Category Archives: Reviews

Appetite for Disruption: Washington Riesling

Disruption Wine Company’s Riesling, Columbia Valley 2016 Aroma:  Apple, pear, flower blossoms, herbs Appearance:  Pale straw, crystal clear Taste:  Predominantly lime, a touch of green apple, baking spices, zippy acidity with a dry, bitter-ish finish Feel/Body:  Smooth, a touch oily, with a medium body Overall:  great cocktail wine (on its own), great food wine as […]

Dark City Goes Dark: Boom! Roasted – Coffee IPA

On the docket:  16oz. can of Dark City’s Boom! Roasted Coffee IPA Poured into:  Wine & Whiskey Country stemmed snulip S:  Hazy pale-gold with a merengue head.  Sustained retention.  Tiny, zippy bubbles wend their way to the top. A:  When taken in colder, the hops are definitely the dominant note.  Bright stone fruit notes of […]

Blanc-et Generalization: Pintar Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016

Pintar 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) 5 ounces poured into:  Wine Country stemmed wine glass Sight:  Pale yellow-green with a silver glow Aroma:  Tropical fruit salad of passionfruit, gooseberry, lime.  A hint of lemon grass. Taste:  Stonefruit, white peach, nectarine and honeydew melon.  Tropical sweetness and tartness. Feel:  Medium-light, fresh, a bit zesty.  Crisp.  […]

Turn it Up to 11: Shoebelation

On the docket:  22 oz.  Clown Shoes/Schmaltz Brewing Collaboration:  Shoebelation   Poured into:  Wine & Whiskey Country stemmed snulip   S:  A deep honey-brown body sporting crimson highlights.  The head wells up in a mocha cap with good staying power (exact bottle date unknown, but on the fresher side).  Lacing left behind is leggy and […]

Drawing a Blanc: Le Jardin d’Eolie

Le Jardin d’Eolie 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Vin de France) 5 ounces poured into:  Wine Country stemmed wine glass Sight:  Pale straw, crystal clear Aroma:  Lime and orange citrus, a hint of melon.  Secondary aromas include grass and ginger. Taste:  Lime, subtle tartness and acidity.  Green notes of grass, sage and melon.  A slightly earthy brine […]

Roll out the Barrell… Cask Strength Bourbon

On the docket: Barrell Bourbon Cask Strength Batch 008b Notes:  Aged for 10 years in American white oak barrels​ Mash bill: 70% corn, 25% rye, 5% malted barley Poured neat into: Wine & Whiskey Country snifter S:  Clear, golden-orange body.  Leggy- it should be at 128.3 proof! A:  Orange zest, spice, vanilla beans.  A slightly […]

One For the Now: California Project Pinot Grigio

California Project Pinot Grigio, Non-vintage 5 ounces poured into:  Wine Country stemmed wine glass Sight:  Very pale golden, clear, clean Aroma:  Subtle nose of lemon, slight tartness Taste:  A small thread of Meyer lemon, plus citrus, and light, zippy tart acidity Feel:  Light, crisp.  What you want for casual company, a hot day, and a […]

Sure to Win: Victor Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon

On the docket:  Victor Vineyards 2013 Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon 750mL Poured into:  Wine & Whiskey Country glass S:    Red-violet meniscus that rings around a deep, intense ruby red body. A:  At the first inhale one gets sweet black cherry jam. There’s some pleasing alcohol present.  Subtle spice. T:  The black cherry continues, but not as […]

I See Windmills: Dutchcraft Vodka

On the docket:  Dutchcraft Vodka Small Batch, Five Times Distilled (Winter Wheat) 40% a.b.v. Poured into:  Wine & Whiskey Country glass S:  Immaculately clear, no particulate.  Give it a swirl and it does develop legs. A:  Just the slightest whiff of grain, and I mean slight.  Am I missing something?  I checked other reviews of […]

Austria Makes Wine? You Bet.

On the docket:  Wimmer Grüner Veltliner 2015 1L bottle Poured into:  Wine & Whiskey Country glass S:  Pale straw and crystal clear A:  Lime, honey dew melon, green pear, white pepper.  Bright and citrusy with a nice spice contrast. T:  White peach and white pepper.  Green herbs, lime, more honey dew melon.  A slight vegetal […]

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