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Review: 2021 Textbook Cabernet Sauvignons – Napa Valley and Paso Robles

By Christopher Null | August 28, 2023 |

When people say something’s a “textbook” example, we know exactly what they’re talking about — especially in the wine world. It’s a genius name for a wine brand, with Jonathan Pey and Abi Horstman blending California fruit with European-inspired winemaking to produce “textbook” examples of the most popular California varietals — with a particular focus…

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Review: The ImpEx Collection Edition Three – 6 Scotch Expressions (2023 Releases)

By Christopher Null | January 21, 2024 |

We’re on to edition three of the ImpEx Collection — which comprises six Scotch whiskies and, for the first time, four agave-based spirits, specifically mezcal. Today we run through the Scotch. Stay tuned for the mezcal in another dispatch. Away we go! The ImpEx Collection Benrinnes 2008 16 Years Old Cask #800218 – Aged in…

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The Top 10 Wines for Winter 2024

By Christopher Null | September 30, 2023 |

Are temperatures starting to dip in your neck of the woods? While winter still seems to be a far-away dream, the days of daily heat advisories and rolling blackouts seem to be behind us for another year. So let’s celebrate: With one (or more) of these 10 top bottlings that we’ve hand-selected as perfectly paired…

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Book Review: Modern Caribbean Rum: A Contemporary Reference to the Region’s Essential Spirit

By Drew Beard | September 12, 2023 |

2023 was supposed to be a big year for rum, or so said several reputable booze trend analysts. Well, we’re two thirds of the way to 2024, and I still don’t feel like the category has had its moment yet. And I’m honestly not sure why. Rum is as venerable as whiskey or tequila, and…

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Book Review: On California: From Napa to Nebbiolo… Wine Tales from the Golden State

By Rob Theakston | December 14, 2021 |

The late Steven Spurrier amassed a legacy of wine writing to which only a select few rival. Perhaps one of his most enduring contributions to wine writing is not the writing itself, but the establishment of his Académie du Vin Library, a publishing house whose operation is twofold: to carefully curate new titles highlighting the…

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Review: Wines of Chehalem, 2021 Releases

By Christopher Null | June 8, 2021 |

Four wines from our friends at Chehalem, in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Let’s dig in. 2020 Chehalem Rose of Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains – Classically fruity, almost impossibly so at times, this wine is all strawberries and flowers, with some sweet pineapple in the mix for good measure. It’s a simple wine and one which can…

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Review: Wines of Chemistry, 2019 Vintage

By Christopher Null | May 28, 2021 |

Chemistry is a new brand that marks a collaboration between the two wineries of Stoller and Chehalem. The value-oriented Oregon-based producer has four wines in its stable — the usual suspects, really — and here we look at three releases from the 2019 vintage (all but the sparkling rose). 2019 Chemistry Pinot Gris Willamette Valley…

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Review: WM Cadenhead Dailuaine 11 Years Old 2008

By Rob Theakston | May 23, 2021 |

The majority of Dailuaine’s (pronounced “Dal-oo-ayn”) output rests within a blend which some folks might enjoy with passing familiarity: Johnnie Walker. Aside from occasional appearances in Diageo’s Limited Edition and Flora and Fauna series, there is relatively scant Dailuaine representation, save for cameos on the independent bottling circuit. This WM Cadenhead’s release was selected by…

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Review: Wines of Landmark Vineyards, 2021 Releases

By Christopher Null | May 12, 2021 |

Three new offerings from our pals at Landmark Vineyards. No introduction needed: 2019 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay Sonoma County – A textbook chardonnay, this wine blends bright apple fruit, figs, and baking spice into a slurry, before dumping them into a bucket of vanilla and gentle, buttery oak. Mellow and approachable on the seductive finish,…

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Review: Wines of Youngberg Hill, 2021 Releases

By Christopher Null | May 9, 2021 |

Youngberg Hill winery can be found near McMinnville in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where it’s also home to what appears to be a beautiful boutique inn as well. Today we look at three current release bottlings from the winery, which is naturally focused on pinot noir. 2020 Youngberg Hill Aspen Pinot Gris Willamette Valley – Fresh,…

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