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…

Richard Bruno 2017 Cab Sauv

Winery: Richard Bruno Vintage: 2017 Wine Name/Vineyard: Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Paso Robles State or country: California Price: $24 ABV: 14.0% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  86 points Review date: Feb 27, 2019 About the Winemaker:  By his own account, Richard…

An Introduction to Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the most popular white wine in the world. The versatility of the grape and the large flavor profile of the finished product make it a favorite of many. Terroir and climate are important for imbuing flavor into the wine, however Chardonnay is easily and effectively molded by a winemaker’s vision. The result is…

The Pinot Noir Grape

The Pinot Noir grape originates from the Burgundy region of France.  In France, wine made with Pinot Noir is labeled after the region.  It is one of the most popular wine grapes in the world and is grown in all major wine regions. Pinot Noir is a small dark grape that has a thin skin. …

The Sangiovese Grape

Sangiovese is a red wine grape from Italy.  Grapes for the most sought-after Sangiovese wines are grown in Tuscany where warm weather, clay like soil, and topography are favorable to growing conditions.  Sangiovese is used in many of Italy’s most appreciated wines.  American wine makers also grow Sangiovese and are getting much better in producing…

Caduceus Cellars 2010 Sancha

Winery: Caduceus Cellars Vintage: 2010 Wine Name/Vineyard: Sancha Wine Category: Tempranillo Focused Red Blend Grape blend: 92% Tempranillo, 8% Grenache Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Cochise County State or country: Arizona Price: $50 (price of a current release) ABV: 14.9% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  88 points Review date: Feb 17, 2019 Color: …

Four Roses 130th Anniversary Edition

Distiller: Four Roses Release: 2018 Bourbon: Four Roses 130th anniversary edition Region: Lawrenceburg, Kentucky Price: $140 Proof: 108 Age: Mix of 10, 13,14, and 16-year barrels The Barrel Cellar Score: 96 Review Date: 2/16/2019 Color: Deep Amber Nose: Cinnamon, leather, vanilla, cocoa, oak Taste: Medium bodied, velvety, has a slight oily mouthfeel. First taste (poured…