Review: Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon

No, it’s not from Indiana! Wyoming Whiskey is a craft spirit made in Kirby, Wyoming, from a mash of locally-produced corn, wheat, and barley. There’s no aging information available, but it’s on the youthful side. To wit: Fresh on the nose, it’s hanging on to its youth through some lighter cereal notes that become more…

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Review: Flora Springs 2014 Sauvignon Blanc and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Two new releases from Napa’s Flora Springs. Thoughts follow. 2014 Flora Springs Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley – Pale and young, and surprisingly sweet for a sauvignon blanc. Notes of overripe melon and pineapple wash away a lightly minerally backbone, leaving just a hint of steel and slate in the wine’s predominantly tropical wake. In need of…

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Review: Gonzalez Byass Brandies – Soberano and Lepanto (2016)

Gonzalez Byass is one of Spain’s leading sherry bodegas — but the company also produces a wide range of spirits, including gin and whiskey. Brandy is the more natural fit, however, as Spain has a long history of producing exotic brandies that don’t much resemble what you’ll find next door in France. Recently the company…

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Review: BridgePort Brewing Stumptown CandyPeel IPA

BridgePort’s latest is this IPA, which uses Centennial, Crystal, and the exotic Styrian Golding hops to give “CandyPeel” a “candy-orange” character. A dash of actual orange peel is added to the beer as well. The results aren’t bad, though up front it’s less orange and more woodsy-mushroomy. The finish brings up more of those promised…

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Review: Chattanooga Whiskey Co. 1816 Cask and 1816 Reserve American Whiskey

Chattanooga Whiskey may be the only distillery operating in the town of Chattanooga, Tennessee (though the label says the company is based in Nashville), but like many upstart distilleries, the whiskey, at present, isn’t actually made here yet. While it seems white dog started flowing here in early 2015 (when it finally became legal to do…

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Review: Wines of Francis Ford Coppola, Late 2015 Releases

Three late arrivals from the tail end of 2015 from the monstrous variety that Coppola manages to put out. Some quick thoughts on these late-arriving wines. 2012 Francis Ford Coppola Director’s Cut Cinema – 49% cabernet sauvignon, 45% zinfandel, 4% petite sirah, 2% syrah – Quite a sugary experience, it oozes with raisins, sweet tea,…

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Tasting the Wines of Marchesi de’Frescobaldi, Late 2015 Releases

Unlike the rest of Italy, our friends at Tuscany’s Marchesi de’Frescobaldi never seem to rest. Today we take a look (via online tasting with winemaker Niccolo D’Afflitto) at four recent releases from this legendary producer’s stables, including some of its most renowned bottlings. 2012 Marchesi de’Frescobaldi Pomino Bianco Benefizio Riserva DOC – This is a…

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Review: Woodchuck Hot Cha Cha Cha! Hard Cider

Not a lot of mystery in this one: Take apple cider, add some spicy peppers, and serve. Sweet-meets-spicy can often go horribly awry, but Woodchuck manages to keep both sides in check and turns in a capable, if unsurprising cider sipper. The up-front is a bit on the sugary side — more apple Jolly Ranchers…

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