• Review of Los Pinos Sparkling Rosé 2013

      Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards is an east Texas gem, nestled in the Piney Woods Wine Trail since it’s opening in 2001. For the full story on Los Pinos, read Jeff Cope’s story about his most recent trip to the winery. You can show up for a tasting, a winery tour, or pack an overnight bag, and stay on site at one of their cozy cottages.

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    • Review: Jim Beam Bonded Bourbon

      Here’s a new release that really came out of the blue. Bonded whiskey was a big deal before Prohibition — when heavy tampering with spirits was a major problem — but it is rarely seen these days because of the cost involved and, surely, limited demand. (Rittenhouse 100 is one good example that’s still around.

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    • Review: Bowen’s Whiskey

      Here’s a craft spirit out of Bakersfield, California, a Bourbon-like whiskey that’s not quite Bourbon, a spirit that wears its smoky character on its muscular sleeves. The company describes how it is produced thusly: Bowen’s Whiskey, a true artisan whiskey, is made from 100% corn, cut to proof with a proprietary, structured micro-clustered water to bring out the grain’s complex nuance.

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  • Review: 2010 Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Vineyard

    … For the 2010 vintage, Chile’s (arguably) biggest cult wine Don Melchor (a splinter of Concha y Toro) is composed of 97% cabernet sauvignon and 3% cabernet franc. Grown in the Alto Maipo Valley, the wine is aged 15 months in French oak (3/4 new, 1/4 second use). Appropriately huge, the nose is thick with notes of dark chocolate, anise, and rich…

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  • Review: Sidra Fran Ramos del Valle Spanish Cider

    … citrus peel, mushrooms, and hospital notes. Lightly fizzy and cloudy (it’s unfiltered and has to be lightly shaken before drinking), it’s sharp on the tongue, with a long, acidic finish. It’s one of those beverages that is at first a bit off-putting with so much unexpected character, but which I could see getting used to over time — particularly on a hot summer day. For now, it stands as a curiosity. 6.3% abv. B- / $11 (700ml) / …

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  • Review: Samuel Adams Boston Lager plus Winter/Spring Seasonals

    … much of the spice. Enjoyable enough in small doses, but not a favorite. 5.6% abv. B- Samuel Adams Cold Snap – A spiced white ale (witbier) studded with orange peel, plum, and coriander. Jarring and heavily perfumed at the start, that strange, plum-driven sweetness keeps growing, compounding itself with the herbal character to reveal a flower…

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  • St. Ambrose Cellars 2011 Cabernet Franc

    … Although Benzie County’s St. Ambrose Cellars primary focus is on honey-based meads, they also produce a line of grape wines that can’t be ignored. One in particular, the St. Ambrose Cellars 2011 Cabernet Franc, is a delicious, varietal-correct wine, made from grapes grown in the Lake Michigan Shore Appellation. Earthy and rich, the medium…

    Brian Kirby/ The Other 46in Cabernet Franc- 7 readers -
  • Review of Fall Creek Vineyards Chardonnay 2013

    … that are oaky, yet complex and not overly, well, buttered. When we start talking about Texas wine, Chardonnay is not the first grape that comes to mind as an industry driver. However, a handful of winemakers like Inwood Estates and Fall Creek Vineyards continue to produce this challenging wine, and I can tell you exceptional Chardonnay can…

    Jeremy Wilson/ Texas Wine Loverin Chardonnay- 5 readers -
  • Book Review: Proof: The Science of Booze

    … Wired editor Adam Rogers is an acquaintance and a colleague, so it’s not totally fair for me to rave about his new book, Proof: The Science of Booze. I will anyway. If, like myself, you’re as interested in the chemistry and biology of beer, wine, and spirits as you are the way they taste, this book’s for you. Rogers’ tome is part a historical…

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  • Review | Cameron Hughes Lot 555

    … a problem for me and without a significant investment in temperature controlled storage, I’m going to have to hold off on adding more to my collection for the time being. Like this: Like Loading... Related Posted in Reviews and tagged blog, blogger, Cabernet, Cameron Hughes Wine, lot 555, Napa Valley Wine, Wine on January 26, 2015 by weeklywinejournal. Leave a comment…

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  • Review: Boathouse Distillery Colorado Bourbon Whiskey

    … Boathouse Distillery is based in Salida, Colorado, from which Colorado Bourbon hails. The back label copy of this whiskey alone is worth the price of admission: “Colorado Bourbon is especially formulated for Wesern women and men. We like adventure and the great outdoors.” And that’s it! Colorado Bourbon is sourced whiskey from whereabouts…

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  • Review: Oban Little Bay and Oban 14 Years Old

    … Next up in the NASverse is Oban, which is releasing its mew Little Bay expression just in time for Burns Day (January 25). This isn’t just another random collection of mysterious whiskies. Much like Laphroaig Quarter Cask, Little Bay is aged in part in smaller casks, giving it a distinct character. Says the company: “Crafted by selecting small…

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  • Review: Guinness The 1759 Limited Edition Amber Ale

    … This limited edition Signature Series bottling from Guinness is an American Strong Ale brewed with both standard beer malts and peated whisky malts, making for a decidedly curious and intriguing beer. Thick and malty from the start, The 1759 (named in honor of Guinness’s founding) kicks off with a woody, slightly maple-syrupy nose. I catch…

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  • Review: 2012 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

    … When I first tasted Faust’s 2012 Cabernet I thought it might be off — densely tannic with vegetal flavors that were massively overwhelming at first attack. I corked the wine up and put it away for a day, hoping things would settle down. Fortunately, they did, revealing a wine that’s a burly as all get-out, but which has a charm of its own deep…

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  • Book Review: The 12 Bottle Bar

    … The 12 Bottle Bar is founded on a great idea: Build a home bar not by amassing hundreds of obscurities like Chartreuse and Punt e Mes (guilty!), but rather by focusing on the bare essentials. With just 12 bottles, authors David and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson say you can make hundreds of cocktails without breaking the bank or having to devote a spare…

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  • Review: Baileys Chocolate Cherry

    … A chocolate-cherry cordial in liquid form sure sounds nice, but Baileys’ latest flavor doesn’t quite hit the mark. The idea is self-explanatory, but the execution isn’t totally there. The nose is alive with sweet cherry notes, but it’s the chocolate that — surprisingly — is lacking throughout in this liqueur. Instead Baileys Chocolate Cherry…

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