Rachel Halpren

Family Winemakers of California Tasting

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We recently attended the Family Winemakers of California Tasting at Fort Mason in San Francisco. It was an impressive collection of boutique wineries. In fact, I have to admit that we were a little overwhelmed by the sheer number of wineries in attendance (over 300) and the assortment of wines being poured. However, we persevered and began the trek down the long lines of wineries, stopping at one here and another there. I wish that … Read more

Russell’s Reserve 10-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon

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Named for Jimmy Russell, the master distiller of Wild Turkey, the Russell’s Reserve is a small-batch bourbon aged for 10 years.

Russell’s Reserve 10 Year is light brown in color with orange highlights with a nose of corn, vanilla, caramel, raisin and pecans. On the palate, the Russell’s Reserve is smooth with almost eucalyptus notes with further flavors of orange peel, vanilla, caramel, raisins and pecans.

Russell’s Reserve 10 Year is a nice sipping bourbon. … Read more

Russell’s Reserve 6-Year-Old Kentucky Rye Whiskey Review

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Rye was a favorite spirit in the United States prior to Prohibition. Since then, only a few producers have continued making rye but it is making a comeback. In 2007, Master Distiller Jimmy Russell and his son Eddie released Russell’s Reserve Rye.

Russell’s Reserve Rye is a light tawny, almost golden color with a nose of cherry, orange, dusty oak and spices. On the palate, the Russell’s Reserve is a lighter rye with flavor notes … Read more

Cantina Colosi 2009 Nero D’Avola – Wine Wednesday

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This week’s Wine Wednesday pick is another winner from Italy. As many of you know, I am partial to Italian wine (and along with Argentina, Australia, Portugal and Spain offer a selection of wines for $10 and under) and lately, the Italian wines that we have been drinking have been the best. Honestly, we try wine from all over the world to pick the best selections to bring to you for Wine Wednesdays. This week, … Read more

1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon Review

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A friend recently went home to visit family in his old Kentucky home and was nice enough to bring us back a bottle of 1792. As you may know—I think that I have said it before—, the hubby and the brother-in-law love bourbon and currently they seem to be in a bourbon phase (after a long affair with another love, Irish whiskey). The 1792 got the bourbon brothers’ thumbs-up. As you can imagine, it took … Read more

Brugal Soirée

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As you may have seen from other posts on the site this week, it was a Brugal week as Brugal stormed San Francisco to launch Brugal 1888. Brugal 1888 is a new rum from the folks at Brugal that offers a Rum done in a Scotch style. I know it sounds a little weird but it truly does work.

Brugal 1888 was the invention of Don Gustavo Brugal, a fifth-generation master distiller within the Brugal … Read more

The Importance of Good Water

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At DOTW, we stress the importance of good water and ice. It’s key to a good life and great cocktails! In the United States, it’s something that we generally don’t have to think about. I have to admit that I grew up drinking water from a fresh aquifer in the midwest and now live in San Francisco, which is renowned for its water quality. But that amazing San Francisco water has come at a price: … Read more

Brugal 1888 Rum Review

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This week has been the week of Brugal rum for us—an intensive tasting and then a soirée. We can’t say that we minded as it gave us a couple of opportunities to try this outstanding new entrant into the rum market.

Brugal 1888 is the newest offering from Brugal Rums, a distillery out of the Dominican Republic, that was interestingly enough founded in 1888. Brugal 1888 isn’t your ordinary rum; as Brugal proclaims, this is … Read more

Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon Review

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Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon comes from our friends at the Firefly distillery. They import Buffalo Trace Bourbon from Kentucky and infuse with their proprietary sweet tea recipe. Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon is the ultimate Southern treat, the marrying of Bourbon and sweet tea.

The Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon is almost the same color as the vodka but with darker brown hues to the highlights through the amber liquid. On the nose, the Sweet Tea Bourbon … Read more

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