Review: Burnt Church Bluffton Whiskey

The road of the American craft whiskey movement was paved by craft beer. The spirit of craft beer and whiskey are similar, but in their respective infancies, they were not exactly equal. Craft beer was a response to a rather bland and homogenous beer industry. Craft beer needed to exist because “big beer” was uninspiring.…

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Review: Wines of 90+ Cellars, Summer 2024 Releases

The wine world continues its march toward delivery and subscription services at a steady, measured pace. Since our last foray into the enterprise, a few have folded while others made it through the pandemic and other economic challenges with success and growth. 90+ Cellars provides a refreshingly unique angle in a market where surprises and…

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Review: Tenango Rum

Guatemala is home to a number of top-shelf rums, including Zacapa, Botran, and more. The latest arrival is a new brand called Tenango Rum, launched by restauranteur Sophia Deleon, who has deep Guatemalan heritage. Made completely in the country, this rum is column-distilled from molasses and aged in American oak for an unspecified length of…

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Review: Wines of J. Lohr, Summer 2024 Releases

Situated in the Central Coast and Paso Robles regions of California, J. Lohr produces numerous varietals at a wide range of price points, including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Today we are trying two of its Cabernet Sauvignons and a Syrah whose quality was an unexpected but pleasantly welcome surprise, especially for its asking price.…

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Review: Blood Oath Bourbon Whiskey Pact 10 2024

Lux Row’s 10th edition of Blood Oath is here, this one double finished in two different wine casks. Details! Blood Oath Pact 10 combines some of the finest rare bourbons Lux Row Master Distiller and Master Blender John Rempe could find, including two well-bred ryed bourbons and one finished bourbon each complementing the others. In…

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Review: Proseccos of Valdo, Summer 2024 Releases

Enjoying a bit of history has never hurt anyone and the number of folks who would be well served by taking up the pursuit with zeal is rarely in short supply. According to Valdo’s website: One of the first references to Prosecco in literature can be found in Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis Historia, a naturalistic…

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Review: Ron Diplomatico Seleccion de Familia

Ron Diplomatico‘s Seleccion de Familia is an interesting blend of five different types of distillate — two column still styles, a semi-continuous distillate, a Barbet column distillate, and finally pot still distillate. Complicating things further, it is aged in ex-bourbon barrels and blended with some ex-sherry-aged stock. Let’s give it a whirl! The dark brown…

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Review: A Trio of Merlot, Summer 2024 Releases

By now, complaining that the film Sideways damaged Merlot’s reputation and sales is as superfluous and exhaustive an exercise for wine scribes as the film’s actual declarations. This will be my first and final allusion to the topic when discussing this pleasant and inoffensive varietal. Today, we have three sturdy Merlots suitable to uncork for…

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