Review: Ramon Bilbao Riojas – 2016 Reserva and 2014 Gran Reserva

It’s hard to believe but the last time we spent time with Ramon Bilbao was 13 years ago, where winemaker Rodolfo Bastida hosted us in what is now a certainly defunct San Francisco restaurant where a good portion of the collection was on display. Today our aim is a bit more focused, looking at two…

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Review: Bardstown Bourbon Company Collaborative Series: Foursquare

Once upon a time – June 2022, to be specific – Bardstown Bourbon Company released a Plantation Rum finished bourbon to much fanfare. Now for the latest entry in its Collaborative Series the company is back with a new rum finished whiskey, this time blending 9 year old rye with 17 year old bourbon before…

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Review: WhistlePig SummerStock Whiskey

There are boozy collaborations — beer company partners with cooler company, that kind of thing — and then there are boozy collaborations like this one. For its latest SummerStock release, WhistlePig is joining forces with Pit Viper, an outdoor sports and lifestyle eyewear brand best known for its ’80s-inspired sunglasses. This new release — a…

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Review: 2021 Raeburn Cabernet Sauvignon

Raeburn Winery is nestled in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, where it’s making a habit of delivering affordable wines at a level of quality above suggested price points. The vineyard’s inaugural Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception to firmly established trends. Constructed from 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.5% Petite Verdot, and 9.5% Syrah and aged 12 months in…

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Review: Hakata Whiskey 10, 12, 16, and 18 Years Old

Hikari Distillery has been around in Fukuoka, Japan since 1912, but its Hakata Whiskey brand is new to U.S. shores, a 100% single malt which has been partially fermented with koji mold, adding umami flavors to the distillate. All four expressions of Hakata are aged in sherry casks in a combination of traditional warehouses and…

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Review: Old Crow Bourbon

Get ten bucks to put toward a bottle of whiskey — or perhaps a whole liter of the stuff? Why, Old Crow’s been dominating the bottom shelf for nearly two centuries since Dr. James Crow introduced the world to his medicine, and it doesn’t look like the price has shifted more than a few nickels…

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Review: 2021 Sebastiani Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast

Two affordable wine options from Sonoma’s Sebastiani recently dropped. Let’s give them a try. 2021 Sebastiani Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma Valley – A surprisingly tropical expression of sauvignon blanc from Sebastiani, pineapple and coconut notes melding with a strong note of lime leaf. Acidic but backed up by plenty of fruit, this is a far cry…

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Review: Blood Oath Bourbon Whiskey Pact 9 2023

The Blood Oaths keep coming, and nine years in, the operation from Lux Row Distillers returns to that old standby Oloroso sherry casks to add a little salt and pepper to the experience. As with other Blood Oath bottlings, this is a blend of bourbons, including a 16-year ryed bourbon, a 12-year ryed bourbon, and finally…

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