Lauren Buzzeo

Tasting Director/Senior Editor

Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Rousillon. Reviews beers.

Tasting Director Lauren Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2006 as a tasting coordinator. Thanks to her father, she developed an interest in and love of wine at an early age, and her respect and adoration for all things vinous has remained strong ever since. Today, Lauren is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program, and currently reviews the wines of Languedoc-Roussillon and South Africa, as well as beers. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Lauren is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).

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The Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa

  1. $13
This is a blended and barrel-aged brown ale that’s brewed with wild yeasts and fresh raspberries. It’s a complex and evolving selection, with intriguing spice and oak nuances that unfold with time and warming, making this an excellent option for wine drinkers. Rich raspberry and cocoa butter aromas lead, with glimmers of peppery spice, leather and sour funk adding…  — L.B.  (9/1/2014)
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New Glarus Raspberry Tart

  1. $9
With over a pound of raspberries in each bottle, this is a powerful and extremely fruit-forward selection. A gorgeous, pristine deep-ruby hue, with a soft pink head is coupled with aromas that hit you immediately upon opening and jump out of the glass once poured. Hints of sweet malt and wild yeast add depth to the crisp and lively palate, with lifting acidity that…  — L.B.  (9/1/2014)
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The Bruery 2013 Edition Sour in the Rye with Kumquats

  1. $25
This special selection is made by adding fresh kumquats to The Bruery’s Sour in the Rye, a barrel-aged sour ale made with 40% rye malt. The result is a remarkably tart, fruity, refreshing and well-balanced wild ale, with prominent aromas and flavors of orange peel, pineapple core, tart gooseberry, white bitter-melon rind and kumquats, of course. It’s light- to…  — L.B.  (9/1/2014)
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New Glarus Strawberry Rhubarb

  1. $9
This is a beautifully complex and layered selection, with prominent pure-fruit aromas and flavors that are perfectly partnered with sour wild-yeast and barrel notes. It pours a rich mahogany color, with fairly aggressive carbonation that produces a decent off-white head. Immediate fruit aromas lead the bouquet, supported by a tart, almost vinous backbone and…  — L.B.  (9/1/2014)
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New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red

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  1. $9
Yet another world-class selection from New Glarus, this is brewed with whole Montmorency cherries, Wisconsin-farmed wheat and Belgian roasted barley, then lagered in oak tanks, hopped with Hallertau and aged for a full year in the brewery. The resulting beer is a masterpiece of balance, flavor and complexity. Ruby in color, it is brimming with forward aromas and…  — L.B.  (9/1/2014)
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Odell Friek

  1. $7
This kriek lambic-style beer is fermented with wild yeast and tart cherries, then aged in oak. Raspberries from a local Fort Collins, CO farm are added immediately prior to the final blending, resulting in a forward fresh-raspberry aroma on the nose. Additional layers of tart dried cherry, cocoa, peach skin and bretty funk add depth and complexity, carrying through…  — L.B.  (9/1/2014)
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The Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale

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  1. $13
This pours a hazy mahogany color with red glimmers and a nice light-tan head. There’s a vinous character to the bouquet, with tart, acidic aromas of sour cherry and red wine vinegar that are partnered with notes of oak and raw cocoa powder. Medium carbonation and moderate acidity keep the palate lifted and juicy, while subtle funk and earthy oak notes add character…  — L.B.  (9/1/2014)
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The Bruery 2013 Edition Sans Pagaie

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  1. $20
Sans Pagaie, meaning “without a paddle,” is The Bruery’s take on a Belgian-style kriek, a sour blonde ale aged in barrels with cherries. A muddled pink color, scents of sour cherry take center stage alongside funky notes of barnyard, vinegar and lemony citrus that dance in the background. The assertive carbonation is brisk, complementing the sour core of tart…  — L.B.  (9/1/2014)
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