Review: 2017 Sokol Blosser Blanc de Blanc

This Oregon sparkler is composed of 30% pinot blanc and 70% chardonnay, cutting a profile that any domestic sparkling fan should find familiar. Lightly doughy but expressive with notes of lemon curd, apple cider, and some tangerine, it’s heavy on the fizz, which tempers some of the creamier qualities of the otherwise rich body. The…

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Review: Taylor Garrett Whiskey, Rye, and Canteen Imperial Malt

New Mexico whiskey distillery Taylor Garrett is part of that new breed of distilleries that has embraced accelerated aging techniques. The company’s “breakthrough, all-natural aging technique” ages spirits in anywhere from 24 hours to 12 days, depending on which piece of marketing collateral you read. Other than saying the process is “purely physical,” details are…

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Review: 2020 Left Coast Cellars White Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Left Coast’s white wine expression of pinot noir doesn’t often leave a lasting impression with me, but the winery appears to have figured something out for 2020 and has turned in quite a delight. Fresh notes of lemon-lime, green apple, and clean mineral give the impression of a more traditional white wine, with ample acidity…

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Review: Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon 2021 Edition

One of the heaviest hitters of bourbon season has arrived: the always-anticipated Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch. As is common with this release, it’s full of well-aged stock from the Four Roses rickhouses. The breakdown for 2021 includes 16-year-old OBSV – 13%; 14-year-old OBSQ – 6%; 12-year-old OESK – 23%; and 16-year-old OESV – the…

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Review: Tia Maria Cold Brew, Matcha, and Iced Coffee Frappe

Of all the brands making a big push into new markets, the last I would have thought of was Tia Maria, a coffee liqueur developed in Jamaica in the 1940s. The brand was recently sold to Saronno, and it’s currently made in Italy. Recently the brand added two new expressions, one built around matcha tea…

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Review: Wines of Raptor Ridge, 2021 Releases

Raptor Ridge is a Willamette Valley-based producer of the typical Oregon grape varietals — plus a couple of twists, one of which we check out below in this roundup of three warm weather-friendly white wines from this Newberg-based operation. 2019 Raptor Ridge Pinot Gris Willamette Valley – A classic expression of pinot gris, floral and…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s 10 Years Old Batch 1 (2021)

Jack Daniel’s has been making headlines for its latest bottling, the first whiskey with a 10 year old age statement in more than 100 years. (You can see an old bottling of JD at 10 years old in the photo above.) Most JD carries no age statement at all, of course, so it’s unusual to…

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Review: Wines of Chile, 2021 Releases

Chile’s winemaking credentials should need no introduction, but lately the region has been promoting a less oft-cited characteristic: sustainability. The six wines reviewed here (which hail from all over the country) are all created with environmental, social, and economic stability as a goal. You’ll also note another common denominator among them: affordability. Let’s dive in.…

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