Review: Zinfandel Wines of Day, 2018 Releases

I first encountered Day, a strictly Zinfandel producer centered in St. Helena, at this year’s ZAP festival. Enchanted by the wines, I then found out it was a single-varietal project from Ehren Jordan, winemaker (past and present) at Turley, Neyers, and Failla. After the show, Day sent us a six-pack of recent releases, all from various…

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Touring and Wine Tasting in California’s Anderson Valley, 2018

The cool-climate wines of Northern California’s Anderson Valley are finding their audience. This temperate region, close to the ocean, is home to several well-known labels and farmers who practice sustainable and organic farming — even those who aren’t certified organic. They view responsible stewardship of the land as the baseline to making great wine. And…

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Review: Mountjoy CBD Sparkling Water (2018)

Weed fever is running wild in California, which is why we have products like Sonoma County-based Mountjoy, a cannabis-infused sparkling water available in various flavors (with no alcohol). Launched late last year, Mountjoy Sparkling originated as an infusion for CBD (the non-psychoactive compound in cannabis), with each 16 oz. bottle containing 10mg of cannabidiol. Recently,…

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Review: Lambay Irish Whiskey – Small Batch Blend and Single Malt

Our friends at CIL US Wines & Spirits — the American arm of Camus Cognac — have chosen an interesting project for their next release: Irish whiskey. Lambay Irish Whiskey comprises two expressions, both made by West Cork Distillers and finished with unique barrel treatments that take a nod toward their creators’ roots in France.…

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Tasting Report: Wines of New Zealand 2018

If wines hitting the market in 2018 are any guide, New Zealand continues its march upmarket, putting out wines of increasingly high quality at a variety of price points. In my tasting of dozens of 2018 releases from NZ, I found that releases of sauvignon blanc are particularly worthwhile, continuing the trend of dialing back that…

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Review: Bols Genever 100% Malt Spirit

Genever is a spirit that has lately been wrapped up with gin, but its original recipe was actually closer to a whiskey than a neutral spirit. For the first time in hundreds of years, Lucas Bols is bringing that recipe back. Designed “for collectors and cocktail enthusiasts,” the awkwardly-named Bols Genever 100% Malt Spirit is…

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Review: 2015 Tascante Ghiaia Nera Nerello Mascalese Sicilia DOC

Tascante is a project from the Italian winemaking family Tasca d’Almerita, producing a collection of wines on Sicily’s Mt. Etna. The wines are heavy on native varietals, including this affordable bottling, made from nerello mascalese, a grape with some genetic similarity to sangiovese. Soft but nutty, this wine shows a gentle meaty note, close to roasted pork,…

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Review: Maker’s Mark Private Select for Star Hill Provisions

In 2015, Maker’s Mark launched one of the most ambitious private barrel programs I’ve encountered to date. The concept starts with a standard Maker’s Mark barrel, but after it’s fully matured, buyers get to drop 10 additional wood staves into the barrel, where they finish the bourbon for an additional nine weeks. Five types of…

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