Review: Wines of Oregon, 2020 Releases

A recent roadshow brought dozens of Oregon wineries to San Francisco to show off their recent wares — lots of pinot noir, and a smattering of white wine styles, namely. It’s especially interesting to see Oregon shift its reds to bolder, more aggressive and deeply extracted wines; it feels like alcohol levels are creeping upward,…

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Review: Ramazzotti Amaro

Ramazzotti Amaro, or Amaro Ramazzotti, is an Italian amaro based on a recipe “which has been kept secret for over 200 years. 33 ingredients from across the world: herbs, spices, flowers and fruits are combined to produce a perfectly intense, harmonious flavour.” It’s primarily designed to be consumed neat. A beautiful amaro, Ramazzotti is decidedly…

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Recipe: Trinidad Sour

Want to liven up your next cocktail night? Try the Trinidad Sour, invented by Giuseppe Gonzalez and one of the most insane-sounding drinks you’ll ever try. The proportions are not a mistake, there’s a full ounce of Angostura in this drink and it’s delightful when paired with almond-y orgeat, which tempers the bitterness with a…

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Review: 2018 Two Hands Angels’ Share Shiraz McLaren Vale

Two Hands‘ latest shiraz is a somewhat atypical example of the classic Australian style, featuring more acidity than expected in the form of sour cherry and some green, lightly vegetal notes. A note of chocolate cake frosting gives the wine a moderate sweetness as it builds on the palate, with a plummy, blackberry-heavy character giving…

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Review: Wyoming Whiskey Outryder American Whiskey 2020

Wyoming Outryder was first released in 2016 — we reviewed the initial release way back when — and while the base construction is essentially the same, the whiskey is getting older. The 2020 release of Outryder is now 7 years, 10 months of age, the oldest version of the whiskey to date. As for the…

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Review: Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock and Rye Canned Cocktail

We already gave you the lowdown on Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock & Rye way back in 2014, and we even told you back then that there was also an adorable canned version of this classic cocktail-cum-candy-fix. Since canned cocktails are all the rage now and it’s been a hot minute since we last tasted…

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Review: Thomas Henry Tonic Water and Ginger Beer

Thomas Henry is a German producer of a wide range of mixers — while the real Henry was a British chemist, he wa also a pioneer of carbonated water. For the first time, two of TH’s most popular products — tonic water and ginger beer — are available in 750ml versions. Pricing wasn’t available on…

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Review: Old Forester Single Barrel Bourbons – 100 Proof and Barrel Strength

For those of you who read our interview with Old Forester Master Taster Jackie Zykan last month, you already know the back story on these bottles. For those who haven’t been following along as closely, here’s the short version: things are about to change with Old Forester’s private barrel program. The old 90 proof offerings…

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