Rachel Halpren

2009 Archeo Nero d’Avola – Wine Wednesday

post iconNero d’Avola is the main red grape grown in Sicily. It’s generally dense and jammy with dark red fruits. If you like Syrah, you might be a fan of Nero d’Avola. However, this wine can run the gamut. The Archeo version is a very light version of Nero d’Avola. If it were a little lighter, it would be a borderline rose. However, the Archeo is highly drinkable and enjoyable. It’s an affordable every day wine! Salute! …Read More

Kosher Wines for Passover

post iconTo celebrate Passover, we have come up with a list of some of our favorite Kosher wines to help you celebrate. You might be bowled over when you see favorite and Kosher wine in the same sentence, but it’s true. There is so much more to the world of Kosher wine than what you might think. For most people, Kosher wine is syrupy sweet wines that are synonymous with Manischewitz and Kedem, which interestingly enough, aren’t usually Kosher for passover as they are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. But, fear not. There are some amazing Kosher wines that are also Kosher for Passover coming out of Israel and France. In addition to the ones listed below, do some research and seek out other Kosher wines you like. …Read More

Hiram Walker Watermelon Schnapps Review

post iconWhen the flavored Martini craze hit in the late 1990′s, early 2000s, I was pretty excited. I really love Jolly Ranchers and the flavored schnapps reminded me of Jolly Ranchers. In fact, I used to joke that a Watermelon or Apple Martini was a Jolly Rancher for adults. Even thought the flavored Martini craze is supposedly now passe, I still love a good Watermelon or Apple Martini. We recommend you make up a pitcher to help the adults celebrate Easter. Here is our tasting note for the Hiram Walker Watermelon Schnapps: …Read More

DOTW Talks to Mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout

post iconA few months back, DOTW was lucky enough to sit down with Jacques Bezuidenhout, the brand ambassador for Partida Tequila. Jacques is an interesting fellow who is a master mixologist and tequila junkie. Not something that I would expect from a guy hailing from South Africa. Also, Jacques won the 2011 Brand Ambassador of the Year Award at Tales of the Cocktail. I imagine it being a little like being the Miss America of the cocktail world but I have to admit that I forgot to ask Jacques about. …Read More

Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones – Literary Monday

post iconWe recently received a copy of Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones by the folks behind Bi-Rite Creamy. OMG, I could barely contain my glee. Bi-Rite Creamery has the closest to perfect ice cream that I have ever tasted. And, take it from me, I am quite the connoisseur. I can’t even think of one place that I have visited where I didn’t sample the local wares. Seriously, if you get to San Francisco, make sure that the Bi-Rite Creamery is on your list of San Francisco landmarks. You will not be disappointed. …Read More

Game of Thrones – A Return to Battle

post iconGame of Thrones returns. There are burning questions to be answered. Who will control the Seven Kingdoms? Will Daenerys and her dragons cross the sea and return to the Seven Kingdoms? Can anything top the Crown of Gold? Can the imp control Goeffrey? …Read More

Ketel One Citroen Vodka Review

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Ketel One has a long and proud heritage.  It was started in 1691 in Schiedam, Hollland by Joannes Nolet and has been passed from father to son for over three hundred years.  We are looking forward to the day that it passes to a daughter as well given the increasing role of women in distilling and the industry.  Ketel One historically produced a dutch spirit genever, which reminds me of a cross between vodka and … Read more

Hiram Walker Creme de Menthe Review

post iconIn keeping with this week’s Mad Men theme, we are reviewing the Hiram Walker Creme de Menthe. Creme de Menthe was incredibly popular in the 1960′s and for good reason – it’s delicious. It makes me sad that we miss out on so much that is yummy and good by wanting to do the opposite of what our parents and grandparents did. I really think that we lose out on some truly delicious food and drink that way. Sometimes, we are rescued from the error of our ways by a glimmer through the vastness of time. That glimmer for the 1960′s is Mad Men. And, lucky for us, the fashion, the food and most importantly, the drink has come roaring back. …Read More

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook – Literary Monday

post iconThe Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook did not disappoint. It was the perfect blend of Mad Men recaps paired with the booze and food consumed on the show with a shot of historical context on the side. It was like the Boilermaker of books. Kudos to the authors who must of watched hundreds of hours of Mad Men to nail down such details and researching the recipes. Also, since Mad Men has been off the air for so long, it also helped me remember the details of the past seasons. …Read More

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