Review: Jaja Tequila – Blanco and Reposado

Is this the first tequila brand — or any spirits brand — to be born of a meme? Jaja Tequila — pronounced “ha ha,” for reasons that will soon make sense — is a new brand masterminded by Elliot Tebele, better known on social channels as meme merchant @fuckjerry. Tebele’s got millions of followers, and…

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Review: 2018 Scaia Garganega/Chardonnay and Rosato

Scaia is a second label of Italy’s Tenuta Sant’Antonio, a project designed by its Castagnedi brothers to create “a new style of fresh wines as a contemporary interpretation of the great and traditional Valpolicella wines.” Below you’ll find thoughts on a pair of new releases from Scaia, a traditional white blend and a classically pink…

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Review: Copper & Kings Gin – The Ninth A Symphony in Orange and The History of Lovers

Louisville’s Copper & Kings seems to release something new on a clip of about one product per week, and today we’re looking at the operation’s return to gin, with two special releases on our tasting table. We’ll describe each in turn along with our review. Both are 90 proof. Copper & Kings Gin The Ninth.…

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Review: 2016 Robert Hall Merlot Paso Robles

Robert Hall is a fairly large producer in the Paso Robles region of California, with a focus on everyday wines. This budget merlot punches right at its weight class, offering a blunt and simple wine that feels built specifically to sell for $9 per glass at your local Chili’s. Weighty up front with notes of…

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Review: Tommyrotter Vodka, Gin, American Whiskey, and Aged Gin (2019)

I’m not in love with the name “Tommyrotter,” but the proprietors of this Buffalo, NY-based craft operation remind us that the name refers to the Tommyrotters’ Club, “a band of rebellious artisans in the early 20th century who broke rank from the Arts and Crafts Movement to pursue their individual truths and create for creation’s…

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Review: Wines of Bannister, 2019 Releases

Bannister Wines is a small production label focused on chardonnay, pinot noir, and zinfandel from specific vineyard plots in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Founded by Marty Bannister, a wine industry veteran, she began her own label in 1988 and handed it off to her son Brook in 2010. Today we look at a range of…

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Review: Tequila Don Julio Reposado Double Cask – Lagavulin Barrel

Don Julio’s first experimental Double Cask release — which saw reposado tequila finished for 30 days in Buchanan’s Scotch whisky barrels — wasn’t a one-off. Now the brand is back with a second Double Barrel release, this one finished in Lagavulin whisky casks. With Lagavulin the Ron Swanson-approved It Whisky of the moment, I expect…

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Review: NV Vipra Rosso Dolce Sweet Red

Stop me when I’ve gone too far. Here’s a wine that’s: Lightly fizzy. Sweet. Low alcohol. Designed to be served chilled. And red. Vipra’s Dolce Sweet Red was designed for millennials who have a sweet tooth and an aversion to alcohol: At 7% abv, this is pretty much soda for grown-ups. (It’s also being used…

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