Category: Reviews

Whiskey Review: Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey

Teeling Irish Whiskey

For many years, the Irish whiskey business was dominated by just a couple major players. Through consolidations, sales, and reorganizations, the names of the owners changed, but the status quo remained essentially the same. (Today those two owners are Beam-Suntory and Diageo.) The only significant competition to those two was from the Cooley Distillery, founded … Read more

Wine Wednesday: Illuminate Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Illuminate Sauvignon Blanc Wine Label

Illuminate is a new label of wines produced by Kimmel Vineyards in California’s Mendocino County. It first came to my attention when their Chardonnay — which retails for just $10 — won a gold medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Illuminate recently launched a North Coast Sauvignon Blanc, which I decided to taste. It’s a … Read more

Wine Wednesday: Mascota Vineyards La Mascota Chardonnay 2013

Mascota Vineyards Chardonnay wine

The Mascota Vineyards are located in Argentina’s Mendoza Province, at the foot of the Andes Mountains. This is known as the “Primera Zona” and is generally regarded as the country’s top wine-producing region. The La Mascota Chardonnay 2013 is a gorgeous golden color, with a bright floral aroma. It’s light-to-medium-bodied and somewhat creamy in the mouth, … Read more

Whiskey Review: Abraham Bowman High Rye Bourbon

Abraham Bowman High Rye Bourbon

Abraham Bowman bourbon is made in Kentucky by the Buffalo Trace Distillery and then redistilled, aged, and bottled at the A. Smith Bowman facility in Fredericksburg, Virginia. (This is what is generally believed to happen anyway. Sazerac, the owners of Buffalo Trace, are quiet about some of the details of this whiskey.) The Bowman company has been … Read more