Review: Sandeman Port – Founder’s Reserve, 20 Year Tawny, and 30 Year Tawny (2021)

We’ve reviewed the Port wines of Sandeman on several occasions, the most recent in 2016. Today we look at a smattering of offerings from the iconic house on the Douro river, including a fresh look at Founder’s Reserve — which now has an apostrophe in it! — and two well-aged tawny offerings. Sandeman Founder’s Reserve…

Read More about Review: Sandeman Port – Founder’s Reserve, 20 Year Tawny, and 30 Year Tawny (2021)

Review: Hine Homage Cognac (2021)

Hine’s Homage is an homage to Thomas Hine, the English founder of the Hine brand back in 1763. The brandy itself is a Grand Champagne Cognac blended from more than 20 eaux-de-vie, again all made from Grande Champagne grapes. This blend is noteworthy as including four single vintages that are called “Early Landed,” which were…

Read More about Review: Hine Homage Cognac (2021)

Review: Dogfish Head Hazy-O! Hazy IPA

The “O!” in Dogfish Head’s new hazy IPA, Hazy-O!, stands for oats, of which four types are used in the brewing of this beer: malted, rolled, naked, and oat milk, the lattermost of which may raise an eyebrow or two. Big and rounded on the palate, it’s got an ample tropical note up front that…

Read More about Review: Dogfish Head Hazy-O! Hazy IPA

The Top 10 Wines for Summer 2021

As summer 2021 approaches with its promise of the ease of quarantine restrictions, so do the wines with which we might enjoy that time. We’ve seen a ton of wines in the last 6 months or so, and with this list we’re cherry-picking our favorite bottlings that feel idea for warmer times. Ready to dig…

Read More about The Top 10 Wines for Summer 2021

Review: Hopworks Urban Brewery Juicy Bear, Giggle Nuggets, and Ace of Clubs

Trying Cascade Brewing’s excellent sour in January left me thirsty for more Portland beers. This month we have line-up of IPAs from the hop savants at Hopworks Urban Brewery. Let’s see if these three can stand out in a crowded field. Hopworks Urban Brewery Juicy Bear IPA is the lightest in color of the three,…

Read More about Review: Hopworks Urban Brewery Juicy Bear, Giggle Nuggets, and Ace of Clubs

Review: Tahoe Blue Vodka

“Keep Tahoe Blue” is a common bumper sticker refrain around these parts, as the lake, nestled between California and Nevada, is renowned for its pristine blue water. Tahoe Blue Vodka is a blend of three vodka distillates — 50% from sugarcane, 25% from grapes, and 25% from corn. It’s “made with Tahoe water,” per the…

Read More about Review: Tahoe Blue Vodka

Review: 2019 Cameron Hughes Lot 752 Gavi DOCG

This indie bottling of Gavi, made from the Cortese grape, has a number of threads to pull at: fresh linen dusted with lavender, lemon curd, and fresh underbrush, all in a swirl. When drinking solo, it doesn’t come together perfectly, a bit too tart and a bit too perfumed on the finish — with some…

Read More about Review: 2019 Cameron Hughes Lot 752 Gavi DOCG

Review: Black Tot 50th Anniversary Rum

The relaunch of the Black Tot brand — a masterpiece in its own right — has begat a follow-up, Black Tot 50th Anniversary, a higher-proof rum designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Black Tot Day. As with the recent Black Tot release, it’s designed to pay homage to the original Black Tot recipe, though…

Read More about Review: Black Tot 50th Anniversary Rum