Review: 2019 Alessandro di Camporeale Benede Catarratto

I find it so exciting to share wine varietals that I’ve just discovered myself with others. The varietal catarratto, which I was introduced to this summer, is no exception. Catarratto is a white wine grape from Sicily. It is one of the oldest, and leading, grape varieties in the area. It is also probably the…

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Review: Glenfiddich Grande Couronne 26 Years Old

The latest Glenfiddich arrived quietly and took me a bit by surprise, the brand dropping a 26 year old whisky aged in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks which was finished for up to two years in “meticulously sourced” French Cognac casks. Grande Couronne, French for “great crown,” is part of the Grand Series,…

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Review: Yobo Soju

Yobo Soju is a rarity in an emerging category: Not only is it made in New York’s Finger Lakes area, it is done so by a Korean American mom and lawyer, Carolyn Kim, who wanted to pay homage to her roots with her take on Korea’s national spirit. The spirit is distilled from local Catawba grapes.…

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Review: Ammunition Wines, Bourbon, and Rye

Windsor, California-based Daylight Wine & Spirits is a rare operation that includes both winemaking and distillation operations. The two are interlinked: Its recent whiskeys are sourced products (both from MGP) that are finished in Daylight’s own wine barrels. Everything is bottled under the brand name of Ammunition (with some spin-off labels also in the mix).…

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Review: Wines of Flat Top Hills, Fall 2021 Releases

‘G4,’ the fourth generation of winemakers from the Mondavi family (specifically: consulting winemaker Angelina Mondavi), returns along with head winemaker Randy Herron for another collection of wines meant to be equally approachable and affordable. We were fortunate enough to try three of the five new releases for fall 2021. Let’s try them out. 2020 Flat…

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Review: 2019 Skyside Chardonnay North Coast

Surprisingly flat, this North Coast chardonnay offers a palate of baked apples, guava, and just a hint of lemon peel, though all of this is exceptionally restrained — its body almost watery at times. At the same time, the wine is completely harmless. It’s gentle, laced delicately with caramel and vanilla notes, with touches of…

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Review: Rosaluna Mezcal Joven

Rosaluna is a 100% espadin mezcal from Santiago Matatlan in Oaxaca, developed by co-founders Nate Brown (“the creative mind behind brands such as Yeezy, Beyonce, Alexander Wang, and more”) and Terry Lee (advisor to the likes of Thrive Market and Sundays). The product is distilled by brother-sister duo Frida and Juan Jiménez who have been growing,…

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Review: River Road Chardonnays, 2021 Releases

River Road Family Vineyards is a collection of uncomplicated California-appellated wines from Sonoma County winemaker Ron Rubin. Designed with affordability in mind, the wines span the range of California’s wine styles. Today we look exclusively at a trio of chardonnays, made in three different styles, and all well under $20. 2020 River Road Un-Oaked Chardonnay…

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