Review: Wines of Three Sticks, 2020 Releases

We’ve got a full sextet of wines from Sonoma’s top-shelf Three Sticks on tap for today, two chardonnays and four pinot noirs. 2017 Three Sticks Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Durell Vineyard – On first blush this wine hits the nose as an unadulterated oak and butter bomb, though there’s a tropical edge underneath that lifts things…

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Review: Hatozaki Japanese Whisky and Small Batch

Japanese whisky isn’t easy to come by these days. As such, it’s always exciting to see a new brand hit the market, and here we have a new bottling, complete with kanji script on the label: Hatozaki. Hatozaki is made at Kaikyo Distillery (location: unknown), but it isn’t all distilled here, including both malt and…

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Review: 2017 Tayson Pierce Chardonnay Napa Single Vineyard

Winemaker Jeff Ames, ex of Opus One, is the producer of this Rutherford-based chardonnay from Tayson Pierce, and fans of ultra-bold California style, heavily-barreled chardonnay won’t be disappointed. It’s a powerhouse from the start, intensely creamy and buttery on its unctuous palate. Here, notes of baked apples, lemon curd, and oak-driven vanilla immediately come alive,…

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Review: Laird’s Apple Brandies – 10th Generation 5 Years Old and 7 1/2 Years Old

It’s not every tasting event where you encounter distilling royalty. Laird’s — famed for its apple brandies — is reportedly the oldest distillery in America, a family business that has been in operation for nine generations. Lisa Laird Dunn, a current VP at the distillery, was on hand to pour various expressions of Laird’s applejacks,…

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Bar Review: Floodwater, Mill Valley, California

Mill Valley’s Floodwater has been open for a few months now, and we finally had the opportunity to pay the new establishment a visit. It’s a sizable space with an expansive bar, cozy booths, and plenty of television — all blasting basketball during our recent idyll. While Floodwater feels appropriate for families (and guests at…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple

Following up on expressions like its Tennessee Fire and Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s continues to tinker with adding flavored expressions to its repertoire. The latest: Tennessee Apple, which is exactly what you think it is, a heavily flavored mix of JD and apple liqueur. It tastes exactly like you’d expect, too, starting with a nose…

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Review: Guinness Stock Ale Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels

Ready for more magic from our pals at Guinness? The latest expression from the outfit (produced at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore) is this: Guinness Stock Ale Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels. So says the company: The newest beer is the endgame of a Guinness Barleywine and a Guinness Imperial Stout – both…

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Review: Booker’s Bourbon “Booker’s Country Ham” 2019-03 and “Beaten Biscuits” 2019-04

Lately the Booker’s special edition bourbon releases have hit us faster than we can keep up. Our overload is your gain, as we take the opportunity to do a head to head of the two most recent whiskeys in this burgeoning collection, both of which dropped in the latter months of 2019. Booker’s Bourbon “Booker’s…

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