Review: Louis Jadot 2019 Pinot Noir and 2020 Macon-Villages

Louis Jadot makes some reasonably high-end Burgundy wines, but it is best known for extremely approachable bottlings like these — so affordable they often have the grape varietal on the label — chardonnay, pinot noir, etc., a real rarity in France. Today we look at a pair of entry-level Jadots, a white and a red.…

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Review: King of Kentucky Straight Bourbon 15 Years Old (2022)

King of Kentucky returns just in time for the beginning of Big Bourbon Season (aka “autumn”) and like its 2019 sibling, arrives aged 15 years. The mashbill remains the same (79% corn, 11% rye and 10% malted barley), but the good news is they’ve increased the output from 2700 bottles in 2021 to 3500 this…

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Review: NV Telmont Reserve Rose Champagne

Telmont Réserve Rosé, like the Brut, includes a great deal of information on the bottle. It states that the wine is made with 87% Chardonnay, 13% Meunier, and 0% Pinot Noir, and it also notes that the dosage is 8.4 g/l, putting this champagne in the brut classification. There’s much more to read about, which…

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Review: Tequila Don Ramon Anejo Cristalino and Reposado Cristalino

Tequila Don Ramon makes the full line of traditional tequilas — in several different collections — but its Platinum Collection cristalino bottlings are what the media was on hand to taste, alongside brand ambassador Pierce Brosnan, who was Zooming in from his pad in Kauai to talk tequila with the masses. We tasted both —…

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Review: 2015 LDV Winery Petite Sirah and Petite Sirah Signature

Pearce, Arizona-based LDV presents two wines for us — both 100% petite sirah bottlings from the 2015 vintage. (Yes, these are current releases.) What does a hot climate do with a difficult grape like petite sirah? Let’s find out. 2015 LDV Winery Petite Sirah – Quite extracted from the start, you could be forgiven for…

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Black Owned and Millennial Founded: An Interview with Jon Basil’s Uduimoh Umolu

Over the past six years, a booming American market for agave spirits has produced a rush of both celebrity marketed brands and craft labels backed by multinational conglomerates. That means a number of small producers (including non-distilling producers) have focused on hyper-targeted demographics, often releasing product in just one or two metropolitan areas. Jon Basil…

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Review: 2018 Roger Goulart Cava Reserva

This cava is made with organic grapes — 50% macabeo, 35% xarel·lo, and 15% parellada. Lush red apple notes, touched with cinnamon, find a counterpart in notes of fresh nougat, lemon curd, and a pinch of saline. Notes of almond emerge on the finish. There’s not a ton of acidity in the mix here, but…

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Review: Stellum Black Equinox Blend #1 and Fibonacci Blend #1

  It seems like Barrell Craft Spirits just can’t stop making premium blends, no matter how hard they try. Last year, Barrell launched their Stellum Spirits line which offered a cask strength bourbon and rye designed to be simpler blends at a more wallet-friendly price point than their batch releases. The goal here seemed to…

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