Review: 2021 Sosie Rose of Syrah

Here’s a syrah-based rose made from estate grapes grown at Vivio Vineyard in Sonoma’s Bennett Valley. The immediate surprise here is how salty this wine is: Loaded with saline, the saltiness detracts from the fruitier notes in the mix — strawberry, with some maraschino cherry blended in. Marshmallow cream is evident throughout, rounding out the…

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Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 13.1, 13.2, and 13.3

It’s lucky round 13 for Octomore — the undisputed most heavily peated whisky in regular production — with again three varieties in release. Like 12.2, the sherry-aged Octomore 13.2 will be in general retail instead of duty free only, so feel free to hop down to your local merchant to ask for an allocation. We…

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Review: Epic Western La Paloma, Chispa Rita, and Ranch Water

Epic Western is situated just a few miles from my home in Austin, where it produces a trilogy of Texas-themed canned cocktails, all made with 100% agave tequila, sparkling water, and — as you’ll soon see — salt. Ready to give them a taste? Let’s crack open some cans and dive in. All are served…

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Review: 2018 Knostman Malbec

Oregon’s Umpqua Valley isn’t exactly an immediate selection one thinks of when discussing West Coast wines, but a quick search on the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers site reveals nearly two dozen wineries in operation, with more on the way. This malbec comes from the Knostman Family Vineyard, an up-and-coming operation with plenty of varietals from which…

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Review: Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon – Limited Edition (2022)

Every year, Angel’s Envy drops a barrel proof version of its iconic Port-finished bourbon, and while the proof changes slightly from one year to the next, the overall through-line doesn’t vary all that much. 2022’s release is no surprise, its burgundy-hued color a treat for the eyes, before you ever dip into it. Big and fiery…

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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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