Review: Wines of Geyser Peak, 2018 Releases

Geyser Peak’s spring releases of its boldest wines — all based around cabernet sauvignon — have arrived. Today we look at three releases from this essential California winery. 2014 Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley – Though now four years old, this still drinks with ample youth, boldly forward with blackberry notes and lots of…

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Review: Endless Summer Rum

If you’ve never seen The Endless Summer, it’s a movie about surfing. (Sorry, spoiler.) There’s probably not a much more appropriate theme to tie a bottle of rum to — and the label even evokes the key art for the movie. Endless Summer Rum is distilled in Barbados, “using a blend of rums from two…

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Review: NV Apothic Brew Red Wine Infused with Coffee

I’m not going to lie: I’ve been dreading pulling the cork on this since the day it arrived. But finally it had to be done, and I forced myself to experience what the marriage of red wine (reportedly Rhone style grapes, but Apothic doesn’t say) and cold brew coffee is like. Apothic is no stranger…

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Review: Sierra Norte Single Barrel Whiskey – White Corn, Yellow Corn, and Black Corn

“Mexican whiskey” isn’t just a euphemism for tequila. Turns out our neighbors to the south really do make honest-to-God whiskey, none of which is more visible than Sierra Norte, which markets three different expressions made from different strains of corn native to Oaxaca — white, yellow, and black. (The mash for each is 85% corn…

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Review: 2016 Count Karolyi Gruner Veltliner

Hungarian gruner, eh? I suppose it’s not so strange — after all, Austria and Hungary used to be one country. This wine is extremely dry, offering notes of tart green apple, grapefruit, and a lengthy mineral character that offers notes of flint and steel. Hints of peach and apricot linger on the finish — though…

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Review: Lost Spirits Distillery Jamaica Rum

Here’s a fun little one-off from Lost Spirits, the increasingly famous microdistillery that accelerates the aging of its spirits through the miracle of science. Bossman Bryan Davis shares a little detail about what makes this different than other Lost Spirits rums: I have always been a fan of Jamaican funky rums and decided to do…

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Review: Yuengling Golden Pilsner

On the burly side for a pilsner, this new brew — the first new beer from Pennsylvania’s Yuengling in 17 years — is full of flavor from the get-go. Lots of malt and some spicy notes give the lager a chewy, mouth-filling body, but the flavor tends to fall a bit flat at times, falling…

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Review: Till American Wheat Vodka

Indiana’s MGP continues its push into original spirits — rather than providing material for third-party products — with Till, its first vodka. Till is made not in MGP’s Indiana facility but in Atchison, Kansas, from Kansas wheat “sourced from the best farms in the region and … distilled using a proprietary process perfected over 75…

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