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Reactions to Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France by Kermit Lynch

15-Mar-15

Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France by Kermit Lynch My rating: 5 of 5 stars A classic still worth reading by any wine enthusiast. Lynch’s travelogue is centered on the ’70s and ’80s, so the specific destinations and recommendations are generally out of date. But the spirit is absolutely valid […]

Reactions to Whisky Tales by Charles MacLean

06-Mar-15

Charles MacLean’s Whisky Tales by Charles MacLean My rating: 4 of 5 stars The perfect bathroom book for the Scotch whisky aficionado. A collection of (usually very) short pieces on Scotch, covering the gamut of flavors, styles, specific distilleries, advertising, personalities, and science. MacLean is justifiably one of the greats of modern whisky writing, combining […]

Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach

02-Feb-15

Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach is the new heavily peated single malt Scotch from my favorite underrated distillery. Sadly, it’s all heavy peat and no discernible Bunnahabain.

Reactions to “The Best Bourbon You’ll Never Taste. The True Story of A. H. Hirsch Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Distilled In The Spring Of 1974.” by Charles Cowdery

09-Sep-14

The Best Bourbon You’ll Never Taste. The True Story Of A. H. Hirsch Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Distilled In The Spring Of 1974. by Charles Cowdery My rating: 5 of 5 stars Purely for the enthusiast – in fact the very focused enthusiast interested in this particular expression of this particular bourbon whiskey. Chuck Cowdery […]

Reactions to Toulouse Vineyards 2010 Middle Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

07-Feb-14

2010 Toulouse Vineyards Pinot Noir Middle Ridge Vineyard – USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (2/5/2014) A nice little gem from Toulouse. Leaner, less overtly juicy than many recent Toulouse Pinots, and definitely for the better. Drinking well in February ’14 – starting to acquire some older, savory notes in an elegant way. A favorite […]

Reactions to Claudia Springs Valenti Ranch Mendocino Ridge ’06 Zinfandel

16-Sep-13

2006 Claudia Springs Zinfandel Valenti Ranch – USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino Ridge (9/16/2013) On release this was an eyebrow-raiser. Who wants a 17.8% Zinfandel, especially from a producer specializing in cooler-climate lighter-weight Zinfandels? But I loved it back in the day, and even many years later (September ’13) it’s drinking well. Yes, there’s a […]