THE ASTONISHING RISE OF JAPANESE WHISKY A new book by Dominic Roskrow

– Michael Hepworth         THE ASTONISHING RISE OF JAPANESE WHISKY   NEW BOOK TELLS THE STORY HOLLYWOOD(Spiritsman)11/29/16—.If you are a whisky afficianado then the new book by English writer Dominic Roskrow called “Whisky Japan” should be on your Xmas stocking list. This is an impressive 288 page book that tells the story Of how a […]

RAYMOND 1886 IN PASADENA LAUNCHES NEW COCKTAIL MENU

– Michael Hepworth     RAYMOND 1886 IN PASADENA CHARMING OUTDOOR SPOT LAUNCHES NEW COCKTAIL MENU Pasadena(Spiritsman)11/21/16/–Raymond 1886 in Pasadena is not in the hip and crowded downtown area of city, but the location is a delight with a large outdoor dining area perfect for winter nights. The menu can loosely be described as American rustic, and I […]

OC BEER & MUSIC FESTIVAL “IT’S TIME TO GET THIRSTY!”

  Michael Hepworth     OC BEER & MUSIC FESTIVAL  “IT’S TIME TO GET THIRSTY!”   By Michael Cohan Anaheim (Spiritsman.com) 10/19/16 – The Rock ‘n Brew festivals of RockStarBeer Productions landed at the Grove of Anaheim on Saturday October 8th. The OC Beer & Music Festival that took place is the combination of what […]

VALDIVIESO WINES FROM CHILE

Michael Hepworth     VALDIVIESO WINES FROM CHILE A MEETING WITH WINEMAKER BRETT JACKSON Beverly Hills(Spiritsman)10/19/16/–Winemaker Brett Jackson from Valdivieso Wines was in Beverly Hills for a trade show, but the night before I hooked up with him and his sales director at Ocean Prime to learn more about these wines. My previous experience with wines from Chile […]

2016 Longines Masters Series Grand Slam Indoor Show Jumping, Long Beach

Michael Hepworth       By Kay Schroeder   Long Beach(Spiritsman)10/2/16/–EEM Founder and CEO, Christophe Ameeuw is creating quite a buzz in the world of equestrian events by making Long Beach, CA the destination of the first leg of the 2016 Longines Masters Grand Slam Indoor Show Jumping. According to those in the know, Long […]

Champagne Day October 21, 2016 “Pop a Bottle” raise a glass

Michael Hepworth     HOLLYWOOD(Spiritsman)9/26/16/–Champagne Day is on October 21, 2016. This all day global event celebrates all things Champagne, the sparkling wine that comes only from Champagne, France. People will be blogging, tweeting, posting and sharing their photos, videos and experiences online between now and the all day celebration. Some of your readers may […]

Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky only beer & whisky cocktail served at OC BEER & MUSIC FESTIVAL,

  Michael Hepworth           Anaheim(Spirtisman)9/30/16/-Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky will be the only beer & whisky cocktail served at OC BEER & MUSIC FESTIVAL, taking place in Anaheim on SAT, OCTOBER 8, 7-10pm at 2200 E Katella Avenue.    Auchentoshan Brand Ambassador Robin Nance teamed up with Master Cicerone Pat Fahey […]

CAMUS COGNAC SEEKING TO EXPAND AMERICAN PRESENCE

  Michael Hepworth   CAMUS COGNAC SEEKING TO EXPAND AMERICAN PRESENCE     SPIRITSMAN MEETS MASTER BLENDER PATRICK LEGER HOLLYWOOD(Spiritsman)9/20/16/–The Cognac market worldwide is dominated by Hennessy and Martell and sometimes it is harder for the smaller brands to breakthrough in the United States at the same level they are at in Europe or even Asia. One of […]

San Diego Spirits Festival 2016: Eight Years Strong Award winning Vodka, Old School Bourbon Whisky , Gangster Rum

Michael Hepworth     By Peter Peterson   San Diego Spirits Festival – Eight Years Strong   San Diego(Spiritsman)9/4/16/–Sometimes part of the adventure is the ride to the event. Driving down to San Diego is always a joy. Sunny skies and coastal views. This was the eighth annual San Diego Spirits Festival. Many people arrived […]

SAN DIEGO SPIRITS FESTIVAL 2016: “A Party on the Bay! How hip is your drink?!”

