Review: Wines of Flora Springs, 2016 Vintage

Looks like we aren’t getting an early spring, so here are three big reds from Flora Springs to help get you through the remaining cold snaps in the coming weeks. 2016 Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 84% cabernet sauvignon, 11% merlot, 3% malbec, 1% petit verdot. Fresh red berries lead the charge on…

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Review: Powers Three Swallow Irish Whiskey

Top-shelf Irish whiskey producer Powers has released its latest expression of single pot still whiskey, with a unique name: Three Swallow. What’s it mean? Spoiler: More than just birds. Allow Powers to explain: A modern representation of what the original Powers Whiskey tasted like back in the days of its original John’s Lane distillery, this latest…

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Review: Chalk Hill 2016 Estate Chardonnay and 2017 Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Chalk Hill Estate Winery wears its identity on its sleeve: It’s the cornerstone winery of the Chalk Hill AVA, one of the smallest distinct winegrowing regions in northern California. From its perch in northern Sonoma, Chalk Hill produces a variety of wines, but it’s best known for its whites. Here we review a pair of new…

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Review: Single Cask Nation Craigellachie 10, Macduff 13, and Stones of Stenness 18

Single Cask Nation is a newish (est. 2011) line of independently-bottled single malt whiskies, and thanks to our friends at importers ImpEx, they’re now going to be more widely available in the U.S. Today we look at the trio of inaugural releases — all bottled at cask strength — that are just now hitting our…

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Review: Firestone Walker Rosalie Beer Rose

Well, now I’ve heard everything. Firestone Walker’s Rosalie is a new beer that is co-fermented with wine grapes from its native Paso Robles. Described as “the rose lover’s beer,” it smells like malt but looks like white zinfandel. So… what is it? “We wanted to create a super-drinkable beer that captures the best qualities of…

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Review: Legent Bourbon

The whiskey-drinking world had a small orgasm when Beam Suntory announced earlier this month the release of a new whiskey called Legent, “a unique bourbon that brings together the best of the East and West in a way no other whiskey producer can.” The whiskey — pronounced “lee-jent” — starts as standard recipe Beam family…

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Review: 3 Wines from Lodi – Klinker Brick, Markus, and Fields, 2019 Releases

It’s always easy to forget about Lodi, nestled in the valley south of Sacramento and east of San Francisco, which is probably why the region’s reps are always sending us new bottlings of wine from this warm area to try out for review. Here’s a look at three current Lodi releases from the 2014 and…

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Review: Dorothy Parker Gin

If you want to hijack a dead celebrity’s identity to brand your booze, you could do a lot worse than Dorothy Parker, the caustic wit of the Algonquin Round Table and, by all accounts, a legendary drinker (with a taste for martinis later in life). Dorothy Parker New York Gin (formerly Dorothy Parker American Gin)…

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