Review: 2021 Three Sticks Chardonnay One Sky Sonoma Mountain

This latest wine from Three Sticks hails from One Sky Vineyard, an organic vineyard on the chilly Sonoma Mountain. It’s a classic representation of California chardonnay, albeit a bit hard-edged on the attack. Notes of fresh oak pair with a bold guava character to create a bold and buttery body that sees notes of lemon curd,…

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Review: St. George Breaking & Entering American Whiskey (2023)

When we sampled the first iteration of St. George’s Breaking & Entering over a decade ago the whiskey was a straightforward, well-executed blend of Kentucky bourbons aged between 5 and 7 years. We got the opportunity to discuss that whiskey, among several other spirits, during a sit-down earlier this year with St. George owner and…

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Review: Spirit Almonds

Nuts make for a near-perfect drinking snack, and Spirit Almonds are a step up from your jar of Planters. Crafted as a “Japanese style” snack, the nuts come in six different flavors, many of which have a distinct eastern vibe. While mustard and curry are fairly traditional, things get further afield when you delve into…

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Review: Eda Rhyne Pinnix Gin and Amaro Oscura

We last checked in on Asheville’s Eda Rhyne Distilling Company back in 2020 when their young portfolio featured only a trio of impressive herbal liqueurs. Three years and one global pandemic later, these mountain medicine makers have added to their lineup with a handful of new offerings including an RTD and a long-awaited rye whiskey…

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Review: Freeland Spirits Forest Gin

While watching the development of the amazing range of new gins that have been produced in recent years, I have been particularly excited to try ones that closely highlight the specific region from which the botanicals are drawn. How fantastic that Freeland Spirits has released a new gin, its third, made with locally sourced botanicals…

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Review: WhistlePig PiggyBack Single Barrel – Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Edition

WhistlePig — the distillery that never met a gimmick too outlandish to turn into a shipping product (including finishing whiskey with David Ortiz’s baseball bats) — has another whopper on tap for drinkers. With this third edition in the PiggyBack Legends Series (following the Ortiz bottling and an edition made with country stars the Brothers…

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Tasting the Wines of Authentique with Sommsation, 2023 Releases

Sommsation is a wine shop as well as an experience — an online store which doesn’t just sell you the wines you’re drinking but can also guide you through the tasting process if you’re so inclined. While you can fill up your cart with individual bottles, Sommsation — not “Sommstation,” as I often call it…

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The Top 10 Wines for Winter 2024

Are temperatures starting to dip in your neck of the woods? While winter still seems to be a far-away dream, the days of daily heat advisories and rolling blackouts seem to be behind us for another year. So let’s celebrate: With one (or more) of these 10 top bottlings that we’ve hand-selected as perfectly paired…

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