Review: Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #3 and Discovery Series #3

Bardstown Bourbon Co. impressed us back in 2019 with the inaugural releases of its Fusion and Discovery Series whiskeys. As a reminder, the Fusion Series showcases blends of BBCo’s house-made whiskey and an older sourced spirit, while the Discovery Series is merely a blend of entirely sourced whiskeys. We somehow missed the sequel to both…

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Review: Semi-Sweet Wines of Bordeaux, 2020 Releases

When one thinks of sweet wines from Bordeaux, a single region/style comes to mind: Sauternes, which are some of the most iconic and collectible wines produced anywhere. But it turns out that sweet wines — or semi-sweet wines, at least — are made throughout the region, with 8 different appellations of sweet white wines produced…

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Review: Old Carter Rye Batch 5

We’ve already checked out a single barrel and small batch bourbon expression from Old Carter, so now it’s time to check out their straight rye whiskey. There haven’t been any single barrel rye expressions yet from the Carters, but as of this writing, they’ve released six different batches of straight rye since starting the brand…

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Review: Rogue Morimoto Single Malt Whiskey

It’s the Iron Chef! His whiskey, I mean. Oregon’s Rogue Spirits (the offshoot of Rogue Brewing) partnered with none other than “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto to create their first whiskey collaboration. It’s got a hell of a story behind it: This limited-edition whiskey started at the Rogue brewery in Newport, Oregon in 2016 as Morimoto Imperial Pilsner and…

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Review: Skyside 2017 Red Blend and 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Skyside’s operations focus on grapes from the rugged North Coast region of California, where third-generation Sonoma winemaker Anne Dempsey turns out affordable offerings that run the gamut of varietals common to the region. Let’s look at two new red releases built for winter-weather sipping. 2017 Skyside Red Blend North Coast – A mutt of a…

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Review: Ezra Brooks Distiller’s Collection Single Barrel Bourbon from Virginia ABC

When it comes to single barrel bourbons, there aren’t that many bargains to be had, especially not when the proof begins to creep up. Lux Row’s new private barrel program, dubbed Distiller’s Collection, is looking to change that with their new, higher proof, albeit somewhat youthful, single barrel offerings from Ezra Brooks and Rebel Yell.…

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Review: Kiona Vineyards NV Fortuna and 2018 Lemberger

Kiona is another Washington vineyard and winery with holdings in the Columbia Valley and Red Mountain. Today we look at two bottlings from the latter AVA. NV Kiona Vineyards Fortuna Estate Red Mountain – This is one of the most curious blends I’ve ever seen, a nonvintage offering of one-third each 2015 cabernet sauvignon, 2017…

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The Top 10 Wines for Winter 2021

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely ready for some cooler weather… hopefully with some rain. If there’s a fire to be had, I want it in my hearth, not torching the hillside a few miles away. With cooler temperatures in mind, here’s our annual look at the top 10 wines for the winter…

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