Review: 2016 Archery Summit Pinot Noirs – Dundee Hills and Red Hills Vineyard

Oregon’s Archery Summit has released two pinot noirs from the 2016 vintage, both sourced from Dundee Hills fruit. The difference between these two wines? One is a single-vineyard selection from the Red Hills Vineyard. Thoughts on both wines follow. 2016 Archery Summit Pinot Noir Dundee Hills – Boldly fruity, this is a fairly straightforward wine,…

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Review: Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin

Tired of Tanqueray? Here’s a crazy spin on gin that was new to me, a mashup of gin with shiraz wine. Let me get Australia’s Four Pillars to do the explaining: “Our home is in the Yarra Valley, where our neighbours make some of the finest wines in the world. So in 2015 we combined…

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Review: La Pivon Vermouth – Blanco and Rojo

La Pivon is a new vermouth brand crafted in Madrid, using local herbs and botanicals (including cardamon, wormwood, cinnamon, cloves, orange peel, lemon peel, and gentian — La Pivon doesn’t say how the herbs are different in each bottling) and aged in oak barrels before bottling. As Spain is pretty much ground zero for the…

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Review: Few Spirits American Whiskey

One of the big names in craft distilleries, Evanston, Illinois-based Few Spirits, is back with a new release: Few American Whiskey, a blend of its bourbon, rye, and cherrywood-smoked single malt products. “We are constantly experimenting at Few, innovating new expressions and our American Whiskey was a direct result of those efforts,” says founder and…

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Review: Allagash River Trip Belgian-Styled Session Ale

Allagash has been experimenting recently with a range of inventive ingredients and styles, creating beers that are exciting and distinctive (you can see reviews here, here, here, and here). Their newest release, River Trip, is a bit more conventional. The can provides a description: “This Belgian-style table beer packs an array of melon, citrus, and…

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Review: Fukano Vault Reserve 1 & 2, 6000, and Jikan

The importers at ImpEx have been on a tear lately; their latest acquisition is four new expressions of Japanese whiskey from Fukano, all of which are being released in very small numbers (with some 1200 to 5500 bottles of each hitting the market globally).  All four limited edition expressions are blends of stock between the…

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Review: 2015 Frescobaldi Tenuta Perano Chianti Classico DOCG

2015 marked the first vintage of a new Chianti Classico brand from Frescobaldi: Tenuta Perano. Says the company: “Chianti Classico Tenuta Perano is born on the hills of Gaiole in Chianti from vineyards 500 meters above sea level. The south, southwestern exposure and the amphitheatre-shaped layout magnifies the exposure to the sun and concentrates the…

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Review: Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon – Limited Edition (2018)

While Angel’s Envy has become a mainstay of the back bar, its annually-released Cask Strength expression has become a collectable darling. We’re late to covering the 2018 release of this Port-finished bourbon, but, as always, figure it’s better late than never. For the sake of comparison, here’s a look at prior coverage from 2013, 2013…

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