fancy they released a limited edition bottle featuring artwork from Emma Watson. On a recent trip to London the brand was kind enough to send me a sample of the gin — in the boring old normal person bottle, mind you — which I…

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Review: Spirit Hound Straight Malt Whisky

The American single malt world continues to blossom and Colorado has been at the forefront. Spirit Hound Distillers is located in Lyons, Colorado, but they’re well known in London, as their Straight Malt Whisky was named Whisky of the Year and Best in Show at the 2024 London Spirits Competition. Spirit Hound Straight Malt Whisky…

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Review: Blue Note Juke Joint, Crossroads, and Rye

In 2021, Monica sampled a rare expression from Memphis-based B.R. Distilling Company’s Blue Note brand. The operation has recently reformulated its lineup, which is now predominantly sourced from a distillery in Kentucky (purportedly Green River Distilling). We recently received three of Blue Note’s flagship products, including a recently launched rye whiskey. Everything we know about…

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Review: Rolling Fork Heart of Gold Rum

It’s often been said that bourbon is America’s native spirit. However, rum was America’s first love. Long before whiskey became common in North America, the American colonists had a thriving domestic and imported rum industry. The American rum industry began to diminish heading into the American Revolution and was dealt a near-fatal blow with westward…

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The Top 10 Summer Cocktails of All Time

As summer approaches, it’s natural to ask, aloud even perhaps, what should I be drinking right now? While selections like white wine and cold beer are obvious, numerous cocktails abound which feel tailor-made for summer sipping. But which are best? To find out, we polled the Drinkhacker staff and asked for each writer’s list of…

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Review: 2016 Fiddlehead Cellars Pinot Noir – Seven Twenty Eight and Oldsville Reserve

We’re longtime fans of winemaker Kathy Joseph, who’s long been something of a benevolent mad scientist in the world of pinot noir, operating out of her home base in Santa Barbara County. Today we’re looking at two pinots from much different regions — Santa Barbara and Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Both are the same vintage —…

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Review: Never Say Die Rye

Upon hearing “Never Say Die,” James Bond may be the first thing that comes to mind. However, I’d like to introduce you to the whiskey brand of the same name. It’s perfectly understandable if you’ve not yet heard of Never Say Die Kentucky Straight Rye, as until very recently, they’ve been exclusively an export brand for the…

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