2 Texas Wines Reviewed: Aire y Sol and Bent Oak Winery, 2021 Releases

How far has Texas come as a wine producer? Let’s find out with these two recently released bottlings. 2018 Aire y Sol Viognier Texas – Not immediately recognizable as viognier; I probably would have suggested a funkier, greener sauvignon blanc had I tasted this blind. Fairly astringent with ammonia notes, the wine is pungent with…

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Review: M&H Elements Red Wine Cask, Elements Peated, and 3 Single Cask Whiskies

We’ve covered the whiskies (and gin) of Israel’s Milk & Honey (aka M&H) several times. Now we’re back with a look at five new expressions, including a pair from the Elements Series which we hadn’t previously seen and two single cask, barrel-proof releases. Let’s dive in. M&H Single Cask STR – Aged in bourbon barrels…

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Review: Berry Bros & Rudd Glen Keith 24 Years Old 1993

Berry Brothers & Rudd is another venerable independent bottler which curates a wide variety of spirits beyond single malts (wine, gin, Cognac, etc). This timely review takes us back to a 2018 release and Speyside’s Glen Keith distillery. A bit of historical background via Berry Bros. website: Glen Keith (a.k.a. Glenkeith), was established on the…

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Review: 2020 Scheid Sauvignon Blanc Estate Monterey

This Monterey-born sauvignon blanc has a doughy consistency that’s unusual for the varietal, offering notes of lemon cookies and almond paste. The crisp grassiness of a typical California sauvignon blanc is absent here, replaced with a rather gooey character that culminates in notes of honeydew and cantaloupe, and which feels more than a little manipulated.…

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Review: Balnellan Single Malt Cognac Cask Finish

Balnellan is another in a long line of private label bottlings for big-box American chain store Total Wine, this time supplied by independent bottler Angus Dundee. There have been a few offerings in the Balnellan line, but this expression of single malt whisky is aged in ex-bourbon casks before transferred to Cognac barrels for finishing,…

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Review: Schofferhofer Pomegranate Hefeweizen and Passion Fruit Hefeweizen

Schofferhofer Grapefruit was a pioneer in fruit-beer radler-style blends (the original was 50% hefeweizen and 50% grapefruit soda), and now the German brand is back with two line extensions, one made with pomegranate soda and the other with passion fruit. (Both maintain the 50-50 ratio of beer to soda.) Let’s try them both. Both are…

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Review: Three Spirit Alcohol-Free Beverages

Three Spirit is founded on multiple grand ambitions to be plant-based, socially conscious, and innovative in bringing alcohol-free products to the social drinking mix. It has made its mark in the UK where it started, and is now looking to gain fans in the U.S. Innovation is at the heart of their modus operandi, creating…

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Review: Sam Houston Bourbon 15 Years Old

Sam Houston was an adventurous, self-made patriot and eventually a governor of Texas known for his brutal honesty. The bourbon bearing his name and produced by Three Springs Bottling Company hails from Bardstown, Kentucky. What’s the connection? Nothing, apparently, just that this bourbon is “offered in tribute to the life of Sam Houston.” A bourbon…

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