Tasting Virginia’s Best Wines, 2023 Releases

Periodically we visit the wines of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and up and coming region that celebrates its finest bottlings each year in the form of the Shenandoah Valley Cup. The six wines below took top honors in 2023’s competition, and we’re happy to share our opinions as well. 2020 Briede Sparkling Winchester – The primary varietal…

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Review: Glengoyne 25 Years Old

Drew’s been on a Glengoyne kick of late — home of “the slowest stills in Scotland” — so I figured I should see what the fuss is all about for myself. Up next is the oldest expression from the distillery we’ve reviewed today, a 25 year old single malt aged exclusively in sherry casks for…

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Review: 2021 Daou Seventeen Forty Reserve Paso Robles

This wine from Daou — now seemingly everywhere — is a blend of 64% cabernet franc, 36% merlot. That’s quite an unusual composition, and I would have guessed this was a lighter style cabernet sauvignon based on its presentation of gentler tones of cherry, blackberry, and blueberry notes. The lattermost of these is particularly enduring,…

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Review: La Maison & Velier Rums, Early 2024 Releases

La Maison & Velier continues to turn out high-quality rarities from all over the Caribbean and beyond. Today we look at a trio of newly available releases, each from a different part of the world — and, in this case, none from a Caribbean island. All 700ml bottles. El Amparo Rum – Pot still rum…

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Review: Emyla Anejo Tequila

Presented in an artful, oversized bottle and carrying a substantial price tag, Emyla is clearly an ultra-premium tequila by design. It is the brainchild of founder Art Davtyan, who named the tequila by combining the names of his two daughters, and it is produced at the Casa Maestri distillery, which makes a broad range of…

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Review: Reservoir Distillery Holland’s Ghost, Blade Rummer, and Milkman

It’s been a few years since we last checked in on Richmond’s Reservoir Distillery. The craft whiskey producer remains rather unique among its peers, offering 100% grain mashbills and aging in small barrels (mostly 5-gallon). While we’ve already covered their core portfolio and one half of the Hunter and Scott line, today we’re taking a…

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Review: Esporao Reserva 2021 Red and 2022 White

Herdade Do Esporao wines bring only positive words to the Portuguese wine conversation: they are sturdy ambassadors staying within the realm of affordability and are consistent in quality. We review the vineyard’s offerings at a near-annual rate, and today we return to enjoy its two flagship red and white offerings. 2021 Herdade Do Esporao Reserva…

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Review: New Riff High Note Collection – Malted Rye and Bohemian Wheat Bourbon

Northern Kentucky’s New Riff Distillery just keeps on riffing, recently adding two new offerings to their limited-edition line, now dubbed the High Note Collection. Each is an 8 year old expression making this duo their oldest whiskeys to date, but both should be familiar to New Riff fans. One is a more aged expression of…

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