Review: Wines of Argentina’s Alamos, 2018 Releases

Our friends at Argentina’s Alamos have released their 2018 malbecs, which come in two levels, a standard bottling and the more expensive seleccion. Some thoughts. 2017 Alamos Malbec Mendoza – Entry-level stuff, woody and earthy, with a significant eucalyptus note to it. Ample blackcurrant is offset by notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, with a lightly tannic…

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Review: Volcan de Mi Tierra Tequila – Blanco and Cristalino

“Where the volcano erupts, a new tequila is born.” So goes the slogan of Volcan de Mi Tierra, a new line of luxury tequilas that have been flying a bit below the radar. Is the name too much to say? Or is it just a discovery yet to be made by tequila connoisseurs? Either way,…

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Cigar Review: Romeo Y Julieta Coronitas Cedro

The good folks at Montefortuna Cigars have been gracious enough to supply us with a sampling of Cuban cigars to pair some of our favorite drinks in preparation for the forthcoming autumnal season. Think we should keep reviewing cigars? Let us know in the comments! Romeo Y Julieta Coronitas Cedro – It’s been a bit…

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Review: Dr. Zzyzx Flavored Vodkas

It’s probably safe to say that Dr. Zzyzx is not a real person. Dr. Zzyzx (“zy-zix, to rhyme with Isaacs”) is rather a creation of Sespe Creek Distillery in Oxnard, California (and inspired by a quirky California town of the same name), where they’re specializing in making vodka flavored with some oddball ingredients. Incidentally, Sespe…

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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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