San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino

Winery: San Filippo Vintage: 2004 Wine Name/Vineyard: La Lucere Wine Category: Brunello di Montalcino Grape blend: 100% Sangiovese Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Montalcino, Tuscany State or country: Italy Price: $84 ABV: 14% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  92 points Review date: Mar 13, 2019 About the Winemaker:  San Filippo was recently purchased…

John S Rhodell Brewery

John Rhodell brewery resides in a beautiful and historic building with a great view of the Illinois river.   It’s a large space in the style of a Scottish pub, and it’s Peoria’s oldest existing Microbrewery; established in 1998.  The longevity of the watering hole undoubtedly is a contributing factor to the quality of its brews….

A Visit to Bearded Owl Brewing

Brewing has been part of the fabric of Peoria, IL since Andrew Eitle established the first brewery there in 1837.  There were over 20 breweries in Peoria at one point.  In fact, the city grew and evolved around the brewing industry and likely wouldn’t be the same today without its beer making and distilling past….

2016 la Strada Red Blend

Winery: David Akiyoshi Vintage: 2016 Wine Name/Vineyard: la STRADA Wine Category: Red Blend Grape blend: N/A Italian style blend Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Central Coast State or country: California Price: $22 ABV: 14.8% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  85 points Review date: Mar 7, 2019 About the Winemaker:  David Akiyoshi has been…

A Good Wine at a Great Price

Winery: Dave Harvey Vintage: 2017 Wine Name/Vineyard: Cabernet Franc Wine Category: Cabernet Franc Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Franc Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Columbia Valley State or country: Washington Price: $19 ABV: 13.5% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  86 points Review date: Mar 2, 2019 About the Winemaker:  Dave Harvey has been winemaking…

Ken Wright 2015 Pinot Noir

Winery: Ken Wright Cellars Vintage: 2015 Wine Name/Vineyard: Pinot Noir Wine Category: Pinot Noir Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Willamette Valley State or country: Oregon Price: $22 ABV: 13.5% Cases produced: 15,000 The Barrel Cellar Score:  87 points Review date: Mar 1, 2019 About the Winemaker:  Ken Wright has been…