Founders Brewing Company

Beringer Vineyards

Founders' Estate California Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Jammy, light red... Not as big as most cab sauvs — a month ago

Beringer Vineyards

Founders' Estate California Merlot 2017

Smooth drinkable. Nothing fancy but I enjoyed it — 2 months ago

Beringer Vineyards

Founders' Estate California Pinot Noir 2016

Han loves it. On sale at Lucky’s, not bad — 4 months ago

Johnson Estate

Founders' Red Freelings Creek Reserve Chancellor Merlot

Deep red full body with a pleasant cherry finish — 5 months ago

Goose Island

Bourbon County Brand Stout 2019

Chocolate and vanilla all day. Shocker, lots of bourbon notes. It actually tastes like a slightly boozier version of Founders Backwoods Bastard, despite being a stout and not a scotch ale. Will let this one age another year or two before I have the next bottle. — 7 days ago

Standing Stone Vineyards

Finger Lakes Saperavi 2017

Finger. Lakes. Saperavi.

If this ain’t American winemaking in the 21st century we don’t know what is! 🇺🇸🍷🇬🇪🍇

At least, that’s what we were thinking before reading up on Standing Stone and founders Marti & Tom Macinski. They actually first planted this fascinating Georgian grape here in ***1994*** (just 3 years after Georgia left the USSR, for those keeping score at home) intended for blending.

Increasingly impressed by the quality of the grapes, they offered their first varietal Saperavi in 2010 - as “The Dark Red”, since the grape name was as yet unrecognized by the federal government. Once it was, they became the first American winery to release a wine labeled Saperavi.

Fine tuned to the cold, high mountains of Kakheti in eastern Georgia, it makes sense why it would thrive in the Finger Lakes! The name Saperavi literally means “ink”, a sensible name for a grape with pitch-dark skin AND flesh! 🖤

Marti and Tom sold the winery and retired in 2017. But their enduring legacy may just be budding. We’ve heard of Saperavi planting projects underway in New York, Virginia, and Oregon.

Saperavi’s runaway affinity for the Finger Lakes may have been a bit of a happy accident, but the Macinskis deserve every bit of credit for thinking outside the box, putting it in motion, and bringing it to fruition! 🙌🙌🙌
— 3 months ago

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Beringer Vineyards

Founders' Estate California Zinfandel

Great / bold- Zinfandel wine. — 5 months ago

Beringer Vineyards

Founders' Estate Special Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Very good. May have been better last year but very good — 2 months ago

Château Le Bon Pasteur

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

Located in Maillet, on good terroirs of Pomerol appellation, purchased around 1920 by Hermine and Joseph Dupuy. Since 1978 the two grandsons of the estate's founders, Jean-Daniel and Michel Rolland, run the estate. Ruby with garnet edges. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Dark berry aromas and spice. On the palate blackberry and cherry flavors with toasty herb spice, fine tannins, full body on long finish ending with developing fruit, oak and spice. Great now. — 3 months ago

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Founders Brewing Company

Dank Wood Imperial Red India Pale Ale

Twice-flambé-d bananas foster. Oak char, tea biscuit, brown sugar, baked graham cracker crust, vanilla bean, chocolate edibles. Incredible mouthfeel, vacillates between creamy-sweet and an almost brassy pètillant resonance, whose impulsiveness is tamed by the soft influence of oak. Everything is right with this combo of red ale and oak. Just enough restraint here to let the elements work their magic. Bitter entry subduing sweet notes of Turkish coffee, milk chocolate, cigar box, rum raisin, cinnamon stick. — 5 months ago