Review: Noble Vines 2017 Chardonnay and 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Noble Vines offers a simple collection of numerically-designated wines, sourced from all over California. Here’s a look at two recent bottlings in the ultra-affordable collection. 2017 Noble Vines Collection 446 Chardonnay Monterey – Lots of oak and vanilla here on a wine that doesn’t feel as natural as it should. Gummy and extracted, the heavy oak…

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Review: Russell’s Reserve 2002 Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Last seen in 1998, this is a single vintage, cask strength release of Wild Turkey’s Russell’s Reserve Bourbon, a 15 year old monster of which only 25 barrels have been turned out. Bottled at barrel strength, it’s a rare opportunity to look at Wild Turkey at an advanced age, unadulterated, from a single distilling season.…

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Review: Wines of Black Stallion, 2018 Releases

You’ll find Black Stallion on Napa’s iconic Silverado Trail — one of the most picturesque drives in all of California wine country. Here the winery produces a wide range of wines that are, surprisingly, quite affordable given the region from which they hail. Today we look at three recent releases that span the most common…

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Review: Los Arango Tequila Complete Lineup

Los Arango Tequila is new to the U.S., a revival of an older brand named after Pancho Villa himself. Double (column) distilled from 100% pure agave by the same folks that produce Corralejo, here’s some background by way of press release: Los Arango Tequila, the authentic artisanal ultra-premium tequila with revolutionary heritage, is pleased to…

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Review: Yuengling Oktoberfest

Pennsylvania’s Yuengling has launched its annual Oktoberfest brew expression, a beer they’ve put out every year since 2011 — but only during these high holy holidays of beer-drinking. Brewed with a blend of Tettnang and Hallertau hops, it’s a traditional copper lager, toasty with pretzel and brown bread overtones, lots of chewy malt, and the slightest…

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Review: Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin

Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin is a product of The Shed Distillery, a boutique operation in rural Ireland. It’s also one of the most unusual gins you’re likely to encounter, made from a grain neutral base with some interesting botanicals in the mix. In the distillate you’ll find a relatively typical mix of juniper, angelica root,…

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Book Review: Moonshine: A Celebration of America’s Original Rebel Spirit

John Schlimm’s name can usually be found affixed to vegan cookbooks or impressive tomes about beer. Allowing for the direct family connection between the distilling of beer and moonshine, it makes sense his next endeavor would venture deep into the Americana lore of the white devil. So much has been written on the subject of…

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Review: The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve (2018)

Raise a glass and salute the end of an era: The Glenrothes vintage-dated whiskies are being discontinued, to be replaced with a line of whiskies with standard age statements and additional NAS whiskies, such as this one. We actually saw The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve back in 2016, when it was first released as the first…

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