Review: 2020 Sullivan Rutherford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation to someone’s lovely home in the central Kentucky countryside to enjoy an evening focused exclusively on wines from Napa’s Rutherford Valley. Quality was not in short supply, with many hard-to-find vintages or bottles attainable in highly specialized shops. However, this particular selection from…

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Review: Basil Hayden Malted Rye

Late last year, Basil Hayden dropped its latest edition, which will be a permanent part of the Basil Hayden lineup going forward. Basil Hayden Malted Rye is made with 100% rye grain that has been malted, which partially germinates the grain before it is dried and made into a mash that is fermented. As it…

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Book Review: Cowboy Cocktails: 60 Recipes Inspired by the American West

It’s been over a month since his last one, so another book from Andre Darlington is long past overdue. Today we discuss one of two books scheduled to be published by The James Patterson of Cocktails during the first half of 2024. We affix our gaze to the Wild West, to ask the question: what…

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Review: Monkey 47 Distiller’s Cut Gin 2023

Every year Germany’s Monkey 47 releases a special edition of its winning gin. Monkey 47 is famously made with 47 botanicals, and these Distiller’s Cut releases add a 48th ingredient. For 2023 (the 13th year of the series), the extra ingredient is Acer Saccharum — better known as maple syrup. Maple syrup is an odd…

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Review: 2018 Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon “The Lark”

Rob recently brought us a glowing review of Larkmead‘s iconic Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2020 vintage — and now we’re taking a step further up the Napa operation’s lineup with a look at the 2018 bottling of “The Lark,” essentially its reserve to end all reserves. The winery’s top tier wine is made of 100%…

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Review: Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond 8 Years Old Fall 2023 Edition

We said it last time around with the very delayed Spring 2023 edition of Old Fitz, but we’ll say it again: We’re not late on this “Fall 2023” release, even though you’re reading this in February 2024. To clarify: This second edition of Old Fitzgerald’s bottled-in-bond release from 2023 was announced around November and didn’t…

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Review: Kylie 0% Sparkling Rose

So I didn’t even know that songstress Kylie Minogue had a wine operation — and now it’s expanding into the burgeoning non-alcoholic space with the launch of Kylie 0% Sparkling Rosé Wine, its first in the U.S. market. Some winemaking details: Kylie 0% Sparkling Rosé Wine Alternative uses a unique fermentation process that reduces sugars…

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Review: Hampden Rums – “Great House” 2023, Pagos, and 8 Years Old

There’s little we like more than checking out goodies from Jamaica’s Hampden Estate, which only began releasing its stock under its own name in 2018. Here’s a peek at three new(ish) releases from the iconic operation. Hampden “Great House” Rum Distillery Edition 2023 – This is the fifth edition of Great House, and these are…

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