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Fëanor was lying on the cold floor of the employees’ only area of the SIlmarillion Jewelry Co., pressing his sweaty forehead against the tiles. All seven of his sons were gathered nervously around him, even though the room could only seat five and Fëanor was curled around the snack machine.

“The bourbon chicken was tainted,” Fëanor pronounced darkly. “I curse Melkor, and name him Morgoth, who served me this foul dish! Pass me the bucket, Curufin.”

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2013 LangeTwins Estate Grown Zinfandel

This is some lovely value Zin to keep you warm. Dark fruit, mixed berry preserves, fruit leather, and cinnamon on the nose. Macerated dark berries, mixed berry preserves, and a whiff of bacony fat on the palate. Pretty good acidity and gentle tannins. Prunes on the finish with a lovely tartness. A very nice Zin for the price. 

4/5 bones



15.5% abv

Lodi, California, USA

2010 Robert Stemmler Estate-Grown Carneros Pinot Noir

Feelin’ the alcohol a bit on this Cali Pinot! Fruit really jumps out of the glass at you! Mix of very ripe cherries, very very ripe heirloom tomato flesh, hints of raspberries, blackberries, clove, nutmeg, and sweet spice on nose as the wine opens. Ripe blackberries, cherries, and tomatoes on the palate with that same bouquet of spices. Wine is warm. Fruit is full. Very full, New World version of Pinot, but well done for the style. 

4/5 bones


Pinot Noir

14.5% abv

Carneros (Napa Valley), California, USA


Sierra Nevada “Ovila Saison”

90 A-

This Belgian-style Saison is brewed with black peppercorns and locally-sourced mandarin oranges of which a portion was grown at the Abbey of New Clairvaux. Aromas resemble gingerbread, white grapes, nutmeg, grass, and honey.

The palate begins with flavors of lemon and black pepper as floral hops arise with a zesty spice. Herbal notes fall in the middle, followed by a highlight of bitter citrus zest as mandarin oranges fill out the finish with a characteristically fresh flavor. The rear-end gives way to dried fruit flavors like green apple, pear, peach, and apricot. Belgian yeast gives a minor addition of banana and clove. A vinous character like white wine creates even further complexity. The mouthfeel is bubbly and crisp, smooth in the middle, then dries out.

I was expecting a typical Saison, but this is anything but ordinary. As you can distinguish by its deep color, the malts are particularly robust in flavor, balanced equally by considerably bright hops. I only mean ‘considerably strong’ in relation to the standard guidelines of the style, of which hearty malts and hops are uncharacteristic. The level of roast is also a little too heavy. Still, it manages to provide a plentitude of enjoyable fruit notes. While this certainly doesn’t compare to authentic Saisons, this West Coast approach is fun and original. If you’re a fan of Belgians, check it out. I recommend it.

Malts: Estate grown two-row Pale, Wheat, Caramel

Hops: Summit, Styrian Golding, El Dorado, Mandarina Bavaria


24 IBU

Chico, California

1999 Duckhorn Vineyards Estate Grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

USA! USA! USA! I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN! Especially since we make wines like this! Grab a juicy steak and glass, people! Tons of cassis, rich syrup, blackberry preserves, and aged balsamic. Meat crust and charred black pepper undertone. Dark, dark chocolate, thyme, licorice, coconut, and bourbon vanilla - all on the nose! On the palate - rich blackberry sauce, fresh oak, cassis, cinnamon, and charred BBQ meat. Lots of complexity. Can age a lot more. It gets better with time in the glass as well!

5/5 bones


Cabernet Sauvignon

14.5% abv

Napa Valley, California, USA