Rachel Halpren

Vinicola Rivera “Violante” 2007 Nero di Troia – Wine Wednesday

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This week’s pick is another wine from Italy. What can I say, we love Italian wine and Italy offers some great values. Recently, we purchased a couple of bottles from this winery at a steal (purchased for $5.99 at the Wine House). While we liked both bottles, the “Violante” from Azienda Vinicola Rivera was our favorite. In this wine, the second and third generation winemakers from Puglia’s Azienda Vinicola Rivera’s goal was to highlight the … Read more

Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur Review

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We were lucky enough to receive a little care package from our friends at Nova Marketing and Hiram Walker to help ease us into fall. One of the items in that care package was the Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur. Since it’s close to Halloween, I will put it out there that it would be perfect for Halloween. Imagine the number of apple drinks you can whip up.

The Caramel Apple Liqueur is a member … Read more

Jealous of Julia

I recently finished reading My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme. And, despite the fact that Julia Child is dead, I was insanely jealous of her life by the time I finished. Who knew that Julia was tasting her way through Burgundy, as well as attending the esteemed Cordon Bleu. Was it the kind of jealousy that drives a person to assume another’s identity or commit rash acts? No. Rather, it was … Read more

Bulldog London Dry Gin Review

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Bulldog London Dry Gin is a relatively new entrant into the gin market, having been released in 2006. But its timing is impeccable; Bulldog’s release perfectly coincided with the resurgence of gin. There isn’t much information to be had about Bulldog Dry Gin. The website says that it is distilled by a distillery that has over 250 years experience. A press release states that the brand was started in 2003 by a former banker and … Read more

Graffigna Centenario 2008 Malbec – Wine Wednesday

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This week’s Wine Wednesday is yet another Malbec from Argentina. I know what you are thinking, another Malbec, you guys must love Malbec. It’s true. We do love Malbec. But, we also love deals and this column is all about good tasting value wine. I have probed the deep recesses of my brain and I honestly believe that Malbec is the best priced red wine out there. So expect to see more Malbec showing up … Read more

Tequila Don Julio 70 Añejo Claro Review

post iconhe Don Julio 70 has been in the works for a while and was launched with two purposes. The first was to celebrate Don Julio Gonzalez’s (the man behind Don Julio) 70th anniversary as a distiller. The second was to introduce the world to a new class or type of tequila—a tequila that has been barrel aged without the wood dominating the tequila’s flavor. …Read More

A Wine for Halloween – Ash Hollow Headless Red Wine

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We at DOTW love Halloween and our celebration lasts the entire month of October. We try hard to help our readers enjoy this creepy, crawly day (see our Halloween Drinks page). This year, we are excited to add Ash Hollow’s Headless Red to our Halloween fun.

We recently received a bottle of the Headless Red and didn’t know what to expect. But I have been impressed by the wines out of Washington state (for our … Read more

La Vieille Ferme “Recolte” 2010 – Wine Wednesday

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This week’s Wednesday Wine pick was the crowd favorite at our breaking of the fast for Yom Kippur. And, it is one of the best value wines that we have come across. A magnum (two bottles) of the La Vieille Ferme “Recolte” 2010 red wine from the Rhone Valley for the astounding price of $9.99 at Costco.

The La Vielle Ferme wines come from the Perrin family of the famed Chateau Beaucastel in the Rhone … Read more

How to Taste Coffee Like a Pro

post iconWe recently attended our first coffee cupping sponsored by Kahlua. We didn’t know what cupping meant. But, from what we can tell (and were were told by the expert), it basically means tasting. …Read More