Review: Wines of Chemistry, 2019 Vintage

Chemistry is a new brand that marks a collaboration between the two wineries of Stoller and Chehalem. The value-oriented Oregon-based producer has four wines in its stable — the usual suspects, really — and here we look at three releases from the 2019 vintage (all but the sparkling rose). 2019 Chemistry Pinot Gris Willamette Valley…

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Review: NV Billionaires Row Champagne Les Roses

Good news, billionaires. There’s more than Cognac out there for you, there’s also a tax-bracket-friendly Champagne from the good folks at Billionaires Row: a rose Brut made from 20% pinot noir, 64% chardonnay, and 16% pinot meunier. The grapes are all premier cru, grown in the communes of Chigny-Les-Roses, Rilly-La-Montagne, and Ludes. The pricey Champagne…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection – Baijiu Style Spirit

Here’s something you don’t see every day. Buffalo Trace, makers of many bourbons you want but can’t find, recently launched the 24th release in their Experimental Collection, and it’s easily the strangest one yet. It isn’t a bourbon. It isn’t really even a whiskey. It isn’t even a spirit familiar to the Western world. It’s…

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Review: Jim Beam Canned Highballs – Classic and Ginger

Jim Beam has jumped into the ready-to-drink canned cocktail scene with highballs to go. Their angle? To solve for “beer boredom” and provide alternatives for all-day “sessionable” summertime sipping. These to-go varieties are inspired by the classic highballs made with “chilled Jim Beam bourbon, ice, and ice-cold, highly carbonated soda water or ginger ale.” Seems…

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Review: Dirty Sue Whiskey Cherries

Dirty Sue (best known for its bottled olive juice) sent us their cocktail cherries after our big cherry blowout, so naturally we felt we needed to take a fresh look at these filthy little fruits, which are preserved in a mix of sugar, cherry juice, and red currant juice, plus a hint of star anise,…

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Review: Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye (2020)

If you’re drinking a rye whisky that was made in Canada, there’s a good chance you’re drinking whisky from Alberta Distillers, which is essentially the MGP of the north. Alberta makes vodka and blended whisky, but its best known for its rye whisky, which is made from a 100% rye mashbill and is bottled here…

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Review: NV Alois Lageder BLA BLA 2

You have to dig pretty far into the internet to figure out what BLA BLA 2 is. Turns out it’s a blend of two vintages (2017 and 2018) of 100% blatterle grapes, an unheard-of varietal from South Tyrol. The wine it makes is a funky, ultra-dry expression that offers a slightly astringent sherry-like quality with…

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Review: Schlafly IPA, Hazy Grapefruit IPA, Low Cal IPA, and West Coast IPA

St. Louis’s Schlafly Beer recently dropped a new variety pack called Hoptic Visions, featuring four different IPAs — one a standby, three new, experimental releases. Let’s review each of them! Schlafly IPA – This is the year-round OG, and I have to say I really like it. The approachable brew balances east and west coast…

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