Rachel Halpren

Happy Repeal Day – aka Cinco de Drinko

post iconToday 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! …Read More

Sandeman Launches 2011 Vintage Port

post iconn 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. …Read More

Celebrity Vineyards – Book Review

post iconIn 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. …Read More

Jacob’s Ghost White Whiskey Review

post iconNamed 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. …Read More

Drink More Whiskey – Book Review

post iconIn 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. …Read More

Wine and Candy Pairings for Halloween

post iconFor 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! …Read More

12 Candy Themed Cocktails

post iconOn 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. …Read More

Hudson New York Corn Whiskey Review

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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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Liquid Vacation – Literary Monday

post iconThe book explores the history of Tiki, delving into the history of the genre, the masters behind the decor and their modern twists on the libations. I loved the book for the history, the lore and the decor alone. …Read More

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