Review: Wines of Baldacci, 2021 Vintage

Summer is not the most ideal time for a visit to Napa, as it can be hard during the middle of a rather punishing heat wave to muster up excitement about indulging in big, burly reds. However, Baldacci’s Stags Leap Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon proved itself to be one of the top bottles I have…

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Review: Brucato Amaro – Orchards, Woodlands, and Chaparral

The amaro craze continues with the launch of Brucato, a collection of three amari made in San Francisco with a heavy reliance on California-grown botanicals. The trio of expressions are markedly different, but all are widely versatile, able to be used as an aperitif, digestif, or — my pick — as a cocktail ingredient or…

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Review: Capetta NV Asti DOCG and 2021 Braida Vigna Senza Nome Moscato d’Asti

The Asti Spumante and Moscato d’Asti wine regions hold importance in the world of Italian wine, with both regions carrying a reputation for venerable sparkling and sweet wines. Located in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, at the foot of the Alps, but still somewhat close to the coast. As well, the landscape of Langhe…

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Review: Forbidden Bourbon

Forbidden bourbon is the bold and elegant next chapter in the storied career of Kentucky’s first titled female Master Distiller since prohibition, Marianne Eaves. Eaves, who has previously served as Master Taster for Brown-Forman, Master Blender for Sweetens Cove, as well as the inaugural Master Distiller at Castle & Key, enters her new role unfettered…

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Book Review: Champagne Magnum Opus

Weighing in at a hefty 7 lbs. and 446 pages is Richard Juhlin’s… well, magnum opus… Champagne Magnum Opus, which will not only exercise your forearms and biceps in a healthy resistance training exercise but also your mind as you skim through one of the most expansive books ever written on the subject. Now in…

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Review: Buckner’s Bourbon 13 Years Old

Is Augusta Distillery’s Buckner’s 13 year old bourbon the best in the world? After being crowned “the world’s best bourbon” at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition the hype around this whiskey has certainly caught the attention of discerning bourbon fans. That win comes on the heels of Augusta Distillery’s 15 year old Buckner’s being…

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Review: 2022 Roses for Summer – Marietta Old Vine Rose and E. Guigal Cotes Du Rhone Rose

Summer is upon us, and it’s been a hot one so far. Time to pour the rosé and chill. Today we are tasting two wines that both feature Syrah and Grenache, but from different locations, one from California and the other from France. Let’s pull up a lawn chair, open them up, and give them…

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Review: Patron Ahumado Tequila – Silver and Reposado

Patron continues to experiment with smoke in its tequila lineup, the latest being this pair of releases called Patron Ahumado. Made from agave piñas that are roasted with mesquite charcoal for seven days in underground stone pits, then crushed with a stone tahona wheel, the tequilas are primarily a departure from tequila’s traditional oven cooking.…

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