Review: 2015 Left Coast Cellars Truffle Hill Chardonnay and White Pinot Noir

  This is our second spin through Oregon’s Left Coast Cellars’ offerings, and today we look at two white wines, a chardonnay and Left Coast’s signature white pinot noir. Let’s taste them both. 2015 Left Coast Cellars Truffle Hill Chardonnay Willamette Valley – A very dry style of chardonnay, harvested from a vineyard adjacent to…

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Recipes: Labor Day Cocktails 2016

So for this, the 250th recipe post to Drinkhacker, we celebrate the unofficial arrival of summer’s end. However, with the continuous reports of record heat around the globe, it appears that summer isn’t going quietly this year. So until the arrival of everything pumpkin spiced and cooler temperatures, hang out with one of these this holiday…

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Review: 2014 Sequoia Grove Chardonnay Napa Valley

Sequoia Grove’s latest chardonnay release offers no real surprises, an oaky-buttery wine with equal emphasis on both oak and butter. This year’s offering finds some tropical and golden fig elements bubbling up late in the game (let the wine warm a bit to find more fruit in the mix), with a finish that evokes notes…

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Review: Redemption Aged Barrel Proof Straight Rye 8 Years Old (2016), High-Rye 9 Years Old, and Bourbon 9 Years Old (2016)

In late 2015/early 2016, Redemption Rye took the unexpected move of releasing three well-aged straight rye whiskies, all “honey barrels” representing the brand at 7, 8, and 10 years of age. Now Redemption is back again with three more entries into its Aged Barrel Proof line. The twist: Only one is a straight rye; the…

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Review: Suntory Whisky Toki

Japan’s Suntory is well known for its single malts, but it also blends whisky from time to time. With Toki (“time” in Japanese), it’s trying something a little different. Specifically, Toki is a blend of a number of Suntory’s other whiskies, including spirits from Hakushu Distillery, Yamazaki Distillery, and Chita Distillery. Some addition information from the distillery:…

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Review: Laphroaig Cairdeas Madeira Edition 2016

Laphroaig’s latest annual Cairdeas release is finally here: Cairdeas Madeira. As the name suggests, this is Laphroaig finished in Madeira-seasoned hogsheads. Unlike some Cairdeas releases, there’s no information on how old the spirit is before it goes into the finishing cask. Traditionally it is an 8 year old whisky, but this year Laphroaig has been…

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Dining with Sammy Hagar at El Paseo’s Wine Collectors’ Dinner

What’s better than bringing a bottle of wine to dinner? Bringing about 30 of them, then passing them around so everyone can try a bit of each. Such is the idea behind the monthly Wine Collectors’ Dinner at Mill Valley, California’s El Paseo, a fine dining establishment perhaps best known for its celebrity ownership, local…

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Tasting the Wines of Roussillon, 2016 Releases

  The Roussillon is France’s southernmost wine region, nestled into the wedge formed between Catalonia, Spain and the Mediterranean Sea. Within this region there are dozens of sub-regions, including some well-known ones like Minervois, Corbieres,, Fitou, and Banyuls. The Roussillon is but a small part of the broader Languedoc-Roussillon region, and is often simply lumped…

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