Review: The Calistoga Star California Brandy 7 Years Old

Calistoga Depot Distillery is a new spirits brand from the Boisset Collection, which has of late been making a major push into harder alcohol, most notably tequila. The Calistoga Star is a more expected offering from the notable winemaker — a brandy made from California wine grapes, named in honor of San Francisco’s first newspaper,…

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Sicilian Wine Review: 2022 Corvo Irmana Nero d’Avola and 2017 Florio Marsala

An odd little combination for you today: Two wines from Sicily, one table wine and a vintage bottle of Marsala. 2022 Corvo Irmana Nero d’Avola Sicilia DOC – A surprisingly fruit-forward expression of Nero d’Avola, this 2022 features a tart attack of rhubarb and black cherry, fading slowly to sweeter strawberry and raspberry notes. Moderately…

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Review: The Gardener Gin

Most gins don’t usually debut at film festivals. Then again, most gins aren’t made in collaboration with Brad Pitt, the elder-hunk movie star and infamous figment of Ed Norton’s imagination (sorry, spoilers). His new gin, The Gardener, walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival last year and just recently came to the U.S.…

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Review: Wines of Oberon, 2024 Releases

Recently celebrating the 50th harvest of its winemaker Tony Coltrin, the Oberon winery is a longtime Napa operator that has flown under the radar for most of its lifetime. To mark the milestone, Oberon is stretching its arms from Napa into new territory, launching its first wine from the more southernly Paso Robles region, a…

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Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch B524 (May 2024) and Small Batch PGA Edition

Elijah Craig isn’t sleeping this summer, with two new expressions hitting the market in quick succession. The first is the expected May edition of its Barrel Proof lineup, the other a second golf-inspired limited release that follows up on its recent Ryder Cup edition. Full details and tasting notes follow. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch…

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Review: Langlois NV Cremant De Loire Brut Reserve and Brut Rose

As the home of Sancerre, the Loire Valley is widely respected for its Sauvignon Blanc, but other grapes thrive there as well. Langlois winery is known for Chenin Blanc and has recently shifted its focus to making Crémant, which is French sparkling wine made outside the Champagne region. I am a huge fan of Crémants…

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Review: WhistlePig CampStock Wheat Whiskey

With rye, bourbon, and malt whiskey under its belt, what’s left for WhistlePig to explore? Well, wheat whiskey of course. Enter CampStock, a limited edition offering that’s actually a blend of two whiskeys — 85% wheat whiskey and 15% rye — which still merits a “wheat whiskey” designation. The whiskey is a collaboration of sorts…

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Book Review: The Bourbon Drinker’s Companion

When I decided to become a whiskey hobbyist, I chose to build my knowledge through books. I read blogs, listen to podcasts, and waste time on social media. There’s just something about holding a book in my hands that helps me soak it all up. As of this moment, I’ve entered 478 books into my…

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