Lauren Buzzeo

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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Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale

  1. $10

A classic selection from Oregon-based Deschutes, this pale ale is remarkably balanced and approachable. It pours a gorgeous golden-honey color, with a frothy off-white head that lingers. Initial hop aromas are forward and intense, thanks to the generous amount of Cascade hops used, with enticing aromas of orange blossom, pine needle, grapefruit peel and orange zest…

 — L.B.  (8/1/2015)
91
points

Deschutes Red Chair NWPA

  1. $10

A bright golden-amber color in the glass, this pours with a frothy off-white head that leaves gorgeous lacing behind with each sip. The bouquet is hop dominant, with assertive scents of flower, fresh grass and citrus peel that mingle harmoniously with additional notes of ripe tropical fruit and raw dough. A solid caramel-malt backbone results in a creamy…

 — L.B.  (8/1/2015)
88
points

Alaskan Big Mountain Pale Ale

  1. $10

This pours a light golden-orange color, with a substantial frothy white head that shows good staying power. Thanks to the dry-hopping with vibrant varieties like Simcoe and Mosaic, hop-fueled aromas of pressed flowers, citrus blossom and fresh sweet grass hit you first, but are immediately followed by supporting scents of mango, peach and light toffee. The palate…

 — L.B.  (8/1/2015)
88
points

Braufactum Palor Pale Ale

  1. $7

Brewed with Cascade and Polaris hops, this German take on an English-style pale ale pours a medium gold color, with a slight haze and a nice ivory head that lingers. Floral and minty aromas lead the nose, alongside supporting hints of fresh pine needle, hemp seed, biscuit malt and wintergreen. The palate is smooth and medium weight, while the carbonation is brisk…

 — L.B.  (8/1/2015)
87
points

Hops & Grain Pale Dog

  1. $8

This canned apricot-colored pale ale opens with initial aromas of orange peel, grapefruit rind, ripe pear and toasted bread. Malty richness lends a round texture to the medium--weight mouth, coupled with flavors of caramel sauce and toasted grain that quickly transition into hop-dominant flavors of citrus oil and pithy bitterness that carry through to the close…

 — L.B.  (8/1/2015)
87
points

Mavericks Rye Pale Ale

  1. $8

Mavericks Rye Pale Ale (American Pale Ale; Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, CA). Brewed with Cascade and Chinook hops, this is a flavorful yet massively approachable pale ale. Spicy notes of pepper and rye add depth to the traditional lineup of caramel malt, orange zest and grassy hop aromas and flavors. The mouthfeel is light and approachable, with brisk carbonation…

 — L.B.  (8/1/2015)
92
points

Southern Right 2013 Pinotage (Hemel en Aarde)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $27

This is a lovely, layered and complex Pinotage, with waves of earthy spice and brambly fruit that mingle harmoniously on the nose and palate. The mouthfeel is plush and velvety, brimming with rich wild berry, game, licorice and sweet smoke notes that linger long on the structured, evolving finish. It’s decadent and delicious now, but will also hold well through 2021.

 — L.B.  (7/1/2015)
92
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Kleinood 2009 Tamboerskloof Syrah (Stellenbosch)

  1. $40

Plush, full and warm, this is an immensely attractive wine now, though it should cellar well through 2021. Dark, intense notes of berry preserves, menthol, curing spice and vanilla bean all mingle harmoniously on the nose and palate. Lush and mouthfilling, it is carried by a full structure and a crushed-velvet texture. Notes of muddled black berries and sweet spice…

 — L.B.  (7/1/2015)
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