Rachel Halpren

Last Minute Wine Recommendations for Thanksgiving

If you find yourself wondering what your last minute wine purchases should be for Thanksgiving, here are our top five picks. Please forgive us if your local grocery store doesn't have these wines, we are bit spoiled in California.

5 Weird Italian Wines for Thanksgiving

Italian wines offer great value - we get a-lot of good wine for under $10, great wine under $20 and truly amazing wines under $50.

10 Great American Wines for Thanksgiving

We put together an eclectic list of wines in our attempt to cover all parts of the meal, as well as making sure that there is something for everyone.

Healthy Drinking for the Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching! In our humble opinion, one of the best parts of the holiday season is gathering with friends and family.

High/Low Weekend – Oregon Pinot Noir

We are launching a new series for your wine consuming pleasure! This new series is based on one of my favorite concepts - High/Low Wine.

What Does Your Favorite Vampire Drink?

Vampire legends date back thousands of years and nearly every culture on the globe has at least one legend of these age-defying, blood-sucking creatures. Modern vampire lore began with Vlad the Impaler in Romania during the 15th century. Vlad was the inspiration for Dracula, arguably the most famous vampire. Since then, the vampire legend has only continued to grow. There are countless books, movies and TV shows that explore vampire culture for a number of … Read more

Highland Park 18 Year Old Scotch Review

Highland Park Scotch is amazing and so is the story of the ownership of Highland Park (we only have so much space so we are focusing on Highland Park’s ownership). As many of you may know, a certain percentage of the Scots have never been happy about the unification of England and Scotland (Scotland finally became part of the United Kingdom when James VI of Scotland became James I of England upon the death of … Read more

Toad’s Hollow Erik’s the Red – Wine Wednesday

We apologize that this week’s Wine Wednesday is more like a Wine Thursday.  We have a new writer that has taken over this column that has been having technical issues.  I am resuming this week’s Wine Wednesday and bringing you a mighty fine wine from California (it’s not from any particular region because the grapes are sourced all over California).

Toad’s Hollow was a winery started in 1993 by Rodney Strong (of the Rodney Strong … Read more

Cullen Cocktails: Toast To Twilight!

For those of you who haven't guessed, I have a bit of a vampire fetish.