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October 2017

Napa Party and Fundraiser October 30: The Wizards of Elixirs Cocktail Competition

The Wizards of Elixirs, a friendly cocktail competition to benefit Napa High School Athletic Boosters. Fashioned in walk-around style at the Culinary Institute of America’s Copia location in Napa, The Wizards of Elixirs invites guests to sample cocktails by 13 of Wine Country’s top bartenders as they vie for the People’s Choice Award and apps prepared by the CIA. After The Wizard of Elixir is crowned, stay for a Halloween costume dance party from 8-11 p.m. Costumes are encouraged but not required.  Light bites provided by the CIA. Read more →


Bugs are Back in Your Booze

In my latest story for SevenFifty Daily, I wrote about the return of cochineal coloring in spirits. As you probably know, Campari removed the cochineal from their formula around 2006. Now a lot of brands - some of them Campari substitutes, some not - are putting it back in.  Read more →