Tasting the Wines of Dry Farm Wine Club, 2019 Releases

Dry Farm Wines may sound like a hippie commune where they produce foot-trodden vino, but it’s actually a wine club, and a unique one in my experience. As oxymoronic as it might sound, Dry Farm claims to be “the only health-focused, low-alcohol, natural wine club in the world.” No, that doesn’t mean you’re getting alcohol-free…

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Review: Joseph Magnus Vigilant District Dry Gin and Navy Strength Gin

Washington, D.C.-based Jos. A Magnus Distillery is best known for its whiskey. We’ve reviewed most of its offerings (see here and here), and even helped pick a private barrel for our friends at Bourbon Pursuit. But like most craft distilleries, there’s almost always a few clear spirits in the portfolio. We recently received samples of…

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Review: 2 Roses from Etude, 2018 Vintage

Etude is based in Napa, but it sources grapes from all over California for various wines — with a focus on pinot noir and chardonnay. Today we look at two summery roses, both made from pinot noir (or mostly pinot noir), with very different heritages. 2018 Etude Rose Santa Barbara County – (White label.) A…

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Review: Port Askaig 10th Anniversary, 25 Years Old, and 45 Years Old

It’s time for a trilogy of new releases from Port Askaig — the negociant bottler of Islay single malt whiskies from various distilleries on the island — including the company’s oldest release yet, a 45 year old expression. We got (small) samples of each. Let’s give ’em a try. Port Askaig 10th Anniversary 10 Years…

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Review: 1220 Artisan Spirits Canned Cocktails

St. Louis’s 1220 (a spinoff 4 Hands Brewing) hit us early this year with its first distilled product — a gin — and now it’s back with something totally new, a series of six ready-to-drink cocktails, all available in tote-able 12 oz cans. We got the entire lineup to sample. Thoughts on each installment in…

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Review: Wilderness Trail Distillery Single Barrel Rye, Single Barrel Bourbon Bottled-in-Bond, and Small Batch Bourbon Bottled-in-Bond

In recent years, there’s been no shortage of new distilleries opening in Kentucky, but Wilderness Trail is probably one of the more unique. There’s no family bourbon lore or grandpappy’s recipe in their About section, and the distillery, located in Danville, Kentucky, isn’t the easiest stop on the Bourbon Trail. Although they’ve been distilling since…

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Review: Old Charter Oak French Oak Bourbon

Remember Buffalo Trace’s launch of the Old Charter Oak line late last year? This revived brand heralded the limited release of a series of bourbons, each to be aged in different types of oak barrels, so drinkers could really explore the impact of wood on whiskey. The series kicked off to great acclaim with an…

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Review: Wines of Maple Creek Winery/Artevino, 2019 Releases

Mendocino-based Maple Creek Winery releases many of its wines under a second label, Artevino, which winemaker (and artist) Tom Rodrigues uses to showcase “French style wine” made in California. Today we look at a sextet of Artevino bottlings in current release, as well as one wine bottled under the Maple Creek brand (which seems to…

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