Review: NV La Marca Luminore Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG

You know La Marca for its ubiquitous, low-price, blue-labelled Prosecco — but did you know there’s a higher-end La Marca, one that’s grown in the prestigious region of Conegliano Valdobbiadene? Luminore is a clear step up from standard-grade La Marca — and most other Proseccos — with a complexity that feels almost cocktail-like. There’s so…

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Review: Ironclad Distillery Small Batch Bourbon and Straight Bourbon

Ironclad Distillery Co. opened its doors in Newport News, Virginia back in 2015. The name comes from the first naval battle between armored warships, called Ironclads, which took place in waters just off the Port of Newport News during the Civil War. The distillery is owned and operated by the King family and focuses exclusively…

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4 from the Rhone: Syrah-Based Red Wines, 2020 Releases

As most wine fans know, France’s Rhone Valley is the spiritual home of syrah, and most of the red wines from this region draw heavily on the grape. (The so-called GSM blend, iconic to Rhone wines, adds in grenache and mourvedre, more local classics.) Recently we had a chance to check out four Rhone Valley…

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Review: Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18 Years Old (2020)

It’s probably taken us too long to get around to a review of this 18-year-old bottling from Glenmorangie, but at last, here we are. This one begins life as a 15-year-old single malt aged in ex-bourbon barrels, 30 percent of which is then moved for a further three years to Spanish oloroso casks. It’s finally…

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Review: Rampur Double Cask Indian Single Malt

We’ve previously covered Rampur Select, the entry level expression of this Indian single malt whisky, and now we’re taking a step up. Rampur Double Cask is aged in a mix of bourbon barrels and sherry casks, though no age statements are included. Let’s give it a try. The nose is warm and grain forward, but…

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Review: Hotel Tango Rum and Bourbon

Hotel Tango is a new operation in Indianapolis, Indiana, and its military canteen-inspired bottle and label designs are killer. (They’re also intentional, as HT is the first combat-disabled, veteran-owned distillery in the U.S.) The distillery makes a wide range of spirits — nine at current count — ranging from bourbon to limoncello. Today we taste…

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Review: 2018 Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Chalk Hill’s Sonoma Coast chardonnay is always a great bargain, and the new 2018 vintage is no exception. Bold and aggressive with notes of figs, buttered popcorn, and spiced pears, the wine doesn’t hold back, pouring on notes of vanilla and coconut milk as things build on the palate. Creamy and opulent in its texture,…

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Review: Bardstown Bourbon The Prisoner Wine Collaboration

The Bardstown Bourbon Company is slowly making a name for itself with a range of rare whiskey expressions and unusual collaborations, and its latest release fits right in with that legacy: Bourbon finished in wine barrels from The Prisoner Wine Company’s eponymous red blend. Per the company, it’s a “100-proof, nine-year-old Tennessee bourbon [i.e., sourced…

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