Review: Wines of MacMurray Ranch, 2013 Releases

Two new releases from Russian River-based MacMurray Ranch. Some thoughts: 2010 MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir Reserve Russian River Valley – Juicy, with tons of strawberry character. Overly jammy, actually bursting with character closer to Jolly Ranchers than anything else. Surprising in its lack of restraint, this is the kind of approach I expect from Zinfandel,…

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Return to Press Club San Francisco

It’s been about a year since we last reported on Press Club in San Francisco, and at the time it was overhauling its menu and management with some excited changes. Well, how has everything turned out? Smashing. Wine Director Mauro Cirilli has been doing some amazing things, with a heavy focus on both beer and…

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Review: 2011 Georges Duboeuf Clos des Quatre Vents Fleurie and Pouilly-Fuisse

Today we consider a couple of recently-released value bottlings from Les Vins Georges Duboeuf, one of the biggest producers in France’s Beaujolais region (and beyond). Thoughts on these wines, a red and a white perfect for summer drinking, follow. 2011 Georges Duboeuf Clos des Quatre Vents Fleurie – Ample fresh berry jam character, punctuated with…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 05.30.2013 – Magic Hatfields vs. West Sixth McCoys, Week 2

Adding more fuel to the fire in an already contentious and public dispute, Magic Hat filed an injunction to its lawsuit against West Sixth brewery, claiming “a massive advertising effort and social media smear campaign” was enacted to “irreparably harmed Magic Hat’s good will, trademarks, customer and other relationships, and sales” and enacting an “advertising…

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Review: Breckenridge Bitters

Most hear “bitters” and assume Angostura — something that’s used sparingly, by the drop or dash, to give a little something extra to a cocktail. Breckenridge Bitters — produced by one of our favorite vodka makers — isn’t the same stuff. More in line with Italian amari, this is a bittersweet liqueur designed for sipping…

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Review: Wines for Dummies

Surely you’ve known there was Wine for Dummies. Now there are Wines for Dummies. Actual wines, made for dummies to drink. Don’t act so shocked. You knew this was coming. In fact it’s a pretty good idea: Package up cheap wine in a familiar package so utter novices can get their feet wet with the…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 05.28.2013 – The Fracking Science and Geology of Beer

German brewers have been having a hard time lately. Not only are Germans drinking less beer, but now the German government is going ahead with fracking initiatives for energy. This move has brewers highly concerned, who say it could significantly hurt the quality and “purity” of German beer. This battle still has a long ways…

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Review: Wines of Donelan, 2011 Vintage

We’ve covered Sonoma-based Donelan before, and today we turn to the winery’s 2011 vintage releases, all three of which have just been released. Thoughts follow. 2011 Donelan Pinot Noir Two Brothers North Coast – A dead solid Pinot from (all over) Northern California. Black cherry and rhubarb notes give way to spicy black pepper and…

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