Review: Carmenere Wines of Chile, 2023 Releases

Carménère, a grape variety once considered lost to the annals of viticultural history, has experienced a remarkable resurgence in recent decades. Thanks to the relentless efforts of many in the world of winemaking, it now stands as a symbol of the resilience and skill inherent in Chilean winemaking. We recently had the privilege of attending…

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Review: 15 Stars Bourbons – Platinum and Sherry Cask Finished

15 stars is at least 10 more stars than anyone should ever need, but I’m told there’s some legitimate meaning behind the name of this rising whiskey brand, as Kentucky was the 15th state in the nation… and thus the 15th star on the flag. Oddly enough, 15 Stars the whiskey hails from all over…

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Review: 2022 Langlois Chateau Sancerre AOP

There’s a reason that Sancerre is everyone’s go-to for a crowd-pleasing white wine that goes with just about anything. This sauvignon blanc-based wine is as versatile as they come, and Langlois’s expression is an outstanding one to put in your shopping cart. Really beautiful, bright, and sunny, this wine kicks off with notes of fresh…

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Marianne Eaves on Forbidden, Whiskey Innovation, and Bourbon Gluts

Marianne Eaves likes to stay busy. Since she left Castle & Key Distillery — where she was widely regarded as the first American woman to hold the title of Master Distiller — Eaves has consulted and blended for a wide range of distilleries and non-distilling producers. Indeed, her Eaves Blind series has seen her partner…

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Review: Two Wines from Beaujolais – 2022 Manoir de Carra and 2019 Chateau Bonnet

Beaujolais remains an undersung and underconsumed wine region, particularly in the States, but that’s changing — ever so slowly — as better and better expressions make it to the U.S. market. Today we’re checking out a pair of recently released Beaujolais wines, both 100% gamay, and both extremely affordable, high-quality offerings. 2022 Manoir de Carra…

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Review: Isle of Skye Blended Scotch, Complete Lineup (2023)

While we encountered a younger Isle of Skye offering in a previous life, owner Ian Macleod Distillers has recently brought the entire range of Scotch blends stateside. The lineup runs a broad age gamut, from 8 to 30 years old, and each expression now sports fancy new packaging. Named for Skye, home to Talisker Distillery,…

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Review: Eagle Rare 25 Years Old

Are you ready to climb even higher heights of peak bourbon? Eagle Rare 25 is the new impressively ornate ultra-aged bourbon from Buffalo Trace that aims to ascend to a perch among the most coveted American whiskeys on the market. To achieve the feat of extending Eagle Rare bourbon well beyond its typical age of…

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Review: Wines of Rombauer, 2023 Releases

A quartet of wines from our buddies at Rombauer — who are riding high now that they are basking in that Gallo acquisition money. Well done, folks! 2022 Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc – 76% Sonoma fruit, 24% Napa. Ultra-tropical, this is a Dole Whip in a glass, full of pineapple and cream and… well, that’s it.…

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