Review: NV Alma Negra Brut Nature Rose Mendoza

The spooky label alone is enticement enough to check out Alma Negra, a nonvintage sparkler from Mendoza, Argentina that’s part of the Ernesto Catena brand. This gentle rose is made from a strange blend of malbec and pinot noir, and the resulting wine is heavy with nutty, mushroomy, almost smoky aromas. On the palate the…

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Review: Whiskies of Claxton’s, 2019 Releases

Claxton’s is an independent Scotch bottler based in Yorkshire in the UK, and if you’re like me, you’ve never once encountered its single malt whiskies in the States. There’s a good reason for that: They aren’t currently sold here. That could change in the near future though, as Claxton’s is actively looking for U.S. distribution…

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Review: Deschutes Brewery Early 2019 Releases

A quintet of Deschutes brews has arrived on our steps in recent weeks. We’re rounding them all up here for your consideration. Deschutes Brewery Da Shootz! – The cleverly-named brew is a new low-abv pilsner, designed with summertime firmly in mind. Pale as can be and ever so slightly hazy, it’s light and bright with…

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Review: Kentucky Peerless Straight Rye 3 Years Old

Last year, craft Kentucky whiskey startup Kentucky Peerless hit the scene with its first offering, a 2 year old straight rye. Well, it’s a year later so what’s hitting the market? Good addition, kids: It’s Kentucky Peerless Straight Rye 3 Years Old. There’s nothing new in the mix here except for the extra year of…

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Review: Pursuit Spirits Straight Bourbon Whiskey Episodes 6-9

There’s no shortage of information and opinions out there about bourbon. You know that because you’re reading this review. First, it was mostly print media, then a seemingly endless stream of websites emerged, and in the last few years the topic has even gone live-action with YouTube channels, TV shows, and podcasts delivering information and…

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Review: Ketel One Botanical Vodkas

Netherlands-based Ketel One has long had a reputation for producing quality but inexpensive vodkas. Like the Dutch people, they don’t go in for hype  Ketel has been in business for over 300 years, and in that time they have only produced, in addition to their basic Ketel One brand, an orange vodka and a lemon…

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Highlights from the 2019 Sonoma County Barrel Auction

For the fifth year running, Sonoma County’s winemakers have come together in May to help out each other and their winemaking community. The Sonoma County Barrel Auction is the region’s biggest event, and it’s an insanely clever concept: “Never before, never again” wines which are auctioned off to the public. These are truly once-in-a-lifetime wines,…

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Review: McMenamins Billy Rye (2018)

If you don’t know McMenamins, you haven’t spent enough time driving around Oregon. The operation runs restaurants and brewpubs all over the state (and Washington), and it’s been distilling spirits for more than 20 years. The Billy whiskey release is one of its most enduring products, an annual bottling that has evolved somewhat over the…

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