Bar Review: The Silver Dollar, Louisville

While you’ll find The Silver Dollar on many lists of the best whiskey bars in the country, the impressive brown water offerings at this funky and casual spot are not even mentioned in the “About” section of their website. The bar is a take on a 1950s Bakersfield, California honky-tonk, complete with rustic décor (exposed…

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Review: Chicken Cock Straight Bourbon 8 Years Old

Listen, I came to Chicken Cock via its 2013 flavored whiskeys, which came packaged in aluminum cans. The brand is an ancient one dating to the 1850s — because otherwise no one is putting “cock” on their labels — but the whiskey being put out today really has no relationship to the old stuff. The original…

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Review: 2016 Flint & Steel Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

Flint & Steel is a sublabel of Graton-based Purple Wine Company, with an unusual claim to fame: It makes only one wine, a 100% sauvignon blanc sourced from Napa Valley. It’s a traditional offering from this region — heavy with pineapple and lemon notes, but rounded out with some almond character that gives body to…

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Review: Herb & Lou’s Infused Ice Cubes

High-end bartenders have a neat trick available to them: Rather than chilling a drink with frozen water, they put stuff in the ice, freeze it, then let that flavor your drink as it melts. It’s also a nifty trick for home bartenders who don’t want to bother with a bunch of mixing and shaking: Just…

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Review: NV Chateau Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon California

There’s not that much to excite anyone about a 13 dollar, nonvintage California cab — but Chateau Souverain is doing one fun thing this year by offering custom labels with, well, anything printed on them. As you can see by the photo above, Chateau Souverain becomes Chateau Null, or Chateau Smith, or Chateau Whatever. The…

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Review: Casamigos Tequila Anejo

You may have heard over the summer that George Clooney sold his start-up tequila company, Casamigos, to spirits industry titan Diageo for an amount approaching a billion dollars. That’s right. A cool billion. While that price seems high, it’s reportedly the fastest growing super-premium tequila brand in America. We’ve already reviewed Casamigos Blanco and Reposado,…

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Review: Wines of Villa Gemma, 2017 Releases

Villa Gemma is a label produced by Masciarelli Tenute Agricole, a leader in the Abruzzo region, just southeast of Tuscany. As the press notes say, “With over 60 parcels of vineyards in the 4 provinces of Abruzzo (Chieti, Teramo, Pescara, L’Aquila), the winery can uniquely express the astonishing diversity and variety of terroirs of the region.”…

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Tasting Report: Pinot Days 2017

It’s been a few years since we visited Pinot Days, to see what American — primarily Californian — wineries are doing with this most beloved of grapes. The answer: Well, they’re still making pinot noir, and, based on this crop of primarily 2014 and 2015 vintage wines, they’re doing an awfully good job of it.…

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