Reviews of Everything

The Whiskeys

Orphan Barrels & The Universal Whisky Experience

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After the presentation, a couple of people came up to me and thanked me for asking what they had been thinking - that the over-matured bourbon, just by the very nature of its age, complexity, and tannic structure, was by far the most interesting of the lot. It was okay for me to bring it up I guess. I'm a wine person!
Buy the Right Wine Every Time by Tom Stevenson

Book Review – Buy the Right Wine Every Time

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Just about every wine book I have has dated itself by honing in on specific vintages, which, years later, are no longer available, making the recommendations irrelevant. In manufacturing they call that planned obsolescence.
2003 Barolo

A Cheeky Barolo Pairing

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Now this combination is the essence of food and wine. This why people over millennia have embraced the combination where each one complements and lifts the other, making the whole far greater than the two individual parts. Kinda like 50+50=150.
The Russian River Valley

Pinot School - Siduri in the House!

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There was much spitting and dumping which broke my heart. Okay, so I did more dumping since I'm still uncertain about spitting in public. The dribble issue, you see.
This was the lineup of wines that I tasted.

2011 Calera Chardonnay - Mt. Harlan Vineyard

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While the visit to Caesar's was pretty horrific - in fact, I haven't returned - the one jewel was the glass of Calera Pinot Noir which was presented to me to make up for all of the Wine Fubars they had committed.