Review: 2016 Luna Vineyards Pinot Grigio Reserve Napa Valley

This¬†pinot grigio from Napa’s Luna Vineyards is downright iconic, both floral and fruity, with notes of both mango and white flowers placed against a backdrop of green apples and gentle notes of thyme and rosemary. Sweetness tends to carry the day here, making this an excellent porch sipper that also pairs well with spicy cuisine.…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Heritage Barrel (2018)

Hot on the heels of its new Bottled in Bond selection, Jack Daniel’s is out with another release. This one is going to be far more prized than the Bonded expression (which is now a permanent offering), with just 200 barrels’ worth of this “Heritage Barrel” offering on the market. JD explains what that is:…

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Review: Wines of Eberle, 2018 Releases

Eberle is one of the best-known wineries in Paso Robles, yet somehow we’ve never visited. The good news is its 2018 releases recently arrived for tasting and review. Thoughts on four classic — and some unusual — bottlings follow. 2016 Eberle Chardonnay Paso Robles Eberle Estate Vineyard – Nice and chewy, this chardonnay’s vanilla notes…

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Review: Jan Stephenson Flavored Rums

Golfers and booze brands have been a trend since¬†Caddyshack made hijinks on the links cool, with everyone from Greg Norman to Fuzzy Zoeller getting in on the game. Jan Stephenson is the first female golfer — in fact, the first female athlete of any sport I’m aware of — to release her own liquor brand:…

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Tasting Fetzer’s New Premium Fringe Collective Wines, 2016 Vintage

We stood atop a hillside in the morning wind, and Sebastian Donoso explained his passion behind making Fetzer’s new Fringe Collective wines. He is enamored with the struggle. What struggle, you may ask. The struggle of the grape to be nourished, the struggle of the vine to take root, the struggle for it to live…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2018 Edition

One of the most anticipated releases of the fall whiskey season is here — or rather, five of them, as Buffalo Trace’s quintet known as the Antique Collection has arrived. While all are familiar faces, it wouldn’t be the BTAC without some switcheroos and surprises, all of which we outline below for your reading pleasure.As…

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Book Review: Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol

There are plenty of wine books out there, and a smaller, yet not insignificant, number of books on beer. Spirits books, mostly focusing on the recent whiskey craze, seem to hit the shelves every other week. Few authors, however, attempt to cover all types of alcohol, much less place it in the context of recorded…

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Review: Mic.Drop.2 Bourbon 13 Years Old

Last year, PM Spirits (the guys behind The Street Pumas collection) debuted a limited release, 8 year old bourbon called Mic.Drop (we did not manage to review it, alas). It was a runaway hit, and as all good mic drops go, it demanded a sequel. Enter Mic.Drop.2. This one’s even more rarified, a single barrel…

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