Review: Justin 2018 Justification and 2020 Sauvignon Blanc

Two new wines from our friends at Paso Robles’ Justin Winery — and they’re as different as could be. 2018 Justin Justification – 66% cabernet franc, 34% merlot. There’s lots to love here, a rich and delightful wine that’s loaded with both currant and brighter cherry notes. A gentle floral element emerges on the finish,…

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Review: Raasay While We Wait 2018 Release

Raasay Distillery (aka Isle of Raasay Distillery) is the first legal whisky distillery on the Isle of Raasay, which is a tiny island just north of the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Operations formally began in 2017, and while the distillery just dropped its first formal bottling, we recently discovered a bottle of While We Wait,…

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Review: Jose Cuervo Playamar Sparkling Tequila – Mango, Grapefruit, and Lime

Along with a pandemic and general global turmoil, the last few years have also brought us the sparkling, ready-to-drink craze that seems to be in full bloom with no foreseeable end in sight. Never one to miss an opportunity, the powers that be at Cuervo have jumped in, and the results are pleasantly surprising. The…

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Review: Corkcicle Rifle Paper Co. Hydrangea Collection

As you peruse the local stores and websites for Mother’s Day gift ideas, perhaps you have also asked yourself, Can Mom have too many travel mugs? (Asking for a friend.) Let’s be realistic. We live in the age of zero-waste consciousness, life on-the-go, and Covid obsession. Travel mugs, water bottles, and similar accoutrements have joined…

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Review: Abasolo Ancestral Corn Whisky

Abasolo isn’t just corn whiskey, it’s whiskey — or whisky, as it seems they say in some parts down south — made from Mexican Cacahuazintle corn, an ancient “ancestral” grain. The bulk of the corn used in the whisky is nixtamalized, a process used to turn corn into masa (which is used for tortillas and…

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Review: Deeper Roots Kula PB (Papa New Guinea) Coffee

The last time I tasted coffee from the Sigri Estate in Papa New Guinea, it was a roast from Michigan-based Hyperion Coffee Company that was sensational. So when word reached my inbox that Deeper Roots Coffee in Cincinnati would be offering up a Sigri roast, it made perfect sense to hop in the car for…

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Review: 2017 Sosie Red Blend Cavedale Vineyard

This Bordeaux-esque blend is a single vineyard offering from Sonoma County, composed of 45% cabernet sauvignon, 45% merlot, and 10% cabernet franc. This is a rich wine, though it still hits the palate as quite youthful, offering an attack of raspberries and rhubarb, layered with tons of tannins. Notes of graphite and forest floor give the…

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Review: Laws Four Grain Bourbon Bonded 6 Years Old

They’ve dropped the “A.D.” at the front of the name and are now just “Laws Whiskey House” — and the Denver, Colorado-based operation has been busy adding expressions to (and tweaking older releases in) its extensive lineup. Today we look at the bonded version of its straight four-grain bourbon, which hits the bottle after 6…

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