Review: Wines of Holman Ranch, 2013 Releases

This Carmel Valley-based winery makes a collection of delicious whites plus some exceptional Pinot Noirs — about 3,000 to 5,000 cases annually. We tasted pretty much the entire current release lineup. Thoughts follow. 2011 Holman Ranch Pinot Gris Carmel Valley – Fresh, fruity, very much alive. Friendly on a summer afternoon or with dinner, offering…

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Review: Iceberg Vodka, Complete Lineup

We last encountered this Canadian vodka — made with pure iceberg water, it’s said — last year. Now the company has expanded its lineup to include three flavored vodkas. Fresh thoughts on the original plus the three new offerings follow. Iceberg Vodka – Clean, Euro-styled vodka with a lightly medicinal backbone. Some sweetness develops as…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 07.05.2013

It’s Friday once again and time for the Drinkhacker Shopping List, our semi-regular look back at the best and the worst of products we’ve reviewed over the last few weeks. Recently, we’ve had several product lines come through the mailbox courtesy of Hangar 24, Iceberg Vodka, Long Island Spirits and Sazerac, which has just released…

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Review: Iichiko Shochu – Silhouette and Frasco

Shochu is something we see so seldomly here at Drinkhacker that we don’t even do! have a category for it. (I’m putting it in the sake category for lack of a proper one.) Shochu has many of the same flavor characteristics as sake, but it can be made from other starches than rice — namely barley,…

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The A-List – June 2013

This month’s A-List is the shortest since its inception. Perhaps its the time of year when the new release schedule is a bit slower, but the wide variety we’ve become spoiled with month after month was reduced. One company, Sazerac, dominated our marks in the spirits category with three of its new bourbon-barrel-finished tequilas hitting…

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Review: Soireehome Tempour

There are wine gadgets and there is the Tempour, which aims to do pretty much everything you could possibly do to a wine in a single, somewhat crazy package. The elongated cylinder literally has it all. From the bottom up: Stainless steel chilling rod, aeration vent, sediment filter, pouring spout, and a stopper up top.…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 07.03.2013 – Stag Semen And Other Whipped Delights

In what could be described as “perfect timing”, Consumer Reports has announced its list of top microbrews right before the U.S. holiday weekend. Stone IPA, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, and Samuel Adams Hopology Collection Latitude 48 IPA all took home top honors, with Shock Top Wheat IPA, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Lagunitas IPA, Widmer…

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Halftime: The 2013 Drinkhacker (Semi) Year In Review

We’ve had a lot of exceptional items come across our desks this year, and rather than wait until the annual gift guide for a re-cap, we figured that there’s no better time than (a little over) the halfway point of 2013 to remember some of the best of the best. Scotch: January brought us two…

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