Review: Domaine Carneros 2012 Le Reve, 2012 Jardin d’Hiver, and 2016 Pinot Noir

Domaine Carneros is highly regarded for two wine styles: Sparkling wine, and pinot noir. Today we look at three wines represent both of these universes, including the latest release of the pinnacle of Domaine Carneros’ production, Le Reve. If you haven’t visited Domaine Carneros in California, it’s well worth planning a trip. More on this…

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Review: Tequila Don Julio Reposado Double Cask – Buchanan’s Barrel

We’ve been Don Julio fans since the very beginning of Drinkhacker, so when the distillery decided to release its first new expression in six years who were we to refuse? Tequila Don Julio Reposado Double Cask Buchanan’s Barrel is a limited-edition Reposado tequila aged for 8 months in traditional (bourbon) oak barrels, then finished for…

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Review: Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee (2018)

We’ve covered several of Firestone Walker’s Proprietor’s Vintage Series in recent years, and while all have their followings, Stickee Monkee is a perennial fan favorite. It’s the first in what Firestone Walker considers a new category of “Central Coast Quad,”  brewed with Belgian candi sugar and aged for more than a year in a selection…

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Review: Cascade Chipotle Pepper Flavored Vodka

Having recently reviewed two salted vodkas, how appropriate that next in line was a pepper vodka, albeit of the smoked jalapeño kind, known as chipotle. It’s a sweet and spicy flavor commonly used in Mexican, Tex-Mex, and Southwest cooking. This vodka, though, comes from the Pacific Northwest, Oregon to be precise. Starting with water from…

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Highlights from the 2019 Garagiste Solvang Wine Festival

In 2011, Stewart McLennan and Doug Minnick co-founded the Garagiste Wine Festival to showcase the best undiscovered small-production winemakers in California. If you’re curious, Garagiste is a term from the 1990s used in Bordeaux to reference a new style of wine crafted by new producers largely in St. Emilion and Pomerol. The wines were made…

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Barrel Picking with Bourbon Pursuit at Joseph Magnus

In recent years, there’s been a surge in “barrel picking” – personally choosing a barrel of whiskey from an individual distillery. Most of these private barrels come from the big operations in Kentucky with Jim Beam and Four Roses being some of the most common suppliers. There are, however, a handful of smaller scale distilleries…

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Review: Wines of Early Mountain, 2019 Releases

Yes, Virginia. Wine from Virginia, Virginia. Early Mountain — which recently won big in Virginia’s Governer’s Cup Wine Competition — can be found on the Monticello Wine Trail in Madison County (not that Madison County), where it produces a wide range of wines from grapes both international and obscure. We tried three of them, mostly…

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Recipes for National Absinthe Day 2019

National Absinthe Day is, whoa, today! March 5. While absinthe may not be the It Spirit it was a few years ago, it’s finding plenty of action as a cocktail ingredient. Here are a number of absinthe-centric recipes to check out. Some are on the new side, while others are closer to classics. Sour Cherry…

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