Review: NV Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava (2020)

Ever feel like you’re paying for a bottle rather than what’s inside? At no time will that be more likely than when you crack open a bottle of Segura Viudas Reserva, one of the most striking bottles of cava on the market. We last encountered the pewter-clad sparkler in 2016, and though this is still…

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Review: 10th Street Single Malt STR

Remember 10th Street Single Malt, a peated whisky made in San Jose, California? Now there’s another expression from 10th Street: 10th Street STR. Harcore whiskey nerds will know that STR stands for “Shaved-Toasted-Recharred” a process pioneered by the recently departed Jim Swan which is used to rejuvenate old barrels and take the whiskey in a…

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Review: Wines of Landmark Vineyards, 2020 Releases

This trio of new releases was live-tasted with winemaker Greg Stach on Landmark’s Instagram Live channel, which you should check out. If you missed the event (and why would you be here if you didn’t?), here’s what I thought about the wines. 2018 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay Sonoma County – Quite a bit less oak-heavy than…

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Review: Weller Single Barrel

You don’t have to tell Buffalo Trace when it’s sitting on free money. With the launch of Weller Full Proof and, now, Weller Single Barrel, the distillery is taking one of its greatest assets — the Weller bourbon brand — and pushing it, slowly but surely, up-up-upmarket. Weller Single Barrel is exactly what you think…

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Book Review: Sakepedia

In matters of sake, I tend to defer to our sake expert Stephen Allison. If Steve’s not around, author Jeff Cioletti can sub in, with his “Non-Traditional Guide to Japan’s Traditional Beverage” serving as a solid base of instruction for anyone trying to find their way through this complex category. Questions answered go far beyond…

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Review: Crater Lake Gin

Crater Lake Spirits (formerly known as Bendistillery), based in Bend, Oregon, produces at least a dozen spirits — a few of which we’ve reviewed in earlier incarnations. One of its most visible products is this gin, an untraditional construction of gin that is flavored with only juniper and no additional botanicals. The juniper is infused after…

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Review: Teeling Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Single pot still — whiskey made from a blend of malted barley and unmalted barley — is arguably the most iconic style of Irish whiskey. Redbreast and the “Spot” whiskeys are great examples of the style in use today. But a funny thing happened for most of Ireland some years back: Single pot still fell…

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Review: 2014 Rotari Brut

Prosecco is the sparkling wine most commonly associate with Italy, but the country produces many different varieties, including this one from Trentodoc from the Dolomites in Northern Italy, which is made from 100% chardonnay. We reviewed the 2013 vintage in 2016. Today we have the following year’s bottling with a little more aging. Let’s see…

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