Review: Angela Vineyards 2018 Chardonnay and 2017 Pinot Noir

Angela Estate was started in 2006 in Carlton, Oregon by Antony Beck — and renowned Oregon winemaker Ken Wright produced all the wines through the 2016 vintage. Since 2017, French winemaker Alban Debeaulieu has been in charge, with an eye toward “creating wines that showcase their individualities and essential pleasures, while treading lightly on the…

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Review: Copper Fox Dawson’s Reserve Bourbon

Bourbon is often one of the first, if not the very first, whiskey a craft distillery strives to get on the shelf. That wasn’t the case at Virginia’s Copper Fox Distillery, which has focused since its founding in 2005 on producing the whiskeys owner and distiller Rick Wasmund likes best: rye and single malt. Limiting…

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Review: Sprezza Vero Spritzes

Sprezza is a line of ready-to-drink cocktails from the folks behind Mancino Vermouth, which teamed up with Scrappy’s Bitters to create a canned version of the vermouth spritz (not to be confused with the Aperol spritz) — a simple, warm-weather cocktail that can be consumed straight from the can or doctored for more elevated sipping.…

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Review: Midleton Very Rare 2019

While Midleton flexes its experimental muscle with limited editions like Dair Ghaelach, their most well-known and widely available limited release is the bluntly named Very Rare. Midleton has been releasing Very Rare annually since 1984, but somehow, we’ve never gotten around to reviewing it. Before we finally cross this one off our list, here’s a…

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Review: Old Forester 150th Anniversary Bourbon

As you might have read during our review of this year’s Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, the good old OldFo brand is now 150 years old. That’s quite a legacy from the distiller that lays claim to creating the world’s first bottled bourbon and is one of the country’s oldest bourbon brands. (Pretty much everyone makes…

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Review: 2018 Quinta de Santiago Alvarinho-Loureiro

Monção e Melgaço is one of the 9 subregions of Portugal’s Vinho Verde, one of the greatest value regions for white wines anywhere in the world. Considered to be “the birthplace of Alvarinho/Albarino, Monção e Melgaço is actually two medieval towns in this microterroir along the Minho River, which separates the area from the more…

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Review: Four Gate Rye Batch 7 River Kelvin Rye

Our friends at Louisville’s Four Gate Whiskey are becoming well known for their micro-batch bourbons, and for their 7th release, they’re making the obvious jump to something new for the first time: rye whiskey. Four Gate Batch 7 is MGP-produced straight rye made from a mash of 95% rye and 5% malted barley, with a…

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Review: New Belgium Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPA

Everything old is new again, as New Belgium’s Voodoo Ranger line takes a trip back to a time 30-some years before hazy IPAs were invented… with a hazy IPA. I don’t get it either, but at least the design on the can is appropriately retro. Flavored with Citra, Simcoe, and Cascade hops, it’s flavored with…

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