Rachel Halpren

Gifts For The Last Minute Shopper

post iconThe holidays are upon us and almost over. We have come up with lists of wine, booze and books to buy friends and foes for the holidays. In you are in need of last minute gifts, check out our recommendations. …Read More

Five Strange Sparklers For Christmas

post iconIn Twas The Night Before Christmas, it was sugerplums that danced in the children’s head. But, when I think of Christmas, I think of ham dancing across the dinner table. Ham seems to be as ubiquitous to Christmas as Turkey is to Thanksgiving. That got me thinking, what wines would go well with ham. Since Christmas is such a festive holiday, I wanted the wine to be festive as well. And, what could be more festive than sparkling wine. …Read More

Tequila Don Julio 1942 Review

post iconTequila Don Julio 1942 was Don Julio’s swan song – his final act of love to his devoted fans. Don Julio developed the 1942 as an homage to his 60th year as a distiller (he started at the tender age of 17). In our humble opinion, it is his finest creation – an almost perfect tequila with ethereal qualities that soar to the pinnacle of distillation. …Read More

Cocktail Books To Give For The Holidays

post iconThere is no better gift to give this season that an amazing cocktail book. These books are perfect for your favorite or not so favorite person. And, the best thing is that these books keep on giving! By teaching a person how to unleash their inner mixologist, these books benefit everyone in their life. Really, who doesn’t like to be served a kick-ass cocktail when going to a friend’s barbeque or a co-worker’s cocktail party or your Mom’s Christmas dinner. Help your friend become the most popular guy in town by giving him the tools to master cocktail basics! …Read More

Wines To Gift Without Breaking The Bank

post iconThe holidays are here! Today is the second night of Hanukkah with Christmas and Kwanzaa just around the corner. Plus, don’t forget New Year’s! We know that the rush to buy gifts for family members, friends and co-workers is in full swing. One short week after that, the pressure is on to bring a great bottle of wine to your New Year’s party. These wines are a great answer to your holiday gift giving quandary and will sure to be a hit at the New Year’s party. …Read More

Camus XO Borderies Review

post iconCamus has been a family business since 1863, controlling everything from the growing of grapes to the distillation of the Cognac. Camus is also famous for having it’s vineyards in Borderies, one of the smallest growing areas in Cognac, known for imparting floral and nutty aromas and flavors. …Read More

Campari Review

post iconCampari is a bitter spirit that is made from over 60 herbs and spices. If you try hard, you can pick out a few. For me, the easiest one to spot is the quinine, which is one of the herbs that gives Campari its bitter quality. Campari has been produced in Italy since 1860 and like Coca Cola, allegedly only one person knows the recipe. …Read More

5 Bottles To Buy Your Co-Workers

post iconWe know that it’s time to pick up presents for your co-workers. In our humble opinion, the best gift to buy is booze! Who doesn’t like booze. We also like wine, but this article is dedicated to booze. We put together our top 5 picks for good booze that also happens to be priced right. Good luck this holiday season. …Read More

Cocktail Reads To Gift For The Holidays

post iconWe are avowed bibliophiles (book lovers) at DOTW and consume books on drink history, spirits and cocktails. There have been amazing books published in the last few years on drinking history, Prohibition and the exploration of cocktail culture. We can’t think of a better gift to give this holiday season than a book. …Read More