Posts from December 2014

Pampered is your Middle Name at Stags Leap District Cliff Hanger, Poetry Inn

After a day lifting wine glasses around Napa Valley, you might be looking for a quiet retreat.

A Stags Leap District cliff hanger, Poetry Inn fits the spot.

Enjoy full view of the valley from western facing porches.

Poetry inn terrace

Rates range from $610 (low season weekday) to $1950 (high season weekend.)

If you are already thinking Valentine's Day, Poetry Inn is offering a special package .

"Two night stay, two 60-minute massages, locally-made chocolates, a bottle of Cliff Lede Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, and a wine tasting and tour for two at the nearby Cliff Lede Vineyards tasting room, which is one of the Stags Leap District's most modern and acclaimed wineries. Rates start from $1,330 per night, based on availability. Check-in is February 13, 2015 and check-out February 15, 2015. Excludes gratuity on spa treatments. "

Pampered is your middle name at Poetry Inn.

Vintage 2008 Champagne Cocktail, Elder Fashion Royale, from Death and Co the Book

From Death and Co. the New York Lower East Side cocktail lounge comes Death and Co, the book (Ten Speed Press,  October 2014) with 500 cocktail recipes, a combination of classics and Death and Co own creations.

Elder Fashion Royale

Phil Ward, 2008

1 1⁄2 ounces plymouth gin

1 ⁄2 ounce st-germain

1 dash house orange bitters

Dry champagne  

Garnish: 1 grapefruit twist


Stir all the ingredients (except the champagne) over ice, then strain into a flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with the grapefruit twist.

(*Recipe reproduced with permission from Death & CoModern Classic Cocktails, with More than 500 Recipes by David Kaplan, Nick Fauchald, Alex Day- Published by Ten Speed Press- October 2014)

Wine, Beer, Rebels, 80 Winemakers, 13 Brewers under 1 Roof, Brussels, December 7-8

Bring 80 Winemakers and 13 Brewers under one roof in Brussels and you get Wine, Beer, Rebels or Vini, Birre, Ribelli, the first Belgian salon for Natural Wines and Rebel Beers out of Italy and Belgium...

Wine beer rebels

Event takes place on December 7 and 8, 2014 at Hotel de la Poste...

Look for event updates on Vini, Birre, Ribelli Facebook page...