Review: 2020 Gotas de Mar Albarino Rias Baixas

In America we’ve become spoiled in recent years with the exceptional quality of Rias Baixas albarino wines that have made it to our shores. This 2020 bottling from Gotas de Mar (“sea drops”) isn’t the most vibrant wine I’ve encountered from this iconic Spanish region, but it follows reasonably closely with expectations, showing off restrained…

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Review: Wyoming Whiskey National Parks Limited Edition Bourbon

Wyoming Whiskey’s latest release is a charity-focused bottling, launched to support the National Park Foundation. The brand launched the release with a virtual auction featuring four one-of-a-kind bottles in the so-called Wide Open Spaces – By Air collection, with all proceeds directly benefiting the National Park Foundation. The first in the brand’s annual production of…

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Review: Sun King Brewery Polynesian Passion and Hop Tickler

Two new seasonal beers from Indianapolis-based Sun King Brewery. Who’s ready? Sun King Brewery Polynesian Passion – This is a monstrous Belgian tripel, barrel-aged and spiced with tiki elements that include pineapple, orange, and coconut. You can taste all of the above on the ultra-sweet and extremely spicy palate, which runs from pineapple candy to…

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Review: 2019 Sonoma-Cutrer Winemaker’s Release 40th Anniversary Chardonnay

Celebrating 40 years of operations, Sonoma-Cutrer has released a special edition of its Russian River Valley-grown chardonnay, complete with a wax-covered enclosure. The wine “represents a final collaboration between its founding and current winemakers.” There’s quite a story behind it, too: In its four decades, Sonoma-Cutrer has consistently brought together top-tier talent whose winemaking talents…

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Review: Yebiga “PRVA” Rakija

I first became acquainted with rakija — widely known as raki — through Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, where it seemed like he was always sipping on the stuff, invariably with a grimace on his face. Raki is the national drink of Turkey and is widely produced in eastern Europe and the western countries of the former…

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Review: 2019 Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon

Chile’s Lapostolle has a wide range of wines ranging from $15 carmenere to over-$100 blends. This bottling drinks like the higher tier, though it’s priced quite affordably at $25. The wine (85% cabernet plus some carmenere and cabernet franc) is rich and soulful, an iconic cab-heavy study of currants and turned earth, licorice and spice…

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Review: Double Cross Vodka (2021)

Way back in 2009, we reviewed the then-new Double Cross Vodka, a Slovakian distillate of winter wheat, bottled in an iconic — but tough to handle — rectangular bottle. Well, Double Cross is still on the market, and in 2021 they finally switched up the bottle, opting for a more traditional (and sustainable) look that…

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Review: Russell’s Reserve Bourbon 13 Years Old (2021)

Wild Turkey’s Russell’s Reserve brand tends to fly under the radar a bit, but ignoring this latest release would be a mistake. It might be the best bottling ever to come out under the label. You’re getting a 13 year old cask-strength bourbon, available for a limited time. Here’s a bit of the story behind…

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