Review: NV Stella Prosecco DOC

With a name and label clearly designed for “FUN!,” Stella doesn’t look like much, but inside the bottle it’s got decent enough street cred. Slightly sweet from the start, the wine is loaded with notes of tinned pears, buttery pie crust, and green apples on the finish. A great choice for cocktails that require a…

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Tasting the Wines of Australia’s McGuigan, 2018 Releases

McGuigan is a major wine producer in Australia, crushing 6% of the country’s harvest each year and standing as the #1 wine seller in its homeland. And yet its wines aren’t sold in the U.S. — until now. Rolling out this year you’ll find McGuigan’s The Plan, a line of low-cost wines designed to fight…

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Review: 2016 McCay Cellars Rose Lodi

This rose of grenache is extremely dry, showing mild fruit and lots of herbs. The fruit exudes more of a gentle cherry tone than a strawberry one, all leading to a surprisingly tannic finish. Fans of bone dry whites who eschew headache-inducing sweetness in any form should give this a spin. B / $18 / mccaycellars.com Related…

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Review: The Balvenie Peat Week 14 Years Old 2003

Much like Shark Week, Peat Week is proving to be an annual affair at The Balvenie. If you don’t remember the story, Peat Week is a special release from this Speyside distillery, made from barley that is dried with smoked peat, a production run that is undertaken for only one week each year. Peated whisky…

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Review: East Brother Maibock

Richmond, California’s East Brother Beer Co. is launching a new series of brews, and first out the gate is this Maibock, a high-ish-alcohol German style bock that is quite a bit lighter in color and texture. Nicely spiced, with lots of malt studded with notes of allspice, ginger, and gentle hops. Quite sweet, with orange…

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Review: Brothership Irish-American Whiskey 10 Years Old

It isn’t often we encounter something truly unique in the whiskey world, but finally just such a bottle has crossed our desk. Brothership is a blend of two whiskeys from two countries: a 10-year-old Irish whiskey and a 10-year-old American whiskey, mixed together in a ratio of 52% Irish to 48% American whiskey. The whiskey is…

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Review: Deschutes Brewery Passion Fruit IPA and Twilight 2018

Two new(ish) brews for Deschutes to help keep you cool for the summer… Deschutes Brewery Passion Fruit IPA – Formerly available only on tap, this one finally jumps to bottles, and you can easily see why. There’s great fruit here, right from the start, as passion fruit turns out to be a natural companion for…

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Tasting Report: 2016 Vintage Port (and Beyond)

For the first time since 2011, a Vintage Port year is being widely declared for 2016. (A smattering of 2015 vintage wines were also released in limited rotation.) 2016 was a hot, hot year for the Douro — I know, because it’s the summer we were touring there — but numerous producers, who visited San…

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