Review: 2016 Z. Alexander Brown Uncaged Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc

Z. Alexander Brown is better known as Zac Brown, the country singer. Turns out he likes more than PBR tallboys: He’s got a winery, too, and it pumps out some affordable, well-crafted wines — at least the two whites, which we’re reviewing here. 2016 Z. Alexander Brown Uncaged Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands – An extremely approachable…

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Review: Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon 2018 Edition “130th Anniversary”

A much-beloved installment in special edition bourbon season — Four Roses’ Limited Edition Small Batch — has arrived. As Four Roses now seems to find something to celebrate as part of each annual release, this one is no different, marking the distillery’s 130th year in operation. This year, Four Roses is raising a glass and…

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Review: Barrel Char in a Jar

At its most basic, whiskey is simply distilled spirits aged in wood. For bourbon, the spirits are produced at least 51% from corn and aged in new, charred oak barrels. For single malt scotch, the spirits are drawn from malted barley and typically aged in ex-bourbon or ex-sherry barrels. Irish, Canadian, and Japanese whiskies may…

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Review: Virginia Distillery Co. Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky (Batch 1)

Virginia Distillery Co. is continuing an impressive trend of creative cask finishing with Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky. This new and limited addition to the line-up features finishing casks sourced from local breweries. With this first release, Virginia Distilling Co. kept it close to home working with Three Notch’d Brewing Company in Central Virginia. Three Notch’d…

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Review: Angel City Brewery IPA, Double IPA, and Avocado Ale 2018

Angel City Brewery is based, where else, in Los Angeles, where its been cranking out brews for over 20 years. Based in the Arts District, Angel City produces nearly 50 varieties, including standards, seasonals, and special releases. Today we look at a mere three of them — and we hope to get a few more…

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Review: Jim Beam Repeal Batch

For its next big release, Jim Beam is turning to that old touchstone — the Repeal of Prohibition, which celebrates its 85th anniversary this December. Jim Beam Repeal Batch is appropriately old-timey — both outside the bottle and within. Some details: Today, Jim Beam, the world’s No. 1 bourbon, is announcing the release of Jim…

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Review: 2016 Lucienne Pinot Noirs

Hahn Family Wines produces a separate label of high-end, single vineyard pinot noirs, all produced from estate fruit grown in the Santa Lucia Highlands. (They also grow chardonnay here, but we did not receive this wine for review.) Here’s a look at the 2016 vintage of Lucienne. 2016 Lucienne Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Smith…

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Review: New Riff Kentucky Straight Bourbon

When we reviewed New Riff Distillery’s sourced bourbon, O.K.I., back in February, we mentioned that it wouldn’t be released beyond fall 2018 to make way for the distillery’s own products. Well, the wait is over, at least for New Riff’s house-distilled bourbon. Before we dive into our sample, here’s what the folks at New Riff…

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