OLE SMOKY MOONSHINE AVAILABLE IN 49 STATES

OLE SMOKY MOONSHINE LANDS MAJOR DISTRIBUTION DEAL NOW AVAILABLE IN 49 STATES           Michael Hepworth     HOLLYWOOD(Spiritsman)9/29/14/–Moonshine has now been legal for about 4 ½ years and of the handful of companies selling right now, OLE SMOKY out of Gatlingburg, Tennessee seems to have the upper hand. About 750,000 cases […]

HIGHLAND PARK LAUNCHES DARK ORIGINS SINGLE MALT

        Michael Hepworth   HIGHLAND PARK LAUNCHES DARK ORIGINS SINGLE MALT Can’t Beat It Scottish version of a ‘bootlegger” HOLLYWOOD(Spiritsman)9/13/14/–Highland Park Scotch Whisky has a rich heritage from its home base in Orkney where it is one of The few distilleries in the farthest Northern outpost of the British Isles. The new […]

SCHRAMSBERG SPARKLING WINES AND THE POLITICAL CONNECTION

SCHRAMSBERG SPARKLING WINES AND THE POLITICAL CONNECTION   Michael Hepworth  Hail To the Chief  HOLLYWOOD(Spiritsman)7/16/14/–Schramsberg Wines are based in Calistoga, California, and the relatively high end.Winery has been family owned since 1965 at the original estate started by German Immigrant Jacob Schram in 1862. Interestingly at that time their were 21 wineries. In Napa Valley utilizing less […]

A BEER DRINKERS GUIDE TO ENJOY KNOWING AND ENJOYING FINE WINE

A BEER DRINKERS GUIDE TO ENJOY KNOWING AND ENJOYING FINE WINE WORLDS BEST COCKTAILS   By Michael Hepworth Hollywood(Spiritsman)7/12/14/–I always thought that beer drinkers were equally as fascinated with wine, but apparently Many do not know the first thing about it. Hence the book by author Jim Laughren, Certified Wine Educator and President of WineHead […]

A TALE OF TWO RUMS-PILAR AND PRIVATEER

    A TALE OF TWO RUMS-PILAR AND PRIVATEER BOTH RUMS STEEPED IN HISTORY Michael Hepworth HOLLYWOOD(Spiritsman)7/7/14/–There are two new rums on the market called Pilar and Privateer, and both have an interesting tale to tell. First of all Pilar is actually called Papa’s Pilar, and is named after Ernest Hemmingway’s constant companion and muse, […]

Sage Restaurant in Las Vegas Serious Cocktail Culture

Michael Hepworth     SERIOUS COCKTAIL CULTURE AT THE SAGE IN LAS VEGAS   Las Vegas,NV(Spiritsman)5/27/14/–Sage Restaurant at the swanky Aria Hotel in Las Vegas is the signature restaurant from Chef Shawn McClain, and his elegant food pairs well with the classy cocktails available. The space itself is spectacular with lighting and décor to match […]

CITADELLE RESERVE SOLERA GIN 2013

Michael Hepworth   CITADELLE RESERVE SOLERA GIN 2013             FIRST TO USE UNIQUE PROCESS   HOLLYWOOD(Spiritsman)5/23/14/–I was pleased to get the chance to try out the new release of this Citadelle Gin Especially since it is the first solera aged gin in the world. The French company Cognac Ferrand based […]

MASSOLINO WINES and THEIR PASSION FOR BAROLO

Michael Hepworth MASSOLINO WINES and THEIR PASSION FOR BAROLO   HOLLYWOOD<(Spirtisman)5/8/14/–The history of this winery dates back to 1896 when Giovanni Massolino founded the estate, and his son Giuseppe founded the first wine cellar which is in the region of Serralunga d’Alba. They have recently been launched in the USA, and the classic Barolo wine […]

DAMOISEAU RHUM & Aged VSOP from THE ISLAND OF GUADELOUPE

    Michael Hepworth               HOLLYWOOD(Spiritsman)5/2/14/–Damoiseau Rhum comes from Guadeloupe and I had the chance to try the Virgin Cane Rhum and the VSOP aged Rhum. The French island is not normally known for rhum, and the Virgin Cane version is produced from fresh pressed sugarcane juice and is […]

WRATH WINES and THEIR CONNECTION TO ANCIENT ITALY

  Michael Hepworth   WRATH WINES and THEIR CONNECTION TO ANCIENT ITALY   HOLLYWOOD(Spiritsman)4/22/14/–The Wrath Winery is located in North Monterey County in the area of the Santa Lucia Highlands, or to be more specific in Soledad. Wrath is a relative new company only created in 2007 by winemaker Michael Thomas who took over the […]

San Francisco World Spirits Competition Celebrates 14 Years, Biggest in History

Michael Hepworth     San Francisco World Spirits Competition Celebrates Biggest Event in 14 Year History Spirited event showcases 1,474 entries from 64 countries SAN FRANCISCO, California,(Spiritsman) 4/3/14/– – The San Francisco World Spirits Competition hosted its 14th annual competition on March 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th at the elegant Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco. […]

RARE BY DRAI’S ADVANCES L.A.’S COCKTAIL CULTURE WITH MASTER MIXOLOGIST CHRIS HEWES AT THE HELM

Michael Hepworth Victor Drai’s New West Hollywood Steakhouse Elevates the Bar & Lounge Experience with Sophisticated Design, DJ, Indoor/Outdoor Seating and the City’s Best Cocktails WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA.(Spiritsman)35/14/– – Feb. 2014 – Victor Drai’s new restaurant, Rare by Drai’s on Sunset Plaza, has quickly set a sexy, sophisticated tone for the new steakhouse by offering not […]

NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY 2014 Award Winning ORTEGA 120 Cocktails

Michael Hepworth ORTEGA 120 COCKTAILS  120 House Margarita* Montezuma Tequila, Patron Citronge, Triple Sec, 120 Citrus Sour  HOLLYWOOD(Spiritsman)2/22/14/–You can also order this margarita by the pitcher, accompanied by the “Shut Up Carafe”.  When the pitcher was initially offered, customers kept complaining they couldn’t taste the tequila because Demi Steven’s secret 120 citrus sour House mix […]