Reviews

  • 2 Great Cabernets from B.R. Cohn

    … I had a chance to meet Dan Cohn for dinner earlier this fall. We met for an old school steak dinner at the famous Durant’s steakhouse in Phoenix Arizona and of course to taste some wines. Dan, is the son of Bruce Cohn, founder of the winery. Bruce is also the manager of a band called The Doobie Brothers, and has been since 1970. Bruce founded…

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  • Review: Privateer Silver Reserve Rum

    … As I’ve noted before here, rum has a long history of being distilled in America, and now it’s on the upswing again thanks to craft distillers and the easy availability of high-quality sugar products. Privateer is made by Andrew Cabot, a distant descendant of the Revolutionary-era Andrew Cabot, who was a rum-maker in his own time. Based…

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  • Review: Jardesca Blanco California Aperitiva

    … Drinkhacker pal Duggan McDonnell — of Encanto Pisco fame — is up to some new tricks. His latest project: Jardesca, a lightly fortified, aromatic wine. Esseentially part of the vermouth/Lillet category, Jardesca is a blend of sweet and dry wines plus a double-distilled eau de vie that is infused with 10 different botanicals. The big idea: Find…

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  • Review: 2014 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

    … Another year, another Bojo-Nouveau, the “first wine of the harvest,” as Georges Duboeuf’s less-garish-than-usual label reminds us. This year’s Beaujolais Nouveau is the usual shade of grape juice-purple, with a jammy nose redolent of grape jelly, strawberry, some violet notes, and mud. The body runs through all of the above paces, introducing…

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  • Holiday Gift Guide: 15 of The Best Gifts for Travelers

    … It’s that time of year again…time to find the perfect gift for the travelers in your life. With so many gadgets and gizmos it’s hard to sift through them all, so what are some of the best gifts for travelers? I’ve complied a list of 15 items that in my opinion are some of the best gifts for the travelers in your life. I’d love to hear from you…

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  • Review: Maker’s Mark Cask Strength

    … Hey, remember when Maker’s Mark said it was going to lower its proof from 90 to 84? That didn’t work out, so the company figured why not go the other way, with a limited-availability cask strength expression of the classic Maker’s Mark. Cask strength bourbon is a bit at odds with the company’s avowed mission to market a “soft” whiskey…

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  • Review: Jim Beam Kentucky Fire

    … Jim Beam’s spin on the cinnamon-flavored whiskey fad — the Fireball phenomenon — crept up so quietly earlier this August that no one seems to have taken much notice. I guess being, like, eighth to market doesn’t get you much press. No matter, though. Let’s have a look at Beam’s Kentucky Fire — cinnamon whiskey’s gotta have “fire” in the name…

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  • Brown Hotel on #Go Israel Tour

    … “Interesting!” I thought, seeing a DJ spinning tunes as I walked into the Brown Urban Hotel in Tel Aviv. Like its name, it’s color is brown, and there is a certain mellow quality to the place and energetic young people who work here. Of course, another thing I immediately love about this hotel beyond the music and laid scene – it’s…

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  • Review: Austerity 2013 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

    … Two new bottlings from Austerity, a Monterey County-based operation. Thoughts follow. 2013 Austerity Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands – Classic SoCal Point structure, rich with cherry jam and strawberry preserves. But the flabby body and overly sweetened finish mar an initially appealing character. Notes of tea leaf and coffee bean add a touch…

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  • Review: Bee d’Vine Honey Wine

    … You can make wine from just about anything, but honey wine has a long and rich history, dating back some 2000 years to Africa, where the honey seems to flow freely. If you’ve ever had mead at a Renaissance festival (or your crazy uncle’s house), you basically know what you’re in for. Honey wine is essentially the same thing. Depending on who you…

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  • Rioja Review: 2008 Rioja Bordon and 1998 Vina Albina

    … When it comes to upscale wines, Rioja is a category that is often overlooked. But these Spanish wines, primarily Tempranillo with a smattering of other Spanish regional grapes, like Mazuelo and Graciano, thrown in, can often be aged for a decade or more, particularly at the Reserva level or higher. Today we look at a 2008 Reserva and a 1998…

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