Rachel Halpren

Top Booze to Buy Your Boss

post iconTo impress your your boss, you need to pick a spirit that is cool, but not too trendy. You need a bottle that is expensive enough without being too expensive. You need to make a good impression but not break the bank. …Read More

14 Hands Hot to Trot – Wine Wednesday

post iconAs the warm weather turns cold, I turn my attention to bigger fruity red wines. For some reasons, big red wines brings comfort. Maybe it’s because big red wines go so well with stews and heavy meat dishes, winter staples. …Read More

Rothman and Winter Orchard Apricot Brandy Review

post iconIn honor of Repeal Day, which was yesterday, we are highlighting an old-timey spirit recently brought back to life in America. Back in the days before Prohibition and immediately after, a significant number of drinks were made with Apricot Brandy. Like many ingredients in well fashioned cocktails, Apricot Brandy fell by the wayside as it fell out of flavor. …Read More

The House of Taittinger – High/Low Weekend

post iconThis weekend, we are focusing on one of my favorite Champagne houses – Taittinger. Not only does Tattinger make its namesake Tattinger Champagne, it also owns the California winery Domaine Carneros, which makes California sparkling wines in the champagne style. …Read More

Hangover Cures – Fact or Fiction

At Portland Cocktail Week, we attended a very informative seminar on how to drink healthier. You might ask, is that really possible? We think that it is. As part of the seminar, we reviewed a number of popular hangover cures to see if they were purely a myth or if there was some substance behind them. We thought that we would bring the most popular ones to you. Here you go, hangover cures – fact … Read more

Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

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The Chivas Brothers started as grocers in Aberdeen Scotland, then became purveyors of fine food stuffs and liquor, including rum, and starting in 1843, were given a Royal Warrant to supply Queen Victoria on her trips to Scotland. In the 1850′s, one of the famed Chivas brothers turned his attention to Scotch and developed a blended Scotch Whisky where softer grain Whiskys were blended with the aromatic but often harsher Single Malt Whiskys. Viola, a … Read more

Five Drinks to Ease Your Nerves after Christmas Shopping

post iconHoliday shopping is in full swing. I don’t know about you but the throngs of people, the fights that break out and the lines are enough to drive a person to drink. …Read More

Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2011

post iconWith much fanfare, Wine Spectator announced their top 100 wines of 2011. Not surprisingly, the list was dominated by American, Italian and French selections, as well as representations from a number of other countries, such as Spain, South Africa and Australia. The majority of wines were in the $50 to $100 range with the top price topping out at $175 and the lowest at $9. …Read More

8 Hangover Cures That Work

post iconWith the holidays coming up, we know that you might have a little too much fun or indulge too much. We thought that a list of proven hangover cures …Read More