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Beer Review: Evil Twin Brewing Company Yin & Yang

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When I see beers from Evil Twin Brewing Company in the store, I usually walk past them. I have sampled a couple and liked what I tasted, but they are generally too pricey for my taste. Of course, to every rule there is an exception. In this case, it is Evil Twin’s companion beers, Yin and Yang. It’s rare to find these beers together at the same time, so when my local beer store (thanks Wine Cabinet!) hosted a tasting, I had to go try them. I liked them enough to buy a four-pack of both and do a writeup on each.   Evil Twin Yin Producer: Evil Twin Brewing Company; Brooklyn, NY Beer Name: Yin Price Range: $15.99/4-pack Style: Imperial “Taiji” Stout ABV: 10% Appearance: Completely opaque with a thick dark caramel head Aroma: Cocoa, molasses, smoke Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours completely black and opaque with ... Read More »

Rappahannock Cellars; A celebration of great wine, an a new addition (AmericanWineryGuide)

Rappahannock Cellars 2014 Barrel Room

A couple of weeks ago, Rappahannock Cellars opened up their newest addition to the winery – their Barrel Room! During our visit we were also able to taste the super limited, club only 2013 Viognier, and let me tell you, it is a treat to be had! As a follow up to that experience, I think it was timed appropriately to share with you all, my readers, the last Rappahannock Cellars review that I contributed to AmericanWineryGuide. This review is very in-depth and provides insight on just how this powerhouse Virginia winery got its start. Be sure to check out photos from the mid-Summer opening of the new Barrel Room (hint hint: that is now booking events and weddings!), as well as some of my photos from past visits. Enjoy! The HISTORY “The Delmare family moved from California in the late 1990s with the hope of raising their family in ... Read More »

Halter Ranch Vineyard; A touch of Rhône, Ranch style (AmericanWineryGuide)

Halter Ranch Vineyard 2014

Paso Robles has some of the finest Rhône style wines in not only California, but the United States as well. Our latest AmericanWineryGuide contribution covers yet another gem that Paso Robles has to offer. Do not sleep on Paso, especially if you are a fan of small family-style wineries.   The HISTORY “Halter Ranch is located in the Paso Robles Westside Adelaida District and produces Bordeaux and Rhône-style wines made from 100% sustainable, estate-grown grapes. The ranch itself has been around since the late 1800s when it was originally owned by businessman Edwin Smith, who was a dealer in produce and livestock and was part of 3,600 acres of land he owned. Edwin built a Victorian farmhouse that later burned down, but was rebuilt and utilized until his business collapsed. In 1943, about 1,200 acres were purchased by the MacGillivray family and was farmed for over 50-plus years until the ... Read More »

Quick Pour: Sans Liege Call to Arms 2011

Sans Liege Call to Arms 2011

Producer: Sans Liege Region: Paso Robles AVA, California, United States Wine: Call to Arms Price: $30 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 70% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne; (15.1% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Fresh lemon meringue, touch of honey, lush, white tropical fruit, and flaky pastry aromas lead to a smooth, honey-coated palate with plenty of weight. Fresh, floral nuances compliment and balance the fruit-forward notes of apricot, golden apple, and pineapple with spice undertones that taper into honey-dipped hints of brioche and angel food cake from mid to back palate. The finish is extremely smooth, pleasing, and spiced up with notes of lemon zest that seem to linger on and on. Excellent balance – a little hot, but not overly acidic with a plethora to look forward to with each sip. Read More »

Quick Pour: Stone Hill Winery Vignoles 2012

Stone Hill Winery Vignoles 2012

Producer: Stone Hill Winery, Hermann, Missouri Region: Hermann AVA, Missouri, United States Price: $11.49 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Vignoles; (12.8% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Candied pineapple and fresh baked white cake aromas boom on the nose while pineapple syrup and honey-drenched tropical fruit smooth out the palate, which shows fresh acidity, nice weight, and noticeable residual sugar without overly intoxicating sweetness. Smooth, soft, and juicy. This screw top white is perfect for those scorching summer days.   Read More »