Review: 2019 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Louis M. Martini produces a number of excellent Cabernet Sauvignons from a variety of California regions and at various price points, and every year we’re delighted to see a new vintage of their Napa Valley offering. The 2019 vintage displays much of the character that we enjoy and have come to expect. It pours dark…

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America’s Gin Renaissance: Chatting with Gray Whale Founder Marsh Mokhtari

Aspiring distillers have been known to take big risks to get into the industry. For husband and wife team Marsh & Jan Mokhtari, that moment came in 2016, when they sold their house to finance Golden State Distillery and start a new gin brand. After hundreds of batches, they launched Gray Whale Gin with a…

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Review: Wines of Justin, 2023 Releases

Three new releases from Paso Robles-based Justin — at least two of which are summer-friendly. 2022 Justin Rose Central Coast – Made from mostly syrah. Fresh with strawberry notes and doughy, sweet cream, this is as agreeable a summer rose as you’re likely to find anywhere, though there’s not a whole lot of complexity to…

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Review: Holladay Soft Red Wheat Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon

Ben Holladay Distillery is keen on putting Missouri on the map among bourbon fans. Their Bottled-in-Bond Missouri Straight Bourbon Whiskey launched those efforts via their own distillate, which was then aged and bottled in Weston (population under 2,000). Now, they’re on the market with their second expression: Another bottled-in-bond bourbon, this time with soft red…

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Review: 2021 Sebastiani Pinot Grigio and Rose

I always associate Sebastiani with hearty reds, but here’s proof that you can find summery whites in its lineup too. Digging in to two fresher, paler offerings: 2021 Sebastiani Pinot Grigio Russian River Valley – A classic blend of peach and apple notes, melded with aromatic florals and a bracing minerality. Pinot grigio always brings…

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Review: Hell House American Whiskey

In Clay County, Florida, along the swampy banks of the St. John River, exists a little bitty city known as Green Cove Springs, population 9,784. During the late ’60s, the members of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, unable to practice in their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida due to noise complaints, would drive 20 miles down…

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Review: Parker’s Heritage Collection Cask Strength Rye 10 Years Old (2023)

We’re 17 years in on one of the most unicorny of whiskey unicorns, the Parker’s Heritage Collection. For 2023, you’re getting a 10 year old rye at cask strength, a vatting of distillate barreled in August, October, and December 2012, made from a mash of 51% rye, 35% corn, and 14% malted barley. Like the…

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Review: 2019 DeLille Cellars Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon

DeLille Cellars primarily produces Bordeaux style blends, but today we are trying one of their 100% cabernet sauvignon wines, and it’s an exciting one. The grapes for Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon are drawn from four vineyards in the Red Mountains region in southeastern Washington state. If you haven’t heard of the Red Mountains wine region…

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