Review: Nantou Distillery Omar Single Malt Whiskey Bourbon Barrel Aged

Nantou is a state-owned distillery in Taiwan and has been in operation since 2008. It produces two single malt whiskeys — one aged in bourbon barrels, one in sherry casks — plus single-barrel versions of each. Today we’re looking at the standard issue bourbon barrel bottling. The nose is bold and powerful, with a significant…

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Review: 2015 Mi Sueno Los Carneros Chardonnay

Mi Sueno, “My Dream,” is a brand I’ve long admired but have recently fallen out of touch with. This Napa-based passion project from Rolando and Lorena Herrera, who each immigrated to the United States from Mexico in the 1970s and 1980s, As the winery notes, “Rolando Herrera became an integral part of the Napa Valley winemaking…

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Review: Naked Grouse Blended Malt

You know the Famous Grouse? Now imagine it without feathers. Boom, Naked Grouse! Kidding aside… Edrington, which operates The Macallan, Highland Park, The Glenrothes, Cutty Sark, and Famous Grouse brands — among many others — recently launched this spinoff of the Grouse line. Naked Grouse is a blended malt finished in first-fill oloroso sherry casks.…

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Review: Beers of New Belgium, Late 2018 Releases

Up next from New Belgium: Three sours and a new addition to the Voodoo Ranger line. We’ve looked at a couple of these beers in prior limited edition releases, so check the archives if you’re anxious to compare vintages. New Belgium La Folie 2018 – A fresh look at this foeder-aged sour brown ale which…

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Review: Bols Genever

Genever’s modern resurgence can likely be credited to Bols, which brought “the original spirit of Amsterdam” — dating back to the 1500s — back to the market in 2008. Since then, you can’t get away from one genever-based cocktail or another, though many find genever to be a distinctly acquired taste. What’s genever? While it’s…

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Review: Zima

Everything old is new again. I know this because a beverage arrived on my doorstep that I had thought had been discontinued before I was old enough to legally drink: Zima. And yet, here it is. Again. Zima (aka “Zima Clearmalt”), it turns out, was introduced by Coors in 1993 (when I was 22, who…

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Touring and Tasting at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California, 2018

  Did you know you can take the BART train (with a short car service ride from Pleasanton) from the Bay Area to go wine tasting in Livermore Valley? Well, you can! It’s a very price-friendly option with no drinking and driving to worry about. It’s pretty out there, too. Wente has 2000 acres of…

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Review: 2016 William Hill Chardonnay North Coast

There’s no shortage of butter here on this unctuous, gooey wine, which layers in notes of vanilla, coconut, brown butter, and spice. Then rinse and repeat. Heavy and weighty on the palate, it’s an exploration of chardonnay at its Californian extremes. Too much for me. C / $14 / williamhillestate.com   Related Stories: Review: 2012 William…

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