Review: NV Champagne Henriot Blancs de Blancs

Henriot’s flagship Champagne is 100% chardonnay, and it’s a fantastic expression of Blanc de Blancs, lightly nutty with a fresh punch of lemon, apple, and almond. Clean and refreshing, with a moderate to heavy level of fizz, it’s never heavy, with a lingering brioche character that hangs around forever. A- / $55 / champagne-henriot.com [BUY…

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Review: Aerstone 10 Years Old – Sea Cask and Land Cask

It’s not every day that a Scotch distillery launches a new single malt whisky brand, but here we are: William Grant & Sons, best known as the producer of Glenfiddich and Balvenie, has dropped a pair of 10 year old single malts under the name of Aerstone. The two expressions focus on “the impact of…

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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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