Review: Wines of Butternut, 2019 Releases

Butternut is a brand from Napa- and Nashville-based BNA Wine Group, which — and I’m sure they would admit this — focuses on low-cost bulk wines packaged under a cute name. Butternut is also one of the pioneers in the burgeoning canned wine space, with four varieties available in familiar 12 oz. cans. The company…

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Review: George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey Bottled in Bond 13 Years Old (2019)

George Dickel is awfully late to the Bottled in Bond party, but here it is at last, with a 13 year old Tennessee Whiskey spearheaded by Nicole Austin, the company’s new head distiller and general manager. Distilled in 2005, this release comes from the same mash as Dickel’s other whiskeys — 84% corn, 8% rye…

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Review: Fabrizia Italian Style Lemonade

New Hampshire-based Fabrizia, which makes just about every type of alcoholic beverage you can that includes Sicilian lemons, is out with yet another lemon-heavy product: Italian Style Lemonade, a ready-to-drink, canned product that’s made with vodka, limoncello, and lemon juice. I love the idea of making lemonade out of limoncello, but Fabrizia’s rendition falls a…

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Review: Los Vecinos del Campo Mezcal Espadin

Sazerac has recently partnered with Oaxaca-based Casa San Matias and a group of local mezcaleros to introduce a new family of mezcals called Los Vecinos del Campo. Some detail: These hand-crafted spirits are produced by 10 families in the Valles Centrales of Oaxaca who have been utilizing traditional methods to create rich agave spirits for…

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Review: Bear Republic Challenge Series 06

In case you’re confused by our review of Bear Republic Challenge Series 11 a few months ago, the California brewery’s experimental series does not go in order (the numbers are generated from a random roll of Dungeons & Dragons dice — they don’t say which one). Challenge Series 06 is subtitled Smells Like Citrus IPA,…

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Review: Penelope Bourbon Batch #1

Penelope Bourbon is a new brand that a pair of friends, Mike Paladini and Danny Polise, have constructed and named after Mike’s daughter. The duo bought six barrels of MGP bourbon (the staves are #4 char, the heads #2), each having spent a bit longer than two years in wood. Curiously, the six barrels comprise…

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Review: 2018 Duck Hunter Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir

Duck Hunter is a relatively anonymous brand of New Zealand-based wines, with four varietals, typical of the region, on offer. These screwcapped wines tend to vary fairly widely in price, so shop around (or wait for a sale) if the tasting notes below interest you. 2018 Duck Hunter Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough – Slightly thin, this…

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Review: Una Vida Tequila – Complete Lineup

The march of the “Vida” tequilas continues. Not to be confused with Dulce Vida, Pura Vida, Sangre de Vida, and just plain Vida, here comes a new brand, Una Vida Tequila. It isn’t entirely clear from what part of Jalisco the agave is sourced for Una Vida, but the brand is a partnership with┬áthe Orendain…

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