  Michael Hepworth   SAN DIEGO SPIRITS FESTIVAL 2016: “A Party on the Bay!” “How hip is your drink?!”     SAN DIEGO SPIRITS FESTIVAL –   The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier   “A Party on the Bay!”   By Michael Cohan San Diego (Spiritsman.com)8/30/16 – The people at Stolen Rum seemed to sum […]

San Diego’s 8th Annual Spirits Festival Music, Culinary and Mixology celebration of cocktail culture

  Michael Hepworth SAN DIEGO SPIRITS FESTIVAL  its all about Craft Cocktails – Culinary & Culture AUG. 27-28, 2016 \Port Pavilion Broadway Pier\ SAN DIEGO Bayside at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier  San Diego(Spiritsman)8/24/16/–San Diego Spirits Festival is a destination event that targets industry insiders, consumer cocktail and culinary lovers alike, it’s a nationally acclaimed and it is the premiere […]

CROCKER STARR WINES FROM ST.HELENA PUTTING OUT HIGH QUALITY WINES

Michael Hepworth         CROCKER STARR WINES FROM ST.HELENA BOUTIQUE WINEMAKER PUTTING OUT HIGH QUALITY WINES   West Hollywood(Spiritsman)8/16/16/–I had not heard of these wines before meeting the winemaker Pam Starr, but if passion and dedication mean anything then they will be around for quite some time. At a winemaker luncheon at AOC in West Hollywood. […]

PEONY VODKA – Three Meadows Spirits “A Subtle Blend of 9 Ingredients!”

Michael Hepworth       PEONY VODKA – from Three Meadows Spirits     “A Subtle Blend of 9 Ingredients!”   By Michael Cohan Hollywood(Spiritsman.com) 8/16/16 – Peony Vodka was invented in the Eastern Hudson Valley of New York in Millerton which is adjacent to the borders of New England. The people at Three Meadows […]

WINES FROM SAN LUIS OBISPO CHARDONNAY AND CABERNET SAUVIGNON LAUNCHED

Michael Hepworth       TRUE MYTH WINES FROM SAN LUIS OBISPO     CHARDONNAY AND CABERNET SAUVIGNON LAUNCHED San Luis Obispo,CA(Spiritsman)8/9/16/–True Myth wines hail from San Luis Obispo where the winemaker is Christian Roguenant, and the focus is Chardonnay from Edna Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon from Pasa Robles. The Niven family pioneered grape growing In the Edna […]

EL CONSUELO TEQUILAS A Remarkable “Beautiful & Rare Spanish Flower!”

Michael Hepworth     EL CONSUELO TEQUILAS   A Remarkable “Beautiful & Rare Spanish Flower!”   By Michael Cohan   Hollywood(Spiritsman)7/5/16/–El Consuelo Tequilas translation into Spanish has one interpretation as “A beautiful and rare Spanish flower.” How true! Their palate pleasing sweetness is garnered from tequilana Blue Weber Organic Agave plants that won’t mature for […]

A special toast to Jonathan Mitchell, He touched thousands upon thousands of people

Michael Hepworth   Moment of silence and a special toast to Jonathan!       West Hollywood(Spiritsman)7/4/16/–This week, we lost a dear friend and member of our extended Trade Family, Mr. Jonathan Mitchell.  Jonathan was best know for his time at the PALM West Hollywood and his leadership at Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills.  … […]

WINES FROM SICILIAN PRODUCER CUSUMANO A PIZZA PAIRING IN BEVERLY HILLS

Michael Hepworth       WINES FROM SICILIAN PRODUCER CUSUMANO   A PIZZA PAIRING IN BEVERLY HILLS BEVERLY HILLS(Spiritsman)7/17/16/–It is always a pleasure to meet visiting winemakers when they visit USA especially in a casual setting like a Beverly Hills restaurant and such was the case with Sicilian winemaker Diego Cusumano. The gregarious and typical Italian has a […]

WINEMAKER FROM THE BOURGOGNE REGION HIDDEN GEMS DISCOVERED

  Michael Hepworth       A MEETING WITH A WINEMAKER FROM THE BOURGOGNE REGION HIDDEN GEMS DISCOVERED FROM THE MERCUREY APPELLATION   Beverly Hills(Spiritsman) 6/30/16/–I recently had the opportunity to meet up with another high profile French winemaker in Beverly Hills at the excellent Ocean Prime Restaurant, that man being Amaury Devillard representing the wines of […]