Rachel Halpren

Wines That Rock For the Holidays and After

There's a trend for celebrities, alive and dead, to have their own wine labels. These wines are fun and make a great gift to bring for a party. This is important as we enter fall and the party season. I know that we are often scratching our heads as to a fun and appropriate gift to bring to a party. There is the added pressure given that we right about wine and booze.

We have recently been exploring the rock-n-roll labels. Honestly, it's been pretty fun. We didn't have high expectations about the wines given that the focus was on the bottle. But, we weren't disappointed. The quality varied but none of them were bad or undrinkable. In fact, most of them were pretty good.

Happy Repeal Day – aka Cinco de Drinko

Today marks the 80th Anniversary of the implementation of the 21st Amendment, also known as Repeal Day (for repealing the disastrous 18th Amendment, which went into effect on January 17, 1920). Make sure you enjoy a tipple today to celebrate!

Sandeman Launches 2011 Vintage Port

n the Spring of 2013, Sandeman declared its 2011 Vintage Port. Recently, we were the lucky recipients of an invite to meet George Sandeman, a many times descendant of the founder of Sandeman's port house (founded in 1790), and sample multiple vintages of Sandeman's Vintage Port. We started with the 1955 Vintage Port, then moved on to the 1963, 1977, 1980, 1997, 2007 and 2011. It was quite the treat.

Celebrity Vineyards – Book Review

In his book Celebrity Vineyards, Nick Wise tours celebrity vineyards in California, Canada, Italy and Spain. These vineyards are owned by actors, race car drivers, people in the music family and even the family of Walt Disney. In each winery profile, the author provides an overview of the winery, the winery's history, the vintners connection to the winery or the desire to own a winery and tasting notes for the winery's signature wines. It's a fun way to look at wineries and makes me want to hit the road and try all of them.

Jacob’s Ghost White Whiskey Review

Named after Jacob Beam, founder of Jim Beam, Jacob's Ghost is a direct descendent of the white whiskey he distilled way back in 1795. Unlike most white whiskeys, Jacobs Ghost is aged for 12 months in new white oak barrels.

Drink More Whiskey – Book Review

In Drink More Whiskey, Mr. Yaffee takes a new approach to examining the spirit that is fun, witty and bordering on irreverant. Mr. Yaffee doesn't write a dissertation on whiskey in his book. Instead, it's written as he speaks, as though Mr. Yaffee were discussing the topic with friends. Believe it or not, it's a somewhat novel approach in the drinks book category. You generally see technical dissertations or cocktail books.

Wine and Candy Pairings for Halloween

For all of those folks out there who love wine or don't want to spend their Halloween whipping up cocktails (or don't have time to batch them before the party), the wine-candy pairing party is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday!

12 Candy Themed Cocktails

On Halloween, celebrations will be in full swing. We have been scratching our heads, trying to come up with new and innovation ways to make adult Halloweens fun.

Hudson New York Corn Whiskey Review

Hudson New York Corn Whiskey was one of the first whiskeys made in New York State following prohibition.

From the distiller, “We double distill the corn mash pure and simple. No other flavors or sugar added. It’s then bottled at 46% without charcoal or chill filtering, giving the crystal clear whiskey a silky smooth, creamy and clean drinking experience. It’s also distinctly corny – just like your wise-cracking uncle. Cut the wax and pour.” 

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