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Author: Steve Besser


Boggy Meadow “Switchel” Cider Vodka

What is Switchel you ask? It is truly a one of a kind alcoholic concoction. Originally conceived as a non-alcoholic thirst quencher in 18th century New England. It now contains a hefty dose …

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Bummer & Lazarus – The Perfect Martini

Bummer & Lazarus were two stray dogs that roamed the streets of San Francisco in the 1860’s. They became famous for their expertise at killing rats that infested the city …

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Absinthe Made Simple with Emperor Norton

Absinthe is an intimidating spirit. This is because good absinthe is not cheap, there is wide variation in quality and flavor, and making the perfect concoction, so it’s not too …

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My introduction to Napa Wines

I’ve had two jobs on the very fringe of the entertainment business, one of which introduced me to most of the great legacy wines of Napa Valley. I was employed …

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Styler Pinot = Must Read!

Dear Friends: Styler Wildcat Mountain Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir is simply the best Pinot I’ve had in many years, maybe ever! It’s a new and incredibly rare (98cs) production. Vendome …

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Grgich Hills Month & Tasting

Friends, April is officially Grgich Hills month at Vendome. Therefore All of the Grgich Hills lineup will be 20% off their regular price. These prices will run for the entire …

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